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Emmy winners highlight push for social justice

by Beth Harris --  LOS ANGELES — Regina King and Uzo Aduba used the come-as-you-are fashion edict for Sunday’s virtual Emmy Awards to highlight the national struggle for social justice. Both Black actresses wore T-shirts featuring Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky, who was...

Supreme Court fight could elevate Kamala Harris’ profile

by Kathleen Ronayne --  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kamala Harris is poised to become a leading figure in the Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, with her status as both a lawmaker and vice presidential nominee putting her in the center of the...

Judge rules for DNA testing in Pervis Payne’s death penalty case

by Adrian Sainz -- MEMPHIS — DNA tests on a knife and other evidence must be performed in the case of a Tennessee death row inmate facing execution in December for the stabbing deaths of a woman and her daughter 33 years ago, a judge...

Louisville to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor’s mom, reform police

by Dylan Lovan --  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The city of Louisville will pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and reform police practices as part of a lawsuit settlement months after Taylor’s slaying by police thrust the Black woman’s name to the forefront...

Far from being anti-religious, faith and spirituality run deep in Black Lives Matter

(The Conversation) -- Black Lives Matters (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: Marxist, radical, anti-American. Added to this growing list of charges is that it is either irreligious or doing religion wrong. In late July, for instance, conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan tweeted that BLM was...

Black scientists call out racism in the field and counter it

by Christiana Larson --  WASHINGTON — University of Washington ecologist Christopher Schell is studying how coronavirus shutdowns have affected wildlife in Seattle and other cities. But when planning fieldwork, he also thinks about how he’s perceived in neighborhoods where he installs wildlife cameras. “I wear the...

Judge blocks Tennessee law that limits new voter mail voting

by Jonathan Mattise -- NASHVILLE – A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee law for the November election that bars first-time voters from casting ballots by mail unless they show identification at an election office beforehand. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson in Nashville on Wednesday ordered...

Boseman’s death underscores colorectal cancer increase in younger adults and health gaps for African Americans

by Franklin G. Berger -- theconversation.com --  The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman at age 43 following a four-year battle against colorectal cancer underscores two important public health concerns. First, the incidence of colorectal cancer has risen dramatically among adults under age 50 in the U.S. and in...

Tyranza – oldest African elephant in North America – dies at Memphis Zoo

The oldest African elephant in North America has died at the age of 56, officials at the Memphis Zoo said. Tyranza, who was the longtime matriarch of the elephant herd at the Memphis Zoo, was put on hospice care and was eventually euthanized Friday after...

When police stop Black men, the effects reach into their homes and families

by Deadric T. Williams and Armon Perry -- (The Conversation) -- While much of the world was sheltering in place in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans’ undivided attention was focused squarely on Minneapolis, Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed at the hands...
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