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Rapper-actor DMX, known for iconic hip-hop songs, dead at 50

NEW YORK (AP) — DMX, the raspy-voiced hip-hop artist who produced the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” and who rapped with a trademark delivery that was often paired with growls, barks and “What!” as an ad-lib, has died, according...

Target to spend more than $2B at Black-owned businesses

by Anne D'Innocenzio --  NEW YORK – Target will spend a total of more than $2 billion at Black-owned businesses by 2025 as part of its effort to advance racial equity. That’s a significant increase in overall spending on Black-owned businesses, according to Target, though it...

Floyd’s girlfriend recalls their struggles with addiction

MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd’s girlfriend tearfully told a jury Thursday the story of how they met — at a Salvation Army shelter where he was a security guard with “this great, deep Southern voice, raspy” — and how they both struggled mightily with an...

Ex-cop told onlooker Floyd was big, ‘probably on something’

MINNEAPOLIS -- After the ambulance took George Floyd away, the Minneapolis officer who had pinned his knee on the Black man’s neck defended himself to a bystander by saying Floyd was “a sizable guy” and “probably on something,” according to police video played in court...

Under pressure, some Ga. corporate leaders slam voting bill

ATLANTA  — Some of Georgia’s most prominent corporate leaders on Wednesday began to more forcefully criticize the state’s sweeping new election law, acknowledging concerns of civil rights activists and Black business executives who say the measure targets non-white voters and threatens the democratic process. The chief executives...

Former GOP Chairman, Tennessee Sen. Bill Brock dies at 90

NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee Sen. Bill Brock, whose long career in Washington included a key role in rebuilding the Republican Party after the Watergate scandal, died Thursday morning. He was 90. Brock had been hospitalized in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, due to pneumonia last week, said...

Tennessee to expand vaccine eligibility to younger residents

by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE — Tennessee will soon allow all residents 16 and older to receive the coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday. Tennessee had been distributing the vaccine to health care workers, first responders, senior citizens and people 16 and older who have...

Illinois city 1st in US to offer Black residents reparations

EVANSTON, Ill. — Using tax money from the sale of recreational marijuana, the Chicago suburb of Evanston has become the first U.S. city to make reparations available to its Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery. The City Council on Monday...

Revisiting reparations: Is it time for the US to pay its debt for the legacy of slavery?

Anne C. Bailey -- The Conversation --  Some 156 years after the end of the Civil War and the official abolition of slavery through the 13th Amendment, the idea of reparations is gaining currency in Washington. On March 1, Cedric Richmond, a senior adviser to President...

Tennessee to expand vaccine eligibility next week

by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE — More than 1 million Tennesseans will soon become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine after the Department of Health announced Tuesday it was expecting a large supply of the immunizations. According to Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, the new eligibility will apply...