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Derrick Johnson

NAACP names interim president and CEO

By Frederick H. Lowe The NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, has named Derrick Johnson, formerly the vice-chair of its board of directors, interim president and CEO, succeeding Cornell William Brooks who was not offered a new contract when his old one expired on June 30. Brooks was named president in 2014. The NAACP’s executive committee of  the board […]

July 23, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Barbara Gonzaque Boutte

Barbara Gonzaque Boutte

  Barbara Gonzaque Boutte, widow of the Alvin J. Boutte, CEO of Indecorp, Inc., the holding company for Independence Bank of Chicago, has died. Mr. Boutte also was president of Independence Bank, once the nation’s largest black-owned bank. Mrs. Boutte died July 17 in her Markham, Ill., home from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. She was 86. Known […]

July 23, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Police in U.S. more likely to arrest minorities during traffic stops

Police in U.S. more likely to arrest minorities during traffic stops

  Posted by Tom Abate Researchers analyzing data from millions of traffic stops in the United States have found that black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be cited, searched, and arrested at stops than white drivers. The researchers note that such disparities alone are not necessarily indicative of racial bias. However, by looking at the rate at which […]

July 23, 2017 · 0 comments ·
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Body cams show cops are politer to white drivers

Posted by Alex Shashkevich-Stanford Police officers consistently use less respectful language with black community members than with white community members, the first systematic analysis of body camera footage shows. Although subtle, widespread racial disparities in officers’ language use may erode police-community relations, researchers warn. “…the many small differences in how they spoke with community members added up to pervasive racial […]

July 23, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Panthers cut the tackle who was subject of the movie “The Blind Side”

Panthers cut the tackle who was subject of the movie “The Blind Side”

Michael Oher, who was the subject of the 2009 biographical feature film “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, has been cut by the Carolina Panthers, where he played left tackle because of a failed physical, the Panthers said on the team’s website. Oher started the first three games of the 2016 season before a concussion caused him to miss the […]

July 23, 2017 · 0 comments ·
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 ·
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 ·
$3 million settlement paid in cop killing of Philando Castile

$3 million settlement paid in cop killing of Philando Castile

By Frederick H. Lowe The city of St. Anthony, Minn., has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to the mother of Philando Castile, a registered gun owner who was shot to death by a police officer during a routine traffic stop although he was complying with the cop’s orders. Under the terms of the settlement, Valerie Castile, as trustee, will […]

June 26, 2017 · 0 comments ·