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Simpson gets parole

Simpson gets parole

The Nevada Parole Board will cut the “Juice” loose By Frederick H. Lowe The four-member board voted today to release Orenthal James Simpson, known as “O.J” or the “Juice,” in October after he serves a minimum of nine years of a 33-year sentence for a 2008 armed robbery and assault with a weapon conviction. He has been imprisoned in Lovelock […]

July 20, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Ulysha Renee Hall, the new chief of the Dallas Police Department

Black woman to head the Dallas Police Department

By Frederick H. Lowe Ulysha Renee Hall, deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department, has been named chief of the Dallas Police Department, making her the first woman and the third African American to hold the post. Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Hall’s selection after a process in which more than 55 community and business leaders participated in a […]

July 20, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Tracy K. Smith

“Life on Mars” lands its poet Earthly honors

  By Frederick H. Lowe The Library of Congress has named Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize winner, the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate and her recognition is being trumpeted in more than the usual places. After being named poet laureate, Smith told National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Poetry gives us a vocabulary for feeling that doesn’t easily fit into […]

July 19, 2017 · 0 comments ·
At the British Grand Prix, it’s Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton. Five times

At the British Grand Prix, it’s Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton. Five times

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton on Sunday won his fifth British Grand Prix, pulling within a point of tying Ferrari’ Sebastian Vettel for the world driving championship with 10 contests remaining in the 2018 racing season. Hamilton, a black Englishman, who drives for Mercedes, has 176 points to Vettel’s 177. By winning the British Grand Prix, which is held at […]

July 18, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Duane Jones in a scene from "Night of the Living Dead"

George A. Romero, who cast a black man as the lead in his classic film, has died

By Frederick H. Lowe Filmmaker George A. Romero, who cast black actor Duane Jones as the lead in the 1968 horror classic “Night of the Living Dead,” died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 77. Romero launched the zombie genre in film with “Night of the Living Dead,” which was made outside of Pittsburgh, the city where […]

July 16, 2017 · 0 comments ·
BlackmansStreet.Today News Briefs

BlackmansStreet.Today News Briefs

  “Moonlight” director will make a film based on James Baldwin’s novel Barry Jenkins, who wrote and directed “Moonlight,” which won 2017’s Academy Award for Best Picture, will direct and adapt, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on James Baldwin’s book of the same title, Variety magazine reported. The novel, a love story based in Harlem, was first published in […]

July 11, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Scholarship and police training fund will keep Philando Castile’s name alive

Scholarship and police training fund will keep Philando Castile’s name alive

  By Frederick H. Lowe Police have shot and killed at least 175 black men so far this year, but it’s probably safe to say that none of them have been remembered like Philando Castile, who was gunned down by a cop last July in Falcon Heights, Minn. In most deadly police shootings involving a black man, tearful well-wishers place […]

July 10, 2017 · 0 comments ·
How the Black Irish were treated in Ireland

How the Black Irish were treated in Ireland

The Guardian, a British newspaper, has made a very disturbing documentary about the rotten treatment black children born and raised in Republic of Ireland received during the 1950s and the 1960s. The children were the sons and the daughters of African and Caribbean fathers and white Irish mothers. Mothers who were ashamed of their mixed-race children often gave them up […]

July 9, 2017 · 0 comments ·
How Medicaid helps black women

How Medicaid helps black women

By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Medicaid is absolutely essential for minority women and their families. Minority women are underpaid in comparison to other groups, lack access to care through private insurers, and have worse birth outcomes than their White counterparts. Given that women of color face greater barriers to coverage than most groups, Medicaid is indispensable in providing access to treatment […]

July 6, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Medicaid provides health coverage for 28 percent of black adults and 57 percent of black children

Medicaid provides health coverage for 28 percent of black adults and 57 percent of black children

  By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Center for Global Policy Solutions Medicaid plays a significant role in providing health care to communities of color and reducing health disparities. People of color tend to be covered by Medicaid at a higher rate than Whites, often because they face structural disadvantages, which result in less access to private health insurance. Examples of these […]

July 6, 2017 · 0 comments ·