Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, at the Justice […]

MLB racial and gender hiring numbers remain stagnant

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ORLANDO (AP) – Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, while its percentage of African-American players remained only slightly above a study’s low set in the 2007 season. The annual report issued Wednesday by Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida […]

Chicago offers $5.5 million ‘reparations’ package to police torture victims

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CHICAGO (AP) — Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago’s history. More than 100 people who […]

DC high-schoolers to get access to free Howard U. classes

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WASHINGTON (AP) – District of Columbia public school students will soon get the opportunity to take classes at Howard University for free. City and university officials announced the program on Wednesday. Starting this fall, it will open to students at two selective high schools, Benjamin Banneker and McKinley Technology. Officials say over the next three […]

First Lady Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

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(AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” […]

NUL Report: Black America Remains in Crisis

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When it comes to the equality in America, a new report by the National Urban League says that Blacks are missing nearly 30 percent of the pie. The annual State of Black America (SOBA) report compared how well Blacks were doing in economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement. In the […]

Ferguson Increased Revenue by Targeting Blacks

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities. “Ferguson police officers issued nearly 50 percent more citations in the last year than they did in 2010 […]

Blacks Now Finishing High School at Record Levels

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After 30 years of little to no progress, Black youth are completing high school at the highest rates in history. This is the finding in a new issue brief titled, “Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever,” published by the Center for Economic Policy Research, […]

HUD Chief Seeks Broadband Access for the Poor

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to public housing residents in an effort to increase socioeconomic mobility among poor and low-income families. “We think [broadband access] is important because the world requires a connection to the Internet now,” said Castro. He […]

Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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HOUSTON (AP) – The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s […]