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Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to legalize marijuana on the federal level

Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to legalize marijuana on the federal level

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.) has introduced legislation that would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making pot legal at the federal level. Booker’s bill, “The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017,” also would incentivize states by paying them with taxpayer money to change their marijuana laws if those laws were shown to have a disproportionate effect on […]

August 7, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus have expressed concern about the merger between Amazon and Whole Foods

Congressional Black Caucus concerned about Amazon/ Whole Foods deal

By Frederick H. Lowe Online retailer Amazon.com’s agreement to buy Whole Foods Market, the upscale grocery chain, for $13.4 billion has some members of the Congressional Black Caucus concerned because they fear it could lead to more food deserts in African-American communities. In a July 20 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the […]

August 6, 2017 · 0 comments ·

Report: the changing workplace presents both an opportunity and a risk for blacks

By Frederick H. Lowe The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington D.C.-based think tank for black-elected officials, recently released a report about the future of work and how it will affect African Americans. It’s  both a study and a warning that urges blacks to prepare for major changes in the workplace. The study titled “The Future of […]

August 5, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP

NAACP issues travel advisory for Missouri

But the St. Louis County branch of the NAACP  is against he travel advisory The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for African Americans driving in or driving through Missouri because of a series of troubling incidents including the high rate of police stops of black motorists. Derrick Johnson, NAACP’s interim president and CEO, said, “The numerous racist incidents and […]

August 3, 2017 · 0 comments ·
San Francisco moves to change name of a plaza

San Francisco moves to change name of a plaza

Tourist area is named after a former city official who pushed blacks out of the city By Frederick H. Lowe SAN FRANCISCO — Aaron Peskin, a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, has introduced a resolution that if approved would rename Justin Herman Plaza because it honors a former city official who oversaw the bulldozing of a black neighborhood, […]

August 3, 2017 · 0 comments ·
John Urschel is leaving the NFL for MIT

Player retires from the NFL to pursue doctorate at MIT

By Frederick H. Lowe John Urschel, one of the brightest men to play in the National Football League, has retired from the Baltimore Ravens to pursue a doctorate in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I’m excited to start working on my doctorate in mathematics full time at MIT,” Urschel said. “I’m looking forward to the chance to take […]

July 31, 2017 · 0 comments ·
First black woman district attorney for Philadelphia

First black woman district attorney for Philadelphia

By Frederick H. Lowe Kelley Hodge has been sworn in as interim Philadelphia District Attorney, becoming the first black woman to hold the city’s top law-enforcement post. Hodge, Philadelphia’s 25th district attorney, replaced Rufus Seth Williams, the first African-American man elected district attorney. He resigned in June after pleading guilty to one count of bribery. Williams is now in jail […]

July 31, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Michael Jones

Gunman shoots Kirkland & Ellis partner in Turks and Caicos

Michael D. Jones, P.C., a partner in the Washington, D. C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, an international law firm, was shot by a masked gunman during a home invasion while vacationing on the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands. The 57-year-old Jones was airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., where doctors treated him for a gunshot wound […]

July 30, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Experts: Drug policy needs more science, less punishment

Experts: Drug policy needs more science, less punishment

Posted by Nathan Collins of Stanford University Drug policy in the United States often goes against the findings of science, instead focusing on cultural attitudes about drug users and addiction, argue neuroscientists and legal scholars. The team says that basing drug policies on scientific information could benefit the fight against widespread opioid addiction and overdoses. “Drug policy has never been based […]

July 30, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Derrick Johnson

NAACP names interim president and CEO

By Frederick H. Lowe The NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, has named Derrick Johnson, formerly the vice-chair of its board of directors, interim president and CEO, succeeding Cornell William Brooks who was not offered a new contract when his old one expired on June 30. Brooks was named president in 2014. The NAACP’s executive committee of  the board […]

July 23, 2017 · 0 comments ·