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Elijah Cummings’ Daughters Endorse His Staffer Over Their Stepmother for Vacant Seat

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ two daughters are supporting their late father’s long-time staffer, Harry Spikes, over Cummings’ second wife and their stepmother, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, to fill the vacant congressional seat left after Cummings’ untimely death in October. “My sister and I are supporting Harry Spikes for Congress because for…

Oscar Voters Nominate All White Actors, Again

By Sheryl Estrada The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag from 2015 resurfaced on Twitter Thursday following the announcement of 2016 Academy Awards nominations. In a repeat performance, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Award voters have selected exclusively white nominees. The 20 actors and actresses nominated in the four acting…

Confederacy Fans 'Defend' Their Own Selma Memorial

By Michael Nam A group of men and women, all white, gathered at the Live Oaks Cemetery in Selma, Ala., while 50th anniversary celebrations of the watershed civil-rights march took place nearby, according to The Guardian. The cemetery is the final resting place of many a Civil War soldier, including…

Where Were You 50 Years Ago

By Michael Nam “Not only would I not be here because our society wouldn’t have changed as much as it has in 50 years,” President Obama told CBS reporter Bill Plante, “but this is also the source of inspiration that got me involved in public service in the first place.”…

Selma Star Talks Oscars and Racism

By Julissa Catalan David Oyelowo, the actor who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, has been pretty quiet about his Oscar snub until now. While critics and moviegoers were shocked that Oyelowo did not receive a Best Actor nomination, Oyelowo seemingly expected to be overlooked by the Academy….

Viola Davis Slams Hollywood's Lack of Diversity

By Sheryl Estrada Actress Viola Davis’ acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25 showed both heartwarming appreciation for her family, and also the bluntness of her character Annalise Keating. After winning the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her…

Oscars Snub Selma

By Julissa Catalan Many were shocked Thursday morning when the nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced and the critically acclaimed film Selma was shut out of almost every anticipated category. The snub helped make this year’s Oscars the “whitest” since 1998, with not one Black person nominated for…