The 1968 Memphis Sanitation workers strike changed the course of history. (Courtesy of AFSCME)

AFSCME Campaign Engage Young People of Color Ahead of 2020 Election

WASHINGTON INFORMER — A District-headquartered employees’ union has launched an interactive campaign to engage young people of color ahead of the 2020 election. The initiative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) called, “I AM – Be the Change,” seeks to build on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […read more]

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Halima Aden Will Be First Sports Illustrated Model in a Hijab and Burkini

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — Somali-American model Halima Aden will be the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an annual edition perhaps best known for its pictures of bikini-clad models frolicking on the beach, the magazine said. It was not clear if Aden would be the first Muslim model to appear in the swimsuit issue, which has been published for decades. But the magazine said she would be the first Muslim model to appear wearing a burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some observant Muslim women. […read more]

Wilhelmina Thomas (left) and Edwina Taylor, members of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, during a sewing session at the Birmingham Museum of Art. (Photo by: Erica Wright | The Birmingham Times)

Bib & Tucker Sew-op to recognize Alabama’s unsung heroines

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Every year since the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches in 2015, members of the Bib and Tucker Sew-Op have selected a human-or civil-rights theme around which they design quilts and foster open discussion. This year commemorates Alabama’s bicentennial, and the group will spend the year recognizing the state’s unsung heroines through its March Quilts project. […read more]


It Will Take Partnerships to Dismantle Criminal Injustices

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — The overrepresentation of Blacks in the criminal justice system is widely acknowledged.  Unfortunately, there are few Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) producing the necessary research to support the criminal justice reform movement. A quick Google search on the role of HBCUs in criminal justice reform produces few results. Limited resources and no directed marketing approach – issues not unique to HBCUs –  make it difficult for HBCUs to be part of the reform. […read more]

Del. Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) speaks with reporters on May 1, minutes after a House Democratic Caucus meeting in Annapolis, in which she was selected as the new speaker of the House of Delegates. (Photo by: William J. Ford | The Washington Informer)

Jones Chosen as New Md. House Speaker

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Maryland Del. Adrienne Jones of Baltimore County was unanimously chosen Wednesday as the state’s new House speaker during a special session among her colleagues. Jones, who served as speaker pro tem to organize House sessions when the late House Speaker Michael Busch wasn’t in attendance, becomes the state’s first woman and African American to hold the position. […read more]

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10th Annual Community Wealth Building Day Helps Jacksonville Residents Find Dream Home

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — In honor of Fair Housing Month, the  (JAREB) hosted a free event aimed at empowering individuals and families through home ownership. Community Wealth Day was held at Edward Waters College. The day featured an interactive marketplace with educational and employment opportunities in home buying. Attendees received giveaways, hands-on learning about purchasing a home, including guidance in understanding credit, credit counseling, and credit repair.  […read more]

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Parrish McDonald’s Student-Athlete of the Week

NNPA NEWSWIRE — PJ Washington jumped onto the national basketball scene when he transferred from Frisco High School to the renowned basketball powerhouse, Findlay Prep in 2014. The son of two former college basketball players, Washington appeared a boy amongst men at 6-foot 8-inches. A perineal AAU star, Washington rose to a number 12 national ranking and being named to the McDonald’s All-American Team. […read more]

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Waters: Buying A Car Should Be Fair, Transparent and Free of Discrimination

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Buying a car is a significant purchase for many Americans and should be a fair and transparent transaction, free of discrimination. Unfortunately, this is not the case for persons of color. The National Fair Housing Alliance, in a test of auto lending discrimination, found that nearly two-thirds of minority loan applicants received higher cost financing options from automobile dealers than less qualified white applicants. […read more]

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FILM REVIEW: The Intruder

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Yes, The Intruder sticks to a recipe, but still, the stalking is creepy. The wife’s willingness to coddle a guy who has obvious emotional problems is unlikely, but intriguing. As the previous owner from hell acts out his worst intentions, you do feel sorry for the couple and want them to prevail. Fights, stabbings, falls and chases ensue. It all leads up to the do-or-die climax. […read more]

With the average borrower earning $25,000 to $30,000 a year, whatever difficulty led them to a payday loan store or web site, made their lives even worse. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Capitol Hill hearing takes up the war between the needy and the greedy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Any universe with payday lending is answering the question of how to make poverty a sustainable profitable enterprise,” noted Boston’s Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). “Well a lot of people are getting rich off of keeping people poor. And so how do we reform anything that’s based on that premise? The short answer is, we don’t.” […read more]

Singleton launched the acting careers of several young African Americans on his way to notoriety. They included Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Cuba Gooding, Regina King, Janet Jackson, Taraji P. Henson, and Tyrese Gibson. (Photo: John Singleton / George Pimentel Wikicommons)
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IN MEMORIAM: Remembering the Legacy of Director John Singleton

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Time and time again, John drew upon his unique life experiences as a South Los Angeles native to skillfully showcase the African American experience in his highly acclaimed roster of films, which include ‘Higher Learning,’ ‘Poetic Justice,’ and ‘Baby Boy.’ John forced our country to reckon with the ills of our troubled history with the issue of race in ‘Rosewood,’” wrote Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) who was also a personal friend of Singleton. […read more]

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Have Too Many Bad Habits? Here Are 6 Ways To Create Good Ones

PASADENA JOURNAL — It’s said that we become our habits. In some cases that is not a good thing; bad habits prevail among many Americans. One report found that over 70 percent of US adults have at least one unhealthy behavior associated with chronic health problems. Breaking bad habits isn’t easy, but sometimes the best answer is replacing them with empowering new habits that bring positive changes to one’s daily life. […read more]

The Intruder,” starring Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid, hits theaters May 3.

AFRO Exclusive: Michael Ealy Previews ‘The Intruder’

THE AFRO — When Scott (Michael Ealy) and Annie (Meagan Good) move from the city of San Francisco to the Napa Valley wine country, they are planning to begin their lives as newlyweds and start a family.  Yet when the young Black couple settles in, the original owner of the house, Charlie Peck (Dennis Quaid), keeps popping up in the oddest and sometimes, scariest of ways, making for a new thriller that hits theaters May 3, “The Intruder.” […read more]

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Missouri City’s Anthony J. Snipes Elected National President and Board Chair of National Forum for Black Public Administrators

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — More exciting news continues to come out of Missouri City, Texas, as their City Manager, Anthony J. Snipes, was recently elected as National President and Board Chair of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). Snipes was appointed president and board chair on April 6 at the NFBPA’s national conference in Orlando, FL, where NFBPA leaders recognized him for his exemplary municipal leadership, national professional networks and ongoing commitment to public service. […read more]

Two White students from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda posted a picture wearing black makeup on their faces and using the N-word in their caption. (By EnLorax G. Edward Johnson – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Students Post Blackface Pictures

THE AFRO — With brazen disregard for their African American peers, two White students at a Montgomery County high school posted images of themselves in blackface to social media under a disparaging caption. The caption starts with, “We’re Ni—-ers” and concludes with “Y’all got problems.” […read more]

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Time to ‘Cycle’ through Some Investment Ideas

PASADENA JOURNAL — If you’ve noticed an increase in bicycle-related events lately, it may be because May is recognized as “Bike Month” – and some cities even observe a specific Bike Week. Of course, bicycling is good exercise and an environmentally friendly method of transportation, but it can also teach us some lessons about investing. […read more]

The Omaha Star is the oldest black female founded and owned newspaper still publishing in the U.S.
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MDBMSC has Acquired the Omaha Star

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center (MDBMSC) intends to build on the legacy of the Omaha Star’s past publishers, starting with founder Mildred D. Brown, her niece Marguerita Washington and most recently Phyllis Hicks, to help the oldest black female founded and owned newspaper still publishing in the U.S. meet the challenges of a digital age while maintaining and growing its print publication base. […read more]

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March For Our Lives launches billboard campaign

FLORIDA COURIER — Like ticker tape, the messages quickly scroll on the digital billboards.“I saw my brother get shot. I saw my sister get shot. I saw my son get shot,” the words flow in New York’s Times Square. They are the latest anti-gun violence messages from the March For Our Lives group, which was founded by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre last year in Parkland. […read more]

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

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Lorraine Toussaint has plans. The SAG award-winner and NAACP Image award nominee that has an acting career that spans more than thirty years, is starring as Patricia on NBC’s mid-season replacement “The Village,” a show about a motley crew of residents living in a building in Brooklyn with interconnected lives. Filling the time slot of NBC’s mega hit “This Is Us,” “The Village” features an ensemble cast made up of a “who’s who” of television stars (Dominic Chianese, Frankie Faison, Moran Atias, Michaela McManus, Jerod Haynes, Grace Van Dien, Warren Christie and Daren Kagasoff) working together to convey the story of a “family” supporting each other as their lives unfold. […read more]


Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Parks Announce New Concessions this Summer

MILWAUKEE COURIER — Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Parks on April 16 announced a new food and beverage partnership at Bradford Beach this summer with CCH Management LLC (The Dock). Pending approval from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, The Dock will operate the food and beverage concessions at Bradford Beach, inclusive of the beach tiki huts and special events. […read more]

Taraji P. Henson stars in Best of Enemies

FILM REVIEW: Best of Enemies

NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE — 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]

Seattle skyline featuring the Space Needle. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress collection.

Durkan, Best Announce Plan To Relaunch Seattle’s Community Service Officer Program

THE SEATTLE MEDIUM — After extensive input from community, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced the City of Seattle will relaunch its Community Service Officer Program and the Seattle Police Department will hire 12 new Community Services Officers (CSOs), including two supervisors, to help residents and businesses involved in non-criminal calls navigate services, engage with communities and neighborhoods, and support programming for at-risk youth. […read more]

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State Leaders Kick Off $100.3M Census Push With Call to Ethnic Media, CBOs to Help Get Word Out

BLACK VOICE NEWS — California isn’t playing around in its effort to avoid an undercount in the 2020 Census. That determination was clear April 2 when the California Complete Count (CCC) office assembled a mixed group of stakeholders – advocates, state officials, legislative leaders and community members to kick off an anticipated $154 million statewide public information campaign. The event was held exactly one year away from Census Day 2020. […read more]