Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released to a Halfway House

Former U. S. Representative will serve his remaining time in half way house By Hazel Trice Edney (– Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill), who has been serving a 30-month prison sentence,  Thursday was released  to a halfway house in in Baltimore, where he will serve out the remainder of his sentence. Jackson reported to federal prison Oct. 29, 2013,[Read More…]

Black media, Business and Civil Rights Groups Take Issue With Lawsuit Attacking Sharpton

( — Three national African-American organizations have issued a joint statement in response to a $20 billion federal lawsuit filed by television producer Byron Allen, charging Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, the NAACP, the National Urban League, Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network, and former Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker with racial discrimination. In the lawsuit, Allen[Read More…]

Black America Missing Nearly Half of Its Economic Share

New Report Shows African-Americans at Rock Bottom of America’s Equality Index By Hazel Trice Edney ( — Amidst continued struggles to maintain voting rights, protests to end shootings of unarmed black males by police and a constant press to lower the jobless rate for African-Americans, a new report this week announces that Black America is still not receiving nearly half[Read More…]

President Says Mandatory Voting will lead to a higher Voter Turnout

President Barack Obama recently called for mandatory voting. “Other countries have mandatory voting,” President Obama said. “It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything.” The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank for black elected officials, reported that although African Americans out vote whites in federal elections, black[Read More…]

Three Fort Lauderdale Cops Fired; One Resigns Over a Racist Video and Text Messages

Chief Frank Adderley of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Police Department announced on Friday that he fired three police officers for racist conduct and that a fourth resigned for the same reason. Jason Holding, James Wells and Christopher Sousa were fired after an internal investigation revealed they sent each other racist text messages. Alex Alvarez, the fourth officer, resigned during the investigation[Read More…]

Black Man Found Hanging from a Tree in Rural Mississippi

The FBI and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are investigating the hanging death of Otis Byrd. Law-enforcement officials are trying to determine whether his death was a homicide or a suicide, though preliminary autopsy results indicate Byrd’s death was more likely self-inflicted. The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department found Byrd’s body on March 19, hanging by a bed sheet from a[Read More…]

Growing Diversity at Apple A Sweet Bite for Minorities

by Rosemary Eng CUPERTINO, CA — The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has made the rounds in Silicon Valley, smacking high-tech companies on the head for lagging in minority hiring, came out singing praises at the shareholders meeting of Apple Inc., saying “your light shines in the darkness. Give a hand to Tim Cook.” The meeting March 10 at Apple headquarters[Read More…]

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