DC Museum Explores The Evolution And Influence Of HBCUs

A new museum in Washington, D.C. delves into narratives that are a part of the history of historically Black colleges and universities, the Washington Business Journal reported.

New @HBCUmuseum plants seed on Georgia Avenue

— WashingtonBizJournal (@WBJonline) March 13, 2018

The HBCU Museum captures the essence of the evolution of HBCUs through artifacts, photos, and mementos donated by graduates of these institutions, the news outlet writes. The museum was founded by Executive Director Terrence Forte and his family. Forte’s parents were graduates of Howard University. The family believed that there was a need to highlight the importance of HBCUs so that individuals could understand that they are more than just higher learning institutions, they are places that drive culture.

When visiting the HBCU Museum, you will come across historic photos taken on the campuses at these colleges as well as artifacts that illustrate different time periods like one of the first copies of EBONY magazine. The museum currently lives in a 638-square-foot space but Forte says that he is looking to expand. He wants to move the HBCU Museum into a bigger space in D.C. and plans on opening up a second location in Atlanta. After opening up those locations, Forte plans on featuring more educational programming which will be led by HBCU graduates.

“The planning for this has been going on for a long time. But [the financial struggles] make it ever so much more important to have it now, so people understand exactly how important HBCUs are not just for the people attending them but for culture in general,” Forte told the Washington Business Journal. “We want to bridge the gap for those who might not know.”

The opening of the HBCU Museum comes nearly a month after PBS premiered its first-feature length documentary on the rise, influence, and evolution of historically Black colleges and universities called Tell Them We Are Rising.


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Rachel Dolezal Wasn’t The First Six More Whites Who Passed For Black

Legendary  race-faker Rachel Dolezal currently has a documentary on Netflix titled The Rachel Divide. The doc has been dragged on Twitter, but the former head of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter, is not the first white person to try and pass for Black.

Reasons for the transformations range from extreme cultural appropriation, to journalistic and social experimentation, to cultural backlash against affirmative action. Here are six other white people who pulled a Dolezal.

John Howard Griffin

Some of you may have read Black Like Me, published in 1961, on your own or as a school assignment. Nearly 54 years ago, Griffin, a novelist, darkened his skin and became Black in an effort to comprehend the Civil Rights Movement.

The product was a groundbreaking book that revealed what many Whites still refuse to believe today: Racism is not a figment of the imagination.

“Black Like Me disabused the idea that minorities were acting out of paranoia,” Gerald Early, a Black scholar at Washington University and editor of “Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation,” told Smithsonian Magazine. “There was this idea that black people said certain things about racism, and one rather expected them to say these things. Griffin revealed that what they were saying was true. It took someone from outside coming in to do that. And what he went through gave the book a remarkable sincerity.”

Grace Halsell

In the December 1969 issue of Ebony magazine, Halsell, a journalist and writer, recounts how she lived for six months as a Black woman. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, to a family that owned slaves before the Civil War, Halsell was inspired to embark on the experiment by John Howard Griffin’s book.

She took pills that were used to alleviate pigmentation problems, supplemented by extensive tanning sessions, to cross the color barrier, according to The New York Times.

She wrote about the experience in her 1969 book, Soul Sister, recounting the degradation of being a Black domestic worker in a world of White employers, one of whom tried to rape her, the Times writes. The book sold more than one million paperback copies and was translated

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Republican Rips Into Paris Dennard “Just Say It ‘I Love Donald Trump Screwing A Porn Star”

Paris Dennard has been dragged by everyone from Keith Boykin to Cornel West to A.Scott Bolden to former mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter. But you know it’s rough when a white Republican is destroying you on national television.

On Friday, GOP strategist Rick Wilson and CNN commentator Dennard discussed Trump‘s scandal with porn star Stormy Daniels. Of course, Dennard defended  Trump by dismissing the scandal because it happened before he was president — however, it is possible campaign finance money was used to keep Stormy silent. In addition, Dennard argued Trump is not addressing the scandal because of Melania Trump, “the president wants to dignify this story, true or false … this is something that is terribly embarrassing for the first lady.”

Rick Wilson, who is a Republican with some sense and against Trump, told Paris, “I feel you’re struggling here… Let me help you out here.” Paris’ life is a struggle, which Rick Wilson clearly picked up on. He continued, “Are you telling me that [the GOP] never once brought up the fact that Bill Clinton screwed his way through Arkansas?” Wilson asked. “No. They did it all the time. It wasn’t the fact that he did it before he was president.” Dennard babbled some more and Wilson didn’t hold back, “Is your standard of behavior so low? If your standard is that low, if your standard is that low, if you’re okay with him screwing porn stars, just say the words, ‘I’m okay with Donald Trump screwing porn stars.’ Can you say that for me, Paris?”

Dennard nearly exploded on television, ranting, “I will say that you have no respect for Mrs. Trump, you have no respect for his children, you have no respect for his family!”

Respect was the wrong line Wilson needed to here. He delivered this epic monologue, “Don’t you dare talk about respect when he insulted the [Khizr] Khan family, when he insulted John McCain’s war service. A man who has no respect for anyone on this earth. The fact that you’re defending him on that speaks much more about your character.”  Wils

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Pastor Darrell Scott
Pastor Scott is ride-or-die for Trump and is known to scream on television at anyone who disagrees that Trump is presidential perfection. Here is just one disturbing moment from one of his many television rants. He is actually defending Trump defending Nazis. Fix it, Jesus!

Joy Villa
The singer is a passionate Trump supporter who is constantly on Fox News defending his madness. However, the tide has changed a bit. Now that she accused his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of sexually assaulting her, Fox News is dragging her. Nonetheless, we can’t forget this classic sunken moment, when Villa wore a “Make America Great Again” dress to this year’s Grammys.

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Dr. Ben Carson
Social media lovingly calls him Uncle Ben. Mr. Carson loves him some Trump and his loyalty got him the bizarre position of the decretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Yep, this is the title for a former neurosurgeon. There are so many sunken moments to choose from for Ben, but this moment, which shows Carson thanking God for Trump after the despicable tax bill was passed, is disgustingly unforgettable.

Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis is an NFL legend. He is a 10-time Associated Press All-Pro and one of the few players in history to play in a Pro Bowl in three different decades. However, he is tainting his legacy by being Trump’s BFF and slamming NFL players who knelled during the National Anthem. Yet, when he knelled, he claimed, “I wasn’t protesting, I was praising God,” which was when Shannon Sharpe destroyed  him on ESPN. Watch Ray’s sunken response b

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Shaquille O’Neal Believes More Cops Should Be In Schools And A Gun Ban Is Not The Answer

Shaquille O’Neal recently proposed a “quick fix” on how to stop school shootings.

“I think the quick fix now is the government should give law enforcement more money and you recruit more people, and those guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools,”  the one-time Laker and NBA analyst for TNT said on WABC radio’s “Curtis and Cosby” show on Wednesday. “You put them in front of the schools, you put them behind the schools, you put them inside the schools.”

Shaquille O'Neal says he wants to see armed police officers in front of every school to help stop shootings

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 14, 2018

Shaq believes a gun ban won’t be enough to stop heinous tragedies like the February 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“There’s a lot of those weapons already on the streets,” O’Neal added. “So it’s not like if you say, ‘OK, these weapons are banned,’ people are gonna go, ‘Oh man, let me turn it in.’ That’s definitely not going to happen.”

Shaquille O'Neal wants more police officers in school, not gun bans

— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 15, 2018

Shaq’s comments are, well, out of bounds, with some of the arguments made by activists across the nation in recent years. Questions about increasing police presence in schools have been raised, particularly concerning the effects on students of color. Many videotaped physical confrontations between students of color and officers have been brought to national attention.

“The first time a lot of black and brown children experience police violence is in a school building,” activist and Teach For America leader Brittany Packnett, said according to The Washington Post. “The first place that our children learn to fear police, learn they’re controlled instead of empowered, is in a school building.”

Packnett’s comments were cited by The Post after a South Carolina student was violently thrown across a room and arrested by an officer in lat

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