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Legislation to create a commission to study slavery reparations for Black Americans cleared a House committee Wednesday in a historic vote — making its way to the full House for the first time more than three decades after it was initially introduced.
The legislation, HR 40, was first introduced 30 years ago, and now faces a full House vote. Should it pass the House, the measure would go to the evenly divided Senate.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 25-17 Wednesday to advance the bill.
The bill would establish a 13-person commission to study the lasting impacts from slavery and ongoing racial discrimination throughout the country's history. The panel would submit its findings to Congress and recommend any necessary remedies, including compensation to Black Americans.
As part of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package — the same new law that has been giving most Americans $1,400 stimulus checks — working families can expect to receive up to $3,600 per child for 2021.
finance.yahoo.com The IRS commissioner says the child credit payments will arrive on time after all.
Mental Health MVPs: Secrets to Overcoming Adversity from Military and NFL Veterans
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
7:30 p.m. EST
Featuring Ret. Col. Gregory Gadson, who during military service suffered numerous injuries. Gadson, a bilateral above-the-knee amputee, shares his story of triumph and courage. Mr. Eric Hipple, in response to his son’s death by su***de, speaks on the importance of the dangers of depression and having more attention on mental illness.
In partnership with the NFL Alumni Health and Wellness Initiative, No Shortcuts provides a unique platform for sports/athletics challenges to be addressed through education, experiences, and resources.
The free webinars feature athletes and health care professionals engaging in conversations to support a positive mental health and holistic sport experience. #SPMGMedia
spmgmedia.wordpress.com Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:30 p.m. EST Register Featuring Ret. Col. Gregory Gadson, who during military service suffered numerous injuries. Gadson, a bilateral above-the-knee amputee, shares h…
Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” continued its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual Directors Guild Association Awards.
nbcboston.com Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” continued its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual Directors Guild Association Awards.
Leni Klum Covers 'Glamour' Germany 20 Years After Supermodel Mom Heidi
Like mother, like daughter. Heidi Klum's 16-year-old daughter, Leni Klum, is following in her mother's modeling footsteps. Leni graced the cover of Glamour Germany's 20th anniversary issue two decades after Heidi was the magazine's first-ever cover model. Leni took to Instagram to share the exciting news, thanking everyone who made her first solo cover "so special."
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has attended commemorations in Weimar to remember the thousands of people killed by the N***s at the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps.
dw.com President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has attended commemorations in Weimar to remember the thousands of people killed by the N***s at the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps.
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park offers free tours detailing its past and will soon have a Civil Rights museum.
travelandleisure.com Historic Virginia Key Beach Park was once home to the only beach that welcomed Miami's Black population. Today, it welcomes everyone and teaches about the park's history.
Harry has paid tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip, describing him as "a man of service, honour and great humour," after flying back to the United Kingdom ahead of the funeral on Saturday.
cnn.com Britain's Prince Harry has paid tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip, describing him as "a man of service, honour and great humour," after flying back to the United Kingdom ahead of the funeral on Saturday.
Hideki Matsuyama has made history as the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship. #SPMGMedia
abc7.com MASTERS CHAMPION: Hideki Matsuyama has made history as the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship.
"I learned very quickly that I just can't give the property back,'' Hahn said during a news conference overlooking the parcel near the Strand and 26th Street. "It came with restrictions, where it limited our ability to sell or transfer this property. So I need state legislation to lift these restrictions and allow the county to transfer this property.''
Sen. Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, said he will champion the legislation in Sacramento, saying, "I look forward to working with the county getting this legislation signed into law this year.''
abc7.com Los Angeles County is taking the first steps to return a scenic parcel of Manhattan Beach land that was wrongfully seized from a Black couple nearly 100 years ago, officials announced Friday.
Just after Pushpika De Silva won the title, the 2019 "Mrs. Sri Lanka" winner, Caroline Jurie, took her crown during the national broadcast and placed it on the runner-up's head. 👀
Calling it a long-overdue righting of a wrong committed a century ago, County Supervisor Janice Hahn said Friday the county will return a scenic parcel of Manhattan Beach land to the descendants of a Black couple who operated a beach resort that was derided by residents and ultimately condemned and seized by the city.
abc7.com Los Angeles County is taking the first steps to return a scenic parcel of Manhattan Beach land that was wrongfully seized from a Black couple nearly 100 years ago, officials announced Friday.
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Here are a few shots from the piece BLACK AMERICANA: A Photo Essay on Love and Pain
When Queen Viola Davis agreed to star in it, my heart smiled so big. Thank you Viola for being game to do something different and letting me include Julius and Genesis.
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On the eve of the Masters, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has released the cause of the February wreck where Tiger Woods suffered extensive injury: excessive speed of 82-87 mph in a 45-mph zone.
sports.yahoo.com Los Angeles County police have released the cause of Tiger Woods' February wreck.
warning to corporate America. Angry that companies like Delta, Coca-Cola, and Major League Baseball had had the audacity to criticize Georgia’s highly restrictive new voting law, the Senate minority leader issued a vague but nevertheless ominous threat about what might happen to naughty little multinationals that failed to keep their traps shut. “Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex,” he seethed.
vanityfair.com A super PAC allied with the Senate minority leader took in a whopping $475 million from corporate donors last year alone.
The novelist, who had a relationship with Salinger when she was 18 and he was 53, on the Allen v. Farrow documentary—and what happens when women tell the truth.
vanityfair.com The novelist, who had a relationship with Salinger when she was 18 and he was 53, on the Allen v. Farrow documentary—and what happens when women tell the truth.
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Rep. Alcee Hastings, civil rights lawyer and judge elected to 15 terms in Congress, dies at 84
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, a charismatic civil rights lawyer who became Florida’s first Black federal judge, was impeached on corruption charges and made a remarkable comeback as a liberal Democratic member of the U.S. House and the dean of his state’s congressional delegation, died April 6. He was 84.
His chief of staff, Lale Morrison, confirmed the death but did not share additional details. Rep. Hastings announced in 2019 that he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.
As the government continues to send $1,400 stimulus checks, some people are getting plus-up payments to the payments they already received.
People who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income or Railroad Retirement benefits could see their checks deposited in the coming days.
cnbc.com As the government continues to issue new stimulus checks, some people are getting "plus-up" payments now that their 2020 tax returns have been processed.
“They thought they were allowed to do that as participatory art and made a mistake,” said Kang Wook, head of the exhibition at Seoul’s Lotte World Mall, where the accidental vandalism took place, Reuters reported. The damaged 95-by-275-inch untitled piece was painted by Paris-based artist JonOne, a k a Harlem-born John Andrew Perello, before a live audience in 2016 — and is valued at a whopping $500,000.
nypost.com American gaffe-iti.
ocregister.com Historic upset bid by UCLA denied by Gonzaga’s overtime buzzer be**er
To see these women’s lives in fullness requires that we reckon with overlapping histories of racism, militarism, and policing that have made Asian diasporic women invisible to Americans except when condemned through ideas of illicit s*x.
harpersbazaar.com To understand the shootings in Atlanta, we must trace the histories of race, gender and empire in the lives of Asian women in America.
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"While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton's quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We'll miss Simon's presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer—more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear."
harpersbazaar.com Apparently, this was the plan all along.
Christian Community Magazine NEW ALBUM RELEASE: CeCe Winans: Believe For It
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I'm loving this new music from Cece Winans. Her worship music always hits my spirit deeply and forges my heart closer to the Lord. 'Father, all my life you have been faithful.' We only doubt God when we forget about what He's already done.
Says Winans, “This album is filled with such powerful songs that need to be heard around the world. I believe some amazing testimonies will be shared after people listen to this project.”
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Judge Carlos Moore, President-Elect, National Bar Association - "This young 17-year-old high school senior pulled up a B to an A, a C to a B, a D to an A, got admitted to the University of Memphis, went from missing 10 days to 3.5 days of school, and registered to vote. He went over and beyond all, I asked of him within one 9 weeks grading period as part of my Do Better ASAP (Alternative Sentencing Accountability Program).
As a result, he is my top graduate or valedictorian and will speak at the graduation ceremony and reception for all successful participants on May 18th in Clarksdale. Way to go Chandler! Your future is bright! I was more than happy to dismiss your reckless driving charge. You earned it!" #AlternativeSentencing #MooreJustice #SecondChancesMatter #SPMGMedia
National Museum of African American History and Culture Celebrates
National Jazz Appreciation and Poetry Month in April
Virtual Programs Feature a Conversation With the Youngest Original Freedom
Rider, COVID-19 and Artists, and a Panel About Gospel Music and Men
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month and Poetry Month in April with special digital offerings highlighting African Americans’ contributions to today’s jazz and poetry landscape. Five celebrated African American poets are highlighted: Lucille Clifton, Sarah Elizabeth Wright, Amanda Gorman, Ntozake Shange and NMAAHC Director Kevin Young through NMAAHC’s The Power of Poetry Blog Series.
Other virtual programming highlights include a conversation with NPR’s Michel Martin and artists discussing the works they have created during the COVID-19 pandemic and nearly a year of social justice protests launched by the death of George Floyd, as well as a panel discussion exploring the history of African American men in gospel music and a virtual conversation with 1960s’ Freedom Rider Charles Person.
NMAAHC’s April Jazz and Poetry Social Media Campaign
The public can follow the museum on social media to celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month and Poetry Month to explore the role both art forms have played in telling—and developing—the African American story. NMAAHC’s social media channels will offer jazz compositions and poems by notable African American artists, including Amanda Gorman, Maya Angelou and others. The public can test their knowledge with a Q&A and learn more by following @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Power of Poetry Blog Series
During National Poetry Month, the museum is debuting a new poetry blog series covering African American poetry dating to the 1700s. The series shows how poetry has revealed the aspirations, resilience and vibrancy of African Americans. Featured artists include Lucille Clifton, Sarah Elizabeth Wright, Amanda Gorman, Ntozake Shange and NMAAHC Director Kevin Young. Young is an award-winning author of 13 books of poetry and prose; he also is the poetry editor of the New Yorker and host of its poetry podcast. More information about featured African American artists and poetry’s impact on African American culture is available at https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog/series/power-poetry.
Joyful ABC Kids Activity Book Series—Fourth Release (K, L, M, N)
Monday, April 5
The Joyful Kids ABC Activity Book series invites caregivers and educators to support children’s positive identity development while also growing their language and literacy skills with activities, museum objects and new words. Each Joyful activity booklet gives participating adults insight into children’s developmental stages, age-appropriate play, art activities and opportunities to look closely at museum objects. The latest series of activity booklets can be downloaded at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood/joyful-abc-activity-books.
Poetry Workshop: Ode Poetry + Harriet Tubman
Wednesday, April 7; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will look at examples of odes and spend time composing an individual work based on Harriet Tubman. An ode is a poem that praises an individual, an idea or an event. International slam poetry champion Anthony McPherson will lead the workshop. McPherson’s work incorporates various art forms and a myriad of character impressions to address race, art and his own biracial identity. He has appeared on Button Poetry, HuffPost and Upworthy. His first viral poem, “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition,” has received more than 10 million views online. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
NMAAHC Kids: Joyful Fridays
Fridays only April 9–30; 11 a.m.– 11:45 a.m.
Joyful Fridays welcome children each Friday in April to create art that celebrates black joy, history and culture. This program is inspired by the museum’s Joyful ABC’s activity book series, which features activities, museum objects, and new words based on characteristics featured in the book, A is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book. To prepare for the activity, registered participants will receive a list of accessible supplies needed, recommended books and links to online resources in the museum’s early-childhood Learning Lab collections. The materials will be distributed via email on the Monday before each program. This program is for children ages 4 through 8. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Monday, April 12 and 26; 12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
In this virtual program, participants will contemplate the journey of black Americans toward liberation through meditation. During the 45-minute guided sessions, attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on their liberation and discuss the meaning of freedom. Meditation and yoga instructor Ericka Phillips will lead the sessions. No experience, equipment or special clothing is necessary. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Poetry Workshop: Persona Poetry + Benjamin Banneker
Wednesday, April 14; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will look at examples of persona poems and spend time composing an individual work based on Benjamin Banneker. A persona poem is a poem created from the point of view of the speaker. International slam poetry champion Anthony McPherson will lead the workshop. McPherson’s work incorporates various art forms and a myriad of character impressions to address race, art and his own biracial identity. He has appeared on Button Poetry, HuffPost and Upworthy. His first viral poem, “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition,” has received more than 10 million views online. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Wednesday, April 14 and 28; 4 p.m.–5 p.m.
Through guided exercises that look closely at paintings and photographs, the Artful Observations program encourages critical thinking and careful observation. Each session will focus on one work from NMAAHC’s visual-art collections. Guided by a NMAAHC educator, participants will spend an hour examining the work in detail and end with a period of sharing their discoveries. No formal art or art history training is required. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Fire and Desire: A Conversation on Black Men in Gospel Music
Saturday, April 17; 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Organized around the book by Alisha Lola Jones, Ph.D., Flaming?: The Peculiar Theo-Politics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance, this panel discussion, moderated by Teddy R. Reeves, NMAAHC’s curator of religion, examines the various ways male gospel musicians traverse tightly knit social networks to negotiate and renegotiate identities. Panelists include Jones; Melvin Butler, Ph.D., University of Miami; Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, City of Refuge, UCC; Dwandalyn Reece, Ph.D., curator of music and performing arts at NMAAHC; and Kevin Taylor, senior pastor at Unity Fellowship Church. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Historically Speaking: Art in the Time of a Pandemic
Tuesday, April 20; 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
In this moderated discussion, the museum brings together a group of artists to discuss the impact of the past year’s twin pandemics on their work: COVID 19 and racial unrest. The panel of artists, moderated by Michel Martin, host of NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, will focus on how these artists have risen to the challenge of shuttered performance spaces and have used their art to uplift diverse voices, bring solace and spark discussion about current issues. This panel includes artists Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Raymond O. Caldwell, producing artistic director of the Theater Alliance; Tony Mobley, photojournalist; and Ebony Tolliver, comedian, host/MC and the producer of LikeDat Productions. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Poetry Workshop: Pastoral Poetry + The Highwaymen
Wednesday, April 21; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will look at examples of pastoral poems and spend time composing an individual work based on The Highwaymen’s artwork. Pastoral poetry is known for exploring the relationship between humans and nature. International slam poetry champion Anthony McPherson will lead the workshop. McPherson’s work incorporates various art forms and a myriad of character impressions to address race, art and his own biracial identity. He has appeared on Button Poetry, HuffPost and Upworthy. His first viral poem, “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition,” has received more than 10 million views online. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Poetry Workshop: Ekphrastic Poetry + Angela Davis
Wednesday, April 28; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Participants can deepen their NMAAHC collection experience and let it inspire their writing in this virtual ekphrastic poetry workshop. Ekphrastic poetry responds to a work of visual art—generally a painting, sculpture or photograph. During the workshop, attendees will look at examples of ekphrastic poems and spend time composing an individual work based on Angela Davis. International slam poetry champion Anthony McPherson will lead the workshop. McPherson’s work incorporates various art forms and a myriad of character impressions to address race, art and his own biracial identity. He has appeared on Button Poetry, HuffPost and Upworthy. His first viral poem, “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition,” has received more than 10 million views online. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Historically Speaking: Buses Are a Comin’: A Conversation with Freedom Rider Charles Person
Thursday, April 29; 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Freedom Rider and author Charles Person discuss his new book, Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider, which provides a personal view of the U.S. civil rights movement in America. At 18, Person was the youngest of the 13 people who boarded two buses in Washington, D.C., to head to New Orleans in the spring of 1961. Among those 13—seven blacks and six whites—was John Lewis, who was elected to Congress in 1987 and served until his death in 2020. This group set out to discover whether America would abide by a Supreme Court decision that ruled segregation unconstitutional in interstate travel, bus depots, restaurants and restrooms nationwide. When Person’s bus arrived in Anniston, Alabama, the riders refused the driver’s order to move to the back of the bus. Person and three others were beaten by Klansmen and dragged to the back of the bus. Person’s story provides a roadmap from a teenager of a previous era to the young people of today on how to become agents of transformation. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
Artists at Home: School Outreach
Multiple dates throughout April
This school semester, NMAAHC offers a digital, interactive art program for teachers and their students in grades 3–8. “Artists at Home” is designed to engage students in hands-on art making and conversations about African American artists and different visual art genres. Led by an NMAAHC educator, each hour-long session will focus on a unique visual artist and encourage discussion around their work. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on art project using household materials. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.
About the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Since opening Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed more than 7 million visitors. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit nmaahc.si.edu, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.
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