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Breakdancing may break into the Summer Olympic Games
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Breakdancing may break into the Summer Olympic Games

Breakdancing, an art form started by African-American teenagers that has spread all over the world, may break into the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris as a new sport. The list of additional sports for inclusion will be revealed this week by  the local organizing committee. Breakdancing is an acrobatic form of street dancing set to hip-hop music. Breakdancing appeared […]

The Empire (actor) falls
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The Empire (actor) falls

  Police arrest Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging his own attack By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Actor Jussie Smollett (pictured left), who is black and gay, staged a hate crime, claimed he was mugged by two Trump supporters who shouted racial and homophobic slurs, threw bleach in his face, punched him, and tied a hangman’s noose around his neck. He […]

Tamla Horsford and her husband Leander
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What happened to Tamla Horsford?

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today An African-American  wife and mother who attended what was billed as a football moms’-only sleepover party was found dead in the backyard of the home where the party was held in Forsyth County, Georgia, an  area with a notoriously racist history detailed in the 2016 book “Blood at the Root.” Tamla Horsford, 40, of Cumming, […]

Gary Martin
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Gunman kills five at an Illinois plant where he worked

  Blacks committed 17 of 107 mass shootings between 1982 and November 2018; whites committed 60 of 107 mass shootings during the same period By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Gary Martin, who went on a rampage Friday, killing five of his former co-workers, had been depressed about losing his job of 15 years at a factory in Aurora, Illinois, his […]

“The Short One” is facing a long sentence
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“The Short One” is facing a long sentence

“The Short One,” or El Chapo, is facing a long  prison sentence after a New York jury on Tuesday convicted him of drug trafficking. Joaquin Guzman Loera, El Chapo’s his birth name, faces life behind bars after the jury issued 10 guilty verdicts on all 10 counts of a federal indictment, capping off a three-month trial. He is scheduled for […]

Amazon says “We Don’t Love New York”
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Amazon says “We Don’t Love New York”

  Amazon won’t build its second headquarters in New York’s concrete jungle. Amazon announced Thursday that it won’t build a second headquarters in  Long Island City in the borough of Queens, New York, because of opposition from elected officials. Company officials will reopen the search process, but it will proceed with plans to build facilities in Nashville and in North […]

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax
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Justin Fairfax deserves a fair hearing

When African-American men are accused of rape, a sordid history is evoked By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, has asked the FBI to investigate allegations by two women that he sexually assaulted them. The alleged assaults, which occurred years earlier, were never reported to police or to physicians but were reported to the women’s […]

Albert Finney
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Albert Finney

Albert Finney, one of the great actors of all time, has died. He was 82, and he suffered from kidney cancer. His death was announced on Friday, February 8th. Finney’s first major role was in 1960 in the film “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” one of the early British dramas about angry young men. In 1968, I believe Finney reached […]

Frank Robinson
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Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager of a major league baseball team, died Thursday in Los Angeles after a long illness, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. He was 83. Mr. Robinson walked into MLB’s history books on April 8, 1975, when he gave the lineup card to the home plate umpire as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in front of […]

One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors whitewashes her
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One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors whitewashes her

Naomi Osaka, ranked the world’s No.1 women’s tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Association, criticized Nissin Foods Holdings, one of her sponsors, after they depicted her with pale skin, deliberately making her look like a white woman. “I’m tan; that’s pretty obvious,” said Osaka, whose father, Leonard Francois, is Haitian and whose mother, Tamika Osaka, is Japanese. A spokesman for […]