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November 18, 2021
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Malcolm X and Revolutionary Black Nationalism

October 24, 2021
"Malcolm X was a student of history, and that is what made him one of the most important political philosophers and leaders African Americans ever produced. For some 15 years or more, Malcolm X studied history, philosophy, religion, and politics."

#RolandMartinUnfiltered Partners With Black Information Network/IHeart Media To Simulcast Six Hour Election Night 2020 Special

November 16, 2020
Award-winning Host and Managing Editor Roland Martin on set of his daily show #RolandMartinUnfiltered “The 2020 Election is one of the most consequential we’ve seen in American history, and Black voters will play a crucial role. Our goal at #RolandMartinUnfiltered is to provide unparalleled coverage of not only the presidential and U.S. Senate races, but

Democrats Work to Defy History in Georgia Runoffs That Have Favored G.O.P.

November 15, 2020
WASHINGTON — A first-term senator in Georgia narrowly bested his opponent, outrunning his party’s standard-bearer only to face voters again a few weeks later under a quirky system that briefly made the state the center of the political universe after a hard-fought presidential election.The year was 1992, and Senator Wyche Fowler Jr., a Democrat, had

The slow collapse of the Trump autogolpe

November 13, 2020
xAnd no indication the president is the least bit interested in looking up from his own fantasies & grievances to do anything about it, or that any Congressional Republican is pressuring him to do so. Total abandonment of American people at a moment of crisis. AWOL under fire. https://t.co/2q2fJjUcZs— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) November 13, 2020

Want to flip a state blue? Stacey Abrams drops major key, and she would know

November 11, 2020
Abrams’ name trended on Twitter when President-elect Joe Biden inched ahead of President Donald Trump in Georgia, flipping a state that hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1992. And when Biden went on to be declared the next U.S. president Saturday, a crowd outside of the White House shouted “Stacey Abrams.” Not

Democrats Owe A Great Debt To Stacey Abrams For Electoral Math

November 9, 2020
The electoral math is holding. Joe Biden has the lead in Georgia. He is up by more than 9,000 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Senator Chris Coons told MSNBC that Stacey Abrams brought a plan to him six years ago to flip Georgia blue: “We’ve got a very strong ground game in Georgia

The fight is not over, and neither is the celebration of a Biden-Harris presidency

November 8, 2020
My yard is full of signs that make clear EXACTLY where I stand, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when, almost as soon as the election was finally called for Biden and Harris Saturday morning, my neighbors—even those I’d never met—descended for some celebratory bubbles. Once I stopped sobbing with joy, a neighbor took

Democracy took a heavy blow on Tuesday, but paths forward remain

November 7, 2020
​ Campaign Action ​If the current 6-3 majority of far-right hardliners remains on the Supreme Court, the court presents an existential danger to the Voting Rights Act’s remaining protections and threatens to turbocharge GOP gerrymandering across the country. But if Democrats pull off upsets to flip the Senate in January, Joe Biden and a Democratic

Who is Stacey Abrams and how did she sway Georgia election results?

November 6, 2020
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams campaigned openly to become Joe Biden’s running mate — but despite her being passed over, many fellow Democrats credit her with what’s starting to look like a win in the Peach State. Abrams, 46, emerges from the Nov. 3 election with a boosted profile and validation of her claim that Georgia

Vote challenger chaos in Detroit was white privilege on steroids

November 6, 2020
Having lived in metro Detroit for more than two decades, I know what would happen if African American Detroit residents attempted to force their way into a room where votes were being counted in the predominantly white suburbs. It wouldn’t end well.The opposite scenario unfolded Wednesday in downtown Detroit. Shouting “Stop the count!” and “Let us

More women and more Black women than ever ran for Congress in 2020, but they still lost ground

November 5, 2020
Jahana Hayes (left) and Lauren Underwood were reelected to the House of Representatives. AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteIn 2020, Black women set a new record – 117 entered primaries for the House and 13 for the U.S. Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.In total, 643 women were candidates in congressional primary and

At the End of a Chaotic Campaign, an Election Day That Defied the Worst Fears

November 4, 2020
The worst fears about a chaotic end to a chaotic campaign failed to materialize on Tuesday as the final day of voting went off with little more than sporadic glitches and confrontations even as the tension over the outcome and aftermath remained undiminished.The most litigated, disrupted and polarized election in generations came to a close

Building on a history of resistance, Black women lead the way in this election

November 3, 2020
While Harris’s nomination is historic and meaningful, Black women’s overwhelming interest and commitment to casting a ballot is not a new feature in American politics. In 2008 and ’12, Black women voted at the highest rate of any race and gender subgroup.  […] The passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which granted voting rights to

In a Swing County in a Swing State, the Verdict Is In: It’s Going to Be Close

November 2, 2020
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dan Parri, a lawyer in the city of Clearwater, loved driving around town with the Pinellas County Jeep Club — until some members started festooning their vehicles with Trump 2020 campaign flags.So Mr. Parri spoke up, then kept speaking. The Confederate flag also bothered him, he told his fellow Jeep enthusiasts,

There are many ways to rebalance the GOP-packed courts that go beyond expansion

November 1, 2020
Judges are supposed to rule fairly and impartially on the laws before them. Before I get into Amy Coney Barrett, let’s review the batch of judges you don’t hear about. Trump and McConnell used over 200 of them to flood our judiciary; let’s see if they seem likely to rule fairly or impartially. Trump-appointed District Judge

As early voting winds down across the country, voters are more determined to cast ballots than ever

November 1, 2020
This little PSA, coming in at exactly 60 seconds, reminds us of why each of our votes is needed. Brian wants you to know that it’s safe to vote in his Florida precinct. In Clay, New York—a suburb of Syracuse—so many people have early voted, they were already out of the beloved “I Voted” stickers

Lil Wayne, Latest Rapper in Trump’s Orbit, Sees Backlash Over Photo

October 31, 2020
“Oh no,” 50 Cent wrote on Thursday evening. “I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE.”Ice Cube, a founding member of N.W.A, who released a song called “Arrest the President” as recently as 2018, faced similar scrutiny after it was announced this month that he had consulted with the Trump administration on the Platinum Plan. He

Pennsylvania AG Tells Trump And The Proud Boys He Won’t Let Them Steal The Election

October 30, 2020
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Thursday night that he will not put up with any attempts by Donald Trump or organizations like the Proud Boys to intimidate voters in his state. “We’ve been preparing for this moment for months,” Shapiro said during an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid. “We will not let any

Once-competitive districts held by freshman Democrats slip from GOP’s grasp

October 29, 2020
● NH-Sen (Likely D to Safe D): Republican Corky Messner has self-funded $6 million in his bid to unseat second-term Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, but he doesn’t have much to show for it: Every public poll of New Hampshire’s Senate race has shown Shaheen over 50% and Messner well behind. National Republicans haven’t paid him

Donald Trump Made Them Furious, and Organized. Now Is the Big Test.

October 28, 2020
Carolyn Gibbs puts on the striped pants first, then the striped jacket. The hat is the final touch. That’s if it’s an Uncle Sam day. For Statue of Liberty, it’s a mint green dress, a foam halo and a political sign, usually, standing in as the torch.Before Donald Trump became president, Ms. Gibbs, 59, rarely

The Left Doesn’t Fear Amy Coney Barrett, It Fears the Constitution

October 27, 2020
Nothing threatens the progressive project more than the existence of a Supreme Court that adheres to the Constitution. It’s really that simple.That’s what the tantrum over Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is all about. The notion that the same Democrats who shelved the judicial filibuster and now threaten to destroy the separation of powers with

A majority of Supreme Court now confirmed by senates where GOP represented fewer Americans than Dems

October 27, 2020
With this ill-won majority of radicals, the Supreme Court is poised to gut the rule of law, render the Voting Rights Act a dead letter, and give a green light to GOP gerrymandering and voter suppression efforts, all so that Republicans can permanently entrench minority rule at every level of government. Donald Trump himself has

Nationwide dispatches from Vote Early Day voters

October 25, 2020
Voter education is particularly important in an election held in the middle of a pandemic. The Vote Early Day website is just one of many that provide a plethora of resources to help people find out how to vote early, since policies and procedures vary from state to state.  xAs of today 10/24, Americans can vote early in person in these

Voting in a Covid Pandemic: Wear a Mask and Bring Your Own Pens

October 24, 2020
Early voting has already generated long, long lines in many states, and with the November election just 11 days away, many states and cities have imposed safety measures to protect voters and poll workers from exposure to the coronavirus.But polling places still have the potential to become “mass gathering events,” the Centers for Disease Control

Biden says he will appoint a commission on court alternatives

October 22, 2020
In the interview, Biden said: “There’s a number of alternatives that are—go well beyond packing. […] The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.” So on the “packing”

LeBron James on Black Voter Participation, Misinformation and Trump

October 22, 2020
More Than a Vote, the collective of athletes headlined by the basketball star LeBron James, on Wednesday will introduce its final political push before Election Day, a rapid response and advertisement operation meant to combat the spread of misinformation among younger Black voters.The initiative, which is a collaboration with the political group Win Black and

A Democratic Super PAC Surge Helps Biden Expand His Map

October 21, 2020
Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Nick Corasaniti, your host on Tuesdays for our coverage of all things media and messaging.Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.Until a month ago, the biggest-spending Democratic super PAC in the general election had aired only

Supreme Court will soon hear Trump’s push to exclude undocumented immigrants from census

October 20, 2020
“The unprecedented proposal could have the effect of shifting both political power and billions of dollars in federal funds away from urban states with large immigrant populations,” The Texas Tribune reports, “and toward rural and more Republican interests.” Some say unprecedented, the lower courts say illegal. Of course the worry now is that the Supreme Court

Black Family Reunions, a Wellspring of Political Wisdom, Evaporate in 2020

October 19, 2020
Bettie Griggs, a retiree in Los Angeles, was 12 years old and living in Louisiana when her mother received her first voter registration card in the mail. It was 1965.“I can still recall the joy that she had,” Ms. Griggs said. “I can recall seeing that the card was actually stamped ‘illiterate’ and thinking, ‘Oh