Athletes, fans slam Donald Trump for insulting LeBron James

US president takes personal jab at basketball star LeBron James, drawing criticism online. James at last week’s opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron [Phil Long/AP] Donald Trump has sparked uproar online after taking aim at basketball superstar LeBron James, with many social media users calling the US president “racist” and a “bully”. …

US civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ home is up for auction

Other rare historic African-American artefacts up for auction include Jackson 5’s original recording contract, and several chapters of original typed manuscript for Malcolm X’s biography. Guernsey’s in New York is auctioning off “African American Historic & Cultural Treasures”, and included in the auction will be civil rights activist Rosa Parks’ Detroit home, along with dozens …

Kennedy Resignation Sparks New Urgency for First-Time Women Candidates of Color

If elected to Congress, they would counter conservative decisions from the court with progressive lawmaking. Nearly two years into the racially charged Trump administration and widespread exposure of sexual harassment and assault of women in public life, women of color have been engaged and eager to change the face of the Democratic Party and Congress. …

Why Does White Fragility Show Up at Workplace Diversity Trainings?

One way that whites protect their positions when challenged on race is to invoke the discourse of self-defense. As a former professor and current facilitator and consultant, I am in a position to give white people feedback on how their unintentional racism is manifesting itself. In this position, I have observed countless enactments of white …

Protests erupt in Chicago after black man fatally shot by police

Harith Augustus, known as Snoop the barber, was killed on Saturday, prompting clashes between police and protesters. Protesters in Chicago are demanding answers after the fatal shooting of a black man by police prompted violent confrontations in the Illinois city. “The whole damn system is guilty as hell,” dozens chanted on Saturday just hours after police …

Black Entrepreneurs Lead the Charge in Baltimore’s Economic Renewal

Rasheed Aziz remembers visiting Baltimore in 2006. The empty, hollow buildings sprawled the entire block, he says. Buildings lacked roofs, doorways were boarded up, and tree limbs grew into missing windows. Aziz is the founder of CityWide Youth Development, which he began in central Florida to bring economic development to impoverished neighborhoods using manufacturing and …

After Centuries of Housing Racism, a Southern City Gets Innovative

Denise Fitzgerald’s property abuts the string of quiet, empty lots that line Ewing Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Recently she was leaf-blowing detritus shed by the enormous sycamore tree dominating the yard of her tidy Habitat for Humanity home. She says she’d cut the tree down herself but knows it’s big enough to take out both …