**FILE** D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (Courtesy photo)

D.C. AG Racine Leads 38-State Coalition in Support of Marijuana Banking Bill

WASHINGTON INFORMER — An effort aimed at bringing billions of dollars of existing cash transactions into the regulated banking sector has resulted in a coalition of 38 attorneys general who are urging Congress to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or SAFE Banking Act,  to allow legal marijuana-related businesses to access the banking system. […read more]

The congregation at The Philadelphia Masjid, Inc. (Photo by: Abdul R. Sulayman | Tribune Chief Photographer)

The Philadelphia Masjid, Inc.: Reclaiming a bastion for Black Muslims

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — As one of the nation’s most historic Islamic sites, The Philadelphia Masjid, Inc. has a deep and textured history that’s seen highs and lows — from the building of a thriving religious community to having its very existence threatened. The Masjid was established in 1976 as a congregation of eight temples that were formerly apart of the Nation of Islam, and is known for fostering a robust Black Muslim community that produced devout followers, operated businesses and maintained an independent school. […read more]

"I call it the Kenney doomsday real estate tax maching." Deomocratic mayoral candidate Alan Butkovitiz said on THursady in decision his property assessment reforms outside City Hall. (Photo by: Philadelphia Tribune | Michael D'Onofrio)

Butkovitz pledges to make property assessments revenue-neural, create a ‘taxpayer advocate’

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — Democratic mayoral candidate Alan Butkovitz says the city’s property taxes are out of whack for many, plagued by errors and inaccuracies that served as a “back door tax increase.” Butkovitz, the former city controller, pledged Thursday to make property reassessments revenue-neutral, scrap recent property revaluations and establish a “taxpayer advocate” to challenge the Office of Property Assessment’s calculations. […read more]

Buffalo Soilders admire a picture of Audrey Patrick Johnson-Thorton (Photo by: Adbul R. Sulayman | Philadelphia Tribune)
Black History

Saying goodbye to a local legend

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — The Belmont Mansion Museum, a historic stop on the Underground Railroad, was transformed into an appropriate homage on Friday to the person responsible for its existence. The body of Audrey Patrick Johnson-Thornton lay in state Friday afternoon inside the museum atop the Belmont Plateau as a steady stream of visitors paid their final respects to the former director who saved the site from demolition more than 30 years ago. […read more]

In front, from left, are Winton Hill Academy students Serenity Mills, Aliyana O’Neal, Nakiyah Ray and Janyia New. In back, from left, are Sophia Hanson, National Youth Foundation co-founder; Nikki Maxwell, “Dork Diaries” illustrator; Rachel Renee Russell, “Dork Diaries” author; Julie Dellecave, Winton Hills Academy fourth-grade teacher; Jamee Joppy, NYF co-founder; and Carolyn Crawford, NYF co-founder. Photo provided

Students receive national writing contest awards

CINCINNATI HERALD — Four young students at Winton Hills Academy in Cincinnati recently traveled to Philadelphia to receive their first place awards in a national book writing competition for their book honoring Civil Rights icon Marian Spencer, 98, of Cincinnati. This is the second book for which students at the school have won a national award, and these Cincinnati Public Schools girls are only nine and ten years old. […read more]

Through the campaign, volunteers will download a mobile app and chat with voters to get out the vote, with hopes of reaching 600K infrequent Black American voters, during this critical election period. (Photo: NAACP)

NAACP Launches “Text the Vote!” Campaign

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our lives are on the ballot this year, so it is absolutely crucial that Black Americans as a whole, participate in these midterms elections at rates that reflect our true voting power,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement. “We are urging everyone to use their power to register and mobilize new voters and get involved in one of the most important elections in our nation’s history.” […read more]