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Los Angeles Police Division Cuts Back on Vehicle Stops amid Reports of Racial Bias

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Division stopped black drivers at a rate more than five times their share of the population. Following the report, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered Metro police to cut back on stops. “We have made our streets safer with fewer vehicle stops than in recent[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

“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[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

Actor Kristoff St. John found dead

  Kristoff St. John, star of the CBS television soap opera “The Young and The Restless,” was found dead Sunday in his Woodland Hills, California, home, police said. An unnamed close friend entered his home and found his body. The cause of death has not been announced, but foul play was not suspected. Friends of the actor reportedly told police[Read More…]

Egypt to host Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt, which is seeking to boost its tourism, following the Arab Spring, which chased visitors away, has received significant help. The country will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, a soccer or football tournament, it was announced earlier this month. The tournament, which will be held June 15 to July 13, has been expanded to 24 teams. It was[Read More…]

Skin bleaching products are being banned in some African countries

“Bleach and Glow” and other skin-lightening products are a no go in Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa because they are considered dangerous. Rwanda is the latest African country to ban skin-bleaching creams and they are sending out officials across the country to seize the products. The government has banned importation of  bleaching products and law enforcement officials[Read More…]

Museum honoring Jackie Robinson opens

A museum honoring Major League Baseball great Jackie Robinson, whose 100th birthday  was celebrated Thursday, is scheduled to opened in New York City, where he was signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, a team he remained with until his retirement. The Jackie Robinson Museum, a 11,000 square foot,  $42 million facility, is located in Manhattan’s Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods. It will[Read More…]

Board members resign from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

  Three board members of the Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights Institute resigned to protest the organization withdrawing an invitation to Angela Davis to speak and canceling the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards dinner February 16th where she was scheduled to be honored. Mike Oatridge, the organization’s chair, Walter Body and Janice Kelsey resigned Wednesday amid calls that all of them[Read More…]

Britain’s Black Cultural Archives receives financial boost

The British government donated  £200,000 or $257,277 in short-term funding to the Black Cultural Archives, which documents the history of African and Caribbean people in England. The money was funded by the Borough of Lambeth, which is in South London. Paul Reid, BCA’s executive director, said the money will provide long-term sustainability for the organization. BCA also announced that it[Read More…]

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