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Netflix series to dramatize Kaepernick’s path to activism

LOS ANGELES — Colin Kaepernick is joining with Emmy-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a Netflix drama series about the teenage roots of the former NFL player’s activism. “Colin in Black & White” will examine Kaepernick’s high school years to illuminate the experiences that shaped his...

Mississippi legislature takes step toward removing Confederate image from its state flag

by Emily Wagster Pettus -- JACKSON, Miss. — Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into cheers and applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent...

Rayshard Brooks struggled in system but didn’t hide his past

by Sudhin Thanawala and John Seewe --  ATLANTA — Rayshard Brooks didn’t hide his history. About five months before he was killed by Atlanta police in a Wendy’s parking lot — before his name and case would become the latest rallying point in a massive call for racial...

Mourners bid farewell to Rayshard Brooks at historic church

by Kate Brumback -- ATLANTA — Scores of mourners Tuesday paid their final respects to Rayshard Brooks at the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach, taking part in a funeral filled with historical echoes and a tragic sense that...

Tennessee lawmakers adjourn without addressing race, reform

by Kimberlee Kruesi —  NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s Black lawmakers came back to the Capitol earlier this month with a request for their White colleagues: Advance public policy to send modest signals that say, “Yes, Black lives do matter.” “You can’t just like Black people,” said Rep....

Tennessee advances 6-week abortion ban, lawsuit filed

by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amid nationwide unrest and a global pandemic that wrecked the state budget, Tennessee lawmakers advanced one of the strictest abortion bans in the country as most Tennesseans were asleep Friday and largely unaware the GOP-dominant General Assembly...

Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain – and now national action

by Aaron Morrison and Kat Staffor -- In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the observance commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition...

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

by Mesfin Fekadu --  NEW YORK (AP) — A never-before-heard solo version of the late Aretha Franklin’s riveting and powerful collaboration with Mary J. Blige about faith and race, 2006’s “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” has arrived on Juneteenth. Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings released the song...

Trading racism claims, Tennessee House stays in tense divide

by Jonathan Mattise and Kimberlee Kruesi  --  NASHVILLE — The Tennessee House continued to simmer Wednesday after Republicans spiked a resolution the night before for a young black woman shot and killed this year. Speaker Cameron Sexton even kicked off the morning session by telling...

Tennessee officials want mail voting appeal fast-tracked

by Jonathan Mattise --  NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials are seeking a fast-tracked decision by the state Supreme Court to block the absentee-voting-for-all option that a judge has ordered during the coronavirus pandemic. The Tennessee attorney general’s office filed the motion Friday evening, saying it’s crucial with the...