Scholarship named for college alumnus shot to death by police

Harding University is honoring 2016 alumnus Botham Jean who was shot to death in his Dallas apartment by an off-duty cop who claimed she had entered the living space thinking it was hers before shooting him to death, believing he was a burglar. “Harding University in cooperation with PwC, formerly Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and the family of Botham Jean, has established[Read More…]

University of Ghana removes statue of Gandhi because he was a racist

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A statue of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who is called the Father of India because his peaceful protests ended the country’s 190-year British rule, has been removed from the campus of the University of Ghana in the capital city of Accra. Many people, even some who admired his strategy, considered Gandhi a racist because of[Read More…]

Former Chicago alderman who voted to close needed mental health clinics in black neighborhoods could end up in prison

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Former Chicago 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran who voted with the city’s other black alderman to close mental health clinics in African- American neighborhoods where they were sorely needed, is headed for prison after pleading guilty earlier this month to wire fraud. Cochran’s former ward included the Woodlawn Adult Health Center on Chicago’s South Side[Read More…]

Mozambique reports 139 cases of cholera in the wake of cyclone Idai

Mozambique officials have confirmed 139 cases of cholera, a deadly infection of the small intestine if left untreated. The cholera epidemic resulted from Cyclone Idai, which has killed at least 468 people in Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, and Malawi, government officials have reported. Cholera is a waterborne disease, thriving in conditions of poor hygiene. It causes acute diarrhea that is fatal[Read More…]

Emergency visits for seniors abusing opiods have increased

  Emergency department (ED) visits by people age 65 and older who were identified with opioid misuse and dependence more than tripled between 2006 and 2014, according to new research published by researchers at Towson University. The study also discovered that opioid misuse was associated with an increased number of chronic conditions, greater injury risk, and higher rates of alcohol[Read More…]

Shaquille O’Neal joins Papa John’s board of directors to help their sales rebound

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Papa John ’s wants to rebound from slumping sales so company officials have named one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history to the pizza company’s board of directors. Papa John’s, which is based in Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday named Shaquille O’Neal, an NBA Hall of Famer, to the company’s board. O’Neal will[Read More…]

Cyclone devastates three African countries

Tropical Cyclone Idai has so far killed more than 200 people in three African countries, but as many as 1,000 may have died, and more than 1.5 million may have been affected across Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, the United Nations News is reporting. During a fly-over of the destroyed area, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi said more than 1,000 were feared[Read More…]

Medgar Evers’ home designated a national landmark

  Trump signs National Resources Management Act, leading to creation of the landmark By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Medgar Evers was carrying NAACP  printed t-shirts that demanded “Jim Crow must go in Mississippi.”  As he walked from his car parked in the driveway to his home’s front door late at night in Jackson, Mississippi, an assassin’s bullet struck him in[Read More…]

Cubs patriarch blasts former President Obama

If you thought President Donald Trump spun stories out of thin air about Barack Obama, you should read what Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, wrote in a typo-filled email that embraces every conspiracy theory about the nation’s first black president that easily reminds readers of the film “The Manchurian Candidate.” Ricketts emailed a[Read More…]

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