Mixing It Up

A closer look at cultural diversity

White NAACP pioneer dies

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The first white president of an NAACP chapter at a historically black college was found dead in his apartment Monday night. Officials said Michael Teasley, 40, who headed the Jackson State University NAACP chapter, died of natural causes, the Clarion Ledger reported. State NAACP Chairman Derrick Johnson said Teasley was “a really good guy.” “Michael […] [Read More]

Lynch returns to Bridgeport with Congressional Gold Medal

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Since Lavell Lynch received a Congressional Gold Medal last week, he’s been getting lots of phone calls and visitors. “You’re a celebrity now,” I said to Lynch, 85, of Bridgeport. “Yes, I know,” Lynch said. I wrote an article about Lynch last week before he left to receive the honor. Lynch and about 400 other original […] [Read More]

Was Rodney King a civil rights hero?

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When I think of civil rights heroes, I don’t think of Rodney King. King died Sunday at the age of 47 in his swimming pool, according to reports. King is famous because on March 3, 1991 he was brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers, while a bystander George Holliday videotaped the incident. The video […] [Read More]

Where are the black ballerinas?

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Black people are said to be great dancers, but American ballet companies lack black ballerinas. Misty Copeland is the first black female American Ballet Theater soloist the company has had in 20 years. I remember auditioning for a spot in the School of American Ballet’s summer program when I was still in high school. I was […] [Read More]

Where are the white babies?

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For the first time in history, there are now more minority babies being born in the country than white babies, according to an article on Yahoo. “This is an important landmark,” said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University. “This generation is […] [Read More]
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Where’s the diversity on “The Bachelor?”

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A class-action suit has been filed against ABC for claims of purposely excluding blacks, Asians and Latinos from star roles in its television shows, “The Bachelor,” and “The Bachelorette,” Newsday reported. The lawyers are representing two black men who auditioned and were rejected from “The Bachelor.” “I noticed that the white males in front of me, they […] [Read More]

Three reasons to go see Jeremiah Wright speak

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been labeled a racist who speaks out against the government. However, here are three reasons I may go see him speak at New Hope Baptist Church in Danbury in June. Will he say something outrageous? If he says something super-racist I want to hear it so I can blog about it. […] [Read More]

Why are people so racist on the Internet?

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Today I was reading a blog post by Issa Rae, a black woman who recently won an award for her web series, “The Mis-adventures of Awkward Black Girl.” After winning against 783 other web series for a  ”Shorty Award,” Issa received quite a few racist Tweets. One that really stood out to me: “#ThingsBetterThanAwkwardBlackGirl The smell […] [Read More]

Did Rick Santorum almost drop the “N-bomb?”

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Did Rick Santorum almost call our President the N-word? Here’s what I heard: “We know. We know the candidate Barack Obama what he was like. The anti-war, government nig-uh…(stumbling speech here)…” After so much racism from the presidential candidates, I wouldn’t be surprised, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. Here’s the video. Follow me […] [Read More]

Anderson Cooper will examine kids and race

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper will have a week-long special about kids’ perceptions of race. Cooper said he wanted the study to examine how a diverse group of young children begin to form attitudes and opinions about race, the Huffington Post reported. The study included 145 African American and Caucasian children in six different schools across three […] [Read More]