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U.S. Steel: The Unmaking of Braddock, PA

U.S. Steel has captured the hearts and attention of America once again. And when politics are involved, some stories just seem to dominate the headlines more than others.   Suddenly, with the help of elected officials and social media, these manufactured narratives and conversations are instantly spread all over the U.S., prompting mainstream media to […]

Reparations: A Glaring Double Standard

Reparations: A Glaring Double Standard   A glaring double standard exists in America when it comes to the humanity of Black American descendants of slavery compared to new arrival migrants, those suffering abroad and wealthy white communities.   And as the UHA Tenth Biennial Conference: “Reparations & the Right to the City” descends on perhaps […]

Reparations from the culture committing the crimes

Reparations must now become front and center in the fight for Black American liberation and economic justice. And after the coming midterms, Black leadership must be encouraged to elevated reparations to the top of any political conversations concerning poverty, crime, housing, judicial, education, social and economic Justice for Black American descendants of slavery.   Everything […]

THE OTHER PITTSBURGH

Those in, “The other Pittsburgh”, you know the one that’s not so livable, can no longer sit around and wait on the democratic establishment led, status quo Pittsburgh to acknowledged, recognize, and take tangible action to address the intentional oppression and needless suffering that’s been inflicted on the region’s Black residents and their communities for […]

Crimes Against Humanity

Crimes against Humanity and other barbaric tendencies have always been a part of European nature and culture throughout recorded history. Slavery is a system that existed in various continents during the colonial era, including Africa.   However, slavery in Africa was more like a form of indentured servitude based on known historical records. It was […]

Decolonize Black Land in America

  The Bruce family’s successful fight to decolonize and reclaim a scenic stretch of Southern California shoreline has ignited a national movement, with families, individuals and activists eyeing White-owned properties around the country they say rightfully belong to Black Americans. Property and land that was taken from them by one means or another, over the […]

Braddock, a Historic portrait of America

Many people have never heard of Braddock, Pennsylvania, an industrial town on the Monongahela River, just a 20-minute drive from Pittsburgh. Just over 2,000 people live there. The town’s defining feature is itself a remnant of outdated industry — Andrew Carnegie’s steel mill, built in 1872. But photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier‘s work tells a story that […]

Bunn, ‘We will not live in fear’

What if you could redesign your own neighborhood? For Isaac Bunn, this is an especially interesting challenge. Sitting in the shadow of a steel mill, his family’s home is the only structure left on the block on which he lives. Bunn was born on Ninth Street in Braddock, Pennsylvania, in his family’s home, which they […]

Black American Steelworkers, Erased

Black American steelworkers’ story and their history must be preserved. Their sacrifice and struggle against apartheid-like conditions in the steel mills and communities surrounding them are rarely if ever mentioned. Mainstream media’s intentional ignorance towards Black American working-class men and women persists and often negates the especially important, valuable contributions that Black American men and […]

THE RIGHT TO EXIST

The right to exist for Black Americans was yet again on display barley a week into 2021 as Americans watched an angry mob of white individuals storm the U.S. Capitol, seeming to overwhelm Capitol Police, who struggled to contain the violence. Eventually law and order gave in to the mob in some cases and allowed […]