Southern Discomfort

Southern Discomfort

New Orleans moves monuments honoring the Confederacy and white supremacy By Frederick H. Lowe NEW ORLEANS — Amid angry shouts from some whites that “you’re destroying our history,” the City of New Orleans on Monday began removing monuments honoring the Confederacy and white supremacy in this diverse city with a majority black population. City contractors, protected by police snipers on […]

April 25, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Body Found of First Woman Muslim Judge

NEW YORK—The body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman judge on the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, was found Wednesday floating in the Hudson River, and police speculate she may have taken her own life since her body showed no signs of trauma.  Police later changed their minds, saying they would investigate it as a […]

April 13, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Joshua T. Smith

Police Arrest Ex-Con for Chicago Judge’s Murder

By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—Chicago police on Wednesday arrested a man for the murder of a sitting Cook County, Il., judge, and they are looking for others, but they won’t say how many. Police took Joshua T. Smith, 37, in custody for the murder on Monday of Judge Raymond Myles, 66, an associate judge in Cook County Circuit Court’s Criminal […]

April 12, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Lynn Nottage

Black Writers Win 4 Pulitzers

A second Pulitzer for playwright Lynn Nottage NEW YORK–Colson Whitehead, Hilton Als, Lynn Nottage, Tyehimba Jess, each took home the Pulitzer Prize for their work, the Pulitzer Prize Committee announced Monday. Whitehead won Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel “The Underground Railroad.”  The Pulitzer committee said the novel combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in […]

April 11, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Judge Raymond Myles

Chicago Judge Shot to Death Outside His Home

CHICAGO—Chicago’s reputation as a city of murder and gun violence took another alarming turn Monday when a sitting Cook County, Il., judge was shot to death outside his home on the city’s far South Side, shortly after 5:00 o’clock in the morning. Judge Raymond Myles, 66, was murdered, and an unnamed woman companion, 52, was shot in the leg by […]

April 11, 2017 · 0 comments ·
British Vogue Names Black-Male Editor

British Vogue Names Black-Male Editor

By Frederick H. Lowe LONDON–Edward Kobina Enninful, fashion and style director for W Magazine, has been named editor–in-chief of British Vogue, making him the publication’s first black-male editor. Jonathan Newhouse, Conde Nast International Chairman and CEO,  announced on Monday that the 45 year-old Enninful, a native of Ghana, would succeed Alexandra Shulman. In a statement posted on Vogue Daily, Enninful […]

April 10, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Timothy Caughman

He Wanted to Murder a Black Man and He Did

By Frederick H. Lowe An admitted white supremacist, who stabbed to death a black man with a sword in order to discourage white women from dating black men, has been arrested and charged with murder and a hate crime. James Jackson, 28, of Baltimore is charged with murdering 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on March 20 in New York City,  said Cyrus […]

March 29, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Aramis Ayala

A Tale of Two Black Prosecutors

By Frederick H. Lowe Two elected district attorneys who are black, rarities in law enforcement, are facing significant challenges on their jobs, one for alleged corruption and the other for taking a principled stand. There are more than 2,400 elected prosecutors in the United States, 4 percent are black men and 1 percent are black women, according to a 2015 […]

March 23, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Raphael Bostic

African American Named Head of the Atlanta Fed

His appointment comes at the urging of some Congressional Black Caucus members By Frederick H. Lowe Raphael W. Bostic, a professor of governance at the University of Southern California, has been named president and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, becoming the first African American in the Federal Reserve system’s 104-year history to lead one of its 12 regional […]

March 16, 2017 · 0 comments ·
The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay the estate of Tamir Rice and his family $6 million.

Police Dispatcher Suspended in Tamir Rice Deadly Shooting

By Frederick H. Lowe A Cleveland police dispatcher who failed to convey the correct information to a police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, believing he was armed with a loaded pistol, not a toy gun, has been suspended for eight days without pay. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams wrote in a disciplinary letter that 911 dispatcher Constance Hollinger […]

March 16, 2017 · 0 comments ·