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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Gertrude Evans, 70, was born into the Jim Crow South and lived through the rocky integration of Leesburg when firemen filled a swimming pool with cement and garbage rather than permit its integration. More than a half-century later, she turned to art as therapy to work through that traumatic period when […]

 The murder trial is set to begin Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, for Roy Oliver, a former Balch Springs, Texas, police officer, who opened fire into a moving car filled with black teenagers, killing a 15-year-old passenger in April 2017. (Parker County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File) DALLAS (AP) — A former Texas police officer accused […]

A Cook County judge agreed to a prosecutors’ argument to ban the word “victim” in the case of Laquan McDonald and Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke, an officer of the Chicago Police Department has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting McDonald to death in 2014. The cop claimed it was self-defense and his defense […]

by Jennifer Friedenbach, Coalition on Homelessness Advocates celebrate the submission of signatures for an initiative that would fund efforts to address homelessness with a tax on large businesses. (Ian Williams/S.F. Examiner) A white jogger throwing a Black homeless man’s property into Lake Merritt. A well-dressed man kicking a sleeping man’s face so severely he was […]

by Stacy M. Brown NNPA President Benjamin Chavis speaks outside the U.S. Capitol during a joint press conference between NNPA and NAHP on March 11, 2016, when the Black and Brown press joined forces to press for a fair share of federal advertising. Plunging ad revenue has put many newspapers out of business in recent […]

by Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, Pastor, Friendship West Church Dear Colleagues in Christ, With heartbreak, yet hope, we reach out to you in the Name of our Lord and Liberator, Jesus, the Christ. It was unsettling and upsetting to witness the meeting with you, our moral leaders, and one of the most amoral persons to […]

A month after Yeezy model Shannade Clermont was jailed for wire fraud and identity theft, the former  “Bad Girls Club” star has been officially indicted by a grand jury. Documents obtained by The Blast Friday, Aug. 10 show Clermont has been hit with three felony charges: wire fraud, access device fraud and identity theft by a New York grand […]

A young girl of Indiana and her family drove hours for her first day of college, only to learn she was prevented from enrolling. Naaya Martinique was overly excited about her new start at Spelman College until she learned that move-in expenses needed to be paid. “I was just excited to move in and go […]

Kandi Burruss is clearing the air about some confusion surrounding her touring set up with her Xscape bandmates. The singer stopped by Atlanta’s Streetz 94.5 Thursday morning to chat about the differences between the two different versions of the 1990s R&B quartet. “Xscape is gonna be there, all four of us,” Burruss tells the station Aug. […]

Former running back Jim Brown stands on the field during a halftime ceremony of an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, File) CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Brown has spent much of his post-NFL career fighting for social justice and change. However, the Hall of Fame […]

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