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RACHEL JEANTEL AND RACE PRIDE

Race pride is a luxury I cannot afford. There are too many implications behind the term. Now, suppose a Negro does something really magnificent, and I glory, not in the benefit of mankind, but in the fact that the doer was a Negro. Must I also go hang my head in shame when a member of my race does something execrable? – Zora Neale Hurston

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NORTH CAROLINA: STERILISED BY THE STATE

I went to the doctor who did that to me and I asked him, ‘Why?’ Why had he done that to me? He didn’t have to say nothing — and he didn’t. If he was going to give that sort of operation then he should have told me. I would love to have had children,” recalled civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer wistfully.

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MARCH ON WASHINGTON: JOHN LEWIS’ SPEECH – THEN AND NOW!

“Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?”demanded an exasperated John Lewis.

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DOWNTON ABBEY IN BLACK AND WHITE

Season 4 of Downton Abbey heralds the programme’s first black character. Whilst Julian Fellowes’ good intentions should be applauded, it’s ironic that   a period drama about the British aristocracy should take the lead in tackling the thorny issue of ‘diversity’ in TV.

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A REGGAE REVOLUTIONARY: REMEMBERING PETER TOSH

Before Nelson Mandela had been laid to rest, talk, inevitably, turned to his legacy. How would he be remembered: a benign, saintly figure, or, an unswerving revolutionary? For some, there was no ambiguity: he was one, or the other. But, for others, it wasn’t contradictory that he embodied both traits: saint and revolutionary.

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WE NEED MORE FILMS LIKE 12 YEARS A SLAVE, NOT FEWER

There haven’t been that many movies in the same genre – Django Unchained didn’t count! Weighing in, the film’s director, Steve McQueen, suggested that uneasiness could be borne out of a sense of “shame”. But, there’s a plethora of compelling voices and stories yet to be heard and read…

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