Trump Administration Secures Historic Donation of Billions of Dollars in HIV Prevention Drugs

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II  announced this week that, as a result of discussions between the Trump Administration and Gilead Sciences, Inc., the pharmaceutical company has agreed to donate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years.   PrEP is used to reduce the risk of HIV infection[Read More…]

White man pleads guilty to shooting three black men attempting to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who shot and wounded three black men, trying to reach safety after Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago pled guilty on Wednesday to a hate crime in New Orleans U.S. District Court. Roland Bourgeois, Jr., 55, was indicted in 2010 but he pled not guilty in legal proceedings that dragged on for[Read More…]

Black jobless rate was 6.0 percent in September; Overall unemployment was 3.7 percent

September’s unemployment rate for black men and black women was 6.0 percent as the nation’s nonfarm businesses added 134,000 jobs overall and the unemployment rate dropped to  3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969. The overall jobless rate for blacks a year earlier was 6.8 percent. The jobless rate for black men 20 and older was 5.8 percent, down from 6.5[Read More…]

Ken Smikle, founder of Target Market News, is dead

A celebration of life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 22 in Chicago for Ken Smikle, an entrepreneur with a great vision. The 66-year-old Smikle died last week from congestive heart failure. He founded and was the publisher of Target Market News, a trade publication that reported on the black consumer market. As founder and editor of Target Market[Read More…]

$2.2 billion has been paid to the wrongfully convicted

Blacks exonerees get less money and many exonerees get nothing By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today State and local governments and the courts have paid wrongfully convicted men and women more than $2.2 billion in compensation, including $537 million in statutory awards and $1.7 billion to settle judgments and civil suits, but less money or sometimes nothing at all is given[Read More…]

Police arrest gunman who killed a black man, claiming he was standing his ground

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Michael Drejka shot to death Markeis  McGlockton  on July 19 after he shoved Drejka to the ground following an argument in a  Clearwater, Florida, parking lot.As he lay on the ground, the 48-year-old Drejka pulled a pistol from his pocket and shot McClockton as he backed away, according to surveillance footage. The 28-year-old McGlockton,[Read More…]

Major AIDS conference’s aim was to build bridges where epidemic surges

( – The  22 International Conference on AIDS – the largest conference on any global health issue in the world “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” was held July 23-27 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. AIDS 2018  defined its goal as promoting human rights-based and evidence-informed HIV responses tailored to the needs of people living with HIV, displaced populations, gays, people who use[Read More…]

Blacks urged to buy guns and vote

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Black men and women are being encouraged to arm themselves–a 180-degree turnaround from the turn the other cheek teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.— following the recent random murders by white men of Nia Wilson in California and Markeis McGlockton in Florida. In the case of McGlockton, the father of three,  law enforcement officials[Read More…]

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