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Report: AG Sessions to Weigh Harsher Penalties for Low-Level Drug Crimes

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is currently considering policy changes that would strengthen the rules on prosecuting drug crimes, officials familiar with the matter say, reversing Obama-era policies that eliminated harsh penalties for low-level drug...

Michigan Officer Who Discovered He Has African Ancestry Sues City, Police Chief Over Racism

A Michigan cop is suing his chief and the city after he says he was subjected to racist taunts by fellow officers following a genetic test that traced 18 percent of his DNA back...

‘Shame!’ Speaker Paul Ryan Heckled by Protesters Outside Harlem Charter School

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) visited a Harlem charter school Tuesday, May 9, only to be met with shouts of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" from protesters stationed outside. Ryan was greeted with loud chants as he...

Black Lives Matter to Give Dozens of Jailed Women the Gift of Freedom on...

This Mother's Day, the Black Lives Matter movement is working to bail as many mothers out of jail as possible and get them back home to their families in time for the holiday. Organizers with...

Betsy DeVos Greeted with Loud Boos at Bethune-Cookman Commencement Speech, Students Turn Their Backs

https://youtu.be/nciqkO1T4g0 UPDATE: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met with deafening boos as she delivered the commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University on Wednesday, May 10. Incessant shouts and boos erupted from graduates and their families of the...

ACLU Lawsuit: Wealthy White County Uses Police to Harass, Unlawfully Target Black Citizens to...

A Mississippi sheriff, his deputies and other county officials are responsible for ensuring Black and white residents stay segregated through the use of checkpoints, a new lawsuit alleges. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action...

Trump Backtracks After Suggesting Funding for HBCUs Might Be Unconstitutional

President Donald Trump on Sunday, May 8, maintained that his support for the nation's historically Black colleges and universities remains "unwavering." Trump's latest declaration is a complete about-face from a statement he made last week when...

UC Santa Cruz Black Student Alliance Scores Major Victory Following Three-Day ‘Reclamation’ of Campus...

After fiercely protesting what they describe as a "hostile" campus climate, Black students at the University of California Santa Cruz will finally have their demands met. University officials on Thursday, May 4, agreed to meet all four...

Black Harvard Students Raise Thousands for Separate Graduation Ceremony Highlighting Their ‘Excellence’

Black students at Harvard University are looking to hold their own graduation this season by hosting a commencement ceremony intended solely for African-American graduates. The specialized event, set to take place on the morning of...

Commission Reprimands White Texas Judge Who Said It Was ‘Time for a Tree and...

A Texas judge has been formally reprimanded after suggesting on social media that an accused cop-killer be hanged. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct reprimanded Burnet County Judge James Oakley last week over a Nov....

Traffic Ticket-to-Prison Pipeline: New Report Reveals Racial Bias In California’s Traffic Court System

California's traffic fines are some of the steepest in the country, and a new report shows that the state's current policies for those unable to pay are disproportionately affecting Blacks and Latinos. The report, published...

Woodland Hills Superintendent on Disturbing Videos of Abuse Against Black Students: ‘Its Easy to...

The superintendent of a Pittsburgh, Pa., school district says he's sure the Allegheny County District Attorney's office will conduct a full and impartial investigation into videos showing physical altercations between a school resource officer and two...

National Urban League Predicts How African-Americans Will Fare Under Trump

Black Americans already tend to lag behind whites economically, and a new report shows their prospects are bound to get worse under President Donald Trump. The National Urban League published its State of Black America report...

City to Flint Residents: Either Pay These Huge Bills for Still-Undrinkable Water or Risk...

The City of Flint, Mich., is still billing residents for unsafe tap water. Now, those who can't afford to pay — or simply refuse to — are at risk of losing their homes. The city...

‘We Have Enough Votes:’ House Republicans Make Gains In Renewed Push to Repeal Obamacare

The Republican health care bill successfully cleared its first hurdle in the House on Thursday, May 4, putting lawmakers one step closer to their goal of repealing Obamacare. The bill passed by a slim 235-192 vote, ABC...

Trump to Sign Religious Liberty Executive Order On National Day of Prayer

President Donald Trump is slated to sign an executive order on religious freedom come Thursday, May 4 — a policy critics say is essentially government-licensed discrimination. White House officials confirmed the plan with CNN this...

CDC Report: African-Americans Living Longer, But Racial Disparties Remain

Good news! The death rate for Black Americans living in the U.S. has decreased nearly 25 percent over the past 17 years, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The...

GOP Candidate Offers No Apologies After Husband Tweets ‘Free The Black Slaves’

The husband of Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel is in hot water after sharing an image criticizing the Democratic party for taking advantage of African-Americans. Steve Handel posted the image to his Twitter timeline Tuesday,...

#JxnRising: Chokwe A. Lumumba Wins Jackson Mayoral Primary, Ready to Bring Fresh Energy to...

Jackson, Miss., will soon have a new mayor. After winning more than 55 percent of the vote against eight other candidates, attorney and community activist Chokwe Antar Lumumba sailed to victory in the Jackson mayoral...

Cop Who Killed Jordan Edwards, 15, Fired; Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, DA Now Investigating

The Dallas-area officer who fatally shot a Black high school freshman over the weekend is now out of a job. The Balch Springs Police Department fired Officer Roy Oliver Tuesday, May 2, after he fired...

Braiding Hair Without a License Is No Longer a Crime In Indiana, Thanks to...

Once tangled up by the state's strict cosmetology laws, hair braiders in Indiana are now free to continue their practice without obtaining an occupational license. On Sunday, Indiana became the 22nd state to exempt natural...

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