Black Man in TV Commercial Results in 270 Calls to 911|Humor

Black Man in TV Commercial Results in 270 Calls to 911|Humor

NASHVILLE, TN – The appearance of a black man in a television commercial frightened white viewers and resulted in more than 270 calls to police. “Scared the hell out a me! I saw a black man where there shouldn’t be no black man – in my house,” said Ken Grumman. “I thought I was gonna […]

Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboy

Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboy

Whitewashed from cowboy movies and lore, the African-American contribution to the shaping of the American West was more significant than previously considered, down to tunes they sang, which were as familiar as “Home on the Range.” In researching songs that would become his album Dom Flemons presents Black Cowboys for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the artist […]

It’s Time We Had a Talk About White People Calling the Cops on Black People

You may have heard about that unsettling incident last week—the one in which a white Yale graduate student called campus police on a black classmate who’d fallen asleep on the sofa in the common room of their student apartment building. Yale officers detained the black student, Lolade Siyonbola, for 15 minutes in order to, as […]

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