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…]

Former black Minneapolis cop found guilty of an on-duty deadly shooting of a white woman

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   A jury on Tuesday found a former Minneapolis cop, who is black, guilty of killing a white woman while responding to a 9-1-1 call. The verdict was rendered nearly three years after another jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, cop for shooting to death Philando Castile, a black motorist, during a[Read More…]

John Singleton, director of “Boyz n the Hood,” dies from a stroke

  Stroke kills or disables more black men than white men By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   John Singleton, who was nominated for an Oscar for his masterpiece “Boyz n the Hood,” died Monday after suffering a stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. Singleton’s death was announced by his family, which had been feuding[Read More…]

Opinion: blacks rush to forgive whites for brutal murders of black men; white murderers are silent

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Texas has executed John William King for the brutal murder of James Byrd Jr., but I feel like strangling members of Byrd’s family for saying they forgive King, although he never voiced an ounce of regret or sorrow for his brutal crime. King believed that a white-sheet-wearing audience should have applauded him and welcomed him[Read More…]

Judge orders long prison sentence for son of Ahmed Sekon Toure, Guinea’s first president, for forced labor of a woman

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Mohamed Toure, son of Ahmed Sekou Toure, Republic of Guinea’s first president, has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than $288,000 in restitution after a jury convicted him of forced labor involving a young woman. U.S. District Court Judge Reid O’Connor also sentenced Denise Cros-Toure, Mohammed Toure’s[Read More…]

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