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Fight over school choice is about freedom and justice

Fight over school choice is about freedom and justice

BISHOP VAUGHN McLAUGHLIN GUEST COMMENTARY I know many of you have heard by now that 10,000 people rallied in Tallahassee last month to support school choice scholarships for low-income students. You probably also heard that Martin Luther King, III was the keynote speaker, and that Black, White and Hispanic leaders joined him in denouncing a […]

Apple defends giving safe haven to terrorist plots

Apple defends giving safe haven to terrorist plots

Three years ago, Edward Snowden made defying government mass surveillance a cause celebre. Ever since, tech companies have been in the vanguard of those championing this cause. From day one, however, I’ve been decrying their hypocrisy and the ignorance of their customers. This excerpt from a June 2013 column is illustrative. “Americans complaining about the […]

Only Democrats compromise on court appointments 

Only Democrats compromise on court appointments 

President Obama has announced that despite threats from Republican leaders, he plans to nominate someone to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. I hope he ignores the advice of Vice President Joe Biden, who wants him to select someone who isn’t staunchly liberal. Biden said, “…the idea that we’re […]

Black women, mass incarceration missing from conversation

Black women, mass incarceration missing from conversation

KIMBERLY TIGNOR TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw will spend the rest of his life behind bars for multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against Black women. Why did it take so long for most of us to notice this story? The answer lies at the uncomfortable intersection of gender, […]

Court dives into case on police powers

Court dives into case on police powers

Justices without Scalia divided over giving officers more leeway to stop people BY DAVID G. SAVAGE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court resumed hearing arguments Monday for the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death and immediately plunged into a heated dispute over police powers that underscored how the remaining eight justices […]

Virginia senators want to study 400 years of Black history

Virginia senators want to study 400 years of Black history

BY JAMES WRIGHT TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, Democrats from Virginia, want to set up a federal panel to study the contributions and accomplishments of Blacks in America. On Feb. 11, Kaine and Scott were joined by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Congressional Black […]

Florida’s Finest – February 26

Florida’s Finest – February 26

Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,’’ will direct a movie adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle book “A Wrinkle in Time. Catch her Feb. 28 during the #JUSTICEFORFLINT event, which will stream live on revolt.tv at 5:30 p.m. Ryan Coogler, director of “Creed’’ is also the founder of Black Out For Human Rights. On Feb. 28, Oscar […]

Breaking barriers

Breaking barriers

Barack Obama is the first African-American president of the United States. Click here for a look at other firsts for American Blacks in politics and law!

Only 29 percent of Hollywood’s speaking roles filled by women

Only 29 percent of Hollywood’s speaking roles filled by women

BY RYAN FAUGHNDER LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE An extensive new study of diversity in Hollywood paints a damning portrait of the film and television industry behind and in front of the camera, describing the media landscape as “whitewashed” and calling the lack of inclusion an “epidemic.” The report released Monday by University of […]

‘The View’ names first Black executive producer

‘The View’ names first Black executive producer

FROM WIRE REPORTS ABC announced this week that Candi Carter has been promoted to executive producer, becoming the first African-American to hold the title at “The View. “This season ‘The View’ has once again been at the very heart of the political conversation and cultural conversation in America,” said James Goldston, president, ABC News. “Candi […]