With tightening of blockade, U.S. seeks to strangle Cuba…again

National security adviser John Bolton announced new administration policy during a speech, April 17, in Coral Gables, Fla., at the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association on the 58th anniversary of the United States’ failed 1961 invasion of the island, an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government. The Trump administration is intensifying the blockade against Cuba in a fresh attempt to cripple its government. | Wilfredo Lee/AP “The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade…

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Political correctness confronts the academic establishment in ‘The Niceties’

Lisa Banes (left) and Jordan Boatman / T. Charles Erickson LOS ANGELES—Eleanor Burgess’s two-character play The Niceties reflects much of the turmoil that is currently afflicting American campuses as old shibboleths crumble in the light of new historical and sociological research, and as heightened passions inflame young minds. Its two acts take place in late March 2016 and three weeks later. Much happens during that time, including the fact that Donald Trump has demolished Jeb Bush in the Republican primaries and is now headed into the convention as the presumptive…

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Brexit: An Easter Holiday reprieve as pressure mounts from across the pond

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, April 11. European Union leaders offered Britain an extension to Brexit that would allow the country to delay its EU departure date until Oct. 31. | Francisco Seco / AP After a tumultuous start to the new year, all is quiet on the Brexit front…for now.British Prime Minister Theresa May has set off to Wales for a walking holiday over the Easter weekend, and several other members of Parliament, on…

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TCM Classic Filmfest wrapup: Hooray for Hollywood!

A still from the movie “A Patch of Blue,” the first interracial love story from 1965. From left, Shelley Winters and Sidney Poitier. LOS ANGELES—For a cinema historian/critic, Turner Classic Movies is my favorite TV channel. The yearly TCM Classic Film Festival is among my most cherished film fetes. This year marked a double anniversary: 25 years ago, Ted Turner, “the Mouth of the South,” launched TCM by screening the 1939 epic Gone with the Wind, introduced by the venerable Robert Osborne, longtime host of the channel dedicated to screening…

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Twitch Bans White User for Applying Blackface in Cosplay

Karina “Karupups” Martsinkevich, a Lithuanian Twitch streamer, was temporarily banned from the video platform after using blackface while cosplaying on April 13. According to the gaming website Kotaku, Martsinkevich was in the Just Chatting section of Twitch, where she streamed with nearly 160 users the preparation for her cosplay as Lifeline, a Black character from […] The post Twitch Bans White User for Applying Blackface in Cosplay appeared first on EBONY. source: https://www.ebony.com/news/race-culture/twitch-bans-white-user-blackface-cosplay/

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School Under Fire for Using Black Student to Re-enact ‘Little Rock Nine’ Abuse

An Arizona mother is furious after learning her son was paraded around a classroom and degraded by other students at the request of two teachers. Claudia Rodriguez called out BASIS Phoenix Central School in a lengthy Facebook post after her 9-year-old was made to walk through the classroom as two teachers and 27 third-graders hurled […] The post School Under Fire for Using Black Student to Re-enact ‘Little Rock Nine’ Abuse appeared first on EBONY. source: https://www.ebony.com/news/school-under-fire-for-using-black-student-to-reenact-little-rock-nine-abuse/

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‘FOBia’: A real-life immigrant tale on and offscreen

Scene from FOBia CHICAGO— This week, April 10, The Museum of Contemporary Art hosted a special screening for the first episode of FOBia. The premiere was streamed through OTV, an intersectional production platform that has been at the forefront of independent media in Chicago, and is now releasing the much anticipated immigrant-centric comedy. FOBia follows the story of Kay—an Indian “FOB” (meaning “Fresh Off the Boat,” a slang term for someone who is newly arrived in the States)—as she adapts to American life. The mastermind behind the show is artistic…

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Police handcuff innocent 10-yr-old boy, assault black males for noise making [Videos]

“He is a child.” “He is not resisting.” “That is not ok.” Those were some of the words from some onlookers who witnessed a 10-year-old black boy being handcuffed then led to a waiting police vehicle by Washington, D.C. police officers on suspicion of being involved in an armed robbery. According to NBC Washington, the 10-year-old’s detention came about after the police received a complaint from a boy about being assaulted and robbed of his phone at gunpoint by three boys. The information provided led them to detain the boy…

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