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How Black America Were Swindled Out of Millions Following The Civil War

“To understand Black banking and economics today, we’ve got to know some history.” Have you ever heard of the Freedman’s Bank? I’ve heard of the Freedmen’s Bureau, which was established after the Civil War to help assist the newly freed slaves in receiving food and shelter. Well, the Freedman’s Bank was established March 3, 1865, to help Black people in …

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Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir Hold Benefit Concert in Honor of David Josiah Lawson

Today at 2:00 p.m the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir held a benefit show in honor of Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson. The proceeds of the event would go towards Brothers United, the student-club that Lawson was president of. Dr.Corliss Bennett-McBride,the advisor to Brothers United who is also the Director of HSU’s Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence, coordinated the event. …

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The State of Arcata is Different For Students of Color

Yesterday morning at 8:30 a.m the Arcata Chamber of Commerce hosted an event about the state of the city. A representative from Senator Mike McGuire’s office, Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer, Humboldt County Supervisor Mike Wilson and Arcata Mayor Sofia Pereira, each gave a 10-minute presentation on the state of the city (Arcata). The state of the city presentation was …

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Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival

“The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. We need you to step up and join our efforts.” Last weekend January 27th 2018, I attended the Poor People’s Campaign organizing …

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On This Day In Black History: Langston Hughes Was Born

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born (February 1st 1902-May 22, 1967) in Joplin, Missouri and was a poet, writer, novelist, playwright and columnist. He was also one of the many artist and writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was considered to be a rebirth of African-American arts and was a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place …

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Humboldt State University: Famous Lies And Unpopular Truths

There is an advertisement floating around Facebook paid for by Humboldt State University, where HSU is claiming to be a “top school for social justice.” However, students in the comments are saying otherwise. HSU unfortunately, is my alma mater. I do say unfortunately because here I am a little over a year after I graduated, still beating myself up over …

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Trap Kitchen: How Two Opposing Gang Members Formed A Bond Over Food

Trap (Take.Risk.And.Prosper) Kitchen is the story of two Black men from Compton who put their differences aside to focus on the bigger picture–putting their brains together to make money. “Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith are childhood friends from neighboring rival gangs, brought together by their two passions: food and girls. Today they are the co-founders and owners of Trap Kitchen LA. The underground …

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South Centrals’ African-American Taco Movement

In the first episode of her food travel series Ms. Info went to my birth place of South Central, Los Angeles to illustrate the cultural exchange between Black’s and Hispanic’s and the rise of young African-American entrepreneurs in the city. Ms. Info is a respected and renowned music journalist who has worked for BET, The Source Magazine, XXL and Rolling Stone. …

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Texas Tech Shooting: When White Privilege Leads To White Violence

19- Year old Hollis Reid Daniels was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for possession of a stolen fire arm and capital murder of a peace officer. “Texas Tech police received a call about a person with a weapon behaving erratically. This call prompted the welfare check that led to Daniels’ arrest and the death of TTPD Officer Floyd …

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How Are Students of Color Supposed To Respond to Racism & Bigotry?

Terms such as microaggressions, unconscious bias, diversity, and inclusion are all too familiar to me. During my time as a student at Humboldt State, I heard these terms so frequently they became annoying in general. I know these terms have importance and it is imperative to get white folks to understand power dynamics and systems of oppression so they are …

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