October 28th, 2011
06:50 PM ET

'The Mountaintop': MLK's last day, as seen on Broadway

"The Mountaintop," a Broadway play by Katori Hall,  considers the last day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life - April 3,1968. But Hall had never set foot inside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where King was killed until she stepped in with CNN's Soledad O'Brien. The hotel room where King stayed was maintained as a shrine to the civil rights leader.

Hall's reaction: "It's too small to contain his dreams."

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October 28th, 2011
12:28 PM ET

'I don't know a single black entrepreneur'

By Laurie Segall, CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Weeks ahead of the premier of a CNN documentary focusing on diversity in the tech industry, the charged issue is already generating sparks. A heated debate broke out on Twitter Wednesday night after a preview screening of "Black in America 4."

Blogger-turned-investor Michael Arrington ignited a controversy with his comments about the visibility of minority-led companies. In the documentary, which airs November 13, Arrington talked about his difficulties finding African-American entrepreneurs to launch their ventures at his TechCrunch Disrupt conference - and suggested he would accept almost any black entrepreneur, regardless of merit.

"There's a guy, actually, his last company just launched at our event, and he's African-American. When he asked to launch - actually, I think it was the other way around. I think I begged him," Arrington told CNN's Soledad O'Brien.

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Engage: Black farmers' $1.25 billion settlement, Harold and Kumar's world
John Boyd heads the National Black Farmers Association. A judge approved a $1.25 billion settlement for minority farmers.
October 28th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Engage: Black farmers' $1.25 billion settlement, Harold and Kumar's world

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported, untold stories from undercovered communities.

Black farmers $1.25 billion discrimination settlement approved
“A federal judge on Thursday approved a $1.25 billion settlement in a decades-old discrimination case by black farmers, clearing the way for them to seek compensation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for being left out of farm aid programs.” - Reuters

Cash incentives and cultural bias fuel South Dakota foster system
“In South Dakota, Native American children make up only 15% of the child population, yet they make up more than half the children in foster care. An NPR News investigation has found that the state is removing 700 native children every year, sometimes in questionable circumstances. According to a review of state records, it is also largely failing to place native children with their relatives or tribes.” - National Public Radio FULL POST

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