Ieshia Evans, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 9, 2016 - Photo by Jonathan Bachman Reuters

 Ieshia Evans was a nurse from Pennsylvania when she decided to join protestors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 9, 2016. The hundreds, maybe thousands of protestors were gathered throughout the city to demand justice for well-documented cases of minorities killed by the police. Among those minorities, and the latest prominent cases, were Alton Sterling, killed in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile killed in Minnesota by police officers. Just two days earlier, the US nation had been shocked by a senseless murder of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.

 

Asked about why she travelled to Baton Rouge by La Guardian, Ieshia Evans said:

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Nate Parker receives award for the Birth of a Nation, at Sundance Festival of 2016

Nate Parker has become a household name since he produced, directed and stared in the Birth of A Nation.  The Birth of a Nation has changed the conversation in the United States about slavery and race and the role Blacks played in the birth of America, as the nation known today. It is a biographical film about Nat Turner, the Black slave who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831 against White supremacy.  

 

 Nate Parker, who often underlines the inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in

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Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

Soul singer Sharon Jones, died on Friday, November 19, 2016  at age 60 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Known as the James Brown of Soul, Sharon Jones' success after a long music career, came into her her 40s. She found success with her  band, the Dap-Kings. 

By her side until her death, the Dap-Kings band backed her up during her tours and performances. Commenting on her death, Dap-King's Gabriel Roth said that Sharon Jones, " was the strongest person any of us had ever known, and she just kept singing. She didn't want to stop singing."

Sharon Jones was diagnosed with  cancer in 2013. She never stopped performing even during treatment. Asked by Associated Press  recently, why she never stopes she said: "It's therapy, I know I need rest and sleep. But I want to work and that is our job.. You got to be brave. I want to use the time that I have. I don't want to spend it all laid up, wishing I had done that gig."

Her bravery will surely inspire many. She will be missed!

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Gwen Ifill with the Dalai Lama in 2010

Gwen Ifill, the first Black woman to host a major political TV program has died. She was 61. Gwen Ifill was one of the most prominent political journalists in the United States. She has covered major events and campaigns. The most notable political events she hosted included moderating the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates and a presidential primary debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  

 Gwen  Ifill was the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama". 

In his remarks  about Gwen Ifill's passing, during a press conference before his last international trip as the US President,  President Obama gave the following tribute:

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