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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Milestone Voting and Ethics Legislation
March 15, 2021
House Resolution 1 – the “For the People Act of 2021” – counts as a strong rebuke and counterbalance to voting restrictions considered or enacted in various Republican-led states across the country. It restricts partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts and nullifies obstacles for voters. ... read more »
Floyd family agrees to $27M settlement amidst ex-cop’s trial
March 13, 2021
The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial. ... read more »
Louisiana Trooper Suspended Over Violent Death of Shackled Man
March 3, 2021
This week, authorities announced they had suspended Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Kory York, and acknowledged that Ronald Greene, who was shackled, handcuffed and dragged, “was mistreated.” The admission came after Greene’s family viewed graphic body camera footage of the arrest that included York using a barrage of expletives as he detained the Black motorist. York and other troopers were seen on the video choking and beating Greene. ... read more »
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Suspect in Jam Master Jay killing pleads not guilty
August 21, 2020
A man eyed for years as a possible suspect in the 2002 fatal shooting of hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Tuesday, and remained in federal custody where he is already serving a prison sentence for robbery.  Ronald Washington, 56, entered his plea remotely from Kentucky, while his attorney and the government’s lawyers appeared by teleconference because of coronavirus concerns.  Washington and Karl Jordan Jr., 36, face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison, or the death penalty if convicted of murder in the death of Jason “Jay” Mizell, known professionally as Jam Master Jay.   ... read more »
Video appears to show deputy first shoved Raptors president
August 21, 2020
A new video released by the attorneys of Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri appears to show an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy initially shoved him twice leading to an altercation moments after his team had defeated the Golden State Warriors in last year’s NBA championship.   The Raptors had just won their first title at Oracle Arena in Oakland on June 13, 2019, when Ujiri went onto the court to join his celebrating team.  ... read more »
Protest leader Bush ousts 20-year US Rep. Clay in Missouri
August 6, 2020
Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century. ... read more »
Is the Postal Service Slowing Mail Delivery?
August 6, 2020
Reports of significant problems at the postal service under newly appointed postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor, has exacerbated claims that the slowdown is intentional. ... read more »
Review: Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ is supreme Black art
August 1, 2020
King Beyonce's new film takes you on a journey of Black art, music, history and fashion as the superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to epic songs she created while inspired by ``The Lion King.'' ... read more »
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Panthers replacing Newton with Bridgewater at QB
March 17, 2020
The Panthers have agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. ... read more »
Serena Williams aces AP Female Athlete of the Decade honors
January 2, 2020
Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles _ no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons _ and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. ... read more »
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Joins Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker in White House Race
November 21, 2019
The late arrivals have reignited a debate about “electability” and who can actually win in 2020. ... read more »
Attorney: Man killed at Costco was mentally ill, off meds
June 20, 2019
  A man fatally shot in a Southern California Costco store was mentally ill and off his medication when he pushed or slapped an off-duty police officer who opened fire and killed the man and critically wounded the man’s parents, ... read more »
Still Unsolved: The Cold Cases of Biggie, Tupac and Jam Master Jay
January 24, 2019
As 2019 begins, the senseless murder of some of Hip-Hop’s biggest and most talented stars remains in the cold case files. “It’s a shame that we lost talented artists such as Tupac, Biggie and JMJ,” said Hip Hop activist and artist Sean XLG Mitchell. ... read more »
2 Family Members of the Family of 9 Killed in Duck Boat Sues for $100 Million
July 30, 2018
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, ... read more »
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