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Some prisoners forced to pay for stay

More than 40 states allow prison and jails to charge inmates pay to stay fees, a debt burden that reaps billions of dollars for state and local jurisdictions, and disproportionately affects Black inmates and ex-offenders, according to a report by ...

Slavery linked to segregation in Southern schools

There is a direct correlation between the geographic concentration of slavery and today’s K-12 school segregation, according to a new study.

Dominican Republic’s ethnic cleansing

A Dominican Republic court order threatens to force more than 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians from their homes in an effort that many human rights watchers have called modern-day ethnic cleansing.

Recession continues for Black homeowners

Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt Black families, especially Black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new ...

Prison for sale: Great views, sleeps hundreds

For sale: A 325-acre property containing more than 100 structures atop a mountain offering spectacular views. Sleeps hundreds.

Support to remove Confederate flag grows

In what is quickly and unexpectedly gaining ground as a fitting memorial to the nine African Americans killed by a White supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, some of the most ardent defendants of the Confederate flag ...

NAACP leaders don’t have to be Black

If Rachel Dolezal had looked around, she would have discovered that a White person does not have to pretend to be Black in order to lead an NAAPC chapter. In fact, she would have to look no farther than several ...

Mass incarceration no factor in crime drop

The crime rate has been steadily decreasing for 25 years, but mass incarceration has had very little, if any, impact on the decline, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

Study reveals news reports may influence racial bias

A recent University of Houston study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias toward social groups. Temple Northup, assistant professor at UH’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, studied the influence of news coverage on an ...

Creating stronger paths for health, learning for children

From pregnancy and through childhood – entering the third grade – through Raising St. Louis, health, education and community support organizations are collaborating to give moms and their new babies a greater bond while boosting the child’s development. It launched ...

WWI heroes posthumously awarded Medal of Honor

Two World War I Army heroes, one Black, one Jewish, are finally getting the Medal of Honor they may have been denied because of discrimination, nearly 100 years after bravely rescuing comrades on the battlefields of France.

A push to address Black-on-Black violence

As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence within the Black community garner less concern than police violence?

Power plant affects quality of life

When Cheeraz Gormon received an invitation to lobby in Washington on behalf of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan with environmental legal advocacy nonprofit, Earthjustice, she was bewildered.

Black leaders push for nationwide police reform

In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed in Baltimore, Black civic leaders continue to call for wholesale changes in policing and an end to police brutality in urban and predominately Black communities ...

My Brother’s Keeper enters a new phase

While political pundits rush ahead to the 2016 presidential election, President Barack Obama is rallying private-sector, philanthropic and community leaders to launch an independent non-profit to ensure that the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative lives past his second term in office.