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Jamie Foxx’s performance in Just Mercy has earned him the Spotlight Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. As TheGrio previously reported, in the fact-based courtroom drama, Foxx plays Walter McMillian, a death row inmate accused of murdering a white woman, but insists he’s innocent. Michael B. Jordan portrays...
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By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court hears arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Mississippi laws that permanently bar certain felons from voting unless they can get their rights restored through what advocates say is a difficult process. Six convicted felons are pushing to have their...
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Look back on the 2019 Freedom Awards at The Orpheum Theatre with TSD freelance videographer Terrisa C. Mark.
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NEW YORK — The pairing of the NFL and rapper-businessman-activist Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is surprising, but it actually makes tremendous sense for the buttoned-down league. As part of a long-term agreement that will be announced during a news conference on Wednesday, Carter’s Roc Nation entertainment company will lead the NFL’s...
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is convening for its 110th annua convention this week in Detroit, Mich. With a steady stream of incendiary remarks coming out of the White House, and two rafts full of Democratic candidates for president, this year's convention is unquestionably momentous...
The real-life drama that culminated with the removal of Confederate-era statues from what had been two Memphis-owned parks will be the subject of a play being developed by Ekundayo Bandele, founder and CEO of the Hattiloo Theatre. With Bandele and an associate, Johnny Jones, forming the creative team, the Hattiloo...
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TSD Editor's Note: Bryan Stevenson was a 2016 recipient of the Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Bryan Stevenson may well be the nation’s most consequential civil rights lawyer since Thurgood Marshall. While Marshall stared down unrepentant racists in Southern courtrooms at a time when inequality...
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By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor The painful true stories of five falsely accused young men, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, and Korey Wise, has been brought to light in excruciatingly vivid detail by director Ava DuVernay. The group known as the Central Park Five would...
Anyone who thinks the black church is a bygone relic with no relevance to the social justice struggles of today, you may need to reassess. “The church” is obviously not a monolith and is taking on everything from mental illness to HIV/AIDS to mass incarceration. In that vein, Rev. Raphael...