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Very Smart Brothas is the blackest thing that ever happened to the Internet. Period.

Very Smart Brothas is the blackest thing that ever happened to the Internet. Period. | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
The website has gained popularity explaining our divisions from the African American perspective.
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21-year-old Jewell Jones becomes youngest elected State Representative in Michigan!

21-year-old Jewell Jones becomes youngest elected State Representative in Michigan! | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
If this election season has you down, look no further than Jewell Jones to bring some sunshine back to your life. This 21-year-old college student is making hi…
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This 107-Year Old Daughter Of A Slave Is Ready To Cast Her Vote

This 107-Year Old Daughter Of A Slave Is Ready To Cast Her Vote | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Donella Wilson says she's with Hillary Clinton.
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Emails show just how far North Carolina Republicans tried to go to prevent black people from voting

Emails show just how far North Carolina Republicans tried to go to prevent black people from voting | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Emails released through freedom of information act requests show Republican officials lobbying election boards to shut down Sunday early voting.
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How a Stolen Bike Turned Muhammad Ali Into a Champion

How a Stolen Bike Turned Muhammad Ali Into a Champion | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
There are few people still alive today who knew Muhammad Ali before he became an international superstar, and only one who was there with Ali the moment he decided to learn how to box: Rahman Ali, Muhammad’s younger brother.
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Alabama A&M Student Starts Food Pantry In His Dorm To Help Struggling Classmates

Alabama A&M Student Starts Food Pantry In His Dorm To Help Struggling Classmates | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
HBCU Students Starts Food Pantry To Help Classmates
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Black Women, Behold: A Website That Teaches The Power Of Self Care

Black Women, Behold: A Website That Teaches The Power Of Self Care | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Noire Care asks, "What have you done for you lately?"
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Black-Owned Software Company Earns Inc. 500 Ranking -- Recognized As One Of The Fastest Growing Private Companies In The U.S.

Black-Owned Software Company Earns Inc. 500 Ranking -- Recognized As One Of The Fastest Growing Private Companies In The U.S. | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Pay Sell Co., a Black-owned software company founded by Jibril Sulaiman and based in Pensacola, FL has earned the ranking of #484 on the prestigious Inc. 500.
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Good Morning America's Amy Robach Apologizes for Using Racial Slur

Good Morning America's Amy Robach Apologizes for Using Racial Slur | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
The GMA co-host has set the record straight after inadvertently using an outdated racial term on air
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Blades of Glory: Meet Our Black Olympian Fencers

Blades of Glory: Meet Our Black Olympian Fencers | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
To understand the story of the current crop of African American fencers on the U.S. Olympic Team, you have to appreciate the legend of Black fencing master and Olympian Peter Westbrook.

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As Suicide Rates For Black Children Rise, Protecting Emotional Heath Is Vital

As Suicide Rates For Black Children Rise, Protecting Emotional Heath Is Vital | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
The researchers who found that suicide rates have doubled for Black children while declining for White children were surprised by their own results. These are the first recorded data in history fo
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Black U.S. Olympians Won In Nazi Germany Only To Be Overlooked At Home

Black U.S. Olympians Won In Nazi Germany Only To Be Overlooked At Home | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Jesse Owens is still the most famous name from the 1936 Olympics in Nazi-controlled Berlin. But a new documentary highlights 17 other African-American athletes who also made their mark.
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Black School Supplies Company Aims to Give Back to Community, Sells Out in First 24 Hours - Sicker Than Your Average

Black School Supplies Company Aims to Give Back to Community, Sells Out in First 24 Hours - Sicker Than Your Average | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Source: Black School Supplies Company Aims to Give Back to Community, Sells Out in First 24 Hours Innovative Supplies/Zola Arts Factory Nneka Brown is a single mother who was inspired to open Innovative Supplies after leaving the military one month ago. As she looks forward to starting college this fall to become a history teacher, …
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Meet Kamala Harris, The Senator-Elect Who Could Become The First Woman President

Meet Kamala Harris, The Senator-Elect Who Could Become The First Woman President | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
California's popular attorney general is headed to Capitol Hill. The White House might be next.
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These Black Women Also Deserve A Visit To Their Graves On Election Day

These Black Women Also Deserve A Visit To Their Graves On Election Day | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Susan B. Anthony isn't the only woman who should be honored.
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Chance the Rapper leads thousands of voters to cast ballots during 'Parade to the Polls' in Chicago

Chance the Rapper leads thousands of voters to cast ballots during 'Parade to the Polls' in Chicago | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Photo: ABC 7 Chicago

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Children of the Deported Are Becoming an Electoral Force to Be Reckoned With

Children of the Deported Are Becoming an Electoral Force to Be Reckoned With | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
PHOENIX—The deadly heat wave that hit Arizona last summer didn’t stop the voter-registration drive.
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SMH: Dr. Ben Carson Claims ISIS Dates Back to Jacob and Esau | Hinterland Gazette

SMH: Dr. Ben Carson Claims ISIS Dates Back to Jacob and Esau | Hinterland Gazette | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
GOP presidential wannabe Dr. Ben Carson says ISIS dates back to Esau in book of Genesis, wants Baltic States to join NATO, though they already are.
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Black Men Are Judged for Their Hair Texture, Too, Especially in Politics

Black Men Are Judged for Their Hair Texture, Too, Especially in Politics | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Beyond the stigma about cornrows and locs, black men are making a major statement to the white world with their hair texture - question is, is it the right statement?
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Raped, Then Forgotten Until a Community Intervened

Raped, Then Forgotten Until a Community Intervened | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
The African-American 490 Challenge has put a human face on thousands of survivors of rape in Detroit and is helping them to get justice after decades
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New Smithsonian places African American LGBT community in full view

New Smithsonian places African American LGBT community in full view | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
by Clarence* J. Fluker

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public for the first time. The design of the 400,000-square-foot, five level structure includes a series of small openings built to act as frames or “lenses” to remind visitors that the museum presents a view of America through the lens of the African American experience. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum’s founding director, visitors will also see contributions to history made by lesbian and gay people of African descent as their stories are woven into the fabric of the broader story of African American life.
“It’s difficult to tell the story of African American history and culture without acknowledging the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans who cover a spectrum of identities and experiences, including gender identities and orientations,” says Aaron Bryant, a curator at the museum. “Our goal is to tell the story of America’s history through an African American lens, and so the museum embraces and celebrates the fact that black communities are diverse, as is American culture and history.”
The 11 inaugural exhibitions will focus on the broader themes of history, culture and community intended to illustrate the major periods of African American history while telling an “unvarnished truth.” These exhibitions will feature some of the 34,000 artifacts collected by the institution thus far.
In the Taking the Stage exhibition, visitors will see a poster from the groundbreaking semi-documentary “Tongues Untied” by Marlon Riggs along with playbills from “The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe, and “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry. LGBT contributions to dance are also represented in this exhibition with photographs by Jack Mitchell of Alvin Ailey and a clip from “D-Man in the Waters” by Bill T. Jones. Several paintings by LGBT artists including Malvin Gray Johnson, Earle Richardson, and Beauford Delaney will be showcased as part of the Visual Arts exhibition. In the same gallery, there will also be a piece by Lorna Simpson that she created for the Art Against AIDS project in 1989.
The Making a Way Out of No Way exhibit, has items and references to Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, including Baldwin’s passport. Images of gay activism are included the A Changing America gallery. Here, visitors will find a graphic image of a man at the 1995 Million Man March carrying a sign that starts with the statement, “I am a black, gay man.” The original photo was taken by photographer Roderick Terry. The exhibit also includes a gay liberation button. A myriad of other items connected with the African American LGBT experience will be featured across several exhibits.
Bryant asserts, “The lives and contributions of LGBT communities are an integral part of the larger story we tell. These stories aren’t isolated or segregated from the larger narrative, but are a natural and intrinsic part of the broader story we’re sharing regarding the broad contributions of African Americans to American history and culture.”
The work of the museum to be inclusive of all African Americans is not limited to the inaugural exhibitions. A commitment to diversity has been articulated by Director Bunch and put into action by hiring a diverse staff that brings multiple perspectives and experiences to the organization.  Already looking to the future the museum has recently acquired photos into the collection from Black Lives Matter and Trans Lives Matter protests by photographers like Sheila Pree Bright, which are being considered for a possible exhibition in April 2017.
Currently, the museum is not processing new donations of objects but will put out a call again in 2017. If you have an object that you think they should know about, in the meantime, feel free to send an email to: NMAAHCCollections@si.edu. Items could include photographs and artifacts related to iconic moments, people, places and events that helped shift the way we see and think about American culture and history.  In particular, Bryant calls out items related to Marsha P. Johnson and Stonewall; GMAD and other political organizations from across the country that fought for national recognition of African American LGBT rights, particularly related to healthcare, HIV/AIDS, and quality of life assistance during the 1980s and early 1990s; photos and artifacts of LGBT life during the Harlem Renaissance, Drag Balls from the mid-20thcentury to 1990s; along with items from social organizations, including the informal organizations formed in cities like Chicago, LA, New York, Atlanta, and DC where people came together as part of a social network of support.
When asked what is the main thing that people should know about the Museum of African American History and Culture, Bryant replies, “This museum has been a long time coming and now we’re here. We are a 21st century museum that represents America in all of its layers and complexities. And as an organization, we are as much about representing the present and future, as we are about preserving our nation’s past.”
To learn more about the museum and its opening visit, nmaahc.si.edu
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Meet Two Black Men Who Are Helping Rebuild Detroit, One House At A Time

Meet Two Black Men Who Are Helping Rebuild Detroit, One House At A Time | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Andrew Colom, 33, and David Alade, 29, ditched jobs in real estate and banking to start Century Partners, a development firm aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods in the Motor City. The duo also uses the biz to help Detroit's Black residents build wealth.
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You Can’t Be Pro-Black With Conditions

You Can’t Be Pro-Black With Conditions | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
“Can’t we all just get along?” Rodney King said it best in that clichéd, yet powerful, statement that grew out the response to one of the most horrific incidents of polic
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The Movie About NASA’s Black Female Scientists That’s Been A Long Time Coming — ThinkProgress

The Movie About NASA’s Black Female Scientists That’s Been A Long Time Coming — ThinkProgress | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
Black women have always been essential to progress — they just didn’t always get the credit
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Talking to John Carlos about social justice at the Olympics and the importance of Michael Phelps

Talking to John Carlos about social justice at the Olympics and the importance of Michael Phelps | African American Women and Men | Scoop.it
It’s perhaps the most iconic photograph in Olympics history: two men—Tommie Smith and John Carlos—on the medal stand, raising their fists in the name of justice. The photo was taken at the 1968 Summer Olympics, shortly after Smith and Carlos placed first and third, respectively, in the 100 meter dash.
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