Month: January 2020

“The Undefeated,” awarded 2020 Caldecott Medal

“The Undefeated,” a children’s book about the resiliency, strength and perseverance associated with historical and contemporary black experience has been named the 2020 winner of the Caldecott Medal. Kwame Alexander wrote the book which is illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The book is a poetic tribute to black Americans, celebrating their brilliance and acknowledging their contributions to America. The American Library[Read More…]

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Canada Post issues stamps that honor black hockey league

Canada’s black hockey league started before the National Hockey League   Canada Post, the country’s equivalent to the U.S. Postal Service, has issued a stamp, honoring the country Coloured Hockey League, which was established in 1917, 22 years before the National Hockey League. The stamps feature images of the players from the Colored Hockey League, which operated from 1865 to[Read More…]

Black cop charged with shooting to death handcuffed African-American prisoner inside a police car

  By Frederick H Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Prince George’s County, Maryland, police have arrested an African American officer in the deadly shooting of a handcuffed black prisoner sitting inside a police cruiser. Police charged Corporal Michael Owen, Jr., a 10-year department veteran, with second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, first degree assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime[Read More…]

California legislators seek a posthumous pardon for civil rights icon Bayard Rustin

Two members of the California General Assembly have mailed a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom requesting that he issue a posthumous pardon to Bayard Rustin, the brilliant organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, and for a time a close confidant and strategist of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Police arrested Rustin in January 1953 engaging in sex with men[Read More…]

Browns name youngest president of football operations in NFL history

The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday named Andrew Berry, executive vice president for football operations and general manager, making him the youngest person to achieve that position in the NFL history and only the second African American to currently hold the job in the league. The 32-year-old Berry returned to Cleveland after holding a similar position with the Philadelphia Eagles. “We[Read More…]

NEWS UPDATE : Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others killed in a helicopter crash

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and Gianna, his 13-year old daughter, were among nine people killed today in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Initially, there were reports that five people were aboard the helicopter. Later at a news conference, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said nine people including the pilot were[Read More…]

Portraits of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will begin 5-city tour in Chicago

Portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will go on display at the Art Institute of Chicago as the first stop in a five-city tour beginning in the summer of 2021. Chicago is where the Obamas began their historical ascension to the White House. The paintings, on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, are[Read More…]

African Americans see housing affordability as the top issue

Lowering the cost of health care is number two issue of importance to blacks   Black voters and non-registered black voters consider housing affordability their top priority, according to a survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Third Way. Housing affordability is an especially important issue for blacks since 40 percent of the nation’s homeless population[Read More…]

Report: Saudi Crown Prince put spyware in Jeff Bezos’s cell phone

Two special Rapporteurs suggested in a statement that a WhatsApp account belonging to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman was used to deploy spyware on the cellphone of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and owner of the Washington Post. The spyware’s function was either to influence, if not silence the newspaper’s reporting on the Saudi Kingdom.” “The allegations reinforce other reporting[Read More…]