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This isn’t new—Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers

This isn’t new—Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers

Over the weekend, Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev apologized for calling Venus and Serena Williams “the Williams brothers”—the least funny insult in what for the Williamses has been a career filled with unfunny, sexist and racist insults for the sisterly titans of professional women’s tennis.

Ever since they stepped onto the court in the mid-1990s, the Williams sisters have been bombarded with obnoxious comments that have had absolutely nothing to do with their game. Critics have attacked their race, gender, faces, bodies, personalities and hair.

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Out of My Racial Comfort Zone: Why a Predominantly White College Was Best for Me

Out of My Racial Comfort Zone: Why a Predominantly White College Was Best for Me

Attending a predominantly white institution was not an unusual decision to make in my family. Out of all of my immediate family members, only my grandmother attended an HBCU.

When I was deciding on which institution to attend, my “best fit test” weighted culture and postgraduate opportunities heaviest of all. I had been on many college tours from early on in my high school career and learned that the culture at many PWIs fit my personality better than the cultures at the HBCUs to which I considered applying.

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Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering
The world is rightly on edge over the latest appearance of the lethal Ebola virus. President Obama has committed American troops and millions of American dollars to help those countries in West Africa where it threatens to reach epidemic levels. The diagnosis two weeks ago that Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting relatives and friends in Dallas, was suffering from the virus (he died last week) raised alarm bells throughout the country, prompting government officials and the medical community to check and re-check the multi-faceted preventative “screen” they’ve assembled to defend against the virus.
 
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a nurse who had “extensive contact” with Duncan in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, the first time it has been contracted by someone inside the United States.

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To save our children… beginning right now!

To save our children… beginning right now!

 

(The Rev. Rodney Beard is pastor of The Living Word Community Church in Nashville.)

I had an interesting conversation with the Vice President of our National Action Network of Greater Nashvill

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  • Written by Leah

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

It is the great irony of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, that segregation in our schools has gotten even worse, not better.

Back in 1954, 17 states still had segregated schools and with court order from the highest court in the land, they were forced to desegregate. How successful were they? Not very.

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That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

Two years ago, I had one in a series of engaging and ongoing conversations with the TSD’s Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku about creating fundamental and sustainable change in the quality of life in Memphis, particularly for African-American people.

At the time, I shared with him that I would eventually help 100,000 felons get their voting rights back. I projected personally paying a legal firm to handle each of the 100,000 cases. I envisioned a free YouTube documentary video showing how I (SixFour) – a second-chancer – got my voting rights back. And I openly talked of the collective power that could result.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans

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