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House to Hold Hearing on Slavery Reparations

A House Judiciary subcommittee will hold hearings on reparations next Wednesday, marking the first time in more than a decade that the House will discuss potentially compensating the descendants of slaves.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) held a press conference on Dec. 13 to announce that she will be chairing a new Congressional Jazz Caucus. To help accomplish this, on Dec. 12 Jackson Lee introduced H.R. 4626, "to preserve knowledge and promote education about jazz in the United States and abroad."

‘Case for Reparations’ Author Praises Warren: ‘I Think She Means It’

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of “The Case for Reparations,” praised Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the New Yorker on Monday as a 2020 Democrat who is not just giving “lip service on reparations,” revealing that Warren had asked him about five years ago to have a conversation with her about his reparations piece.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Hugh Hefner Declares Victory in Sexual War Against Republicans

Hugh Hefner, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy, has penned an essay in the magazine’s latest (nude-free) issue, declaring victory over conservative Republicans in the decades-long struggle since the sexual revolution began in the 1960s.

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Obama to Howard University Grads: ‘Beyoncé Runs the World’

President Obama praised pop queen Beyoncé and television showrunner Shonda Rhimes as just two examples of how far African-Americans have progressed in the United States since the Civil Rights movement during his commencement address at Howard University on Saturday.

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Desperately Seeking South Carolina: Sanders and Clinton Go After Black Vote

Both Democratic candidates seeking the presidential nomination were desperately fighting for the black vote on Wednesday, ahead of the upcoming South Carolina primary. Bernie Sanders is attempting to continue the momentum from his massive victory in New Hampshire, while Hillary Clinton is hoping that the South Carolina primary on February 27th becomes a firewall that helps shut down Bernie Sanders.

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Black Lives Matter Wants to Push Socialist Sanders Even Farther Left

As Bernie Sanders attempts to gain the black vote in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, he is encountering resistance from some radical black activists for his recent statements opposing reparations for slavery and his vote as a congressman to extradite Black Lives Matter hero, the convicted terrorist murder Assata Shakur.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) meets with Reverend Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant on February 10, 2016 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The meeting comes after a strong victory for Senator Sanders in the New Hampshire primary.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates has written some controversial pieces for the Atlantic, including one defending reparations for slavery and another arguing the public shift on the Trayvon Martin case was based on opposition to President Obama. Next year, Coates will become a different kind of author when takes on a year-long story about Black Panther, the first mainstream black superhero, for Marvel comics.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Attacked by Cornel West for Some Reason

The political scientist Wallace Sayre is quoted as saying that “academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” A bitter online fight that erupted this week between scholar Cornel West and Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates offers the latest illustration.

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Myth vs. Fact in Police Reform: How Progressives Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good

In a piece published yesterday, Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that police are used as a backstop of force to deal with social problems they are ill-equipped to handle. But in making this case, Coates makes the perfect the enemy of the good, choosing systemic solutions he never even articulates over the practical one most people already agree on: body cameras.

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