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Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations

The words and phrases permeate nearly every aspect of our society. "Master bedrooms" in our homes. "Blacklists" and "whitelists" in computing. The idiom "sold down the river" in our everyday speech.
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Rep. Coleman Calls on Governor Abbott to Prohibit Dining in Restaurants Until COVID-19 Surge is Ended

Today, State Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) called on Governor Abbott to issue an order to prohibit on-premises dining until the spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rate has been reversed.
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To Save Black Lives, and the Soul of Our Nation, Congress Must Act Boldly

For too long, Black people in America have been burdened with the unjust responsibility of keeping ourselves safe from police.

#NNPA BLACKPRESS Racial Divide of Coronavirus Is Real, So Are Innovations That Can Help

News about the novel coronavirus, which has now claimed over 100,000 American lives, is all around us. A subtext told in this reporting is the painful story of the pandemic’s devastating effect on people of color.
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R&B lost three legends this weekend in Little Richard, Andre Harrell and Betty Wright

It was a tough weekend for rhythm and blues with the deaths of three musical icons. Singers Betty Wright and Little Richard along with music executive Andre Harrell died this weekend. All had major impacts on R&B and the music ...
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Longest-Running Black Media Platform Marks 50-Year Legacy of Evolution and Innovation in Black Culture with Special Collector’s Edition Issue; – - Iconic Supermodel Naomi Campbell Graces 50th Anniversary May/June Issue in First-Ever Self-Shot Cover; Talks to ESSENCE about Turning 50 ...

Former Houston Comet Becomes the First African American Woman to Coach Men's College Basketball

Former WNBA star Becky Hammon made headlines back in August of 2014 when she became the first full time female coach in NBA history for the San Antonio Spurs. Some will say she blazed the trail for the female coaches ...
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Gov. Abbott Unlawfully Exceeded Authority With Executive Order Limiting Jail Releases, Argues New Lawsuit

Governor Abbott unlawfully exceeded his constitutional authority by issuing an executive order that suspends the rights that individuals, who are presumed innocent, have while facing criminal prosecution, according to a new lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Texas, Texas Fair ...

Team First: Texans head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien reveals why the team traded DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona.

One thing I have learned by being born and raised in Texas is that we are a proud group of people who wear our emotions on our sleeves. You never have to worry about how we feel towards you because ...
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Loving Your Enemies

I am forced to preach under something of a handicap this morning. In fact, I had the doctor before coming to church. And he said that it would be best for me to stay in the bed this morning. And ...
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Stop the Spread of Hate to Honor a King

Love has many definitions. The Holy Bible describes it as patient, kind, protecting, trusting, hopeful, preserving, and without the capability of failing. Webster’s Dictionary also has several meanings of love. It is defined as something that commands admiration, passionate affection ...
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The Ensemble Theatre Presents Regional Premiere “The Green Book”

The Ensemble Theatre presents the regional premiere of The Green Book, written by award-winning author Calvin Alexander Ramsey and directed by award-winning director Shirley Jo Finney with Opening Night and Media Reception Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 3535 Main ...
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, key figure in Trump investigations, dies at 68

Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Maryland Democrat and key figure leading investigations into President Donald Trump, has died at age 68, his office announced early Thursday morning.
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History-Making Tyler Perry Studios Has Grand Opening Gala

Actors, directors, musical artists, filmmakers and politicians such as Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Stacey Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee, Tiffany Haddish, Whoopi Goldberg, Reginald Hudlin and Halle Berry showed up to support filmmaker and entrepreneur Tyler ...
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Loretta Devine at 70: On A Divine Assignment

Many associate Loretta Devine, with her many memorable performances on both the big and small screen, including the hit movies Waiting to Exhale and Jumping The Broom, as well as her Emmy-winning performance on Grey’s Anatomy, her scene-stealing role on ...