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Loretta Lynch sworn in as attorney general

Loretta Lynch sworn in as attorney general

April 27, 2015 · 0 comments ·
Surgeon Dr. Levi Watkins performed the first


Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., the first heart surgeon to implant an automatic heart defibrillator into a human patient, died April 11 from  a heart attack in Baltimore. Dr. Watkins was 70. His death was announced by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where in 1970 he became the  school’s first African-American medical intern. He later […]

April 25, 2015 · 0 comments ·
Howard  University Launches African-American Mental Health Discussion

Howard University Launches African-American Mental Health Discussion

  By Burney Simpson WASHINGTON—-A one-year effort to change negative attitudes in the black community toward those with mental health problems began at a Howard University forum last week with a kick off of the Stamp Out Stigma campaign. A panel of psychiatrists and researchers agreed that negative attitudes can make it more difficult for African Americans to seek and […]

April 25, 2015 · 3 comments ·
More than 1 million African-American men are missing from daily American life.

NYT Report: 1.5 Million Black Men Missing from American Society

There are 1.5 million African-American men between the ages of 24 and 54, the critical earnings age range, missing daily from American life because of mass incarceration, higher death rates and overseas military deployment, according to a report released by The New York Times. The study, headlined “1.5 million Black Men, Missing From Daily Life,” notes, however, the gender gap […]

April 25, 2015 · 0 comments ·
Legendary civil rights attorney Fred Gray will discuss the Voting Rights Act during a conference in June in New York City.

Famed Civil Rights Lawyer to discuss Voting Rights

Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray will speak at an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street. The event, which is sponsored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is called “The Destiny of Democracy: We Shall Overcome.” […]

April 25, 2015 · 2 comments ·
Jay-Z, also know as Shawn Carter, is accepting applications for his college scholarship fund.

Everyone Can’t Be a Successful Rapper Like Jay-Z, but He Can Help You Pay for a College Education

Here is a head start for next year. Successful rapper and businessman Jay-Z is offering high school students or incoming college freshmen scholarships through his Shawn Carter Foundation.  Jay-Z’s birth name is Shawn Carter. The scholarship fund provides money to students who have either graduated from high school or earned a G.E.D. The student must have a 2.0 GPA, a […]

April 25, 2015 · 0 comments ·
Barry Bonds’ Lawyers Swing for the Fences and overturn his Conviction

Barry Bonds’ Lawyers Swing for the Fences and overturn his Conviction

By Frederick H. Lowe Lawyers for Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s greatest home run hitter, knocked one out of the park for the slugger, enabling him to cross home plate into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In a 77-page opinion on Wednesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his 2011 obstruction of justice conviction; the court also ruled […]

April 25, 2015 · 0 comments ·
An unarmed Rekia Boyd shot to death by  a Chicago cop

Police Beat

Blown Cases, Deaths in Custody and Beatings CHICAGO — A Cook County, IL. judge on Monday dismissed manslaughter charges against an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman before the cop’s defense had even put on its case. In a directed verdict, Judge Dennis J. Porter ruled that officer Dante Servin was not guilty of […]

April 25, 2015 · 0 comments ·
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch  with President Obama

Loretta Lynch was Sworn in Monday as U.S. Attorney General

The U.S. Senate approved her nomination on Thursday Loretta Elizabeth Lynch was sworn in Monday as the nation’s 83rd U.S. Attorney General and the first African-American woman to head the U.S. Justice Department (see today’s video). The U.S. Senate voted 56 to 43 on Thursday to confirm Lynch. When the vote was announced, ending the five-month delay, the gallery burst […]

April 25, 2015 · 0 comments ·
The film "In My Father's House," looks at the relationship  between black men and their sons. The movie stars Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Brian Tillman and Donnie Smith.

In My Father’s House, 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

By Natalie Lally, Tribeca Film Festival Correspondent “A powerful, relevant film for these times” NEW YORK — Inside a world of alcoholism, homelessness, and abandonment, directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg reconnect rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith with his absentee father, who had left him more than 25 years ago. A true coming of age film, Smith rights the wrongs he […]

April 25, 2015 · 0 comments ·