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Darrell Cannon,  one of the black men tortured by Chicago police.
Civil Rights News Wrongful Convictions

Former Inmate Tells of Torture and a Forced Confession at the Hands of the Chicago Police

By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—Darrell Cannon spent 24 years and five months in prison after being tortured by disgraced former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge’s subordinates until he confessed to a murder he didn’t commit. Cannon testified last week before Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee that Lt. Peter Dignan, Sgt. John Byrne and Detective Charles Grunhard handcuffed him behind his […]

Black Men Suffer from Mental Illness: How Racism Figures In
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Black Men Suffer from Mental Illness: How Racism Figures In

  The definition of mental illness has a racist history rooted in slavery By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO–Horace Howard has been committed to Tinley Park Mental Health Center five times for auditory and visual hallucinations and once to Cermak Health Services, a psychiatric hospital operated inside Cook County Jail, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His history of psychiatric […]

Eddie Murphy to Receive Mark Twain Award

Eddie Murphy to Receive Mark Twain Award

Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor during a ceremony Oct. 18 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center established the prize in October 1998 in honor of Mark Twain, author of the “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”  Twain’s birth name was Samuel […]

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Marriage News

Study: Black women who will never marry is at 60% compared to 38% for white women

The proportion of black women college graduates 25 to 35 years old who have never married is 60 percent compared to 38 percent for white college-educated women, according to a study published by Brookings. The study, titled “Single black female BA seeks educated husband: Race, assortative mating (random mating pattern) and inequality,” reports that black women college graduates who do […]

James Clingman
Health News

‘First, You Cry’: Black Press Columnist Battles for Life After ‘Devastating’ Diagnosis

By Hazel Trice Edney ( — For the past 22 years, Jim Clingman has published his cutting edge “Blackonomics” column in black-owned weekly newspapers around the country. The column mainly pushes for economic justice, which he views as a core necessity for black progress in America. But as this award-winning columnist, author of four books, college professor, entrepreneurship expert, speaker […]