These former Memphis State (now University of Memphis) students were among those who protested conditions at the university in 1969.
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University of Memphis sit-in commemoration looks back and forward

NNPA NEWSWIRE — On April 23, 1969, 75 BSA members at the University of Memphis staged a sit-in at then-President Cecil Humphreys’ office because he refused to provide $1,750 to bring U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the first black person to be elected from New York to Congress, to speak to the association. […read more]

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Lorraine Toussant (right) and Frankie Faison star in NBC’s “Brooklyn.” Toussaint is proud to bring this type of relationship to television – one with older black people loving each other and their neighbors unconditionally. Playing Patricia gives her an opportunity to show the complexity of black women. (Photo: NBC)
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Lorraine Toussaint: Veteran Actress Talks ‘The Village’ and Brooklyn

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “You know, there’s a point in your career where you take whatever you can get. And then early on in my career, I realized, oh, I don’t want to do that. I actually want to do certain kinds of roles,” says the Trinidadian born actress. “You then begin to be brave enough to begin to say no to certain things. And then there comes a time, when you reach a point in your career where you intuitively choose certain kinds of work. I’m so pleased to be at that point and that I’m still relevant,” she adds. […read more]

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Law

Tenn. bill adds new challenges to voter registration drives

NASHVILLE PRIDE — The Tennessee House has passed a bill that aims to clamp down on voter-registration drives. House Bill 1079, sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro, would fine civic groups organizing voter-registration drives upwards of $10,000 for submitting large numbers of inaccurate or insufficient voter registration forms. Advocacy groups and even individuals could be faced with criminal misdemeanor charges. […read more]

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and #MeToo movement founder Tarana J. Burke embrace at the fourth annual First Expressions Awards at the Newseum in D.C. on April 4. (Photo by: Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer)
Community

#MeToo Founder Honored at First Expressions Awards

WASHINGTON INFORMER — The founder and leader of a social movement against sexual harassment and assault received a prestigious award from a pro-media institute. Tarana J. Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, received the inaugural Power Shift Award at the fourth annual First Expressions Awards sponsored by the Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute in D.C. […read more]

New research has revealed that 78 percent of African Americans believe the country has not gone far enough on the issue of making sure blacks have equal rights with whites
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In Black and White: Key Findings of American’s View on Race in 2019

NNPA NEWSWIRE — According to a recent study by Pew Research, 84 percent of black respondents said people not seeing racial discrimination where it exists is a bigger problem than people seeing racism where it doesn’t exist. Whites were the only group where a majority, 52 percent, said the opposite was true – that the bigger problem is people seeing racism where it really does not exist. […read more]

The lawsuit further claims violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the farmers’ civil rights, and a federal law for packaging, labeling and the transporting of certified seeds. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Mediation a ‘no go’ for ‘Black Farmers’ and Stine Seed Co.

NNPA NEWSWIRE — U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. set the March 15 deadline for mediation. BFAA filed a lawsuit last year against billion-dollar, seed-breeding giant Stine, alleging that the company systematically engaged in racial discrimination by selling African-American farmers fake soybean seed as a pattern of behavior. Stine rejects the discrimination assertion. […read more]

Next day, in a diner, Ruth is befriended by a mysterious man, Bill (Christopher Denham, Argo). He buys her a cup of coffee and offers her a ride. What she doesn’t know is that he’s been tracking her, and he plans to kidnap her. Why?
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FILM REVIEW: Fast Color

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Fast Color crosses too many genres to be good in any specific one and that wreaks havoc on an audience’s attention. There are wondrous sci-fi elements: the skies produce a multitude of colors somewhat like the Northern Lights. Thriller aspects fluctuate: Sometimes Ruth is scared by the number of trackers who follow her, and sometimes not. […read more]

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About Us

Unity-1 on the Road to Rebuilding

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — On March 20th NOPD officers were in pursuit of what they believed was a car that was stolen. As officers became disengaged the car sped away and tragedy arose as the car crashed into Unity One Beauty Salon, causing a three alarm fire that left the iconic Broadmoor business building engulfed in flames leaving it presently inoperable. Also three lives were lost, the two young men in the vehicle and one women inside the salon who later succumbed to burns sustained in the fire. […read more]

Morris is seen interviewing the owner of Canipe’s Amusement Company in 1968 minutes after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. Courtesy photo
Books

Former Sheriff and Mayor Pens Book About His ‘Legendary Life’

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Jim McCarter sat quietly in a packed room thumbing through a recently published book that he’d purchased at Novel Memphis minutes before the author’s 6 p.m. book talk and signing Thursday, March 28. While waiting on the former Shelby County sheriff and mayor William Noel “Bill” Morris to address the capacity crowd, an age-old photograph on page 181 in the book, “Bill Morris: A Legendary Life,” caught McCarter’s attention. […read more]

DJ Yasmina (Photo by: Andre H)
El Mundo

DJ Yasmina has rocked the stage across the US and internationally

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Rolling out’s Master DJ series spotlights DJs recognized in their respective cities who are making an impact in their communities. Australian-born Yasmina Angele — known professionally as DJ Yasmina — came to the United States a few years ago to pursue her music career. Rolling out recently caught up with DJ Yasmina to learn more about how she got started and how far music has taken her around the world. […read more]

The Freret Street Festival (Photo by: Kichea S. Burt)
Entertainment

Freret St Fest

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — The Freret Street Festival returned this year to give New Orleanians and visitors eight blocks of fun. The festival, which includes pet adoptions, food courts, various vendors, and a diverse music line-up across three stage, is a can’t-miss event, and Data News Weekly made sure to be there. […read more]

The Latino Business Board was behind the well-attended event, “The Second Annual Latinos in Business Expo,” held Sunday afternoon at Newburgh’s Armory. From left are Board Members; Martha Barrera of Walden Savings Bank; Sandra Salguero of Superior Mortgage; Richard Narvaez of Principal Financial and Gisela Gomez of M & T Bank.
Business

Latinos in Business Expo Draws Impressive Crowd

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — It’s a fact that startled a multitude of people, including Sandra Salguero of Superior Mortgage.“ Many people had no idea, were shocked, there were people who spoke Spanish working at the Ulster Savings Bank (as well as other area banks), who are there specifically to help out,” said Salguero. Now, learning that fact, they are much more likely to go to that bank and feel comfortable.” […read more]

Protesters march in 2015 past one of 17 predatory lending businesses in South Dallas, Texas. (Courtesy of Paul Malbrough)
Economy

Predatory Lending Rooted in Antebellum South: Study

WASHINGTON INFORMER — A doctoral student at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, recently compiled evidence that traces predatory lending practices to the pre-emancipated South. In her research, Amanda Gibson found that in comparison to today’s standards, in the informal financial world of antebellum Virginia, African Americans were often as collateral for loans or sold to pay off debt. African-Americans were also sometimes participants in the personal side of pre-emancipation credit, usually taking out loans in pursuit of freedom. […read more]

James A. Washington is a father, husband, Christian, writer, entrepreneur and the owner/publisher of the Dallas Weekly.
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COMMENTARY: Don’t Go Out That Door Unarmed

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Spiritual warfare as my bible says (for believers), is fought in the mind, in the emotions and in the will. It is in these areas that we do battle and most times we think we’re struggling with ourselves, our own weaknesses of flesh and blood, and discipline and integrity, pride and envy. When in actuality, we’re really struggling against “the devil’s schemes.” […read more]

“The lesson is striking: Consumers are the big winners when marketplaces use all the tools of the Affordable Care Act,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “The policies underway in these three states are easily transferable, and if applied to the federal marketplace, taxpayers would save billions of dollars in subsidies, and middle-class Americans would benefit from much lower premiums.”
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PRESS ROOM: New Analysis Finds Leading State-Based Marketplaces Have Performed Well

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The report examines the impact that federal and state actions have had on state-based marketplaces and the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM). Cumulative premium increases in California, Massachusetts and Washington are less than half of the increases seen in FFM states, but 2019 premium increases spiked in California and Washington compared to Massachusetts, which continued its state-based penalty. […read more]

Critics, pundits and academics say it’s impossible to ignore the role race plays in Trump’s treatment of Puerto Ricans. Photo: SAN JUAN, PR - MARCH 4, 2018: Painted USA flag on uprooted tree from Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. / iStockphoto / NNPA
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Neglect, Disrespect of Puerto Rico by Trump Administration Continues

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Donald Trump administration’s response to the crisis reveals that Puerto Ricans are racialized as subordinate, despite their US citizenship, said Dr. Pedro Cabán, Professor of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies at University at the State University of New York in Albany. “Trump’s racially charged statements resurrected long dormant, degrading characterizations of Puerto Ricans as lacking the capacity and will to fend for themselves.” […read more]

“Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today. @IihanMN’s life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY).
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COMMENTARY: Omar Faces Rightwing Backlash as She Forces Uncomfortable Conversations About Israel, Palestine

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Trump, the New York Post and Fox News, each owned by media magnate and Trump friend Rupert Murdoch, and the Republican National Committee’s Ronna Romney McDonald, have led the way in the criticism, smears and deceptive coverage and which has triggered pushback and calls to cease this dangerous behavior from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, Women’s March creators Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory and a range of other women and activists, including Rashad Robinson of Color of Change, journalist and activist Shaun King and others.” […read more]

Charleston Chronicle

Barre3 Charleston Hosts Suicide Prevention Fundraiser in Downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Barre3 Charleston announced this week an evening to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention and mental wellness. Thursday, April 18, the historic American Theatre and William Aiken House in downtown Charleston will host a night to move, sweat and breathe in honor of those lost to suicide and the loved ones they left behind. Attendees are encouraged to show up no matter what journey they have been on and to SPREAD LOVE and SUPPORT for one another […read more]

Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway
Crime

Nashville Juvenile System Needs Community Support

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The recent spotlight placed upon five juveniles accused of murder in Nashville is a community issue that goes beyond the tragic happenings of the victim and the minors involved.  Regardless of how this sad situation is viewed, critics on both sides of the issue meet in the middle and admit that Nashville indeed has a rapidly escalating juvenile crime problem.  The hands of the parents are tied, the disciplinary resources of the educators are non-existent and the community safe haven that can field the crisis is ranked low on the list of budgetary priorities of the Metro Council. […read more]

Natalie Graves
Uncategorized

Black Folks Get Depressed Too!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — According to the National Alliance on Mental Health “an estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. People of all ages and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression…” Yes, that includes Black people! […read more]

Seven people received certificates from the AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia “Pathways to Work” program on April 9. Here graduates, mentors and supervisors pose for the happy occasion. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)
Afro

AmeriHealth Caritas D.C. Graduates Fifth Class in Workforce Readiness Program

THE AFRO — It was an emotional moment for many during the April 9 graduation ceremony of the AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia “Pathways to Work” program. Seven people received certificates showing they had finished the 12 week paid internship program, which provides training in hospitality and customer service skills in a classroom environment and then learning about healthcare while onsite at AmeriHealth Caritas. […read more]

Dr. Shawn Joseph
Education

Board of Education Reaches Mutual Agreement With Dr. Shawn Joseph

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education voted today to buy out the contract of Metro Nashville Public Schools Director, Dr. Shawn Joseph, in a 5-3 vote. Joseph’s last day will be Friday, April 12, 2019. Joseph entered the position in July 2016 and is ending his tenure after slightly less than three years in a district serving more than 85,000 students and 11,000 employees. Dr. Adrienne Battle has been selected as interim director. […read more]

There have recently been discussions and fund allocations hinting that Preakness, traditionally held in Baltimore at Pimlico Race Course, will move to Laurel Race Track. (Courtesy Photo)
Afro

Preakness May Have to Leave Baltimore for Laurel to Stay in MD

THE AFRO — Baltimore may have to rely on the CIAA Basketball Tournament to recoup whatever the city may lose in tourism dollars if the Preakness moves to Laurel in 2021.  Despite pleas to keep the second jewel of the Triple Crown in Charm City, Laurel Race Track appears to be the choice of The Stronach Group, who owns both venues, but wants grow the track that sits on the edge of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties into a “super track” in the near future. […read more]

Music

PRESS ROOM: Kaya Fest 2019

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — Kaya Fest is the creation of Stephen Marley, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, musician producer and son of the legend Bob Marley.  It was named by the New Times as one of “Miami’s Ten Best Musical Moments of 2017! […read more]

Thomas McClary of The Commoders, left, and Marshall F. Stevenson, a dean at the University of Eastern Shore Maryland, during a Pan African Development Conference at Delaware State University on Thursday. (Photo by: Photo by: Delaware State University | Carlos Holmes)
Education

Leaders discuss HBCUs and the African diaspora

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — Marshall F. Stevenson would like to see students who attend historically Black colleges and universities make a trip to Africa at least once during their matriculation.“ I’ve always been a proponent of that for Africa,” said Stevenson, dean of the School of Education, Social Sciences and the Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an HBCU. […read more]

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the Chamber.
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COMMENTARY: Meet National Black Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Among states, Georgia had the largest total number with 256,848 black-owned businesses and accounted for 9.9 percent of the nation’s black-owned businesses, according to Black Demographics. Black businesses comprise 26% of Georgia businesses which is the second largest percentage in the nation. In 2018 Georgia ranked number one in the U.S. for small business climate and number two for most startups by women. […read more]

The arguments have been made. The issues are clear. If Japan pursues this course, then a strategic response needs to be offered, if not by cowardly governments, then by courageous global citizens.
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COMMENTARY: Killing whales…again?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…what is the Japanese whaling industry thinking? What could they possibly be thinking that would justify moving against another species? We have seen the impact of the conscious human destruction of various species—the buffalo being a profound example—and we know that once a species is gone, there is no bringing it back. There is no “…oops…sorry…” moment.” […read more]

Jin Zhang and Michelle Yeoh in Master Z The IpMan Legacy
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FILM REVIEW: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With Woo-Ping Yuen as the mastermind, the fight scenes are kinetic, wondrous and almost balletic. At times the combat is violent. Other times it’s as if the fighters are involved in highly elaborate and tightly constructed choreography. Imagine West Side Story told with an Asian twist, where the Jets and Sharks gangs go at it kung fu style. Then hold that thought and ponder if Master Z… would make a captivating theater piece. […read more]

Community

OP-ED: Vigils aren’t the answer to stopping crime

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — There was a vigil held in Bessemer on Monday night on behalf of more than 100 victims of violent crime from western Jefferson County.  Those who organized the vigil were well intended and did no harm – but I wonder how much good it did.  This vigil followed the form of many others with local elected officials speaking on the impact of gunfire in our communities and families talking about the never-ending pain. No disrespect to the families, but we also need to talk about the cause of violence in our communities. […read more]

Congress has the power and responsibility to ensure that every American can exercise their franchise. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Congress Traveling the Country to Hear Evidence of Voting Rights Violations

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Some of the violations that have been reported include closed polling places, new limitations on voter registration and removal of names from voter lists. The Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act while acknowledging the persistence of voter discrimination. Following the Court’s decision, which, as a practical matter, eliminated preclearance requirements under the Voting Rights Act, hundreds of voting rights violations have been reported. […read more]

The Nautilus does not scream at you but instead exudes an upscale, luxurious look. It has the corporate face shared by the Continental and Navigator, but for me seems to make the best use of the face.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus review

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…About those seats. If Lincoln gets out the car business, it should dive head first into the luxury furniture market. These seats were fabulous. The rear seats reclined and the manual controls to do so were so easy to reach it was scary. Why aren’t all automobiles built like this? The comfort level was something special.” […read more]

You couldn’t tell one story without telling the other, so the two main characters are intertwined. There’s archival footage of the real-life characters as they explain how a love/hate relationship became a true friendship.
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FILM REVIEW: Best of Enemies

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The Best of Enemies is based on a true-life story. Taraji P. Henson plays Ann Atwater, a civil rights leader in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. Her rival in the movie is the Exalted Leader of the KKK, C. P. Ellis, a devout racist who spends most of his life spreading hate and separateness between the races. However, with their children in common, the two opposites eventually become friends. […read more]

Alfred Degrafinreid II
The Tennessee Tribune

Vanderbilt Names Associate Vice Chancellor

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Vanderbilt University has named Alfred Degrafinreid II as associate vice chancellor for community relations within the Division of Government and Community Relations. A native Tennessean, Degrafinreid most recently served as the chief administrative officer for the Office of the Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk. […read more]

Governor Ralph Northam Gives Inaugural Address (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Government

Gov. Shows Support For Bills Addressing Va.’s Racial Disparities

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — During the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly, Black lawmakers and their allies proposed a number of bills to address the economic, social and educational disparities facing Virginia’s African-American community. The members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus have enlisted a reliable ally to make laws addressing those disparities a reality: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. […read more]

Akua Page and Chris Cato, co-founders of The Geechee Experience
Black History

The Geechee Experience Entertains and Educates in Endeavor to Preserve Geechee Culture

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Akua Page and Chris Cato have taken the Lowcountry by storm with their creation, The Geechee Experience. A cultural movement that fuses education with entertainment, The Geechee Experience “is a cultural platform that was created by Geechee millennials on a mission to preserve their culture and language,” the group maintains. […read more]

Rhiannon Giddens, left, and Uma Peters. (Photo by: Bradley Hanson)
Education

Rhiannon Giddens Mentors 11-Year-Old Banjo Player

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Rhiannon Giddens, co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, is passing her distinctive banjo skills to eleven-year-old musician, Uma Peters through a one-on-one apprenticeship supported by the Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, an initiative of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Folklife Program. […read more]

James A. Washington is a father, husband, Christian, writer, entrepreneur and the owner/publisher of the Dallas Weekly.
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COMMENTARY: Play Ball, To the Victor Goes You

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Can you imagine any athletic event where the ball actually participates as an independent active component? Well, the truth is we are that ball in this high-stake game for our very own souls. Imagine that. We can stack the deck in our favor. But it can’t be happenstance. It must be deliberate, and we must be constant in making sure that the ball takes favorable bounces throughout the game. […read more]