NAACP Says It Won’t Give Award to Donald Sterling as Had Been Planned

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LOS ANGELES — The NAACP has decided against honoring Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award from its Los Angeles chapter after the Clippers owner allegedly made racist comments in a recorded conversation. Donations made by Sterling, who has owned the team since 1981, will be returned, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles NAACP, […]

NBA Bans Clippers Owner, Donald Sterling For Life

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LOS ANGELES – Newly named NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defined his administration when he banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling “for life” from the team and league for his audio-recorded conversation with his girlfriend that expresses his dislike for African Americans. Silver, who assumed the role of commissioner when David Stern left the postion […]

Backers, Opponents of Michigan Ban React to Ruling

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DETROIT — The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus. Blacks made up just 4.6 percent of undergraduate students last fall, a […]

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices […]

Report: California Is Top Crime Target in United States

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SACRAMENTO – California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday. Along with trafficking in drugs, guns and people, criminals are also turning to cybercrime to target wealthy, innovative businesses and financial institutions in the […]

Black Twitter Quickly Growing Into Online Force

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WASHINGTION – The hashtag gave it away. When a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not actual murder, in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis, the hashtag #dangerousblackchildren popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening […]

Some “Government Workers” Earning Private Sector CEO Wage

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WASHINGTON – The CEOs of some private firms that have taken over government functions are earning as much as $8 million a year, according to a new report titled, “Exposed: America’s Highest Paid Government Workers.” The report, published by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), said American taxpayers have paid nearly $120 million in […]

Gun Violence Aimed at Black Males Triggers Concern

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WASHINGTON – Several new studies confirm what most people have suspected all along: No group is harmed more by gun violence than young Black males. “While 13 percent of Americans are black, in 2010, 65 percent of gun murder victims between the ages of 15 and 24 were black,” revealed a report by the Center […]

Attorney General Eric Holder Taken to The Hospital

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital Thursday as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work. A department statement said said Holder was “resting comfortably and in good condition” at a Washington hospital after feeling the symptoms during a morning meeting with senior […]

Calif. Leaders Invest in President Obama’s Initiative to Boost Young Men of Color

President Barack Obama visits with students and counselors from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama met with the students in April 2013 to discuss youth violence. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., listen as President Barack Obama talks with them about the Emancipation Proclamation hanging in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON – California public and private stakeholders are backing an historic, national call to arms by President Obama that will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in providing opportunities for young men of color. On Thursday at the White House, Obama and members of his cabinet will announce an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. It […]