When Morrison was 17, she had tried out a thought experiment. She had just started college in Washington DC, “where they still had those signs in the buses. ‘Coloureds only’ and so on. And there was one place downtown where a black person could go into the ladies room. And we all knew which one it was.” On the news, she had seen footage of some white mothers in the south trying to turn over a school bus with black children in it. “I didn’t know if I could turn over a bus full of little white kids. I didn’t know if I could feel that… fury. And I tried very hard to. This is what I did: I said suppose… horses began to speak. And began to demand their rights. Now, I’ve ridden horses. They’re very good workers. They’re very good racehorses. Suppose they just… want more. Suppose they want to go to school! Suppose they want to sit next to me in the theatre. I began to feel this sense of – ‘I like you, but…’; ‘You’re good, but…’ Suppose they want to sleep with my children?!” She’s laughing heartily now. “I had to go outside the species! But it worked, I could feel it. You know; don’t sit next to me.”
State senator Eric Adams, who retired from the NYPD after rising to the rank of captain during a 22-year career, said commissioner Ray Kelly described his views on stop and frisk during a July 2010 meeting in the office of then-governor David Patterson.
Adams had traveled to Albany for a meeting on 10 July 2010 with the governor to give his support for a bill that would prohibit the NYPD from maintaining a database that would include the personal information of individuals stopped by the police but released without a charge or summons. In discussing the bill, which ultimately passed, Adams said he raised the issue of police stops disproportionately targeting young African American and Latino men.
"[Kelly] stated that he targeted and focused on that group because he wanted to instil fear in them that every time that they left their homes they could be targeted by police," Adams testified.
"How else would we get rid of guns," Adams said Kelly asked him.
Adams told the court he was stunned by the commissioner’s claim and immediately expressed his concerns. “I was amazed,” Adams testified. “I told him that was illegal.”
Tom Hardy | EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 | London
Tom preparing for his presentation. :)
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Poet, Novelist, Essayist and Teacher Jessie Redmon Fauset was born in an all-black hamlet called Fredericksville in what is now Lawnside, New Jersey. She graduated from Cornell University in 1905 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1919 with a degree in French. She also graduated from the Sorbonne.
The author of four novels between 1924 and 1933 (Plum Bun, There Is Confusion, The Chinaberry Tree: A Novel of American Life and Comedy, American Style) Fauset was known as “the Midwife of the Harlem Renaissance.” As literary editor of the NAACP’s “The Crisis from 1919 to 1926 under editor W.E.B. DuBois, she was amongst the first to publish the works of writers Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay and Jean Toomer.
After leaving “The Crisis,” Fauset traveled extensively, lecturing on black writers. She would go on to be a visiting professor at Hampton Institute in 1949 and teach French and writing at Tuskegee Institute. She died in Philadelphia in 1961.
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One of Britain’s leading intellectuals, the sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall, has died age 82.
Known as the “godfather of multiculturalism”, Hall had a huge influence on academic, political and cultural debates for over six decades.
Jamaican-born Hall was professor of sociology at the Open Universityfrom 1979 to 1997, topping off an academic career that began as a research fellow in Britain’s first centre for cultural studies, set up by Richard Hoggart at the University of Birmingham in 1964. Hall would later lead the centre and was seen as a key figure in the development of cultural studies as an academic discipline.
But his impact was felt far outside the realms of academia. His writing on race, gender, sexuality and identity, and the links between racial prejudice and the media in the 1970s, was considered groundbreaking.
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