Russell Simmons, you defamed not just Harriet Tubman but all black women

Not all heroes are created equal. Some garner considerably more praise and attention. For a lucky few, we fight fiercely to preserve their work and reputation because collectively we agree that this is what they deserve.

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Call for urgency – not just the “Dream” – was captivating

I spent many of my college days organizing sit-ins and marches, and being jailed for my efforts; and my first meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. in October 1960 was a life-altering experience. So I was highly disappointed when preparations for my second year as a public school teacher in Charleston, S.C., prevented my participation in the historic March on Washington. Although my body was in South Carolina, like millions of Americans, my heart and soul were in Washington, D.C.

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Russell Simmons’ Triflin’ Ways

When I was a child I knew that my grandmother Dora held someone in low regard when she used the word trifling, or in her southern twang triflin’, to describe the person. It was the first word that came to mind when thinking about hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons and the demeaning characterization of abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a “comedy” video on his new You Tube channel. The depiction of Tubman, a true hero of the Black liberation movement in America, as sexually promiscuous and conniving, is an insult to her legacy and the struggle of African-American women through time to be treated as human beings and not objects of male fantasy or manipulation. In one moment of extreme ignorance, Russell Simmons managed to take us all back to a point in time when Black women were relegated to “thing” status.

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Historic Columbia Foundation’s Jubilee: Festival of Heritage Celebrates 35 Years on August 24

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of one African-American family—who lived and worked on the same property for more than 140 years—Historic Columbia Foundation presents the 35th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage. This free, family-friendly event will be held on the grounds of the historic Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland Street (at Marion) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 24.

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The Nickelodeon Theatre and Columbia SC 63 Present The Color of Justice

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Nickelodeon Theatre and Columbia SC 63 present The Color of Justice for August’s Civil Rights Sunday movie at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Nickelodeon Theatre.

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New School Year Almost Here; Are You Ready?

For some kids, going back to school can be like carrying the weight of the world, either on their backs or their eyelids. Here are a few tips to transition your child from summer fun to school with ease.

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Benedict College vs. Fort Valley State Univeristy in Augusta City Classic

The Board of the Augusta City Classic is pleased to announce The “Annual Augusta City/ Capitol City Bank Classic,” this event will be held at the Lucy Laney Stadium, September 28th, 2013.  This year the game will feature the Tigers of Benedict College taking on the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University, events will begin at 8:00 am.

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Local weaver keeping 300-year tradition alive

Photo by D.S. Owens

It smells as sweet as vanilla. It grows in moist areas along shores and woods but has been used by many. It looks delicate but can form baskets, hats and jewelry.

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U.S. Supreme Court has again weakened workers’ rights

“The Court’s disregard for the realities of the workplace means that many victims of workplace harassment will have no effective remedy.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court

While the headlines have been dominated by the much-anticipated recent Supreme Court rulings on the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action and marriage equality, the Court also issued two lesser-covered rulings that are an affront to workers’ rights and their ability to seek justice if they face discrimination on the job. As with the ruling on Section Four of the Voting Rights Act, these two decisions strip away critical protections granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and continue to overturn decades of anti-discrimination protections.

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Dreaming is Insufficient

As preparations continue for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington my thoughts are focused on the tangible changes in America that event triggered. Framed by a civil rights movement that had been gaining traction since Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, and the Montgomery bus boycott one year later, the march was the climax of decades long struggle to address injustices cast upon the descendants of slaves. After more than a quarter million people, of all races and faiths, converged on the nation’s capital, historic civil rights and voting rights legislation was passed by Congress and signed by President Lyndon Johnson in the two years after the march.

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