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Laquan McDonald

Doctor: Can’t Determine Order of Laquan McDonald’s Wounds

CHICAGO (AP) — A doctor testifying in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of a Laquan McDonald said Wednesday that it's impossible to determine the exact...
Colin Kaepernick

Harvard Black Culture Awards to Honor Kaepernick, Chappelle

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture. All eight recipients of the...
Maryland Shooting

Officials: 3 Killed in Shooting at Maryland Rite Aid Center

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that...
Rev. Kevin Cosby

Police to Review Traffic Stop of Black College President

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky police department says it's reviewing a traffic stop involving a black college president after accusations that it was racially motivated. News outlets reported the Louisville Metro Police Department said...
Space Jam 2

Ryan Coogler to Produce LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler is joining LeBron James and the "Space Jam 2" team. James' production company SpringHill Entertainment tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996...
Jon Burge

Disgraced Former Chicago Police Commander Who Escaped Prosecution for Torturing Black Men Dead at...

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who was accused of torturing suspects in his South Side police district but was never prosecuted for the alleged crimes, has died, a Florida funeral...
Sheila candidate

Wisconsin Police Stop Black Legislative Candidate Going Door-to-Door: ‘It Was Humiliating’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A black legislative candidate says she feels humiliated after police in Wisconsin stopped her and questioned her while she was campaigning door-to-door. The Capital Times reported Wednesday that a man called police in...
Texans-Black QBs

Texans Blast Educator for ‘Black QB’ Comment About Deshaun Watson

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans fired back Wednesday at an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: "You can't count on a black quarterback," in the comment section of an online news article where...
Laquan McDonald

Chicago Cops’ Testimony Help Bolster Prosecutors Claim That Van Dyke Shooting McDonald 16 Times...

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago police officers clearly do not want to be in court testifying against a colleague accused of murder, with one of them so uncomfortable he couldn't bring himself to point...
Prince

Thousands of Fans Request Grand Jury Probe of Prince’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of Prince fans are asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his death. The petition to the U.S. Attorney's Office has been signed by more than 6,000 people....
St Louis

Protesters File Lawsuit Over St. Louis Police ‘Kettling’ Practice

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than a dozen people arrested in a police "kettle" during a 2017 protest in St. Louis are suing the city, police officers and their supervisors, alleging they were roughed...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurgent Democratic women running for Congress are pushing the party to rethink its approach to politics if they retake control of Capitol Hill in the fall. At the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus Friday, black female candidates who prevailed in primaries over established incumbents said it's time for a conversation about how the party is structured. They expressed frustration that the party is tilted against rising politicians — especially those of color — and argued that if Democrats flip the House in November, it would be the result of organization and turnout amount black voters, particularly women. If that happens, the candidates said, gratitude won't be enough. They want a seat at the leadership table and a role in re-examining how the party works. "It is not enough to just talk about a blue wave and Democrats being in the majority," said Ayanna Pressley, the Boston city councilwoman now poised to become Massachusetts' first black congresswoman. "What matters is who are those Democrats? We have to have a conversation about the guts and the soul of this party." Pressley won her primary last month by 18 points after challenging a 10-term incumbent initially endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus. Without a Republican challenger in the general election, she appears to have a clear path to Congress. Her comments foreshadow the challenges that lie ahead if Democrats regain control of the House in November. The party will have to reconcile the anti-establishment energy of a diverse set of freshmen with a leadership structure dominated by lawmakers who are mostly white and have held office for decades. Connecticut House Democratic nominee Jahana Hayes also challenged a state political veteran to win her shot at becoming the state's first black congresswoman. The former National Teacher of the Year told the CBC audience that she lacked support during her primary. "Everyone said, 'You don't have the network, no one knows you.' I had never run for political office, I had no money," Hayes said. "I'm doing this for the people who don't have a voice." Since her recent win with 62 percent of the vote, Hayes said, "it's popular to support me now." After black women "showed up and showed out" this primary season, they are taking their rightful place, said Rep. Terri Sewell, who in 2010 was elected Alabama's first black congresswoman. The Selma Democrat was instrumental in Sen. Doug Jones' special election last winter, when he became the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in 25 years. "We've been the backbone of the Democratic Party for a long time and we're finally getting our due," said Sewell. "There were a whole bunch of people he doesn't even know that did a whole bunch of work to help him get there." Those people were the black women who often work with little or no financial support for infrastructure, she said. "We need to activate the people on the ground who have been doing this work for free," Sewell said. "They need resources. It's not just about a seat at the table." LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, agreed, noting that grassroots groups like hers have long filled the gap when the official party apparatus was absent. "It's our table," said Brown, who galvanized black women to support Jones. "We have to have some really deep conversations about how the landscape has changed." That also includes addressing priorities within the party, Pressley said. "I reject the notion that this is about working class white folk and everyone else!" Pressley told the cheering crowd. "I reject the notion that we're going to have an actual debate about if we are the party of jobs and the economy, or of criminal justice reform. I'm not choosing." Some CBC meeting attendees noted the party has made efforts this cycle. This summer, the Democratic National Committee launched an initiative aimed at black women. After voting overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, many black women said they felt ignored or taken for granted by the party. Instead of being looked to as saviors, black women are calling for roles as decision and agenda makers. This week's gathering of black lawmakers also spotlighted black women's political influence and impact. Much of the CBC agenda was focused squarely on black women and their issues, with black women as panelists, honorees and framers of much of the discussion. "They're not leading this nation in health care or pay, but when it comes to the democracy of this nation, black women are leading the way, and we need to be talking about those issues and more," said New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who along with California Sen. Kamala Harris — the Senate's only black woman — served as the convention's honorary co-chair. New York Congresswoman Yvette Clark, echoed his sentiments Thursday evening at an awards event honoring CBC women. "The sisters on the Hill are definitely running things," said Clark, one of 21 women in the caucus. "When I think about the blue wave hitting and seeing Congresswoman Maxine Waters bring down the gavel, as chair of financial services, I get excited," said Clark, currently the ranking Democrat on the committee. "When I think about Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson bringing down that gavel, as chair of the committee on science and technology, I get excited." Waikinya Clanton, the DNC's African-American Outreach Chair, encouraged the pressure to change the party dynamic toward black women candidates and voters. "We need you all's support, whether that comes in the form of criticism or whatever," said Clanton. "One of the reasons I came to the party was because that was valid. I believed that I could only make the change that I needed by being there. All these people who haven't for a long time felt like this was their party, feel like this is their party now because I'm there and I'm doing the work every single day."

Black Female Democrats Call for Changes In Party

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurgent Democratic women running for Congress are pushing the party to rethink its approach to politics if they retake control of Capitol Hill in the fall. At the annual meeting of the...
Ethiopia Stranded Jews

Israel to Approve Immigration for 1,000 Ethiopian Jews, Another 7,000 Remaining

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government announced Monday that it agreed to absorb 1,000 Ethiopian Jews — accepting just a fraction of the African country's 8,000 remaining Jews who want to move to Israel. Prime...
Jason Van Dyke

Jury Watches Video of Chicago Cop Firing 16 Shots At Laquan McDonald Three Times...

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday showed jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on Laquan McDonald, dramatically recounting the 16 shots fired into the black teenager and calling the 2014...
michael jordan

Michael Jordan Donates $2M for Hurricane Relief in NC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan is donating $2 million dollars to assist residents affected by Hurricane Florence. The former NBA star says the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown of Wilmington, North...
Regina King

Regina King Wins, Emmy’s Still Lacking in Diversity

"The Proposal." It was a 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock, but now will forever be the informal title of the 2018 Emmys telecast, thanks to a memorable romantic gesture from Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss...
Anita Hill

Echoes of Anita Hill In Sexual Assault Allegation Against Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Brett...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering...
Jenifer Lewis

‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Wears Nike Sweatshirt to Emmy’s in Support of Colin Kaepernick

NEW YORK (AP) — Jenifer Lewis stood with Nike in a bedazzled swoosh sweatshirt on the Emmys. Tiffany Haddish was her own kind of goddess in a custom look by Prabal Gurung. She asked the...
Colin Jost, Michael Che

‘Veep’ Being Out of the Running for Emmy Helps Comedies like ‘Atlanta’, ‘Insecure’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are critical points about the 70th Emmy Awards to keep in mind, starting with this: The ceremony airs Monday. Typically held on a Sunday, it was punted one day so...
Portland Bar Shooting

Grand Jury Says Oregon Campus Officers Were Justified In Shooting Legally Armed Black Man

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon grand jury on Thursday cleared two Portland State University campus safety officers in the fatal shooting of a legally armed black man outside a bar in a case...
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby’s Wife Wants Ethics Board to Investigate Judge

Days before Bill Cosby's scheduled sentencing on felony sex assault charges, his wife demanded Monday that a Pennsylvania ethics board investigate the judge over what she says is bias. Camille Cosby renewed allegations that trial...

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