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Brittney Griner sentenced to more than 9 years in Russian prison

WNBA Superstar Brittney Griner has been sentenced to more than 9 years in a Russian prison following her conviction on drug charges. Her lawyers called the verdict a disappointment and vowed to appeal. The lawyers of WNBA star Brittney Griner, Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov, said in...

REVIEW: ‘Nope’ is a yes! — Peele delivers with follow-up

by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D -- Jordan Peele has been compared to horror and psychological thriller giant Alfred Hitchcock and science-fiction legend Steven Spielberg, but Peele is in a league of his own. Peele’s masterful ability to merge two beloved film genres, with social commentary on...

Vatican: Moment is ripe for serious consideration of the harms of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Rome, Italy – A group of global reparations leaders met with the Vatican this week to discuss the Catholic Church’s role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and the need for the Church to formally address its role with a Papal reparations commission and financial retribution...

Black Press receives coveted White House credentials

Seventy-two years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt invited Harry S. McAlpin Jr. of the National Negro Publishers Association to cover an Oval Office news conference, and 82 years after the founding of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the Black Press can freely cover...

AKAs support the expedient confirmation of a Black woman to the Supreme Court

by Dr. Glenda Glover --  Steeped in far more than historical significance, the confirmation of a Black woman to the highest court of the land would represent yet another significant step in America fulfilling its promise to African Americans who helped build this country. The appointment...

Denver Broncos’ sale to Robert F. Smith could help NFL begin to solve its race problem

by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. -- Even before Coach Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League claiming the league discriminated against Black coaches in their hiring practices, it was pretty clear that professional football has a race issue. The Institute for...

Cheryl Hickmon: National president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., dies

by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. -- The nation is mourning the passing of Cheryl Hickmon, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the nation’s largest African-American sorority. Hickmon was elected president of the organization dedicated to sisterhood, scholarship and service  November 21, 2021 at...

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the Black Press of America

by Stacy M. Brown -- Vice President Kamala Harris provided a message of hope while striking an encouraging tone during an exclusive interview with the Black Press of America. Harris, who cut her teeth as a California prosecutor, state attorney general, and later as an influential...

FILM REVIEW: The best films of 2021

By Nsenga K. Burton -- In 2021, the box-office did not disappoint with outstanding films on the big screen and streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Apple TV +. Films like Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, Denzel Washington’s A Journal for Jordan, Ridley’s Scott’s House of...

First anti-critical race theory complaint in Tennessee targets Martin Luther King Jr. book

by Lauren Victoria Burke -- A group called Moms for Liberty has filed an 11-page complaint alleging that the book “Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington” is “anti-American.” The complaint is the first to be filed under Tennessee’s new anti-critical race theory...