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(The Root) -- Genealogical DNA testing can yield very surprising results, as The Root's deputy editor just found out.
"My mother, who is Creole from Louisiana and identifies as black, had her DNA tested recently. The test results came back as positive for a region in India. She was very shocked and confused, because she had never heard of Indian ancestors and can't trace any to Asia on her family tree. Is this a false positive?" --Lauren Williams
Probably not. Several reasons could explain why DNA results for a female Creole from Louisiana would show traces of ancestry from a region in India.
(The Root) -- Whenever northern Nigeria has been in the news in recent months, the stories are usually about killings and kidnappings by Boko Haram -- a radical Islamist insurgency group that has killed some 2,000 people and kidnapped others in the region since its emergence in 2002. The slayings included several people killed during a bank robbery in Yola, a tiny village in the region.
The group's aim is to create an Islamic state. Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, has just declared a state of emergency there and in two other areas, and the Nigerian military has met violence with violence, drawing criticisms for what some see as unnecessary brutality. This week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there were “credible allegations” of human-rights violations committed by Nigerian security forces.
Heavyweight Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival revealed an impressive slate of releases starring black actors, including Idris Elba, Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan, according to New York magazine. Could Weinstein push all three men into the history-making best actor category?
"The Central Park Five" has been a book, a theatrical movie and a PBS film that aired last month, indicting the news media as well as police and prosecutors in each iteration. But how much difference will it make?
"Filmmakers Sarah and Ken Burns, not to mention the Central Park Five, think it's time for someone to apologize," David Hinckley wrote last month in the Daily News in New York as the film made its PBS debut.
Contending that there is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farmers, on the Huffington Post NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous checks in on the debate raging around a court settlement.
There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farm ownership in this country. But we can do our best to move forward.