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Prince’s legendary bassist remembers the icon five years after his death

by Stacy M. Brown -- About one year before Prince’s death, the Purple Rain icon called his favorite bassist, BrownMark, and flew him out to his famous Minneapolis area home called Paisley Park. “He was riding his bicycle, and when I got out of the...

‘Blue Wall’ dented; Minneapolis jury verdict shows a Black life mattered

by Stacy M. Brown -- Black Lives Matter. George Floyd’s life mattered. A mixed-race jury in Minneapolis returned a guilty verdict against former police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday, April 20, potentially sending the ex-cop to prison for the rest of his life. The panel, which included...

OP-ED: COVID-19 Testing and Black America

by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. -- The COVID-19 pandemic across America and throughout the world is still a serious danger to public health for all communities, but especially for African American and other people of color communities. African Americans are still disproportionately negatively impacted...

Tishaura Jones wins St. Louis mayoral race

by Dana Rieck --  St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones made history Tuesday night by becoming the first Black woman to be elected mayor of St. Louis. In the city’s unofficial election results, Jones received 51.68 percent (30,099) of the vote, while her opponent Alderwoman Cara Spencer...

Nation of Islam: Capitol attacker not a member; Condemns violence

by Stacy M. Brown -- The Nation of Islam has clarified and contradicted mainstream media reports that erroneously identified the individual who recently attacked the U.S. Capitol as one of its members. In a statement to the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade association of the...

Whataboutourdaughters?

by BlackPressUSA -- To celebrate Women’s History Month, Whataboutourdaughters? – founded by a former presidential staffer Tiffiany Vaughn Jones – has launched a women’s empowerment campaign. A campaign that honors her former boss, Vice-President Kamala Harris while also encouraging women and girls to honor a special...

IN MEMORIAM: Boxing Great ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler Dies at 66

By Stacy M. Brown -- Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who ruled the middleweight boxing division in the 1980s, yet never received the recognition he deserved as an all-time great, has died. Hagler was 66. Before Hagler’s death, former boxer Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns posted on Instagram that...

‘Guiding light’ Vernon Jordan dies at 85

by Stacy M. Brown --  Vernon Jordan, the former National Urban League president and iconic civil rights figure, died Monday evening. He was 85. “My father passed away last night at around 10 p.m. surrounded by loved ones, his wife and daughter, by his side,” his...

President Biden taps Meharry Medical College president for COVID-19 task force

by Stacy M. Brown --  Meharry Medical College President and CEO Dr. James Hildreth has been named by President Joe Biden as a member of his COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Dr. Hildreth, the renowned immunologist and academic administrator and Meharry’s 12th president, sat on the...

BOOK REVIEW: Amber Pickens – Coloring success and Black History

by Stacy M. Brown --  Amber Pickens is celebrating Black History Month in a big way. The dancer, actress, and singer has added author to her long list of titles with the release of “Blooming in Motion,” a coloring book that celebrates Black history in the...