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Famed political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal in critical condition

Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated political prisoners, is reportedly in a diabetic coma and in intensive care at the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA.

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Dr. Ben in his own words

Toward the front of the headquarters of the National Action Network in Harlem, there is a chair—no, a throne—that was placed there for the venerable Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan.

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Toni Stone, first female professional baseball player

With major league baseball currently in spring training and Women’s History Month nearing its end for this year, we throw the spotlight on Toni Stone, the first woman to ever play in a men’s professional league.

New film featuring Dr. Cornel West, revolutionary Bob Avakian

Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and Dr. Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York will show their film, “The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion,” Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Harlem youth winners at White House Film Festival

Good news about Black youth in the mainstream media has become increasingly rare, so we are thrilled to learn that Harlem’s Digital Media Training Program was among 15 winners of the second annual White House Film Festival and celebrated the occasion last week with President Barack Obama.

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The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, civil rights activist, dies at 90

President Barack Obama said that he was one of the Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s godchildren, “and I have worked hard to live up to her example.” Such has been the lot of many of Barrow’s many godchildren, all of whom are now mourning her death and remembering her undying commitment to civil rights. She was 90.

Envelope containing cyanide addressed to White House

Monday, according to a story posted on The Intercept, an envelope received at the White House mail screening facility tested positive for cyanide.

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Attorney general confirmation stalled

Four months ago, President Barack Obama selected Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. In February, a Senate panel approved the nomination, but since then, things have turned into an interminable wait.

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Sharpton brings it home in Selma

Whatever the reasons for selecting the Rev. Al Sharpton as the keynote speaker at the “Bloody Sunday” commemoration at Brown Chapel A.M.E. church in Selma last Sunday, it proved to be a wise decision.

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Beauty mogul Rose Morgan

Since this is Women’s History Month, the “Classroom” column will keep its focus on the contributions of Black women. Last week, “Stagecoach Mary” led the way in opening the West, and on the eastern front, wielding not a rifle but a hot comb and a cosmetic kit, was Rose Morgan.

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