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Why we need to know the truth about Malcolm X

"Who Killed Malcolm X?" -- a six-part Netflix series that started streaming during Black History Month -- has not only reintroduced this icon of black political radicalism to a new generation, it has pushed the Manhattan district attorney's office into relaunching the closed investigation into a political assassination that occurred 55 years ago.

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Barnes and Noble suspends book covers over backlash

Barnes & Noble says it is canceling a Black History Month event at its flagship New York store and suspending plans to release a series of classic novels with new cover art featuring people of color.

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Trump's latest travel ban is an attack on Africans

Last Friday, as the nation prepared to usher in the first day of Black History Month, President Donald Trump used his executive powers to issue a ban on visas for six countries, most of which are located in Africa -- immigrants from Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea and Kyrgyzstan will be banned, while citizens of Tanzania and Sudan will be ineligible to apply for the green card lottery. The Trump administration had been hinting at this latest ban for weeks, yet the President still managed to choose the worst moment imaginable to set it in motion.

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Black students say this college gift shop display looked like a lynching

A university gift shop display hung ornaments of African American history-makers from the branches of fake trees, days before the start of Black History Month. Nobody thought anything of it until a black graduate student pointed out that it looked like they'd been lynched.

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Google's Black History Month ad is complicated

Google's Black History Month ad, "The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers," which aired during the Grammy's and was widely celebrated, is an exciting array of images portraying black excellence.

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What the GOP could learn from Dems this disastrous Black History Month

Democrats have a better grasp on issues involving race than Republicans. We can debate policy ideas by the two parties and their respective effects, but it is blindingly obvious that the rhetoric from many (but certainly not all) Republicans has ranged from mildly insensitive to wildly racist over the past decade. From party officials to the President of the United States, various members of the GOP have uttered caustic comments about immigrants and the Obama family; some have even defended white supremacists. Collectively, these kinds of comments have sent a clear message to minority voters: We are not interested in you.

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Opinion: We've never had a Black History Month like this before

The end of February also marked the end of an utterly bizarre Black History Month. It brought us what for many was a long-awaited conversation addressing the ways in which America's discussion of racial injustice has regressed by decades. In a country where Barack Obama was President, public discourse is still dominated by enduring, pernicious tropes such as blackface, cotton, and "some of my best friends are black." Notably, the blackface and cotton episodes occurred in the same state, and featured the same couple: a month that began with Virginia governor Ralph Northam facing calls for his resignation after he admitted to dressing up in blackface ended with his wife Pam under fire for handing cotton to a group of black and white children on a tour of the governor's mansion and, according to the mother of a black child in the group, asking them to imagine being slaves in the fields.

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Why this year's Black History Month is pivotal

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 19 enslaved Africans, brought to mainland English North America for the first time. The Africans who disembarked in Jamestown were captives stolen first by Portuguese slave traders and then by English pirates who sold them into bondage in what would become the United States of America. This scene ultimately set the stage for more aggressive entrees into a global slave market by England and, over time, America.

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Opinion: Northam's yearbook page reveals much more than a young man's mistake

The revelation that Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam appeared either in blackface or dressed in the hooded robe and uniform of a Ku Klux Klansman in his 1984 medical school yearbook, coming at the start of Black History Month, has produced national controversy and calls for the governor's resignation by Democrats and Republicans.

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