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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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