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Groups bringing national reparations debate to Detroit

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By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Two national organizations pushing for federal legislation on reparations for descendants of African American slaves are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit. The Detroit-based Reparations Labor Union has scheduled a summit in June, which later the same...

Unita Blackwell, Mississippi’s first black woman mayor, dies at 86

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor's race in Mississippi has died. Unita Blackwell was...

Tom Bowen steps down as Memphis athletic director; Allie Scott introduced as interim AD

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen has stepped down after seven years, and Allie Prescott has been named his replacement on an interim basis. President M. David Rudd announced the moves Tuesday and said a search for a new athletic director will...

For Harris, memories of a warrior mother guide her campaign

By MATT SEDENSKY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Speaking from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with...

The black Muslim female fashion trailblazers who came before model Halima Aden

By Kayla Renée Wheeler Grand Valley State University (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Media reports have celebrated Halima Aden becoming the first woman to be featured in the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit...

Tennessee speaker spurns calls to resign from leadership

by Kimberlee Kruesi  and Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s House speaker pushed back Wednesday against calls to abandon his top legislative leadership post from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, releasing a plan intended to restore trust in his office. House Speaker Glen Casada has...

Tennessee Black Caucus calls for TBI to investigate House speaker Glen Casada

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff resigned Monday amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit and racist text messages, and after admitting he used cocaine inside a legislative office building when he held a...

Tennessee WIC benefits move to electronic card system

Tennessee's Women, Infants and Children program has moved from issuing its benefits on paper to a debit card-style system. The state Department of Health says the program known as WIC will now allow beneficiaries to use the cards instead of paper vouchers to buy approved...

Winning and losing legislation in Tennessee in 2019

By JONATHAN MATTISE and KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports...

South Africa’s populist party takes aim at ruling ANC

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By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With revolutionary rhetoric, bright red outfits and left-wing policies, the Economic Freedom Fighters have shaken up South Africa's political landscape, becoming a potent challenge to the ruling African National Congress. Firebrand leader Julius Malema, 38, has a knack...