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Outgoing Mississippi Governor Says state faces ‘1,000 years of Darkness’ if Black Man Elected
February 27, 2020
"I intend to work for @cindyhydesmith as if the fate of America depended on her single election," Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted on January 2. "If Mike Espy and the liberal Democrats gain the Senate, we will take that first step into a thousand years of darkness." ... read more »
Death Toll Rises While Outrage Boils Over Conditions at Mississippi’s Parchman Prison
February 21, 2020
For some time, concerns about Parchman have rankled inmates, family members, and others, including hip-hop superstar Jay-Z who is suing the state demanding better conditions at the prison. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, and others, have lobbied for officials to shut down the controversial prison. The conditions at Parchman, which once was a plantation that contained hundreds of slaves, were highlighted in January when cell phone video made its way to the internet displaying a cache of problems. ... read more »
Rep. Waters on Midnight Mitch McConnell’s Sham Impeachment Trial Rules
January 24, 2020
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued a statement on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s partisan rules for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, which will operate on a greatly compressed schedule in the dark of night, and, for the first time in U.S. history, will proceed without a guarantee for material witnesses and documents: ... read more »
Divided US House Committee Backs Pot Decriminalization
November 22, 2019
A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. ... read more »
Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, Key Witness Says
November 22, 2019
Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats. But he also came to believe the trade involved much more. ... read more »
Black News Channel (BNC) TV Launches in America
October 17, 2019
BNC, which officially launches at 6 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 has agreements with Charter Communications, Comcast and DISH TV. The network already has commitments for carriage in major African American hubs like Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Los Angeles. ... read more »
Street Closures Announced Ahead of Trump’s Visit
September 17, 2019
President Donald Trump's visit to Los Angeles today will prompt the closure of several streets in downtown beginning this morning and lasting until midday Wednesday. ... read more »
States Led by Texas Target Google in New Antitrust Probe
September 12, 2019
The Monday announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook’s market dominance. The two probes widen the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators. ... read more »
Mueller: No Russia Exoneration for Trump, Despite His Claims
July 26, 2019
Robert Mueller, the taciturn lawman at the center of a polarizing American drama, bluntly dismissed President Donald Trump’s claims of “total exoneration” Wednesday in the federal probe of Russia’s 2016 election interference. In a long day of congressional testimony, Mueller warned that Moscow’s actions represented — and still represent — a great threat to American democracy. ... read more »
Being Black and Republican in the Era of Trump Presents Real Challenges
July 12, 2019
“I had to reevaluate my views and why I was with a [Democratic] party that did not support me. While I have always been conservative, I was told as a black woman I must be a Democrat. I attempted to become a Republican several times, but the Board of Election kept keeping me as a Democrat. I finally became a Republican in 2019,” said Shekinah Monee of Perfect Vision PR Company. ... read more »
Beyond the Bondage of Plantation Politics: Crafting Our Own Presidential Platform
May 9, 2019
Thus, we self-consciously called our Movement, the Black Freedom Movementand demanded “FreedomNow,” not civil rights now. We composed and sang freedomsongs, not civil rights songs. And we built freedomschools, not civil rights schools, and we risked our lives on freedomrides, not civil rights rides. You can always say there was indeed a fight for civil rights. But although civil rights were an important concern of the Black Freedom Movement, the Black Freedom struggle was committed to freedom as a more expansive concept, practice and goal. In a word, it was concerned about freedom from oppression and freedom to grow, develop and come into the fullness of ourselves. ... read more »
Alex Padilla Takes Oath of Office for Second Term as California Secretary of State
January 7, 2019
Alex Padilla took the oath of office for his second term as California Secretary of State at the Secretary of State Office in Sacramento. Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye administered the oath. ... read more »
Democrats Focus on Voting Rights Ahead of 2020 Primary
January 3, 2019
Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They’re vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling and frequently highlight the necessity of counting every vote. ... read more »
Abrams Confirms That She Will Run Again
December 27, 2018
After stating last week that she was simply considering all options as to whether to run for a political seat, Stacey Abrams has finally confirmed that she will, Fortune reports. ... read more »
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