Black History Month

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She's First African-American Woman With $1B Business

Janice Bryant Howroyd made it big with employment agency Act-1

(Newser) - Familiar with the name Janice Bryant Howroyd? There's a reason the 65-year-old comes in at No. 4 on a CNBC list of black women who have changed the world of business. Howroyd, it turns out, is the first African-American woman to run a company that generates more than $1... More »

Boston Police Takes Flak for Black History Month Tweet

Department honored a white coach, and the mayor joined in the criticism

(Newser) - Boston's police department is taking all kinds of criticism over a tweet meant to celebrate Black History Month. The problem? The since-deleted tweet praised the accomplishments of a white man, reports WBZ . The offending tweet went out Sunday night, and it lauded the late Boston Celtics coach and exec... More »

Cartoon About White Privilege Banned for Inspiring 'White Guilt'

A Virginia school district calls the educational video 'racially divisive'

(Newser) - An educational video about racial inequality has been banned by one Virginia school district after "numerous emails and phone calls" from parents calling it "racially divisive" and a "white guilt video," the Washington Post reports. The video— Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race —uses a... More »

Teachers Bounced for Black History Parade Hailing OJ

RuPaul, Dennis Rodman also honored in controversial march

(Newser) - Three elementary school teachers in Los Angeles who decided a felon, a drag queen, and Dennis Rodman belonged with Harriet Tubman and President Obama in a parade of black history icons have been suspended. Some community leaders are accusing the teachers, who are white, of racism and are calling for... More »

Obama Salutes Protest Songs With Concert

Bob Dylan, Queen Latifah head all-star salute to music that fueled civil rights

(Newser) - Crediting civil rights-era protest songs and their spiritual predecessors for his election, President Obama last night opened the White House to an all-star lineup that paid tribute to the music that he said fueled freedom marches and civil disobedience. Queen Latifah sang the Marvin Gaye classic "What's Going On"... More »

Wanda Sykes Mocks NBC's Black History Menu—on NBC

Jay Leno a little uncomfortable during the riff

(Newser) - Jay Leno may have thought Wanda Sykes wanted to talk about her injured foot and her 9-month-old twins, but she made it clear last night on his show , "I'm here for that delicious Black History Month menu that NBC is serving in their cafeteria." Leno seemed clueless, and... More »

NBC Serves Fried Chicken to Honor Black History Month

A move that doesn't go over well once it hits Twitter

(Newser) - The NBC commissary at 30 Rock is catching plenty of flak after an employee snapped a photo of the day's special—fried chicken, collard greens, and black-eyed peas "in honor of Black History Month"—then shared it with his 1.2 million Twitter followers. Questlove, the drummer for... More »

Holder: We're Still a 'Nation of Cowards' on Race

Americans don't discuss racist past enough: attorney general

(Newser) - We may have elected our first black president, but America remains "a nation of cowards" on race, Eric Holder said today in a speech honoring Black History Month. "Average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial," said the attorney general. He vowed... More »

Bush: 'No Place in America' For Lynching Jokes

President says noose displays aren't harmless pranks

(Newser) - President Bush said today that Americans should agree that noose displays and lynching jokes are “deeply offensive.” “They are wrong and they have no place in America today,” Bush said at a Black History Month event at the White House. The Justice Department is investigating noose... More »

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