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In 'The Tradition'

In 1978, Rhode Island College presented “Four from Providence.” The exhibit was a call to revitalize the reputations of four Providence artists of color who had often been overlooked since their peaks in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Bannister’s ‘Five From Providence’ honors its namesake
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010
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Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
Choice
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010

Ask A Black Woman: Criminal intent edition

Ask A Black Woman: Why are Blacks committing all the crimes lately in Maine and doesn't this say something about Black people's natural inclinations?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 05, 2010
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The power of money

While a cadre of conservative Democrats continues to conspire with Washington's mendacious Republican minority to block national health-care reform, the nation's largest health-benefits company — amusingly called WellPoint — is going about its business
Shame on the natoin's biggest health insurer; shame on the Black Caucus
By EDITORIAL  |  February 19, 2010

Keep streets safe and children in school

Thank you for your very insightful "War Over Peace" article.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 19, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 19, 2010


Ask a Black Woman: Harry Reid edition

Just in time for Black History Month, another installment of "Ask a Black Woman," thanks to JT in Portland who in early January asked me: What's your take on the Harry Reid thing?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 05, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Rainbow Nation

After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010
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Booked solid

The holidays are over — time to hit the books.
A hefty season of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  January 01, 2010
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Deep cuts

The beauty of Kara Walker's silhouettes lies in their concurrent brutality and daintiness, and in her unabashed exploration cutting to the meat of the black-and-white binary in American contemporary culture.
Kara Walker's emotional film at Bowdoin College Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 27, 2009


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Menino, again

At a time when Americans are racked by anxiety about the uncertain future of a weak economy, Boston voters handily returned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to an unprecedented fifth term.
Plus: Latino gains, same-sex defeat, and a buzz for pot
By EDITORIAL  |  November 06, 2009
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Holding his punches

All year, Boston’s political observers have been watching for signs of an anti-Menino tipping point in the mayoral race.
The pundits think a desperate Michael Flaherty needs to be throwing haymakers at the mayor, but he insists that steady pressure will win the fight
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 23, 2009
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Final four?

Some of Boston's savviest political insiders were confident of one thing going into last week's preliminary election: the top four finishers in the at-large City Council race would not be the same quartet to actually win those four seats in November.
The City Council preliminary is seldom a preview of the finish. But this time, it just might be.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 02, 2009

Ask the black woman

I've lived in Maine for seven years and been writing for this fine publication for about five, and during that time I've covered a wide array of subjects on the issue of diversity in Maine.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 21, 2009
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Who's next?

If Melvin B. Miller has his way, last week's shutdown of the Bay State Banner — the African-American-focused weekly paper Miller ran as editor and publisher for nearly half a century — won't be the end.
What the Banner 's closure means for Boston's African-Americans
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 17, 2009


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King, as in mayor

To begin with, I'd like to set down the political and ideological frame of reference under which I try to live.
Another page from an optimist's agenda
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 17, 2009
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Art in America

The legend of the Old West's cowboys and Indians, flinty pioneers and buffalo killers, sheriffs and gunslingers started with the tall tales that cowboys themselves told of their glorious exploits.
From the Old West to middle-class guys
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009
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Review: American Violet

Arrested for a crime she didn't commit, Dee Roberts is enlisted by an ACLU lawyer (Tim Blake Nelson) to sue the county for racist intent and stop the DA from what is continually referred to as "terrorizing the black community."
Racism is bad
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  May 01, 2009
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Swan song for Southie?

South Boston is famous for producing politicians the way Detroit is known for manufacturing automobiles.
As circumstances have changed for Irish Bostonians, the political talent pool in South Boston has dried up. Plus, voting a black slate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 24, 2009
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Lawmakers to probe prison

For years controversy has churned over the Maine State Prison's treatment of both inmates and correctional officers. For the first time, legislators have taken action.
Several investigations begin simultaneously
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 10, 2009


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Blackballed

Turner might want to avoid hitching his fortunes to those of such utterly disreputable pols as former DC mayor Marion Barry, ex-Newark mayor Sharpe James, and Dianne Wilkerson.
If Chuck Turner is innocent, why is he aligning himself with a coterie of disreputable African-American leaders?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 04, 2009
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Black like him?

Whatever your race — and whatever you think of his résumé, or his politics, or his yen for tax-cheating cabinet nominees — Barack Obama's arrival in the Oval Office is something to celebrate.
Obama is, apparently, our first African-American president. But is that the identity he touted as a candidate?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 11, 2009

Mixed Magic's When Fate Comes Knocking

It's been said before and it'll be said again: the election of Barack Obama casts a new light on the Civil Rights Movement. Or, in Ricardo Pitts-Wiley's words, "We get to tell the story in a different way."
Living history
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 10, 2009
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Review: Rebound!

According to Boston Herald writer Michael Connelly, the deep racial wounds opened up by the Boston busing crisis of the mid '70s first began to heal when whites and blacks came together to support the Boston Celtics' championship team of 1981.
The Celtics and the busing rift
By KEN BROCINER  |  February 10, 2009

Nice to meet you

Hello, I'm Black America, and I just wanted to introduce myself. You'll be seeing a lot of me now that the Obama family is in the White House.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 04, 2009


Uh, race still matters, folks

In a few short days Barack Obama will go from being our first black president-elect to our first black president. Yes siree, the black guy is finally going to be in charge. We finally did it. Welcome to post-racial America!
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  January 07, 2009

Black or blue

What if blue eyes were like black skin?
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 07, 2009
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Sports Blotter: A farewell to OJ

Any columnist covering this field who failed to note O.J. Simpson’s lamentable change of status from in-it-to-win-it sports-crime competitor to DQ’d resident of High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, Nevada, would be grossly derelict in his duties.

By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 30, 2008
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Corrections changes

Like a movie hero, the NAACP’s new, young national president, Benjamin Jealous, swept into the 900-inmate Maine State Prison in Warren on Monday, quelling protests among the prisoners and, at least temporarily, rescuing the organization’s prison chapter
NAACP leader challenges Maine prison policies
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 10, 2008