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The Unfortunate Crack in Prison Reform: Where is the Support for Newly Released Convicts?

When President Barack Obama came into office, he had an ambitious and broad agenda, which included many changes, such as prison reform. However, Obama seemed to get wrapped up in other domestic and international...

Apryl Beverly Walked Away From a ‘Good-Paying’ Job into a Six-Figure Income Running Her...

After years of working in marketing communication under other people’s schedule, Apryl Beverly, decided to launch BAAB Writing and Marketing Services, a company that provides writing services such as business plans and proposals. Beverly said...

Dylann Roof’s Charleston Massacre, Other Mass Shootings Have Made Some Black People More Acceptable...

When Dylann Roof, a self-radicalized domestic terrorist, walked into a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina and shot dead nine worshipers last year, it sent shockwaves through the Black community. Roof, a fledgling white supremacist,...

Paris Museum Exhibit Highlights ‘Dakar 66,’ the First World Festival of Black Arts

A new exhibit in a Paris museum reminds visitors of a time when Black artists were attracted to Africa for a festival that celebrated Black culture. According to The Conversation, an exhibit at Quai Branly...

New Play Revisits ‘Overlooked’ and Controversial Atlanta Child Murders that Left 29 Mostly Black...

A new play is shedding light on the Atlanta child murders, a series of crimes that terrified Black families more than 30 years ago. Janine Nabers, author of the new play titled Serial Black Face,...

Students at St. Mary’s College Unsettled by On-Campus Racist Acts, Including Assault, Arson

St. Mary’s College in Maryland is the latest university to be hit by a series of incendiary racial incidents, according to news reports. These incidents include the display of swastikas and the Confederate flag...

One Hour Away from Flint, Another Environmental Disaster Looms as Doctors Tell Residents to...

The Flint water contamination has been called one of the nation’s worst cases of environmental racism, but there may be an even bigger problem an hour away in River Rouge, a city on the...

NY Judge Scolds Man During Sentencing: ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter to Black People’

A New York judge has accused the Black Lives Matter movement of ignoring inner-city violence. According to The New York Post, Justice Edward McLaughlin said the high incidence of so called Black-on-Black violence in neighborhoods...

New Highways Have Destroyed Black Neighborhoods for Decades, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Hopes to...

Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx wants to change the way the nation handles highway construction. Foxx is trying to raise awareness about the fact that, in the past, new highway construction often devastated Black neighborhoods. This...

LA District Attorney Launches Wrongful Conviction Unit, Immediately Flooded with Nearly 1K Cases

Jackie Lacey, who became the first Black person elected Los Angeles county district attorney in 2012, has established a unit to look into wrongful convictions. And according to news reports, the unit has been...

Texas Prosecutor Outs DA Who ‘Advised’ Him to Exclude Black Jurors from Trials

A recent news report will give Black people one more reason to doubt the fairness of the American criminal justice system. According to an article in The Houston Chronicle, a Wharton County, Texas prosecutor said...

Study Finds Black Students Are Often Overlooked By Gifted, Talented Programs

Several news reports are raising alarms about the nation’s gifted and talented programs, which are dominated by white and Asian students. A ThinkProgress article says that Black students aren’t being given a fair shake at...

Besides Michael Brown’s Death, Ferguson Protests Spurred By Deep Frustration with Local Police, Study...

A new study has revealed the mass protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson were also motivated by deep-seated frustration with local law enforcement. In an MSU...

Joede Brown, Owner of Black Pearl Creations, Made A Flag For Her Father, Accidentally...

Joede Brown originally just wanted to create a flag to help her father show his patriotism, but she ended up creating a successful business that enabled her to quit her day job. “After 9/11, I...

Ex-NYPD Officer Peter Liang Apologizes for Killing Akai Gurley, Family Says It’s Not Enough

Peter Liang, the former New York Police Department officer convicted of accidentally killing Akai Gurley, has apologized to Gurley's partner for his actions. According to The Washington Post, Liang and his legal team arranged a...

Many Low-Income Homes in Baltimore Have Lead-Based Paint, Crisis Exposed in Freddie Gray’s Death

The Flint water crisis, and other situations around the country, have raised awareness about lead poisoning in drinking water. But there may be another lead poisoning threat from a different source. According to an NPR...

Undocumented Black Immigrants Say Their Stories Are Overlooked as Media Focuses on Latino Issues

In America, immigration is usually painted as a Latino issue in the media. And that may be because 59 percent of the undocumented immigrants in this country are from Mexico. However, a recent ThinkProgress story...
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Report Faults State Officials, Governor’s Office, Emergency Managers for Flint Water Contamination

The state of Michigan released a damning report Wednesday that pointed the finger at state officials for the Flint water crisis. The Flint Water Advisory Task Force, commissioned by Gov. Rick Snyder, singled out officials...

In States Where Marijuana Has Been Legalized, Black Men Still More Likely to Be...

Some people think legalizing marijuana might slow down the numbers of Black men who are arrested, since they are often incarcerated on drug charges. But they might want to think again. Several news reports...

Officer Who Arrested Sandra Bland Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury, Faces Up to a...

Texas state trooper Brian Encinia, the officer who arrested Sandra Bland, recently appeared in court to plead not guilty to a perjury charge. According to The Los Angeles Times, Encinia, who was accompanied by his...

One Clerical Error Ended Up Costing a Young, Mentally-Ill Man His Life

Jamycheal Mitchell, a Virginia man jailed for stealing $5 worth of snacks, died because of a bureaucratic error. The Guardian reported that Mitchell, 24, died last August after being jailed for four months. Judge Morton...

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