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Tennessee State athletic director Teresa Phillips to retire in June 2020

Teresa Phillips is retiring as Tennessee State's athletic director, a job she's held since April 2002. Phillips announced her decision Thursday in a letter to Tennessee State posted on the school's athletic website. She says she told Tennessee State President Glenda Glover of her intentions...

Sons of Confederate Veterans can’t appeal statues’ removal

The Tennessee Supreme Court will not consider an appeal related to Memphis' removal of statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis from two parks. City officials circumvented a state law limiting the removal of historical memorials from public property by selling the...

Panama celebrates its black Christ, part of protest against colonialism and slavery

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By S. Kyle Johnson, Boston College (THE CONVERSATION) Panama’s “Festival del Cristo Negro,” the festival of the “Black Christ,” is an important religious holiday for local Catholics. It honors a dark, life-sized wooden statue of Jesus, “Cristo Negro” – also known as “El Nazaraeno,” or...

BREAKING: Texas officer charged with murder, resigns after shooting

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By JAKE BLEIBERG and JILL BLEED Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door was charged...

Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the...

Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies

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By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died. She was 84. Carroll's daughter,...

Dallas cop gets 10 years in prison for killing her neighbor

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By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS — A white Dallas police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbor in his apartment, which she said she mistook for her own unit one floor below. Amber Guyger didn’t appear to show...

Jacksonville Jaguars owner investing in national Black News Channel

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By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan disclosed Wednesday that he will be the majority investor in the nation’s only 24-hour news network aimed at African American viewers, telling The Associated Press he wants to help meet the...

Dallas officer who fatally shot neighbor faces sentencing

By Jake Bleiberg —  DALLAS — The same jury that convicted a white Dallas police officer in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor returns to court Wednesday to consider her sentence — a penalty that could be anywhere from five years to life in...

Sheriff, ACLU propose plan in Mississippi racial bias case

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A central Mississippi sheriff's department would adopt an "unbiased policing policy" and set new rules about traffic checkpoints and encounters with pedestrians, under a proposed agreement in a racial profiling lawsuit. Court documents show that attorneys...