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Jarvis DeBerry

Jarvis DeBerry

Jarvis DeBerry is editor of the Louisiana Illuminator, a sibling publication to the Nevada Current as part of States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit news outlets.

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What, to the Republican, is the nineteenth of June?

By: - June 19, 2021

The headline above pays homage to one of the most powerful and brilliant speeches in American history. Frederick Douglass, the 19th century’s most eloquent abolitionist, was asked to speak at an Independence Day celebration in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852, and he asked his White audience a most provocative question: “What, to the […]

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Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories

By: - May 10, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]

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Republican praise of King will sound even more hollow and hypocritical now

By: - January 16, 2021

There’s a long list of Republicans who ought not part their lips this holiday weekend to praise Martin Luther King, Jr., to quote from his most famous speech or suggest in any way that they know anything about content of character.  That list includes the 138 Republicans in the U.S. House and the six Republicans […]