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Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

In addition to working on some of the most high-profile cases in the U.S., representing the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown, Crump has fought for justice for the residents of Flint, Michigan, who were affected by poisoned water; Black women with ovarian cancer targeted by Johnson & Johnson to use talc products; and people who experienced discriminatory practices – “banking while Black” – by some of the nation’s largest banks.

Tensions Flare in Arbery Death Trial as Jesse Jackson Visits

A judge denied mistrial requests on Monday at the trial of three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery after defense attorneys claimed jurors were tainted by weeping from the gallery where the slain Black man’s parents sat with the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

March on Washington 2021 Focuses on Voting Rights

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.

‘Black America’s attorney General’ Seems to be Everywhere

Ben Crump, the Rev. Al Sharpton says, is “Black America’s attorney general.”

In less than a decade, the Florida-based attorney has become the voice for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd — Black people whose deaths at the hands of police and vigilantes sparked a movement.

59th Inauguration Shows America Being United as the First Black Woman Becomes Vice President

America has seen true darkness; the COVID-19 outbreak catapulted the nation into a new way of operation, with many lives lost. The escalated climate during the leadership of the 45th president, Donald Trump, coupled with unjust behavior fueled by racism, created a hemorrhage in the country’s unity and applied pressure to a new awareness around the minds of society.

Black Girls Sue Governor and Legislature Over Public School Funding

At the tender age of 5, Samaiya Atkins and her father Marcus Atkins have high hopes and dreams for a high-quality, public education. When Mr. Atkins realized his daughter could get that level of rigor at a new school with an established reputation for developing high-performing scholars just a few blocks away from their home in the Meadowview community of Sacramento, he was ecstatic and quickly signed Samaiya up for Tecoy Porter College Prep.

Blunt Trauma: Cop Beats Black Teen Over Cigar, Sparking Outrage and Familiar Swisher Sweet Debate

A shocking video of a police officer beating a 14-year-old African American boy over a Swisher tobacco cigarette is being shared across social media platforms around the world.   

In the clip that has been re-posted tens of thousands of times, a Rancho Cordova deputy is captured pummeling the youth in his chest as he presses him to the ground in an incident that happened April 27. 

Black Organizations Use Power of Social Media to Launch #BlackCensusWeek and Boost Black Census Count

Our nation’s Decennial Census has arrived and with the overarching pandemic of COVID-19, the count for marginalized and historically undercounted populations is more important now than ever before. The NAACP, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Unity Diaspora Coalition, the National Urban League’s Black Census Roundtable along with countless other organizations worked together to seize the moment as an opportunity to ensure a fair and accurate count for African-American citizens through Black Census Week, a week-long virtual activity to incite awareness around the Census and the importance to fill it out in its entirety.

Faith Community Makes Big Headlines in 2019

Several ministries and individuals headlined the news in the faith community during 2019. The following highlights some of the most popular stories in the L.A. Sentinel Religion section. Tulloss Heads Baptist Ministers Conference – The Baptist Ministers Conference (BMC) of Los Angeles and Southern California elected the Rev. K.W. Tulloss as president on Jan. 14. The pastor of Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Tulloss most recently served as a vice president of the 100-year-old organization. “The conference will continue to serve as a preparation institute that will focus on building the capacity of pastors and ministers. We

CBCF Embraces the Black Press

“Our Annual Legislative Conference is a gathering to develop solutions to the challenges facing black communities around the world through issues forums, brain trusts, a town hall meeting, networking sessions, and more,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.).