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by Stacy M. Brown NEW YORK -- Racism and prejudice are omnipresent and internalized within America’s institutions, media and myriad entities. One example can be traced to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to Camille Cosby, wife of imprisoned Bill Cosby. The intensely private Mrs. Cosby opened her New York...
Word of Former Pres. George Herbert Walker Bush’s passing opened a door to a space in my mind where I had stored memories from 35 years ago. I used a different name then, Leroy Williams Jr. Under that byline, I wrote a string of stories that appeared in The Commercial...
Missy Elliott built a hip hop and R&B empire by singing and rapping catchy tunes, but she also wrote and produced some of pop’s most memorable tunes, thus earning her a nomination for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame—a prestigious organization which honors and inducts a slate of songwriters each year...
The profile of suspects who have their assets seized, a researcher observed, “differ greatly from those of the drug lords, for whom asset forfeiture strategies were designed.” By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The Supreme Court this week is considering limiting the practice of civil forfeiture, which law enforcement has...
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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press with additional reporting by Lee Eric Smith, The New Tri-State Defender JACKSON, Miss.  — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state's first African-American...
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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in April 2018, he has led...
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By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first and only black Republican woman in Congress delivered a sharp rebuke Monday to President Donald Trump and her party's relationship with African-Americans in her first remarks since her midterm defeat. Mia Love was narrowly defeated by Democrat Ben McAdams for...
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Undated photo of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr.; Protestors carry a sign reading “Justice for E.J.” during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 (Emantic Bradford, Sr. via AP; AP Photo/Kim Chandler) Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was the son of a police officer and a...
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The 2018 Midterm Elections are two weeks in the rearview mirror. A record turnout of voters nationwide gave control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democratic Party, while the GOP will narrowly retain control of the Senate. How narrow that margin is will be settled next Tuesday, Nov....
Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge joined the ever-rising chorus of people calling for California Rep. Nancy Pelosi to step down as speaker of the House, saying it’s time for new leadership for the Democratic Party. In an interview with HuffPost, Fudge called out what she considered Pelosi’s...