African Americans Lead Both Houses of the Nevada State Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Rep. Jason Frierson made history Monday by becoming Nevada’s first Black Assembly Speaker as the state’s 63 lawmakers opened their legislative session focusing on issues ranging from the state budget to the future of an unimplemented law that would give parents state funding to help pay for private school. Frierson, […]

Senate Confirms Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

(NNPA) – With the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, Senate Republicans won another victory in their partisan war of obstruction against the nation’s first Black president. Shortly after conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would not even consider […]

Black teens most active on social media apps

(AP) – Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones — which could explain why they’re the biggest and most frequent users of mobile-friendly social media apps Snapchat and Instagram. A survey released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […]

Senate GOP invokes ‘nuclear’ option, clearing way for Trump SCOTUS pick

(AP) – Furious Democrats objected until the end, but their efforts to block Judge Neil Gorsuch failed as expected. Lawmakers of both parties bemoaned the long-term implications for the Senate, the court and the country. “We will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court,” […]

2 women charge racial discrimination at Fox News

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Black women who work at Fox News Channel have charged in a lawsuit that they were subjected to “yearslong relentless racial” hostility at the hands of a top financial executive at the network who has since been fired. Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, who sued this week in New York […]

#BlackWomenAtWork highlights daily challenge of race, gender

(AP) – A pair of testy exchanges between high-profile Black women and white men in the political spotlight launched a tweetstorm under the hashtag BlackWomenAtWork, validating the experiences of thousands of professional Black women who say such slights are all too common. It began Tuesday morning with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ridiculing veteran congresswoman […]

American Health Care Act hits major roadblock after bad CBO numbers

(NNPA) – Less than a day after the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of the “American Health Care Act of 2017,” three House Republicans, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said that they would vote against the new GOP health bill. The recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on […]

Tearful friend of Dylann Roof apologizes at sentencing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — During a night of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks so much he was going to kill them at a South Carolina church. Meek said he thought his friend was all talk until a week later, when news broke […]

President Trump Signs Executive Order on HBCUs

(NNPA) – President Trump signed an executive order to focus more attention on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, February 28. Although HBCUs comprise just three percent of higher education institutions in the U.S., “HBCUs contributed 19 percent of the nearly 9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering awarded to […]

Trump nominee has decried Medicaid for fostering dependency

CHICAGO (AP) — The businesswoman President Donald Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor. Seema Verma heads Indianapolis-based SVC Inc., a consulting firm that works with GOP-led states seeking federal […]