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Thomas N. Todd: ‘You can’t download freedom’

Thomas N. Todd: ‘You can’t download freedom’
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Rapidly-expanding technology, social media and new smart phone apps are no substitute for the hard work needed to fight persistent racism in the United States, says Thomas N. Todd, a longtime Chicago activist and civil rights lawyer.
 
Speaking to the annual convention of 100 Black Men here last week, Todd proudly acknowledged that he doesn’t use email, does not own a computer and doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account.

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Tea Party Republican Tim Scott takes another step toward history

Tea Party Republican Tim Scott takes another step toward history
In the wave of news about Virginia voters sweeping House Majority Leader Eric Cantor out of office and into the unemployment line, the media failed to pay much attention to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R., S.C.) overwhelming victory in last week’s Republican primary.
 
The 48 year-old Scott won 90 percent of the vote over challenger Randall Young, who reportedly did not campaign after filing as a candidate. Scott is one of two African Americans in U.S. Senate. The other is Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), who was elected to office last October.

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9 telltale signs you’re turning into your dad

9 telltale signs you’re turning into your dad
Father’s Day is the time to celebrate your dad. It is also a good time to evaluate whether you’re actually turning into him. Have you suddenly taken an interest in grilling? Do you have trouble understanding rap lyrics? Here are the telltale signs that the transition is under way.
 
1. You’re wearing cardigans.
Has your collection of Cosby sweaters outgrown all the other clothing in your closet? Then you may be turning into your dad.
 
2. You’ve embraced “mandals.”
These shoes are a marker of adulthood. Once you get the mandals, you can’t go back. If you find yourself wearing these with socks, you are too far gone—your youth is over.

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The Fulton Four: A family of artists

The Fulton Four: A family of artists
A current of creative energy flows through one Memphis family and sparks the imagination of four of the matriarch’s eight children. Decades ago, Willie Bell Fulton and her now deceased husband, Walter Fulton Sr., would discover that something within four of their children needed to be expressed on paper, canvas, fabric, furniture, wall, glass, wood or any other surface. 
 
Walter Fulton Jr. (also known as “Atoosie”), Gloria Fulton, Jerome Fulton and Vickie Fulton each possesses a talent for either drawing, painting, designing, illustrating, cartooning, quilting, sewing, upholstering, crocheting, and simply bringing to life works of art that depict their myriad experiences. 

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Just energy policies championed by NAACP and partners

Just energy policies championed by NAACP and partners
Fresh on the heels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever proposed nationwide limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, the Memphis Branch NAACP and several community partners recently held a media event to amplify the need for “just energy policies.”
 
The session at the Benjamin Hooks Main Library followed last month’s government release of its third National Climate Assessment. The assessment, said session organizers, documented “the alarming extent to which climate change already is adversely impacting Tennesseans, underlying the importance to take strong and just action to curb pollution from power plants before the impacts worsen.”

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Ruby Dee & 20 facts

Ruby Dee & 20 facts
Ruby Dee passed away at 91, and she was truly a grand dame. She not only graced the large and small screens but the Broadway stage as well.  She was a petite woman with a larger-than-life persona who possessed thespian skills that were honed to a tee. There will never be another Miss Dee, and thankfully, her immense body of work will live on. Therefore, here are 20 tidbits about the great Miss Dee that you may not know about.
 
1) Ruby Dee’s actual name was Ruby Ann Wallace.  Even though it felt as if Dee was married to the late-brilliant actor Ossie Davis forever, he was actually her second husband. The name “Dee” came from her first husband, blues singer Frankie Dee Brown, whom she married in 1941 and divorced in 1945.
 
2) Dee was born in Cleveland but considered herself a native New Yorker as she was raised in Harlem.  She lived in the Empire State all her life making New Rochelle her home until she quietly passed away from natural causes.

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A plea deal for Snowden? No break for a Black Panther?

A plea deal for Snowden? No break for a Black Panther?
Question: What’s the secret to going on the lam as an anti-government global superstar and getting set up in a nice, cushy exile in a country that’s a rival to your own?
 
Answer: Be a keyboard-tapping, suburban-raised white guy who gives away national secrets and then puts a “patriotic” spin on it. You’ll lock in big-conference speaking stints over an encrypted Skype feed and get a prime-time interview on network news, and the federal government might even consider offering you a sweetheart plea deal while you’re at it.
 
At least that’s what the Washington Post’s intelligence insider, David Ignatius, managed to pry from the intelligence community recently about Edward Snowden, quoting a source saying, “If he came back and told everything he knows, then perhaps some accommodation could be reached.” 

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