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Judge My Book by Its Cover—Then Read It with Children

School Library Journal named Anastasia Higginbotham’s “Not My Idea” one of the best books of 2018. Mississippi State Auditor Shad White says it teaches racism as do all anti-racism books, calling Higginbotham “some white lady” who made up ideas about whiteness “five minutes ago.”

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Four children (7-10) drawing with chalk on pavement, overhead view
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How To Nurture Creativity In Your Kids

Parents who want their kids to be more creative may be tempted to enroll them in arts classes or splurge on STEM-themed toys. Those things certainly can help, but as a professor of educational psychology who has written extensively about creativity, I can draw on more than 70 years of creativity research to make additional suggestions that are more likely to be effective—and won’t break your budget.

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Actor Sidney Poitier poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on June 2, 2008. Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. He was 94. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
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Rest in Peace, Dignity: A Brief Tribute to Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier was dignity personified, which allowed him to portray every type of existing Black man on American terrain that was stolen from indigenous people and worked by the children of the sun. Poitier was not concerned about the paycheck he might lose from his act of artistic and political defiance; he was concerned about his art aiding in the uplift and liberation of African peoples. 

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Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review Retracts Hit Piece Against ADOS

On Jan. 18, 2021, Harvard’s Shorenstein Center published “Disinformation Creep: ADOS and the Strategic Weaponization of Breaking News” in the special issue on disinformation in the 2020 elections. “The article, now formally retracted, charged ADOS Advocacy Foundation founders Yvette Carnell, Antonio Moore and ADOS self-organized chapters of “creating an online network that leverages Black identity and breaking news to implicitly or explicitly support anti-Black political groups and causes, strategically discouraging Black voters from voting for the Democratic party.”

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People with LGBTQ+ flags and signs
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Trans People Have Long History in South—But Politicians Ignore It

When G. Samantha Rosenthal first moved to the South in 2015, she expected to find a hostile environment for her transition. Instead, she met trans people of all ages who prove there is nothing new about being transgender in southwest Virginia. Yet this remarkable history is all but forgotten, she writes.

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Azia Wiggins writing on a whiteboard
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My MFP Role Helps Me Pass Torch to Other Badass Black Mississippians

Deputy Editor Azia Wiggins writes that her work at the MFP helps mend the broken relationship between the people and media with our transparency and investigative journalism that focuses on truth and solutions—and set a higher ethical standard in journalism. And she can use the door opened to her to help other native Black Mississippians get new opportunities.

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People attend a vigil for the victims of a school shooting that occurred in Oxford, Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2021
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Mass Shootings: Symptoms of Deeper Public Health Crisis No One Talks About

After any mass shooting, Americans hear politicians make the ritualistic call for “thoughts and prayers.” Thoughts and prayers are not enough. A social-contextual analysis would examine how shooters’ shared characteristics interact with their surroundings to make them capable of the unimaginable acts they committed.

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