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Boston Red Sox Hire Bianca Smith as First Black Woman Coach in Baseball History
January 7, 2021
Bianca Smith, 29, becomes the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball. She will work with the team’s infielders at the Red Sox minor league facility in Fort Meyers, Fla. ... read more »
NFL Executives on Diversity: ‘We’ve Got to Do Better’
December 17, 2020
“When you look at mobility of Black men and Black women in professional sports, it’s poor,” said Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations. The only person in a higher post in the NFL is Commissioner Roger Goodell. ... 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 »
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Rockets getting more than Silas name
December 3, 2020
Some might think Stephen Silas is just another coach with the right last name and lineage. But the Rockets' new head coach is much more than the son of one of the best coaches the NBA has known. ... read more »
IN MEMORIAM: Joe Morgan, “Big Red Machine” Star Dies at 77
October 22, 2020
Joe Leonard Morgan, one of the all-time greatest second basemen in Major League Baseball history, and a key cog in Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine, has died at the age of 77. ... read more »
My Plan to Lift Every Voice in Black America
October 22, 2020
President Trump wants to paper over the living wound of racism. He’s issued Executive Orders and established a new national commission designed to whitewash our history—and deny the daily reality of being Black in America. He actively appeals to white supremacists and fans the flames of hatred and division in our country, because he thinks it benefits him politically. He ignores the most basic job of every president: the duty to care for all of us, not just those who voted for him. ... read more »
Attorneys for Bill Cosby Lay Out Why Supreme Court Should Toss Conviction
October 1, 2020
Cosby’s lawyers remain convinced that since Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele invited the testimony of five women who allegedly had encounters with Cosby in the 1980s, there was no reason to bring up the comedian’s alleged behavior from the 1970s. ... read more »
NFL Chief Doctor Says Teams, Players Must Be Educated About Risks of COVID
August 6, 2020
Reportedly, training camps are equipped with proximity tracking devices that will alert players or staff when they are too close to one other. The device also collects data, making contact tracing easier if someone does become infected with the coronavirus. ... read more »
 
House Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Deal
April 2, 2020
Earlier, several civil rights organizations noted watching with vigilance as Senate negotiations and, later, voting in both chambers took place. "We know that when the economy goes into decline, people of color always bear the brunt," said Teresa Candori, communications director for the National Urban League. "We will be fighting to make sure the most vulnerable communities are not an afterthought." ... read more »
Minority-Owned Media Not Forgotten in Stimulus Legislation
April 2, 2020
Another $10 million has been designated for the Minority Business Development Agency within the Department of Commerce to provide grants to Minority Business Centers and Minority Chambers of Commerce to provide counseling, training, and education on federal resources and business response to the COVID-19 for small businesses. ... read more »
Ending Workforce Discrimination is Up to Us
March 19, 2020
During my tenure at the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), it became clear to me that access was the foundation of economic opportunity. The transportation sector lacked diversity, equity and inclusion, and this was glaringly obvious to both leadership and employees. Pathways began to emerge to grow a diverse pool of talent, but it was obvious that a more organizational framework was needed to operate at full capacity to best serve veterans, women, underrepresented, and underserved workers; groups that had been previously overlooked. ... read more »
Black and Missing Foundation Shines Spotlight on Missing Persons and Their Families
March 19, 2020
Derrica Wilson and her sister Natalie noticed what had become the norm for mainstream media when it comes to the plight of missing women and girls of color: there was little to no media coverage. As a result, in 2008, Derrica and Natalie founded the nonprofit Black and Missing Foundation with a mission to bring awareness to missing persons of color and to provide vital resources and tools to missing person's families and friends. ... read more »
NNPA EXCLUSIVE — Biden Says, ‘The Black Vote Will Determine the Nominee’
March 5, 2020
"I got started in the African American community. I got involved in the Civil Rights Movement when I was a kid. I helped de-segregate a movie theater, that kind of thing," Biden noted. "I was the only guy who worked in the projects on the East Side who was White. That's how I got started, and the Black community is the community that, as we say, brung me to the dance. That's how I got elected." ... read more »
Big Insurance Must Help End Surprise Medical Billing
February 27, 2020
Known as “surprise medical billing,” these unexpected costs arise when a patient goes to a hospital for emergency or non-emergency care, only to find out afterwards that one of the medical providers who administered care was not covered in the patient’s insurance network. ... read more »
GM Prodigy Charles Muse Recounts his Rise to the Top of Auto Industry
February 20, 2020
“I had many engineering assignments as an intern including Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics in my last rotation and lo and behold, I got a full time offer as an aerodynamicist. As an Aerospace Engineering graduate, you typically end up in the aerospace industry like Lockheed Martin or Boeing, but I was able to land a dream job in both of my passions at General Motors starting out as the lead aerodynamicist for crossovers." ... read more »
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