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Octavia Spencer to Deliver Speech at Kent State’s 1st University-Wide Commencement

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University’s first university-wide commencement will get a touch of Hollywood as Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer speaks to graduates of the northeastern Ohio school. Spencer recently starred as mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the drama “Hidden Figures.” The film tells the true story of several female African-American mathematicians at NASA key […]

Serena Williams Back at World No. 1, Pens Letter to Unborn Baby and Vows Tennis Return

Days after confirming her pregnancy, tennis champion Serena Williams is back at the top of the Women’s Tennis Association’s rankings and vows to return to the sport after her baby arrives. “I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players’ box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy […]

Lawyers: Fox Execs Forced Black Employees to Partake In Arm Wresting Matches Reminiscent of ‘Jim Crow Era’ Abuse

Even with contested host Bill O’Reilly out of the picture, legal woes for the Fox News Network continue to pile up. The conservative news network faces new allegations of racism, as seven additional Black employees are expected to join a racial-discrimination suit filed by two fellow colleagues last month, according to New York Magazine. The original […]

Did John Ridley’s Decision to Cast an Indian Actress In Lead Role of Black Power Series Cause Premiere to Bomb?

Director John Ridley’s new drama series, “Guerrilla,” has premiered to little fanfare and the controversy surrounding the lead Indian actress could be to blame. On the debut episode of the series about the British Black Power movement of the 1970s, 182,000 viewers tuned into Showtime Sunday, April 16, according to Shadow and Act. The ratings […]

Did John Ridley’s Decision to Cast an Indian Actress In Lead Role of Black Power Series Cause Premiere to Bomb?

Director John Ridley’s new drama series, “Guerrilla,” has premiered to little fanfare and the controversy surrounding the lead Indian actress could be to blame. On the debut episode of the series about the British Black Power movement of the 1970s, 182,000 viewers tuned into Showtime Sunday, April 16, according to Shadow and Act. The ratings […]

6-Year-Old’s Coloring Book Series Will Teach Black Children That Their History Expands Beyond America

Anyone who thinks children aren’t interested in breaking the mold has never met Vanae James-Bey. The 6-year-old and her mother, Veronica Bey, have developed a coloring book that is meant not only to entertain but to educate young children about Black indigenous cultures around the world. “The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae,” which went on sale March 31, […]

6-Year-Old’s Coloring Book Series Will Teach Black Children That Their History Expands Beyond America

Anyone who thinks children aren’t interested in breaking the mold has never met Vanae James-Bey. The 6-year-old and her mother, Veronica Bey, have developed a coloring book that is meant not only to entertain but to educate young children about Black indigenous cultures around the world. “The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae,” which went on sale March 31, […]

Planned Parenthood Defunding: Women’s Health Care In Political Crosshairs

Arizona teen Deja Foxx challenges GOP measure that will deny Title X funding to family-planning centers like Planned Parenthood.

New Orleans to Remove Its Confederate Monuments, Starting with ‘the Most Offensive of the Four’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, becoming the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy. The Liberty Place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government […]

Massachusetts Court Dismisses 21,000 Drug Cases After State Chemist Falsified Evidence

In what is being described as the largest single dismissal of wrongful criminal convictions in U.S. history, a Massachusetts court has dismissed over 21,000 drug-related cases after it was discovered that a state crime lab chemist falsified and fabricated evidence. On April 19 in Boston, a state court judge vacated the convictions in the case of […]

Florida senator who resigned over racial slur hired models

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that a Florida state senator who resigned this week after using a racial slur hired a former Hooters “calendar girl” and a Playboy model with no political experience to be consultants for his political action committee last year. The Miami Herald reports Saturday (http://hrld.us/2oTLmhu ) that state […]

Crime victims: Alabama is wrong to post personal info online

Tiffany Lawson’s ex-boyfriend kicked in her door, beat her and poured hot cooking oil onto her face, back and legs in Birmingham, Alabama. The 2013 attack replayed in her mind when she tried to sleep in the months that followed, and left her with burns over half of her body. Her ex was sentenced to […]

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