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A newspaper that gave Black Britain a megaphone

When clashes between residents and police erupted onto the streets of Brixton in 1981, in the heart of London’s African-Caribbean community, the British press largely told one side of the story.



a close up of a newspaper: The Voice on November 2, 1985 with the news that American civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson would lead an anti-Apartheid rally in London.


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The Voice on November 2, 1985 with the news that American civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson would lead an anti-Apartheid rally in London.

The Brixton riots, as they became known, were primarily depicted as a challenge to the rule of law. The press emphasized criminal elements, characterizing young, Black male protesters as “troublemakers” during those disturbances, according to studies cited in a subsequent analysis of how the UK media covered riots in 2011.

News reports at the time failed to account for the issues that were at the heart of the riots in 1981, including unemployment, racism and oppressive policing, in particular the extensive use of stop and search. That media bias

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Teen accused of plotting to attack Black church sentenced to four years in juvenile facility

A 17-year-old girl who was accused of plotting an attack against a predominantly Black church was sentenced to four years in a juvenile facility and probation on Thursday.

The teenager, who is white, was arrested and charged last year after law enforcement officials discovered her alleged plan to attack parishioners of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Ga., with knives. 

She pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony on Thursday, CNN reported. 

She offered an emotional apology to the members of the church in court, saying “I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done,” according to the outlet. 

The teenager’s sentence includes 10 years of probation, as well as court-ordered counseling and a mandated apology letter to the church, in addition to her sentence time. She will remain in custody until her 21st birthday. 

Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, the presiding prelate of the

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Last Black Man’ Win Location Awards

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” have won the top feature film trophies at the seventh annual Location Managers Guild International Awards.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won the award for outstanding locations in a period film, and Joe Talbot’s “The ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco” won for outstanding locations in a contemporary film.

The television winners were HBO’s “Perry Mason” for a period series, BBC America’s “Killing Eve” for a contemporary series and a tie between Apple TV Plus’ “Little America” and Amazon Prime Video’s “ZeroZeroZero” in the limited anthology category.

Isaiah Mustafa hosted the event Saturday with the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First.” The ceremony was presented on a digital platform and streamed to a worldwide audience on LMGI’s YouTube channel.

“At a time when the industry is shifting under our collective feet, the

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Police officer fired after fatal shooting involving unarmed Black couple

The police officer who opened fire on an unarmed Black couple in Illinois, killing a 19-year-old and seriously injuring his girlfriend, has been fired.



a close up of a man wearing a hat: Sherrellis Stinnette, the grandmother of Marcellis Stinnette, joins demonstrators protesting the Oct. 20 police shooting that left her grandson dead and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, with serious injuries on Oct. 22, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill.


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Sherrellis Stinnette, the grandmother of Marcellis Stinnette, joins demonstrators protesting the Oct. 20 police shooting that left her grandson dead and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, with serious injuries on Oct. 22, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill.

The Waukegan, Illinois, officer, who has still not been named, was fired late Friday, according to Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles.

“In the evening hours of October 23, 2020 the City of Waukegan terminated the officer that discharged his firearm during that incident, for multiple policy and procedure violations,” Walles said in a statement.

Marcellis Stinnette was killed Tuesday night when an officer opened fire on the vehicle he was a passenger in at about 11:55 p.m., according to police.

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Suburban Chicago officer who shot Black couple in car fired

The suburban Chicago cop who shot a Black couple in a car — killing one of them — has been fired, according to reports.

The killing of Marcellis Stinnette, 19, and wounding of Tafara Williams, 20, during a traffic stop in Wakuegan late Tuesday has prompted protests.

In announcing the firing Friday night, Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said he found the officer guilty of “multiple policy and procedure violations” in connection with the incident, The Associated Press reported.

CHICAGO-AREA PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER BLACK TEEN KILLED IN POLICE SHOOTING DERAILED BY HECKLERS, PROTESTERS

Marcellis Stinnette's grand mother Sherrellis Stinnette speaks during protest rally for Marcellis Stinnette who killed by Waukegan Police Tuesday in Waukegan, Ill., Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Marcellis Stinnette’s grand mother Sherrellis Stinnette speaks during protest rally for Marcellis Stinnette who killed by Waukegan Police Tuesday in Waukegan, Ill., Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Walles didn’t spell out the violations in his brief statement or name the officer, who has been described in previous reports as Hispanic.

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Police officer who fatally shot a Black man in Illinois has been fired, authorities say

A police officer who fatally shot a Black man in a Chicago suburb this week has been fired, authorities said Friday.



a person wearing a hat: Marcellis Stinnette was fatally shot by a Waukegan, Illinois, police officer on Tuesday night.


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Marcellis Stinnette was fatally shot by a Waukegan, Illinois, police officer on Tuesday night.

The officer had fired into a vehicle that authorities say was reversing as he approached on late Tuesday in Waukegan, killing the passenger and leaving the driver, a Black woman, hospitalized, police said.

“The City of Waukegan terminated the officer that discharged his firearm during that incident, for multiple policy and procedure violations,” Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said Friday in a news release, without detailing those violations or naming the officer.

Tensions between the community and police have been high since the shooting. The death of another Black person at the hands of police was the latest to prompt outrage following months of protests over racial injustice and police brutality,

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FBI joins Illinois state investigation into shooting of Black couple

The U.S. Department of Justice will assist the state of Illinois in the investigation of a police officer who shot an unarmed Black couple this week, according to The Associated Press.

The Oct. 20 shooting resulted in the death of 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette and the wounding of his girlfriend, Tafara Williams.

The State of Illinois had previously opened an investigation into wrongdoing by the officer in question, a five-year veteran of the suburban Chicago police force, who fired at the couple after they fled a traffic stop. Now, the FBI is joining the efforts after County State Attorney Michael Nerheim requested that the bureau review the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“I am confident in the work being done by the Illinois State Police and welcome the assistance of the FBI,” Nerheim said. ”As I have said before, once the investigation is concluded, all the evidence will be reviewed and a

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Unite for Concert Honoring Lives Lost To Racial Violence

The Unity Concert will be streamed live from the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Unite for Concert Honoring Lives Lost To Racial Violence

Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are uniting for a concert to support Project Unity on November 11, 2020. This event will honor those who have lost their lives to racial violence and injustice – most recently, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dallas’s Botham Jean, and Fort Worth’s Atatiana Jefferson. Featured during the evening will be the world premiere of a DSO commissioned work by award-winning 24-year-old African American composer Quinn Mason of Dallas. The Unity Concert will be streamed live from the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201, at 7:30 pm. In-person concert tickets are $50, and live stream tickets are $25.

Project Unity, founded by Pastor Richie Butler of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, works to unify Dallas by implementing community-building programs to help

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Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The documentary genre’s power of immediacy is evident in “Not Done: Women Remaking America,” which includes the still-unfolding possibility of the first Black female vice president and the loss of Breonna Taylor.



This image released by PBS shows activist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors during the filming of the documentary “Not Done: Women Remaking America,”  debuting Tuesday on PBS stations. (PBS via AP)


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This image released by PBS shows activist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors during the filming of the documentary “Not Done: Women Remaking America,” debuting Tuesday on PBS stations. (PBS via AP)

The film depicts a powerful female-driven advocacy, one represented by Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and other 21st-century movements that have built on and transcended past efforts.

“There is a newfound language around who gets to claim feminism,” Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors says in the film debuting Tuesday on PBS (check local stations for time).

Or as Gloria Steinem puts it: “Now it’s a majority and it’s unapologetic. Now we know it’s a revolution.”

While

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‘Black Women Have Been Forced to Conform’

Lena Waithe and Vanessa Williams’ new movie Bad Hair illustrates an important message about Black hair.

In a new interview with Good Morning America, the two stars of the Hulu horror satire — which is currently streaming — opened up about the underlying message of the film, which is about a young woman who gets a weave in order to fit in at work, only to find out that the weave has a dangerous mind of its own.

“I think for a lot of black women, particularly in corporate America, they have been forced to conform and to look palatable for their white coworkers,” explained Waithe, 36. “We’ve also had this sort of European beauty and what we were supposed to look like.”

“There’s a lot of pressure on Black women to straighten their hair, even if they don’t want to,” she continued.

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