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President Biden Issues First Pardons, Including First Black to Serve on a Presidential Detail
On April 26, President Biden used his pardon powers as President for the first time. The White House announced three pardons and the commuted sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders. The move by...
Twitter Finally Shuts Down Account of Racist Congresswoman from Georgia
After a third violation regarding COVID-19 misinformation, officials at the social media platform Twitter have banned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from their platform. Her suspended account was...
Voting Rights Battle Ahead in Early 2022
In 2021, 440 bills to restrict voting access were introduced in 49 states. Nineteen states passed 34 new laws making it more difficult to vote. There have been no cases cited demonstrating evidence...
March on Washington 2021 Focuses on Voting Rights
On the 58th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, marchers focused on voting rights. Voting rights have reemerged...
Falsely Accused Brothers Awarded $75M After 30 Years in Prison
Brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown spent 30 years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. The two brothers were convicted at 19 and 15 and were sentenced to be executed. The two had been...
Five Facts About the Tulsa Race Massacre
In 1921, a White mob entered the Greenwood District and destroyed Tulsa's Black community. During Memorial Day weekend, the centennial remembrance of the Tulsa Race Massacre was commemorated. The...
President Biden Nominates Three Black Women for Federal Court of Appeals
Remember these names: Ketanji Brown Jackson, Tiffany Cunningham, and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi. These are President Joseph Biden's first three nominations for the federal Court of Appeals. In 2020, Bide...
Stacey Abrams, Black Lives Matter are Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Both Stacey Abrams and the Black Lives Matter movement have been nominated to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The nominations represent an opportunity for either Abrams or Black Lives matter to win over ev...
IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Susan Moore - The Death of Black Doctor of COVID-19 Sets Off Alarms
He made me feel like a drug addict," Dr. Susan Moore, 52, said on a video days before her death on December 22 due to coronavirus. The Black Indiana doctor states on a Facebook video that she had...
More Than a Vote: King James Leads Plans to Increase Poll Workers
An effort by pro athletes called More Than a Vote is working to increase the number of poll workers in Black electoral districts has amassed 10,000 volunteers since it began. State elections officials in many cities have sounded the alarm regarding...
NFL Comments on George Floyd and Gets Roasted on Kaepernick
NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 32, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season. He was blackballed by the NFL after silently protesting police brutality by silently taking a knee on the... Full story
IN MEMORIAM: Little Richard, One of the Most Influential Founding Fathers of Rock n' Roll, Dies at 87
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, was one of the most influential singer songwriters in popular music. He was one of the founders of Rock n' Roll in the 1950s and one of the most... Full story
Even During a Killer Pandemic Trump Tests Positive for Racism
On March 23, standing at the podium in the White House Briefing Room, President Trump was asked whether or not using the term "Chinese virus" when referring to COVID-19 pandemic was racist or was insp... Full story
Signs COVID-19 is Disproportionately Impacting African Americans Grow Larger
In a letter dated February 4, and sent to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) said comprehensive demographic data on... Full story
Congressional Black Caucus Focuses on Economic Recovery of African Americans in COVID-19 Crisis
The coronavirus health crisis that hit America in the middle of March has compelled Governors to shut down states, requested citizens to stay in their homes and moved Congress to pass an unprecedented... Full story
COVID-19: Black Churches Employ Innovation to Worship During a Pandemic
Black churches in America have faced the challenges of wars, arson and racism written into the law. Following several slave revolts, including Nat Turner’s Rebellion in 1831, Virginia passed a law that required that a white person be present... Full story
Black voters are the cornerstone of the Democratic Party and the most reliable voting block.
During the State of the Union, Trump featured several African Americans from the gallery with long words of praise and detailed introductions. The Republican party has always struggled with Black... Full story
After Five Years, NY Police Officer Who Chokes Eric Garner to Death on Video is Finally Fired
On August 19, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantaleo. Pantaleo choked Eric Garner, 43, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island New... Full story
Trump Levels Racist Attack on Congresswomen of Color in Latest Social Media Screed
President Donald Trump went on a racist screed on Twitter and attacked Democratic congresswomen of color and their ancestry. The 45th President, who succeeded the first African American President of t... Full story
After Historic and Emotional Win, Tiger Woods to be Awarded Medal of Freedom
On April 15, President Trump announced he will award championship golfer Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Woods and Trump have golfed together in Florida over the years. Woods won... Full story
Coming to America Again: Eddie Murphy to Star Again in Blockbuster Hit
Eddie Murphy will once again play crown prince Akeem Joffer in a sequel to the 1988 hit movie, Coming to America. The film's plot centered around a Prince who travels to New York to find an... Full story
African American Senators Push First Federal Lynching Bill Through U.S. Senate
On December 19th, the U.S. Senate finally passed the first anti-lynching bill in history. The bill, entitled the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018, was passed by a voice vote. Should it... Full story
African Americans from Electeds to Journalists Remember President George H.W. Bush
The death of former President George H.W. Bush on November 30 was the impetus of much comment and debate on his legacy. Many kept their tributes to a focus on his incredible military service in World... Full story
Emmett Till Murder to Be Reopened and Investigated by the Justice Department
The U.S. Department of Justice has once again reopened the infamous Emmett Till case. The 1955 murder case was a major turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and one of the most notorious murders in United States history. In August 28, 1955,... Full story
Prince Harry and American Actress Meghan Markle Exchange Vows in Blackest Royal Wedding Ceremony
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows at a ceremony at St. George's Chapel in the Windsor Castle. The royal wedding featured, the head of the Episcopal Church in the U.S., a Black choir and a... Full story