Month: May 2020

Cop’s arrest for the murder of George Floyd sparks nationwide protests and more demands

Floyd’s family wants all of the cops arrested and charged with first-degree murder Some police are concerned about the way Floyd died White supremacists are stoking violence By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Hennepin County District Attorney on Friday arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Michael Chauvin, who pressed his knee on the back of the neck of[Read More…]

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World food security increasingly at risk due to climate change impact

      By UN News  Speaking at the launch of a Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva, experts highlighted how the rise in global temperatures, linked to increasing pressures on fertile soil, risked jeopardizing food security for the planet. Humans affect more than 70 per cent of ice-free[Read More…]

Real Men Cook to go virtual

Real Men Cook, which celebrates black fathers on Father’s Day, June 21, will be held virtually this year because  the coronavirus pandemic requires social distancing. This is the 31st year for Real Men Cook, and it will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Board of Directors Real Men Charities, the parent organization of Real Men Cook, will[Read More…]

Former Detroit mayor denied early release

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has turned down former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s request  for early release despite a strong lobbying effort and the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said it reviewed and denied Kilpatrick’s request for early release. Kilpatrick, 49, is serving a 28-year sentence for corruption, and he is scheduled to be released[Read More…]

Company fires white woman who falsely claimed a black man threatened her

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Franklin Templeton, the New York investment firm, on Tuesday fired Amy Cooper, head of insurance investment solutions, after she called the police and lied to them about being threatened by a black man in New York’s Central Park. The man asked her to put a leash on her dog which park regulations required dog owners[Read More…]

Business owner Hecky Powell has died

Hecky Powell, owner of Hecky’s Barbeque, an Evanston, Illinois, institution, and a leading civic leader, died Friday from pneumonia and after being exposed to the coronavirus. He was in his seventies. Mr. Powell opened the take-out restaurant in 1983, successfully serving residents from Chicago, Evanston and the North Shore. The restaurant also offered catering. The restaurant served a wide variety[Read More…]

Brutal beating in Iowa follows the same narrative in the murder of Amaud Arbery in Georgia

Whites claimed both black men were burglars. They weren’t.   The brutal beating of a black man in Iowa follows the same pattern of two other white men taking the law into their own hands and murdering Amaud Arbery, 25, in Georgia earlier this year because they suspected him of burglarizing homes in the neighborhood although police said none had[Read More…]

Substantial investment needed to avert a mental health crisis because of the pandemic

  The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased mental health services because of a massive increase in mental health challenges caused by social isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members, said Dr. Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization. “The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is extremely concerning,” said Dr.[Read More…]

In the Covid-19 pandemic, Birmingham mayor says health comes first

African American essential workers should not die on the front lines By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today Like gingerly placing down a strategic chess piece, Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Randall Woodfin declared mandatory use of face masks would start May1. The 39-year-old African American Democrat, has been dancing a cautious waltz with 75-year-old, white, Republican governor, Kay Ivey, since mid-March when the country[Read More…]