Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago mayor

She wants to re-open the city’s mental health clinics Black women now control the four top elected positions in Chicago   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Lori E. Lightfoot was sworn in today as Chicago’s 56th mayor. She is the second black person and the second woman to hold the office. She also is the first lesbian elected to run[Read More…]

Disenfranchisement News from the Sentencing Project

May 20, 2019 Florida Lawmakers pass bill creating financial barrier to rights restoration After much debate, lawmakers passed a measure requiring people with felony convictions to pay all court-ordered restitution, fines and fees before they are allowed to vote. Democrats and civil rights advocates argue that this financial requirement is a new “poll tax” that goes against the spirit of[Read More…]

What a graduation gift! Billionaire will pay off student loans for all 400 2019 graduates of Morehouse College for Men

      By Frederick H Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Black billionaire Robert F. Smith awarded the class of 2019 at Morehouse College for men a gift graduating seniors and their parents won’t ever forget. Smith, founder, and chair of Vista Equity Partners and a philanthropist announced on Sunday that he would pay off student loan debt for all of the 400[Read More…]

“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson wants a discussion of mental health in the black community to have a leading role

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, a new organization that has a goal of breaking the silence and prompting discussion of pervasive mental illness in the black community, will hold a conference and benefit dinner June 7th through June 9th at the Grand Hyatt Washington in  Washington, D. C. The foundation is named in honor[Read More…]

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…]

April’s unemployment rate for black men was 6.8 percent, higher than the same month a year earlier

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Non-farm businesses added 263,000 jobs in April, and the nation’s jobless rate declined, but the unemployment rate for black men 20 and older was higher compared to the same month a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. April’s jobless rate for black men was 6.8 percent compared to 6.1 percent in[Read More…]

Canada’s Viola Desmond civil rights heroine banknote wins international awards while the U.S. Harriet Tubman banknote proposal stagnates

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today Canada can give the U.S. a lesson or two or three about how to use national currency to honor a civil rights heroine. Nearly three years ago the Canadian government asked Canadians to suggest a person to feature on a new $10 banknote and 26,300 suggestions were received. In short order the choice became Viola Desmond,[Read More…]

Facebook bans Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet,Today   Facebook and Instagram have banned Minister Louis Farrakhan, the highly regarded leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam, after lumping him together with paranoid white right-wing nuts who spew racial hatred and conspiracy theories. Facebook announced on Thursday that it banned Minister Farrakhan who has been criticized for his anti-Semitic remarks, although members of Jewish[Read More…]

Catherine Pugh, Baltimore’s mayor, resigns

She is Baltimore’s second black woman mayor forced to leave office   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned from office on Thursday, becoming the city’s second black woman mayor to leave since 2009 because of financial improprieties. Former Mayor Pugh, Baltimore’s 50th mayor, and the city’s third black woman mayor, announced she was resigning through[Read More…]

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