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  • "A mainstay of Harlem history is in danger of being dismantled. The collection of materials at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture may be partitioned and sent to various branches of the New York Public Library. This in addition to the possibility of the Center’s collections being sent off to another research library should be an issue of great concern for the Harlem community in particular, and those in the African Diaspora in general. There is even talk of renaming the facility."
  • "Through the power of diverse narratives, the filmmakers also hope to dispel various misconceptions of hafu identity. '(Identity) is really hard to analyze and categorize. That's why narratives are the best tool to get the stories out, for people to decide for themselves from the 'real world,' the people being interviewed,' says Lise."
  • "First, it must be mentioned that if this is in fact a move in support of the natural beauty of women, it is the 'natural' white female that is celebrated. There is a glaring lack of diversity on the company's site and in ads. Sure, sure, there are a few sprinklings of brown about, but more often than not the representations are quite fair and with "that good hair." Many of the girls look multiracial and while I am fully in support of this (as a multiracial woman myself), there is a definite avoidance in AA ads of anything that can be solidly identified as plain ol' Black. The lighter the skin, the nicer the hair— the better."
  • "Earlier this week, production on the third film in the popular Harold and Kumar series began. The film is called A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas and will once again feature John Cho and Kal Penn as the stoned title characters. There’s been word that comedian Patton Oswalt has joined the cast and it’s also been confirmed that Neil Patrick Harris will make a “glorious” return!"
  • "Two years ago almost to the day, much was made of the Canadian government’s Statement of Apology to survivors of the country’s ‘Indian’ residential schools, where the only thing Indian about these grievous institutions were the children forced into them…Forgive me if I fail to see how, post-Apology, the colonial practices of old have been replaced in any significant way by something different or better in this country. On-reserve child welfare systems reportedly receiving 22% less funding than their off-reserve counterparts. A federal promise to consider abiding by “international standards for the treatment of indigenous peoples” amounting to little more than an effectively empty ‘endorsement.’"

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