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Harvard’s Du Bois awards celebrate excellence in arts, politics

The Du Bois Medal is Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies and has been awarded since 2000 to individuals in the U.S. and around the world in recognition of their contributions to African American ...

Charles Blow discusses ‘Fire Shut Up In My Bones’ memoir

New York Times columnist Charles Blow discusses his life experiences in his new memoir.

Anti-racism bloggers share insights in Ford Hall Forum discussion

Bloggers Spectra Asala, of Spectra Speaks (spectraspeaks.com), Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine (illdoctrine.com) and Andrew Ti of Yo, Is this Racist?, spoke about anti-racism blogging during a panel discussion hosted by the Ford Hall Forum.

ACLU study finds blacks disproportionately targeted by police stop-and-frisks

A study commissioned by the ACLU Massachusetts finds that while blacks make up 24 percent of the population, they account for 63 percent of the police stops in the department’s database.

In The News: Alvin Poussaint

Harvard University Medical School Professor Alvin Poussaint was recognized at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated and the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses’ Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts.

Author explores historical roots of American Dream

Author Richard Rodriguez describes the evolution and varied meanings of the American Dream in an interview with New America Media Executive Director Sandy Close.

Former Massachusetts man raises funds to help ailing Mississippi blues musicians

Edgar Smith, who spent much of his career working in Boston, created a foundation to provide financial assistance to aging blues musicians.

Harvard Law professor leads review of Brooklyn DA, cops

Harvard Law Professor Ronald Sullivan Jr.is heading up a panel reviewing prosecutorial misconduct in Brooklyn.

Study: credit card companies garnish wages of millions in U.S.

ADP, the nation's largest payroll services provider, undertook a study of 2013 payroll records for 13 million employees. ADP's report, released today, shows that more than one in 10 employees in the prime working ages of 35 to 44 had ...

Black voters in South face obstacles, loss of protection

With the weakening of the Voting Rights Act, black voters in the South are facing new challenges.

Boston fast food workers strike as part of national fight for higher wages

Nine Boston protesters were arrested during a fast food worker strike organized as part of a national fight for higher wages.

Boston Public Health Commission reports decline in black infant mortality.

While infant mortality rates among blacks in Boston are still higher among those for whites, the city has seen a decrease in the gap over the last 10 years.

Complicated relations between blacks, South Asians not likely exacerbated by Ferguson shooting

Despite all the suspicion and prejudice, in hardscrabble towns and neighborhoods, the chances are the shop-owner could be a Indian or a Korean and the customer could be African American or Latino.

California legislature passes bill to protect temp workers

California’s legislature passed a bill last week advancing protections for temporary workers in the wake of a ProPublica series on the dangers faced by temp workers.

Teens say stop-and-frisk an everyday reality in Boston

Police department policy dictates that officers must have a valid reason to detain, pat-down or search suspects, but teens interviewed by the Banner say they’re often stopped without reason.