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House backs unanimous juries in death cases

Florida’s death penalty has been in limbo since a January 2016 ruling by the U.S. Supreme…

SpaceX launches supplies to space station

BY SAMANTHA MASUNAGA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International…

BRIEFS

Ballot initiatives will now need 766,000 signatures It will take more signature-gathering – and money –…

Plan allowing liquor sales in grocery stories to be tweaked

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A controversial proposal that would allow liquor to be…

Hazing law challenged in death of FAMU band member

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A former member of Florida A&M University’s “Marching 100” band is…

A home for Joseph and Patrick

ADOPTIONS Editor’s note: This is a monthly series spotlighting Florida children available for adoption. SPECIAL TO…

Security industry weighs next steps to thwart shootings

BY MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS SUN SENTINEL/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – Two mass murders in Florida in less…

Christmas in Talladega

HBCU raises $670,000 from Fox News viewers BY BROOKIE MADISON HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE VIA THE…

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2017

ZORA! Festival concludes in Eatonville ZORA!Fest participants enjoyed themselves as nine days of events ended on…

Court says Uber drivers are on their own

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Siding with the San Francisco-based technology…

Perry ends ‘senior justice’ role

Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry will end his service as a “senior” justice…

Speaker asks Trump for more cooperation on refugees

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Saying the state House is “seriously re-evaluating Florida’s role” in refugee-resettlement…

Accused Fort Lauderdale airport shooter pleads not guilty

BY PAULA MCMAHON SUN SENTINEL/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – The Iraq War veteran charged with killing five…

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Beware of Trump trickeration

Beware of Trump trickeration Sometimes a woman’s girlfriend will tell her, “I saw your man last night at the club hugging and kissing another woman!” When the woman confronts her man and asks questions about the allegation, the man might…

Malcolm X and human rights in the time of Trumpism

Malcolm X and human rights in the time of Trumpism AJAMU BARAKA BLACK AGENDA REPORT Fifty-two years ago, on February 21, the world lost the great anti-colonial fighter, Malcolm X. Around the world, millions pause on this anniversary and take note of the life and contribution…

The corporate media IS the enemy

The corporate media IS the enemy Every day, Donald Trump exemplifies the contradictions of this era. He may make a statement that the left can agree with, but not because of shared political beliefs or motives. That is the case with his…

Louisiana is quickly evolving

Louisiana is quickly evolving Louisiana today is a very different state from the time of my youth.  I love the place, as my bloodlines have lived there since the 1830s.  I can begin tracing my roots through my four great-grandfathers. …

Trump’s tough talk won’t fix Chicago

Trump’s tough talk won’t fix Chicago Donald Trump is fixated on what he describes as the “carnage” going on in Chicago, suggesting that if Chicago’s horrendous homicide rate doesn’t come down, he’ll “send in the feds.” At his recent press conference, he…

Visions not fulfilled after 190 years

Visions not fulfilled after 190 years In the February 1981 issue of Ebony Magazine, brilliant journalist/historian, Lerone Bennett, Jr., provided the best reason for studying and learning from history that I have ever heard or read. “The past,” he wrote in an…

Why Trump lies about voter fraud, crime

Why Trump lies about voter fraud, crime LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE NNPA COLUMNIST During a recent interview on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, President Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller lied about voter fraud during the 2016 elections. Miller couldn’t produce a shred of evidence…

More rats will jump off Trump’s sinking ship

More rats will jump off Trump’s sinking ship A wharf rat is a large rat that is commonly found on wharves. These kinds of rats often sustain themselves by pilfering from warehouses near the seaside or from ships. When the rats board a ship,…

‘Pathfinders’ for Black History Month

‘Pathfinders’ for Black History Month When I wrote my book, “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History,” I hoped that some folks would touch the book each day and talk about the many ways African-American people have shaped our…

Democrats’ rhetoric risks violence

Democrats’ rhetoric risks violence CLARENCE V. MCKEE, ESQ. GUEST COLUMNIST Before Democrats jump for joy and do high fives celebrating the attempt by protesters to block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a District of Columbia middle school – amid…

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations BY TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Nelson Mandela said he was inspired by their love story, calling the nation they led “a shining beacon of light and inspiration to the rest of us in southern Africa.” Mandela…

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Bruno Mars couldn’t decide which song to perform for the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards tribute to Prince. “He agonized over this for two weeks,” Grammy Awards executive producer…

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’ BY YVONNE VILLARREAL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, died on Feb. 12 at age 76. His death came two days after he announced his retirement from touring and…

STEPPING OUT IN STYLE

STEPPING OUT IN STYLE COMPILED BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF When Michelle Obama stepped out with the president over the past eight years, her fashion choices elicited plenty of oohs and aahs. From sleeveless numbers to floral prints, the first lady…

From FAMU to fictional GAMU

From FAMU to fictional GAMU Anika Noni Rose talks about career, role as college president in new BET series BY MAKEDA EASTER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Anika Noni Rose is ready for more. Her career began in theater, and in 2004 she…

OWN’s church drama returns in March

OWN’s church drama returns in March BY TONYA PENDLETON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM OWN Network’s megachurch drama “Greenleaf’’ is returning for its second season. In the first season, megachurch pastor Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) welcomed his estranged daughter Grace “Gigi’ Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) back…

No #OscarsSoWhite this year

No #OscarsSoWhite this year 6 Blacks receive nominations for Academy Awards EURWEB.COM Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning with Best Drama Golden Globe winner “Moonlight” facing “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” for Best Picture. All three films also have actors…

ESPN commentator removed after ‘gorilla’ remark about tennis star

ESPN commentator removed after ‘gorilla’ remark about tennis star EURWEB.COM An ESPN tennis commentator learned the hard way that you don’t use the word “gorilla” or even “guerilla” when you’re trying to be cute in describing tennis superstar Venus Williams. According to ESPN, it has…

The Obamas’ best pop-culture hits

The Obamas’ best pop-culture hits From ‘Mom Dancing’ to cameo with Boehner, the first couple gave America some funny TV moments. BY NEAL JUSTIN STAR TRIBUNE/TNS Donald Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” early in his campaign, but no sitting or former…

TV finally shows us daily trials of successful Black man

TV finally shows us daily trials of successful Black man BY MARC BERNARDIN LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the responses — especially from those who voted for Hillary Clinton, double-especially from those white men who voted Democrat…

‘BLACK MINDS MATTER’

‘BLACK MINDS MATTER’ Atlanta’s Morehouse College celebrated 150 years of building men with an awards gala and banquet that raised more than $1 million for student scholarships. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF ATLANTA – Morehouse College, America’s only historically…

‘Standing your ground’ may get easier

‘Standing your ground’ may get easier Proposed change burdens prosecutors BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A move to shift the burden of proof in “stand your ground” self-defense cases is off to a fast start in the…

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ (MALCOLM X), 1925-1965

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ (MALCOLM X), 1925-1965 Never to be forgotten Malcolm X, Black America’s “Black shining prince” as he was memorably eulogized by the late actor Ossie Davis, was murdered 52 years ago in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965. Click…

Floridian to lead national NAACP board

Floridian to lead national NAACP board FROM THE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE NEW YORK CITY – The NAACP board of directors elected Leon W. Russell as the chair of its board of directors at a meeting on Feb. 18 in New York.…

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’ What historic win meant for GOP leader from South BY JASON DICK CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – Sen. Tim Scott sees a lot of progress in his election and the election of the first African-American president more…

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY The imagination and desperation of enslaved Africans forever changed the way the American South cooks and eats. But there’s an unhealthy price to be paid, ironically by their African-American descendants. BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER The…

What about Africa?

What about Africa? Not much expected from Trump BY GRANT CLARK URBAN NEWS SERVICE  After a two-year election campaign and weeks into his presidency, Africans still have no idea how Donald J. Trump plans to deal with this continent…

CARNAGE IN CHICAGO

CARNAGE IN CHICAGO Murders continue unabated Chicago police stand near where a toddler and a man were fatally shot and a woman was wounded in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood on Tuesday –Valentine’s Day. As of Feb. 15, there have been…

MIXED LEGACY

MIXED LEGACY Has Black America benefited from eight years of Barack Obama? It depends on who you ask. COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS With President Barack Obama out of office after two terms, discussions are swirling about…

Doing fine, thanks

Doing fine, thanks Obama frolics with billionaire COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – The Internet was abuzz this week with pictures of former President Barack Obama seemingly having the time of his life as he and First…

Europe ponders how to manage without US

Europe ponders how to manage without US Foreign leaders dazed and confused over mixed messages from White House BY NICK WADHAMS AND MARC CHAMPION BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence flew out of Munich on Sunday, Feb. 19, leaving America’s…

What about Africa?

What about Africa? Not much expected from Trump BY GRANT CLARK URBAN NEWS SERVICE  After a two-year election campaign and weeks into his presidency, Africans still have no idea how Donald J. Trump plans to deal with this continent…

Cuba reaching out to world for foreign investors

Cuba reaching out to world for foreign investors BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — For $2.5 million, a foreign investor can help create an international equestrian club in the province of Havana or plunk down $10 million to create a network of eco-lodges…

How India IRS scam cheated U.S. taxpayers

How India IRS scam cheated U.S. taxpayers In recent years, investigators in the United States, Canada, Britain and other countries have traced several organized phone frauds to Indian call centers. BY SHASHANK BENGALI LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS THANE, India — Nearly an hour into…

Trump may bring world of change to travelers

Trump may bring world of change to travelers There are plenty of questions about incoming administration’s stance on Cuban travel, fixing airports, open skies. BY JILL SCHENSUL THE RECORD/TNS Just what changes are ahead for travelers once President-elect Donald Trump takes office are as…

How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market

How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market The country is still trying to assess the financial toll to the tourist economy and overall struggling tourism brand. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-SALUT, Haiti – The almond trees have been stripped bare, and the…

After Hurricane Matthew, Haitians hope for change in US policy

After Hurricane Matthew, Haitians hope for change in US policy BY JEN FIFIELD STATELINE.ORG / TNS WASHINGTON – A week after Hurricane Matthew tore through their home country, Haitian immigrants took to the streets of downtown Miami Oct. 14 with a plea for President Obama: Haitian…

South Africa quits international court

South Africa quits international court BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS) JOHANNESBURG – South Africa said last week that it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court, raising fears of an African exodus from a tribunal established to prosecute the…

AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM Here’s an initial report on Haiti as well as what Floridians need to know as recovery gets underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, Cuba and…

South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership

South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership DR. MARSHA ADEBAYO AND SIKI DLANGA BLACK AGENDA REPORT Pretoria Girls High School was shaken to its core two weeks ago when Black girls attending this apartheid-era elite school challenged fundamental tenets of White supremacy. This…

What about Africa?

What about Africa?

Not much expected from Trump BY GRANT CLARK URBAN NEWS SERVICE  After a two-year election campaign and weeks…

CARNAGE IN CHICAGO

CARNAGE IN CHICAGO

Murders continue unabated Chicago police stand near where a toddler and a man were fatally shot and a…

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

BY TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Nelson Mandela said he was inspired by their love story, calling the nation…

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Bruno Mars couldn’t decide which song to perform for the…