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Aretha Franklins Regal Rebellion Against Racism

Aretha Franklin became feminist anthems for all women, and as much as she embodied a major cultural shift for all women, Aretha was a Black woman. A Black woman who didnt coo cutely or present herself as an ingnue in the age of Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick; a Black woman who didnt trust anyone to tell her story for her; and a Black woman come to grips with its own racist culture and history, Aretha Franklin emerged as a Black woman with no qualms about projecting that Blackness to…

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Civil Rights Legend Rep. John Lewis Hospitalized

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness and is said to be under routine observation. Lewis spokeswoman, Brenda Jones, said the congressman is expected to be released Sunday. Sources cited by WSB-TV said Lewis, 78, fell ill on a flight to Atlanta on Saturday. No further details were available. Lewis, a driving force in the civil rights movement who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., has represented Georgia 5th Congressional District since 1986. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/civil-rights-legend-rep-john-lewis-hospitalized

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Take Trumps Travel Ban Back to Court

The blockbuster case of the decision, after joining the majority opinion removing the lower court’s block on the travel ban, Kennedy said the lower court “could still consider whether it was proper to look for religious animus ‘in light of the substantial deference’ due to the president.” And I explained that “because the case was before the Supreme Court as the result of a preliminary injunction, not after a trial, it is still theoretically possible for the lower courts to hold a trial to consider further evidence of presidential bias.”…

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