“Saturday Night Live,” the NBC comedy institution took aim at the Baltimore Police Department with a skit called, “Thirsty Cops.” (Screengrab)
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SNL Spoofs Baltimore Police

THE AFRO — A series of Baltimore Police Department (BPD) scandals since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent uprising, have garnered national headlines. But, over the weekend the negative national commentary on Baltimore police misconduct reached a new level. […read more]

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
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A President Without a Country

AFRO — The funerals for two towering American icons, The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin and American hero Arizona Sen. John McCain, happened within days of each other. Dignitaries from around the globe paid homage (and RESPECT) to Franklin and McCain. A pantheon of entertainment legends and political luminaries, including former President Bill Clinton, attended Franklin’s funeral in Detroit, while former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogized McCain. […read more]

Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)
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COMMENTARY: Baltimore City Schools, Throwback to Jim Crow Era

AFRO — During the era of Jim Crow it was not unheard of to have Black children sitting in hot classrooms with no regard for their health. It was not unheard of for a system to intentionally work to poorly educate Black children and force them to endure the type of conditions that were designed to break their spirit. It was not unheard of to expect Black parents to quietly complain but publicly comply with the law. It was not unheard of to have overcrowded classrooms, dark and dingy hallways, dust and asbestos, and very few resources and innovative designs. […read more]

According to the Independent Review Board’s report, Det. Sean Suiter, who died last November, likely committed suicide. (Courtesy photo)
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Panel: Suiter Likely Committed Suicide

THE AFRO — According to WBAL-TV, the report, which was officially released today (Aug. 28) by the Baltimore Police Department, concludes Detective Sean Suiter most likely killed himself with his own service weapon. The conclusion that Suiter committed suicide is in stark contrast to the preliminary assertions made within 48 hours of his death in an alley in the Harlem Park community of West Baltimore. […read more]