Month: April 2020

Clyburn to chair coronavirus panel

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has named U.S. Rep. James Clyburn chairman of the bipartisan Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Clyburn, Democrat, who represents a congressional district in South Carolina, is House Majority Whip. Speaker Pelosi said the Select Committee will have oversight of the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus/legislation for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security[Read More…]

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HBCUs will honor graduates virtually

A coalition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities will host a virtual graduation ceremony for this year’s HBCU graduates of individual colleges whose graduation ceremonies have been cancelled because of the coronavirus. The National HBCU Commencement Celebration will be streamed live on Essence Studios (www. essencestudios.com) Saturday, May 16, said Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, and[Read More…]

The City of Angels flies in with free Covid-19 tests for all residents

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Los Angeles is living up to its name the “City of Angeles” after announcing that it will be the only American city to offer all residents free Covid-19 tests. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday that Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city with a population of more than 10 million, is now offering the tests[Read More…]

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin released early

  “Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was released early from prison because of the coronavirus. In recent weeks, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government has been strategically releasing non-violent inmates who have completed more than half of their prison sentences,” prison officials explained. Nagin, who served mayor of New Orleans from 2002 to 2012, was sentenced to 10[Read More…]

Trump orders meat processors to stay open

  But large numbers of workers are calling in sick because of Covid-19 By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   President Donald J. Trump Tuesday night signed an executive order requiring meat processors to remain open or to re-open although growing numbers of employees are not coming to work because they fear they and their families will be infected by the[Read More…]

Department of Defense releases UFO videos

The Department of Defense on Monday released three previously classified U.S. Navy videos of unidentified flying objects taken in 2004 and 2015. The Department of Defense referred to the photos, which had been circulating in the public domain, as unidentified aerial phenomena, not UFOs. The government, however, did confirm the videos were indeed Navy videos. The Defense Department said release[Read More…]

Diamond & Silk reportedly out at Fox

Two of President Donald Trump’s most ardent black supporters reportedly have been dumped by Fox News, the president’s mouth-piece network. Diamond & Silk, who had a weekly show on the Fox Nation streaming service, will not be seen or heard from anytime soon, reports the Daily Beast. The duo has not been seen on Fox Nation since March 7 when[Read More…]

Tyson warns of meat shortages

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Tyson Foods this week suspended operations at its largest pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, because of the coronavirus. The suspension came with a warning that this and similar closings elsewhere will lead to shortages of meat in grocery stores. Tyson, which is based in Springdale, Arkansas, laid out the dire warning in a full-page[Read More…]

Tyson Foods suspends operations at its pork processing plant

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Waterloo, Iowa’s mayor, Quentin Hart, applauded Tyson Fresh Meats’ decision to close its pork processing plant  because the spread of coronavirus has significantly reduced the number of its employees showing up for work and because city residents are frightened of the virus spreading further if the plant remains open. Tyson said the facility is[Read More…]