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New York’s Second African American Mayor, Eric Adams, Takes Power
January 13, 2022
Adams was sworn in at seven minutes after midnight on January 1, 2022 in Times Square. “A better city is not just about doing something new. It’s about doing something right. It’s not about showmanship. It’s about showing up,” Adams tweeted on his first day as Mayor of America’s largest city. ... read more »
Voting Rights Battle Ahead in Early 2022
January 6, 2022
Advocates to protect the vote have been pushing Biden and Congress to move ahead affirmatively for months. ... read more »
U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Flip Decision and Put Bill Cosby Back in Jail
December 16, 2021
Kevin Steele, the prosecutor who put legendary actor and comedian Bill Cosby, 84, in jail in 2018, has filed an appeal to the United States Supreme Court to reinstate Cosby’s conviction. ... read more »
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Study Shows Police Killings in U.S. Have Been Widely Undercounted
December 9, 2021
Last summer, after the May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, there were protests in the streets around the U.S. ... read more »
Afghanistan: After 20 Years, Thousands Dead and Trillions Spent, Rep. Barbara Lee Proven Right
September 16, 2021
In an August 30 statement on the Afghanistan withdrawal, Congresswoman Lee said: “Twenty years ago, it was clear that rushing into war without a clearly defined mission and exit strategy would risk perpetual war. The Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction clearly illustrated in recent reports that ‘U.S. officials rarely had even a mediocre understanding of the Afghan environment, much less how it was responding to U.S. interventions,’ and that this ignorance often came from a ‘willful disregard for information that may have been available.’ In a world where the threat of terrorism cannot be ignored, hopefully we will learn the lessons from the past two decades and not repeat our mistakes.” ... read more »
Black Star Network: Roland Martin Announces New Black TV Network
September 9, 2021
Martin announced his new network on the third anniversary of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily digital show specifically targeting African American audiences five days a week. The show has enjoyed expansive audience growth averaging 20 to 30 million views a month. ... read more »
March on Washington 2021 Focuses on Voting Rights
September 2, 2021
On the 58th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, marchers focused on voting rights.  Voting rights have reemerged as a somewhat unexpected political battlefield as Republicans across the country pass new laws placing barriers in front of the ballot box. ... read more »
Black Business Registrations Increase During COVID Pandemic
June 17, 2021
Andre Perry, a Brookings Institution fellow, told the Times that some of the surge in Black business registrations could be a signal of personal economic trouble. “This is more about survival than it is about wealth creation. There’s lots of people who have lost their jobs and lost their businesses. People are starting to realize that side hustles are businesses,” Perry said. ... read more »
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Sole Black GOP U.S. Senator Declares “America Not a Racist,” Many Disagree
June 10, 2021
Sen. Tim Scott remarks arrived 99 days after the departure of President Donald Trump who some historians are defining as one of the most racist presidents in modern U.S. history. ... read more »
President Biden Puts Focus on Financially Assisting Parents
June 10, 2021
The President is proposing an increase in the corporate tax rate and an increase in capital gains taxes to pay for his plans. ... read more »
White House Butler William ‘Buddy’ Carter, Who Worked for 10 Presidents, Retires
June 10, 2021
On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, William 'Buddy' Carter, a White House Butler who has worked during the administrations of ten Presidents, retired. Buddy Carter worked at The White House and at nearby Blair House for over 47 years. ... read more »
Wife of Marvin Hagler Pushes Back on Rumors Fighter’s Death was COVID Vaccine-Related 
March 26, 2021
“I was the only person close to him until the last minute, and I am the only person that knows how things went not even his family know all the details and I do NOT accept reading some stupid comment without knowing really what happen. For sure wasn't the vaccine that caused his death. My baby left in peace with his usual smile and now is not the time to talk nonsense,” Hagler’s wife continued on Facebook.  ... read more »
IN MEMORIAM: David Dinkins, New York’s First and Only Black Mayor, Dies at 93
December 10, 2020
Dinkins was viewed as a compromise candidate during a time of turmoil in New York. Elected a year after the infamous 1989 “Central Park jogger” incident that led to the wrongful convictions of five Black and Hispanic boys, Dinkins proved to be a cautious and stoic figure who was a competent caretaker of the city, including its many fiscal, social and political challenges. Dinkins’ administration followed that of one of New York City’s most storied politicians, Ed Koch. ... read more »
Trump Promises “Platinum Plan” for Black Americans
October 8, 2020
 In an attempt to win Black voters that have been elusive for the Republican Party for many cycles, President Donald Trump announced a "Platinum Plan," of Black Economic Empowerment. Trump unveiled the plan during an Atlanta rally with less than six weeks left until Election Day on November 3rd. Currently, President Barack Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden in leading in the polls in many key states in the presidential contest.  ... read more »
Republican Connected Tech Firm Targeted Black Voters on Facebook for “Deterrence”
October 7, 2020
A database built by Cambridge Analytica, the Republican-aligned firm that shut down over allegations of improper use of Facebook data, targeted Black voters for “Deterrence” in profiles prepared for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign according to reporting by Great Britain’s Channel 4 News. ... read more »
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