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May 26, 2018

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Harry Blackmun – Surprisingly Liberal SCOTUS Justice

On May 12, 1970, the US Senate confirms President Richard M. Nixon’s nomination of Federal Circuit Judge Harry A. Blackmun to the U.S. Supreme Court. Known principally for his lead opinion in the landmark ruling of Roe v. Wade, Blackmun served for 24 years on the SCOTUS with a string of equally surprising holdings. Harry

Guest Contribution: 2016: The Year in Antiblack Violence

The following guest contribution focusing on the epidemic of antiblack violence and police shootings as we approach the 5 year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was written by Jamal Mtshali, and is an excerpt from his book Last in Line: An American Destiny Deferred. More information about the author and his book

We Must Live Together As Brothers, Or Die Together As Fools

  On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis TN to have dinner with colleagues and discuss the march planned in support of the striking Memphis sanitation workers. Seconds later a single shot was fired and sparked what may go down as the bloodiest and

Star Trek and Lieutenant Uhura’s Fine Brown Legs

Those legs, man… Photo Credit: Gradient Lair.com When a lot of folks my age think of Star Trek’s early years, I’m guessing they’re maybe thinking of Captain James T. Kirk, or ‘Beam Me Up’ Scotty. Or the most famous pointed ears of all time, Leonard Nimoy’s Spock. Then again, maybe it’s the Starship Enterprise, which had

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