His convictions could put the murderer behind bars for the rest of his life if Judge Vincent Gaughan brings down the hammer at Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing on Halloween, October 31. (Photo: Trial Press Pool Photo)(Photo: Trial Press Pool Photo)
Black History

“The Trial of the Century” from a Black journalist’s view

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I couldn’t believe it was happening, but it was. A justice system that for decades was viewed as broken by thousands of Blacks and minorities had finally worked and convicted a Chicago police officer of killing a Black teenager. My assignment was over, but an exciting moment for Black Chicago was just beginning…” […read more]

National

Cleveland, on the Brink

Jamil Smith, THE NEW REPUBLIC   CLEVELAND (The New Republic) — Before last week, the last time I’d been home to Cleveland, Ohio was in December of 2014. When I drove into town, I didn’t head to the East Side, where I grew up, and Read More

National

Ben Crump: NNPA Newsmaker of the Year

  By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who skyrocketed to national prominence by representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was followed, confronted and shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., Read More

Sports

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins Delivers Emotional Response to Cleveland Police Union’s Reaction to ‘Justice for Tamir Rice’ Shirt

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Cleveland.com) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins defended his wearing a “Justice for Tamir Rice” shirt during warm-ups before Sunday’s game against the Bengals. “My wearing of the T-shirt wasn’t a stance against every police officer or every police department,” Hawkins said. Read More