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Portraits of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled

Portraits of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. on Monday unveiled the portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama painted by black artists. Kehinde Wiley of Brooklyn, N.Y., painted President Obama and Amy Sherald of Baltimore painted Michelle Obama. Wiley and Sherald are the first black artists commissioned by the Smithsonian to paint the portraits […]

February 13, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Emancipation Proclamation is on display in Washington D.C.

Emancipation Proclamation is on display in Washington D.C.

  By Frederick H. Lowe Original copies of two historical documents of crucial importance to the lives of African Americans are now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are on display as part of the “Slavery […]

February 12, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Report: Brando and Pryor were lovers

Report: Brando and Pryor were lovers

The Godfather got made or was it laid by Richard Pryor. Quincy Jones said in an interview with “Vulture”  that Academy Award-winning actor Marlon Brando had an affair with acclaimed standup comedian Richard Pryor. It’s not clear if this was a one night stand or a relationship that was conducted over a span of months or years. Jennifer Lee, Pryor’s […]

February 11, 2018 · 0 comments ·
HIV rates remain high in the black community

HIV rates remain high in the black community

By Frederick H. Lowe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was Wednesday, February 7th, but if you missed the parade that acknowledged the day, you’re not alone because there wasn’t one.  There were some panel discussions. But discussions concerning HIV have largely gone silent because many of us erroneously believe the disease has been defeated. Although HIV infections and HIV deaths […]

February 10, 2018 · 2 comments ·
Yale Medical School finds promising treatment for vitiligo

Yale Medical School finds promising treatment for vitiligo

So far it has worked on two patients By Frederick H. Lowe A team of dermatologists has successfully restored the skin color of men and women suffering from vitiligo, a chronic autoimmune disease that destroys skin pigment, leaving white splotches where there had been color, Yale University News reported in its January 31 issue. Dr. Brett King, an associate professor […]

February 6, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Black History Notes

Black History Notes

  Greensboro sit-in Four black male college students began a sit-in on February 1, 1960 that made the nation stand up and take notice. The students took seats at Woolworth’s whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., forcing the department store chain to eventually drop its segregationist policies. The students —- Ezell Blair Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McClain, David Richmond and […]

February 5, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Black jobless rate is back up in less than a week

Black jobless rate is back up in less than a week

  Frederick H. Lowe Less than a week after President Donald Trump used his Bully Pulpit–The State of the Union Address–to tell the nation that black unemployment had dropped to the lowest level ever recorded, the black jobless rate went back up, although non-farm businesses added 200,000 new jobs in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. President […]

February 5, 2018 · 0 comments ·
African Immigrants in Israel Face Forced Deportation

African Immigrants in Israel Face Forced Deportation

  Academics and some pilots oppose the move, citing Israel’s history of accepting asylum seekers   (TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Under a so-called “infiltrator’s law”, more than 1,000 African asylum seekers in Israel face deportation from the country’s detention centers beginning in March. Speaking at a recent cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the harsh enforcement policy. “We are not acting […]

February 5, 2018 · 0 comments ·
In State of Union Address, Trump said black unemployment is down

In State of Union Address, Trump said black unemployment is down

  By Frederick H. Lowe These are the best of times for black workers, President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night during his first State of the Union Address in which he recognized two black/Hispanic couples and a black welder while taking a veiled swipe at the National Football League players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest […]

January 30, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Cleveland Indians will drop offensive team logo

Cleveland Indians will drop offensive team logo

By Frederick H. Lowe The Cleveland Indians will drop its controversial logo from the team’s uniform beginning with the 2019 season, but the logo will continue to be sold by retailers in Northeast Ohio and in Goodyear, Arizona, where the Indians hold spring training. Major League Baseball announced on Monday the Indians will discontinue using the Chief Wahoo logo after […]

January 30, 2018 · 0 comments ·