| May 10, 2014
Iman Trek, a well-known figure in the Lehigh Valley's hiphop music scene, was upset over reports of racially motivated misconduct at Lehigh University.
"This crap … has been going on for 20 years," he said, calling a recent incident a "hate crime"...
| May 6, 2014
| 5:45 PM
Forty-five years after her first UCLA teaching gig attracted the wrath of Gov. Ronald Reagan, Angela Y. Davis is back on campus this semester, as regents' lecturer in the gender studies department. Her Thursday address in Royce Hall, about feminism and...
| May 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Every few months, some ordinary person arises from the undifferentiated swarm of Americans and is turned into the poster boy or the poster girl of some political battle du jour.
This time it's been Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who's a scofflaw and...
| May 13, 2014
| 7:13 PM
Up at Harvard, the good guys won.
Far beyond Harvard, actually. For all the chatter about free expression and cultural context and historical interpretation, the re-creation of a Satanic black mass planned at that campus earlier this week ended up...
| May 4, 2014
Now that the National Basketball Association has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life over his racist comments, how about those Washington Redskins?
Sterling is getting punished for insults he uttered in private. Redskins owner...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:03 PM
Early on the morning of June 13, 1994, I was awakened by persistent knocking on my guesthouse door. An LAPD officer was at the door because two beautiful people, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, had lost their lives.
Me? I was a wanna-be actor from...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Justin Bieber seems to have had a proclivity for the N-word in his earlier years, with yet another video of the pop star surfacing that shows him using the racial epithet as a joke.
To add insult to injury, the embattled 20-year-old also mentions...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 12:51 PM
Once again embroiled in scandal, Justin Bieber has turned to scripture.
After two videos showing a then-teenage Bieber using a racial slur multiple times — he repeats a crass joke in one clip and parodies his own song in another — surfaced...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 10:45 AM
Justin Bieber has issued another apology this week, this time for a second video that surfaced showing the pop star singing a racist parody of his song "One Less Lonely Girl" at age 14.
Bieber, now 20, admitted to his wrongs in a statement to British...
| May 28, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Poet, memoirist and performer Maya Angelou has died at age 86, Wake Forest University announced Wednesday. The multi-talented artist was also a celebrated civil rights advocate and pioneer.
As a poet, Angelou was best known for reading at President...
| May 28, 2014
"Have you heard of Irish amnesia?" a jolly Irish-American friend once joked. "It's when you forget everything but the grudges."
Indeed, I responded, a lot of us black folks can identify with that: We forget everything but our "40 acres and a mule."...