Cyntoia Brown Sits Down with Lester Holt and New Book in Stores Today

Cyntoia Brown’s new book, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System is available in all stores today. Purchase here Brown has released a series of television interviews including a sit down with NBC’s Lester Holt which aired last night on NBC Nightly News.  “I’m so much more than the worst thing that I’ve done.” , said Brown. She will also be making her first public appearance at a sold out event on Oct. 23rd at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville to talk about her new memoir,…

Video: Atatiana Jefferson Shot & Killed by North Texas Police Officer at Her Own Home During a ‘welfare’ check.

Trigger Warning. Tragedy struck in Fort Worth when Atatiana Jefferson was sitting at her home playing video games with her 8 year old nephew. When the door to her home appeared to be open a neighbor called the police and an officer appeared at the scene. Atatiana hearing something going on outside her home decided to check to see what was happening outside her home- within 4 seconds she was shot and killed by the police officer. The footage is disturbing and while we are sharing we do so with…

Black in the Day…No Laughing Matter

October 12, 1932: On this day, one of the greatest comedians and activists were born. Dick Gregory was a pioneering comedian and civil rights activist who took on race with layered, nuanced humor during the turbulent 1960s.   Richard Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he…

Black in the Day…A Women’s Rights Advocate

October 10, 1906: On this day, Mary Church Terrell gave one of the most powerful speeches that examined just how much racism permeated her daily life, as well as the long-term impact it had on Black youth.  Mary Eliza Church Terrell was a well-known  activist who championed racial equality and women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th century. You can read the speech in its entirety below:   Washington, D.C., has been called “The Colored Man’s Paradise.” Whether this sobriquet was given to the national capital in bitter irony by…

Black in the Day….

October 9, 1842:   On this day St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans, the first black church in Louisiana and the first black Catholic church in the United States, held its first service. St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans is in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The parish was founded in 1841 under the episcopacy of Bishop Antoine Blanc, who later served as New Orleans’ first Archbishop. Established by free people of color, who also bought pews for slaves, this is the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the nation. It was one of the first 26 sites designated on the state’s Louisiana…