May 28, 2010 For centuries, African-American culture has been significantly influenced by the black church and the Christian faith. So being both black and atheist can be a lonely and isolating experience for some. But, the largest-ever gathering of African-American atheists was recently held in Washington, D.C. Participant and journalist Jamila Bey shares her experience, and is joined by Norm Allen, executive director of African Americans for Humanism, which hosted the conference. Bey recently wrote about being an atheist for the online magazine TheRoot.com.
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May 27, 2010 A group of women who are close friends get together and regularly share intimate details about their dating lives, career ambitions and frustrations with everyday life. Although the concept sounds similar to the blockbuster movie and former television series "Sex and the City," the group is the focus of a new web series called "The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else." Host Tony Cox talks with the show's stars -- Nikki Brown, Robin Dalea, Reena Dutt and Carmen Elena Mitchell.
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May 27, 2010 Jury selection resumes in the upcoming federal trial of Jon Burge, Chicago's former Police Commander. Burge stands accused of lying about his involvement in getting scores of confessions to crimes through the use of torture. Guest host Tony Cox talks with reporter Kathy Chaney, of The Chicago Defender newspaper, about the upcoming trial and Burge's alleged torture victims.
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May 27, 2010 Police chiefs from across the country met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to express concern about Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with Minneapolis Chief of Police Tim Dolan and Chuck Jenkins, he's the Sheriff for Frederick County in Maryland for more on their thoughts around enforcing immigration in local communities.
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Actors Paula Patton (left), Queen Latifah and Common star in in Just Wright.
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May 17, 2010 Mia Mask has a weak spot for black romantic comedies -- especially when they create a playful world full of feisty female characters who bounce to the syncopated beat of African-American idioms like jazz, hip-hop and R&B.
May 15, 2010 With few exceptions, most of the violent deaths in the Los Angeles area simply become statistics. The Los Angeles Times set out to dig beneath those numbers, and, as the blog's founding editor sees it, discovered a disturbing truth about murder in America.
May 14, 2010 For a long time, the Republican Party could be a lonely place for African Americans, but this year has seen the largest surge in black GOP candidates since Reconstruction. Pamela Gentry, senior political analyst at BET, joins guest host Allison Keyes to discuss this trend, and some of the interesting upcoming primaries around the country.
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May 12, 2010 On the heels of the state's highly controversial immigration law, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a new bill targeting "ethnic studies" classes in public schools. The law prohibits schools from offering classes "designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group" -- or that "advocate ethnic solidarity." Michele Norris talks to NPR's Ted Robbins about the new law.
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May 12, 2010 A new study by the American Psychological Association finds that Latino children enter kindergarten with strong social and educational skills. Unfortunately, the study also found that Latino children are likely to lose those skills due to poor schooling and the bad neighborhood influences. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez on how this study challenges commonly held stereotypes about Latino children and education.
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May 11, 2010 The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced that it will lead a $75 million initiative aimed at righting some of the disparities that can lead to racism. On May 11 youth organizations from 29 states and the District of Columbia will receive grants through the "Racial Healing Initiative." Host Michel Martin speaks with Gail Christopher, vice president of programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Terry Cross, director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, one of the organizations that received a grant from the foundation.
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May 10, 2010 Horne became a "sepia cinema" star, relegated to black movies with lots of singing and dancing but scant dialogue.
Harriet Tubman's signed hymnal.
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May 8, 2010 The artifacts are stacking up as museum director Lonnie Bunch gathers material for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The first national museum to celebrate the legacy of black Americans is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015.
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May 7, 2010 Former NFL great Lawrence Taylor faces rape charges, a fan is tasered when he tries to show some support for the Philies, vendors in New York square off on who was the hero in preventing the Times Square bomb attempt, and actress Gabrielle Union finds herself at the center of a lawsuit. Host Michel Martin gets the latest from regular contributors Jimi Izrael, Ruben Navarrette, Arsalan Iftikhar and Dave Zirin.
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May 7, 2010 Tell Me More host Michel Martin and Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations heard on the program. This week, hear more reaction to the controversial new immigration law in Arizona and a candid story of survival from a listener who survived the devastating floods in Nashville.
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Angered by Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, thousands of marchers rallied at Los Angeles City Hall during a May Day march to urge immigration reform.
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May 7, 2010 Arizona's new immigration law has launched a chorus of calls to avoid the state. Already, professional associations are canceling meetings and a few cities are banning official travel there But for a boycott to really work, observers say, it needs staying power.
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