Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means […]

Affordable Care Act Upheld by US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on […]

Obama in new presidential podcast: US not cured of racism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case. In an interview, Obama weighed in on the debate over race and guns that has erupted after the arrest of a white man for the racially motivated shooting deaths […]

Supreme Court Rules Texas Can Reject Confederate Flag License Plate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Texas’ refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag, rejecting a free-speech challenge. The court said in a 5-4 ruling that Texas can limit the content of license plates because they are state property and not the equivalent of bumper stickers. The Sons […]

White man kills of nine people in Black church

HARLESTON (AP) — An intense manhunt was underway Thursday for a white man who joined a prayer meeting and then opened fire inside a historic Black church in downtown Charleston, killing nine people, including the pastor. Authorities called it a hate crime. Charleston police identified the suspect as Dylann Storm Roof, 21, of Lexington, South […]

Study Reveals that 385+ Killed by Cops in 2015

(NNPA) – Over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, 56 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. These numbers leaped from a story about the controversy surrounding “Chiraq,” the title of Spike Lee’s new film. Many residents are upset by the title that blends Chicago with Iraq, thereby suggesting the city of Chicago and the country […]

A Push to Address Black-on-Black Violence

  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – 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? According to crowd-sourced database, Mapping Police Violence, 304 Black people died at the hands […]

TSA head reassigned after 67 of 70 airports fail undercover tests

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country. The TSA’s acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, is being reassigned to a different job in the Department of […]

Report: Myth of the ‘Absent’ Black Dad Refuted

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Contrary to the myth, though Black men are more likely to live apart from their children than Whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than Whites and Hispanics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The report covers a sample of sample of 10,403 men aged 15–44 years […]

Black Leaders Push for Nationwide Police Reform

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – 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 across the nation. Barbara Arnwine, the president and executive director of the […]