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Why Byron Allen’s Comcast Settlement Win Is an “L” for Black America 
June 18, 2020
Former comedian and entertainment mogul Byron Allen filed suit against Comcast in 2015 seeking $20 billion in damages. Allen alleged that Comcast refused to offer many of his television programs as part of its cable television offerings because he is African American.   ... read more »
There’s No Way Around It, California. You Owe Descendants of Enslaved Black Americans
June 11, 2020
Last year, I read a book titled “The Color of Law.” Every Californian should read it, too — especially if you truly care about Black lives.    ... read more »
Ava Duvernay’s Non-Profit Foundation Launches $250,000 Initiative
April 16, 2020
Array Grant recipients include independently-owned film festivals and screening series impacted by COVID-19 Health Crisis ... read more »
Writer & Director Tayarisha Poe delivers in first feature film ‘Selah and The Spades’
April 15, 2020
TAYARISHA POE: I made an overture to “Selah and the Spades,” called "Overture," in 2014, knowing I eventually wanted to make a feature. But I didn't know how to write a feature script, and I didn't know what it would be about, so I wrote short stories about the characters and their world — one every day for the month of November 2014. At the end of the month, I had all these stories. Since I knew how to write and take photos, I turned the stories into separate multimedia works. It's not the most conventional approach to making a movie but it worked for the story because I wound up spending so much time world-building and thinking about the lives of these kids, which in the end made the feature itself so much more complex and rich.  ... read more »
EXCLUSIVE: Rory Gamble Named First African American President of the UAW
March 19, 2020
“I was sitting at home and brainstorming on things that I needed to do, and then the phone started to ring,” stated Rory Gamble, a welder fixture repairman, who joined the UAW in 1974 when he worked at the Ford Motor Co. Dearborn (Mich.) Frame Plant. “The local NAACP chapter president called, and others,” noted Gamble, who in December was named the 13th president of the 85-year-old union. “It hit me then that, ‘Hey, you’re the first African American president,’” Gamble recalled. “It struck me like a rock. It’s a great accomplishment.” ... read more »
Aircraft Carrier Named After Doris Miller
February 20, 2020
Miller fought during the attack on Pearl Harbor after the Japanese surprise attack on the islands on December 7, 1941. ... read more »
Former DNC Chair Howard Dean Recalls His 2003 Run for President
February 20, 2020
"First, when you have a foreign government helping one of the parties, that's a major problem, and it makes it more difficult," Dean stated. "What [Russian President] Vladimir Putin is trying to do is not so much to support a person, but he's really trying to eliminate any idea of truth. He's attacking the country in a very clear and more dangerous way. He's gone further than they even did during the Cold War. So, these are pretty big problems that we have to figure out how to overcome." ... read more »
Remember Atatiana Jefferson
January 17, 2020
As we enter into a new year, it’s important that we do not forget the December 20th indictment and pending trial of Aaron Dean, a former Forth Worth, Texas police officer, on murder charges in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, an African American woman and Xavier University graduate. ... read more »
EXCLUSIVE: 40 Years of Cathy Hughes’ Leadership at Urban One Fulfilling Dr. King’s Dream
January 16, 2020
As the nation celebrates the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month, those who knew King well, say Hughes and Urban One are the epitome of King’s dream. ... read more »
The World Stage Celebrates Opening Newly Designed Space
January 16, 2020
Special concert featuring The Bobby West Trio on January 17 ... read more »
Black Inspirations of 2019
December 26, 2019
These Black men and women, through their passions, gave the community inspiration ... read more / view gallery »
House Passes Voting Rights Measure to Restore Portions of Law Gutted in 2015
December 12, 2019
The bill would require all states to get federal approval for election changes known to disproportionately affect voters of color. ... read more »
Comcast vs Byron Allen Supreme Court Hearing Analysis
December 5, 2019
“I’m not a lawyer, but it seemed clear to me that the Justices (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent because, in the words of Chief John Roberts, she was “indisposed due to illness”) thought the issue was what the pleading standard for a §1981 claim should be, not at this point whether Comcast had racially discriminated against Byron Allen.” — Armstrong Williams ... read more »
Black Press Joins Congressional Black Caucus in Denouncing New Cuba Travel Ban
November 7, 2019
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), the chair of the CBC, said suspending flights from the United States to all destinations outside of Havana is yet another cruel and counterproductive policy put forth by the Trump administration. ... read more »
A Warm Sendoff for E. Dotson Wilson, the Assembly’s Longest-Serving African American
September 26, 2019
 On January 6, 1992, the California Assembly elected E. Dotson Wilson as its Chief Clerk and Parliamentarian. The Berkeley native made history that day, becoming the first African American to be voted into that all important, non-partisan role at any legislative body in the United States. ... read more »
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