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Brooklyn Nets’ anthem singer partakes in courageous ‘silent protest’

Concluding the singing of the national anthem at the Brooklyn Nets home opener against the Orlando Magic at the Barclay’s Center Friday evening, Oct. 20 Justine Skye utilized her platform in front of a nationally televised audience to heighten awareness regarding police terrorism and racial injustices her people endure daily, and knelt on the court.

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Stevie Wonder takes part in social protest

In a pair of recent performances, superstar singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder utilized his high-profile platform to bring attention to the racial injustices that are so obvious in this country that even he can see them.

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The Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics

Five decades before Colin Kaepernick and the current crop of disgruntled NFL players utilized silent protest to bring international attention to the plight of Americanized Africans in the land of the free, U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos seized a moment in time to be eternally etched in the annals of Black Power history. This past Monday marked the 49th anniversary of one of the most incendiary acts of protest committed by athletes.

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Farrakhan speaks in Newark: Separation or death

The Nation of Islam commemorated the 22nd anniversary of their historic Million Man March, which occurred in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16, 1995, with a forum at Newark, N.J.’s Symphony Hall. Their leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, echoed much of the powerful speech of his spiritual father and former NOI head, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, delivered at Harlem’s 369th Armory Aug. 27, 1961, titled “Separation or Death.”

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The Barrons battle to follow national trend for Indigenous Peoples’ Day replacing Columbus Day

In late 1994 the United Nations declared Aug. 9 as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and four years prior, Berkeley, Calif., had already become the first U.S. city to replace Columbus Day. Last month Los Angeles joined Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Seattle, among other cities, in recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. And this Oct. 5, Austin, Texas, did the same.

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Racist Georgia cop who admitted ‘We only kill Black people’ forced to resign

Greg Abbott, a Caucasian cop in Cobb County, Ga., notified his department last Thursday that he was resigning, after being threatened with termination after local TV station WSB-TV aired a video the previous day of him making some racist remarks.

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey: Emancipate your African mind!

The immeasurable legacy of Pan-African forefather Marcus Mosiah Garvey will be commemorated this Thursday, the 130th anniversary of his birth in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, with a host of activities throughout the metropolitan area.

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Hip-hop celebrates 44 years

Although November is recognized as “Hip-Hop History Month” by many of the pioneers who laid the foundation for the culture up in the Bronx during November 1973, several months before that, an 18-year-old Jamaican-American DJ was already hosting parties at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. His record collection and sound system was so astounding that no other DJs could compare.

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MOVE 9 commemorates 39 years behind enemy lines

Four decades after the MOVE 9 were imprisoned in what many contend was an unjust frame-up case, supporters of the Philadelphia-based MOVE Organization packed Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Ave.) this past Saturday afternoon to attend the “39 Years Too Long: Free the MOVE 9” seminar.

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Articles of impeachment officially filed against Trump

What several political analysts had predicted before his takeover of the Oval Office this past January may become a reality sooner than many had anticipated—the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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