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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the champion for women’s rights, died on Friday evening from “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” according to a statement from the Supreme Court of the United States. Known to many as “the Notorious RBG,” Ginsburg, 87, served more than 27 years on America’s highest...

Peyton Manning honors prestigious alums with scholarship endowments at 6 HBCUs

by Jay Connor --  Sometimes it’s hard to keep secrets when your actions speak for themselves. When Grambling State alum Doug Williams learned that an anonymous foundation endowed a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, he was hell-bent on finding out who it was. “When...

The Black Effect Podcast Network makes history by building its own

by Jay Conner -- Much like the rest of the entertainment industry, despite all of the money and resources being thrown around, the wonderful world of podcasts is still very much a game of have and have nots – especially for Black creatives. Joe Budden’s exodus...

Chadwick Boseman — the ‘Black Panther’ — has died at 43

by Ishena Robinson -- Chadwick Boseman, the award-winning leading man from Howard who portrayed inspiring Black figures in movies like Marshall, 42, Get On Up, and the culture shifting Black Panther, has died from colon cancer at 43 years old. Boseman’s death was announced on his official Instagram page on Friday night, in...

Yes, Baby, Yes!

by Tonja Renée Stidhum -- 2020 is unprecedented-ish. Remember back in 2017, a mysterious “Black-ish” episode titled “Please, Baby, Please” (based on the Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee children’s book of the same name) became wrapped in some controversy because of its reported politically-charged themes?...

National African-American museum removes, apologizes for ‘Whiteness’ chart

by Anne Branigin -- Following an outcry from conservatives, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has removed a graphic from its website that attempted to explain how deeply embedded white-dominant culture and values are in American culture. The chart, entitled “Aspects and Assumptions...

Tim Scott won’t acknowledge systemic racism and defunding police because he actually wants to stop systemic racism…by defunding the police

I believe words matter...sometimes. But sometimes, words are stupid. For instance, remember when Republicans were upset because President Barack Obama wouldn’t say the words “radical Islamic terrorism” because Obama was kinda busy hunting down Osama Bin Laden and killing him? That was stupid. Then again, I am a...

White House butler who served 11 presidents, including Obama, dies from coronavirus

by Anne Branigin --  For five decades, former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman helped make sure everything at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was as it should be. He began his career there as a cleaner when Dwight Eisenhower took office in 1952, eventually rising through...

Michigan State Rep. Tested Positive for COVID-19, Says Hydroxychloroquine Helped Save Her Life

by Zack Linly -- As President Trump continues to push the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, medical experts remain divided on the use of a drug that has yet to be proven as a safe and effective remedy for the virus. Despite...

Former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks battles prostate cancer

by Jay Connor -- In 1978, boxer Leon Spinks shocked the sports world by defeating Muhammad Ali in a lopsided 15-round split decision. Now with his boxing days far behind him, the 66-year-old now finds himself in the midst of an even more important...
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