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The 411 Last Updated: Apr 14th, 2014 - 09:01:02

The 411
Warrior for the People
Fred Ho, who spoke truth to power through his music, books and activism, joined the ancestors on April 12. He was 56 years old. Inspired by the Black Arts Movement, Ho formed many bands, including the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble. He also authored compositions dedicated to the Black Panthers and Muhammad Ali.

Apr 14, 2014, 08:35

The 411
Justice for LaVena Johnson
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: The Military-Spy-Prison-Complex:Father of Black Teen Killed in Iraq Continues Quest for Justice in What He Believes was Her Violent Rape, Torture and Murder on a U.S. Army Base..Accused U.S. Servicemembers in Japan Evading Punishment for Sex Crimes...U.S. Vets Shunned by Army Racism Awarded Medal of Honor..NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela..U.N. Urges Probe of Drone Strikes..U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights...Snowden: NSA "Setting Fire to Future of Internet"...Study: U.S. Drones Killed Up to 4 Civilians in Pakistan, 29 in Yemen During 2013...And MUCH more. Check THE REAL NEWS!

Mar 28, 2014, 17:10

The 411
The Sixth Extinction...
New Report: When Tyrone Hayes discovered the the pesticide atrazine was dangerous to humans and the planet, the company Sygenta started a smear campaign against him.
SeeingBlack.com 411: The Planet: The Sixth Extinction: How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age...Ailing U.S. Sailors Sue After Exposure to High Radiation Levels During Fukushima Mission... Black Scientist Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta..Are Any Plastics Safe? Industry Tries to Hide Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Bottles, Containers..AP: States Confirm Oil, Gas Drilling Contaminates Well Water. And MUCH more...Check out all the real news.

Mar 23, 2014, 23:05

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The Murdered and Missing
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--Social Justice:U.S. Attorney to Probe Mysterious Death of Georgia Teen..Chicago Cop Faces No Charges for Shooting Unarmed Black Man 7 Times..Charges Filed Against Homeowner in Shooting of Renisha McBride..Family Says African American Slain by Georgia Police Was Unarmed..Marissa Alexander Freed on Bond Ahead of Trial..Wealthy Texas Teen Gets Probation for Fatal Crash After "Affluenza" Defense..Alabama Pardons Last 3 of "Scottsboro Boys" And MUCH more...Check the news!

Dec 28, 2013, 00:36

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Is Drone Use a War Crime?
Nabila Rehman, who saw her grandmother killed by a drone in Pakistan, testified before Congress.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--The Military-Industrial-Spying-Prison-Complex: Amnesty Report: U.S. Drone Killings in Pakistan May Amount to War Crimes... NSA Collecting Location Data on Cellphones Worldwide..Report: NSA Secretly Breaking Into Google, Yahoo Data Links..Reports of Military Sexual Assault Increase by 46%..Report: CIA Will Retain Control over Drone Strikes..Spooky Business: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups...And much more...

Dec 27, 2013, 23:28

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Cuts to Pensions, Jobless
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--Economy and Politics: JPMorgan Chase to Pay $13 Billion in Record DOJ Settlement over Mortgages..Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle Fraud Charges..Bank of America Found Liable for Countrywide Fraud..U.S. Faces Opposition on Pro-Corporate Agenda in TPP Talks...Study: 7 in 10 College Students Graduating With Loan Debt...AND MUCH MORE...CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Dec 28, 2013, 01:11

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NYC Stop-and-Frisk Ruling
And More Seeing Black.com 411: New York City Moves to Appeal "Stop-and-Frisk" Ruling...North Carolina Governor Signs Sweeping Curbs on Voting Rights...Family of Henrietta Lacks Reaches Deal on Use of Her Genome...IRS Agents Instructed To Cover Up DEA Tips Based on Secret Wiretaps...New Book Reveals Racist Roots of Housing Crisis. And MUCH More...Check the REAL news!

Aug 23, 2013, 14:35

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2013 Among Warmest Recorded
The Red Hook section of Brooklyn flooded during Hurricane Sandy.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--The Planet: Study: U.S. Underestimating Methane...Iceberg the Size of Singapore Heads to Sea in Latest Sign of Warming..Train Carrying 2.7 Million Gallons of Oil Derails in Alabama..East Coast Marks First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.."March Against Monsanto" Held in Dozens of Countries. And More...

Dec 28, 2013, 01:32

The 411
This is the "Final Act":
The lifeless body of Laura Nelson, 1911
Ending Violence Against Black Women (for Renisha McBride), by Brothers Writing to Live: " We begin this statement for justice in response to the murder of Renisha McBride by starting at "home." We are a collective of black men who write in community, who desire a future free of structural violence and physical violation—especially violence that overwhelmingly impact women and children..."

Dec 2, 2013, 22:50

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300 Migrants Feared Dead
Bodies of drowned Africans are lined up in Italy
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--Diaspora and International: 300 African Migrants Feared Dead in Boat Tragedy...Jeremy Scahill: Al-Shabab’s Nairobi Mall Rampage Tied to "Disastrous" U.S. Meddling in Somalia...Court Upholds 50-Year Prison Term for Charles Taylor...South African Gold Miners Strike for Higher Wages...Inquiry: South African Police Lied About Last Year’s Killing of Striking Miners.

Oct 6, 2013, 19:33

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Japan Scraps Fukushima
Sites of tar sands removal are devastated.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--The Planet: Japan Scraps All 6 Nuclear Reactors at Fukushima Plant to Focus on Containing Leak...Fukushima Radiation at Record High...Report: 50 Top Firms Produce 73 Percent of Emissions...Judge Halts Tar Sands "Megaloads" Through Nez Perce Land in Idaho...Fracking Wastewater Tied to Earthquakes in Ohio City. And MUCH MORE! Check the news!

Oct 6, 2013, 18:58

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$50 Billion For Spying
The SeeingBlack.com 411: The Military-Industrial-Spying-Complex: U.S. Intelligence "Black Budget" Tops $50 Billion...Lawmakers Seek Answers on DEA Unit Linked to NSA...In Secret AT&T Deal, U.S. Drug Agents Given Access to 26 Years of Americans’ Phone Records...The NSA is Mapping Social Networking of Americans...

Oct 6, 2013, 18:37

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Lives in the Balance
On city is stepping in to save itself from banksters.
The SeeingBlack.com 411: Economics and Politics: U.S. Government Shutdown Threatens Services for Low-Income Children, Seniors and Medical Patients...Five Years After the 2008 Crash, Wall Street Hedge Funds Loot Pension Funds of Public Workers...Merrill Lynch to Pay $160 Million in Largest Racial Discrimination Settlement Ever...Richmond, CA Approves Body to Oversee Purchases of Underwater Mortgages...U.S. Extends Wage, Overtime Protections to Home Care Workers...Koch-Linked "Freedom Partners" Spent $236 Million in 2012 Campaign...And MUCH More! Check the REAL News

Oct 6, 2013, 18:18

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Lethal Force Questioned
Miriam Carey's family question her killing.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--Racial and Social Justice: Angola 3 Member Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Release from Prison...Sisters of woman killed in D.C. say deadly force was unnecessary...Houston Police Cleared of Wrongdoing in Hundreds of Shootings...NC: Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man Who Sought Help After Crash...Marissa Alexander, Sentenced to 20 Years for Warning Shot, Gets New Trial...Alleged Navy Rape Victim Questioned About What She Was Wearing, How She Performs Oral Sex...George Zimmerman’s Wife Expresses Doubt About His Innocence in Travyon Martin Case

Oct 6, 2013, 17:50

The 411
Movies, Marching, Mayhem
Just as in the Black nationalist trajectory of “The Butler,” there were speakers at the March on Washington who saw the 50th anniversary as coinciding with what they considered as the fulfillment of King’s dream—having a Black man in the White House—nevermind that this Black man has used drones or missiles to attack Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia and now has his sights set on Syria.
By Esther Iverem

Sep 6, 2013, 13:27

The 411
A Tribute To Mandela
Photo Credit: (Festival Karsh Ottawa, Creative Commons)
The members of the Maryland/DC region of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East honored Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday with a tribute from Black labor. Labor was an integral part of the victory over the genocidal, racist system of apartheid.

Jul 19, 2013, 08:42

The 411
Are You Fracking Crazy?
A man sets water on fire in 'Gasland Part II'
The movie "Gasland Part II" explores the vast expansion of the dangerous natural gas drilling process called fracking and the well-moneyed public relations campaign backing it. There are also new, unexplored dangers, such as the tremendous release of methane gas, which contributes to global warming. By Esther Iverem

Jul 14, 2013, 13:48

The 411
Trayvon's Killer Acquitted
And More SeeingBlack. com 411:The FBI’s License to Kill: Agents Deemed "Justified" in Every Shooting Since 1993... Digital Blackwater: How the NSA Gives Private Contractors Control of the Surveillance State... 700 Arrested in North Carolina 'Moral Mondays' Campaign Against GOP Lawmakers... Ex-Employees Say Bank of America Encouraged Foreclosures, Deceit... Female Prisoners Unlawfully Sterilized in California...Federal Probe Faults Miami Police on Fatal Shootings... Rapper, Actor Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) Force-Fed in Video Highlighting Guantánamo Strike. And MUCH more. Check all the REAL news!

Jul 14, 2013, 12:52

The 411
Exposing American Fascism
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Britain to Pay Out $22 Million to Veterans of Kenya’s Mau Mau Movement...Report: Blacks Overwhelmingly Targeted in Marijuana Arrests...NSA Taps Into Google, Facebook, Apple Servers, also into Verizon, AT&T...Civil Rights Veteran Chokwe Lumumba Elected Mayor of Jackson, Miss....American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries How Big Business Has Taken Control of the U.S. Government...Foreclosed Homeowners Arrested at Justice Department...Regulators Back Down on New Derivatives Rule...Chicago to Shutter 50 Public Schools. And MUCH more...Check the news!

Jun 9, 2013, 22:14

The 411
The Toll of War, Violence
Mugshot of Assata Shakur
The Seeing Black. com 411: U.N.: Close to 260,000 Died in Somali Famine... U.N.: Over 1 in 4 Children "Stunted" by Malnutri- tion... A Yemeni Says U.S. Drone War Terrifying Civilians, Empowering Militants...Former U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty of Genocide..."Over the Line": U.S. Agents Shooting Dead Innocent Mexicans Across the Border With Impunity...Assata Shakur Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List...Zimmerman Waives "Stand Your Ground" Hearing; Florida Police Officer Fired for Using Trayvon Martin Image in Shooting Target...Mississippi Death Row Prisoner Denied DNA Tests Wins Reprieve. And MUCH More! Check all the real news...

May 12, 2013, 23:36

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Ten Years of U.S. War
And More Seeing Black. com 411: New Study Reveals High Toll of Decade-Long Iraq War... Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq with Mass Displacement & Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers... A Timeline of U.S. Invasion of Iraq...Report: U.S. Colonel Ignored Torture of Iraqi Militias Under His Watch...Chile Exhumes Body of Poet Pablo Neruda to Probe Poisoning Claims... And MUCH more... CHECK THE NEWS.

Apr 14, 2013, 19:03

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A Challenge to World Bank
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: BRICS Countries Plan New Development Bank in Challenge to U.S.-Dominated World Bank, IMF...U.S. Firms Stashed $166 Billion Offshore in 2012, Shielding 40% of Annual Profit...Most Borrowers to Receive Paltry Sum from Banks in Foreclosure Settlement...Over 400 Fast Food Workers Take Part in NYC Strike...Comedian Dick Gregory Launches Hunger Fast for Lynne Stewart...After Vowing Greater Transparency, Obama Admin Increasingly Censoring, Withholding Info from Public. And MORE! Check the news...

Apr 14, 2013, 18:23

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The Segregated Prom
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--Education and the Environment :Philadelphia Panel Closes 23 Public Schools Amidst Protest...Georgia High Schoolers Challenge Segregated Prom...Homeless Mother Jailed for Sending Son to Public School with Fake Address...Storage Pits Leaking at Embattled Fukushima Nuclear Plant...ExxonMobil Eases Arkansas Oil Spill No-Fly Zone...Study: Use of GMO Crops Fueling Historic Decline of Monarch Butterflies..And much more. Check the news!

Apr 14, 2013, 17:54

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'Stop-and-Frisk' On Trial
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Testimony, Recordings at Trial Reveal Racial Biases and Quotas Behind NYPD’s Stop & Frisk...Former NYPD Captain: Police Commissioner Targeted Men of Color in Bid to "Instill Fear"...NYPD Officers in Teen’s Death Previously Sued for Civil Rights Violations...Maryland Lawmakers Approve Death Penalty Ban...Lawsuit, Protests Challenge Michigan Emergency Manager Law. And MUCH more! As always, check the REAL news!

Apr 14, 2013, 17:36


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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

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