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The Tulsa Race Massacre was 100 years ago. Its Oldest Living Survivor, Viola Fletcher, Told Her Story to Congress

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By Donna M. Owens ·
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021
At age 107, Viola Fletcher has seen plenty of life, but she'd never traveled to the nation's capital. Recently, the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre appeared before members of Congress seeking long overdue justice for her people and community.
“I'm here asking my country to acknowledge what happened in Tulsa in 1921,” she said.
Her testimony came during the “Continuing Injustice: The Centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre” hearing on May 19. The House Judiciary Committee's...
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15 Movies We Can't Wait To See This Summer

15 Movies We Can't Wait To See This Summer

2 monthes ago   |   By Essence

By D'Shonda Brown ·
May 24, 2021 May 17, 2021
The summer is always good for three things: new music drops, fashion collaborations, and new movies. Summer movies always bring the most action-packed, drama-filled tear-jerking films. What makes it even better this season is that we're in a place where theatres are opening up, vaccinations are being distributed, and COVID regulations are being lifted. This will be sure to give moviegoers a better experience whether they're six feet apart from the next reclining chair over in select theatres or watching it at home.
Between the new Marvel movie...
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Russell Westbrook On Bringing New ‘Tulsa Burning' Documentary To Life: ‘It Kind Of Hit Home'

Russell Westbrook On Bringing New ‘Tulsa Burning' Documentary To Life: ‘It Kind Of Hit Home'

2 monthes ago   |   By Essence

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By Brande Victorian ·
May 24, 2021 May 22, 2021
May 31st marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Tulsa race massacre when more than 35 blocks of what was dubbed Black Wall Street were burned to the ground, leaving at least 39 people dead. The very existence of the Greenwood District - which in 1921 was the wealthiest Black community in the United States - is rarely taught in classrooms, let alone the destruction of it. But a new documentary from the History Channel uncovers the devastation that occurred in the Oklahoma city between May 31...
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