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Sentenced to die: Too many innocent Blacks executed

Since 1973, more than 300 innocent defendants have been sentenced to death, largely because Blacks are overrepresented among murder convictions and among those who are wrongfully condemned to die, according to a recent report.

NAACP president has history of ‘selling out’

Leon Jenkins, the Los Angeles branch NAACP president who awarded L.A. Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling with a Lifetime Achievement award among other commendations, lived, worked and won notoriety in Detroit.

NUL State of Black America: Growing income inequality

The wealth gap between African Americans and Whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in Black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, ...

Black Press: Howard professor needs ‘reality check’

Howard University Journalism Professor Clint C. Wilson II’s broad criticism of the Black Press proves that he needs a “reality check,” said Ben Chavis, leader of a group of 1970s activists known as the Wilmington 10.

Marissa Alexander back on trial in July

Marissa Alexander will stand trial again July 28 for what should never have been considered a crime, much less a conviction, say her supporters.

Black women still penalized for race and gender

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed race- and gender-based discrimination. Now, 50 years later, Black women still suffer under the double-whammy of race and gender.

Roundtable at Capitol Hill address minority women

Over 300 Black women from 10 states traveled to Capitol Hill last week to urge members of Congress to pass policies and programs that help Black and underserved families, especially single mothers and the working poor, during the Black Women’s ...

Minorities herded into private prisons

Although private schools are often lauded for providing a better education to students, the same can’t be said of private prisons, which house a disproportionate number of people of color, according to a report published in the latest issue of ...

Obama receives new agenda for jobs, freedom

A group of civil rights leaders met with President Obama and several members of his cabinet last week to discuss the 1963-2013: 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom, a formal document with more than 90 legislative policy and priority ...

Blacks still victimized by ‘stand your ground’

Two years ago, 14-year-old Trayvon Martin was returning from a trip from a nearby 7-Eleven store in Sanford, Fla., to purchase a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona tea when he was confronted by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood ...

‘Fearless Five’ superheroes leap into action to help Black youth

Five young African American superheroes called the Fearless Five may be saving young Black minds – one picture adventure book and T-shirt at a time. The Fearless Five is the creation of Steve Johnson, 43, owner of HNK – Happy, ...

Moving the race dialogue forward

George Zimmerman. Paula Deen. And, more recently, Seattle Seahawks star defensive cornerback Richard Sherman. Just the mention of their name ignites a passionate discussion on race.

Young Black voters pay higher ‘time tax’ at the polls

As the American electorate becomes more diverse, new voting laws threaten to disenfranchise young Black and Latino voters in what a new report called “the largest wave of voter suppression since the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.”

Back on the job, federal workers worry about another shutdown

After a little more than two weeks, things have finally gotten back to normal in the nation’s capital. At least, normal by Washington standards.

Sen. Booker wins Senate, defeats former Mayor Lonegan

In what many expected, Newark Mayor Cory Booker nabbed the coveted U.S. Senate seat in a hotly contested race against Republican hopeful Steve Lonegan at a special election on Wednesday in New Jersey. Booker became the first African American elected ...