Johnson running to become first Black Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives

State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, has filed the paperwork to run for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for the 86th Texas Legislature. The speaker is the presiding officer of the House, chosen by the representatives as each new ...

Democrats, GOP target voters behind cracked ‘blue wall’

Automotive engineer Steve Semian credits Barack Obama with rescuing the auto industry and with it, much of Michigan. But the 47-year-old from Macomb County, north of Detroit, said it was the state’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, who “helped us pull ...

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Chef’s Gallery, a student-run restaurant at the non-profit The Art Institute of Dallas, has joined the fight to end childhood hunger. The restaurant will feature a “Meal Through the Arts” menu this week to benefit No Kid Hungry. Every meal ...

Newspaper apologies for bias coverage of lynchings

Alabama’s capital-city newspaper has published an apology for its “shameful” coverage of mob violence against African Americans, delivering the message on the same day that the first memorial to America’s lynching victims opened a half mile away.

A broken system: Are Texas prisons salvageable?

The mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society and assist victims of crime.” – Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Officer Handbook, 2015

Supreme Court seems divided over Texas redistricting

The Supreme Court appeared divided April 24 over Texas’ appeal to preserve congressional and legislative districts that a lower court struck down as racially discriminatory.

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The Austin City Council voted Thursday to remove the names of Confederate leaders from two roads: Robert E. Lee Road and Jeff Davis Avenue.

Kaepernick accepts rights award, decries ‘lawful lynching’

Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.

Dems to Black activists: Trump is ‘the darkness’

One after another, the speakers attacked President Trump’s policies as discriminatory, his rhetoric as hateful and his motivations as bigoted. The fiery rhetoric, from nearly a half dozen Democrats who may seek the White House in 2020, came as hundreds ...

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Judge Eric Moyé of the 14th Civil District Court has dismissed the Dallas County Republican Party’s frivolous lawsuit to remove over eighty Democratic candidates, most of whom are minorities, from the 2018 general election ballot in Dallas County. State Rep. ...

Missouri has highest Black homicide rate, Kansas in top 10

Missouri has the highest rate of Black homicide victims in the country, with neighboring Kansas coming in the top 10.

Anatomy of a queen, part I: The mentality of royalty

“Every woman is a queen,” according to a quote from actress Queen Latifah, although some may still be in a search to find their inner royalty.

Civil rights groups call for congressional action on fatal police shootings

The American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc. called on Congress April 10 to take action in response to the national crisis of fatal police shootings.

Black teen asking for directions shot at by White man

A Black 14-year-old male who was lost in a Detroit suburban neighborhood trying to get to school was shot at by a White man after knocking on his door to ask directions, prosecutors said Friday, citing home security video and ...

Texas toll roads face tax, increased traffic challenges

The political tide has turned against toll roads in Texas, imperiling a Tomball interchange project and hamstringing frustrated local officials, while setting an ominous tone for projects to come.