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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 Ahmaud 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 Ahmaud 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…]

Covid-19 delays legislation that will help wrongfully convicted

The Innocence Project of New Orleans said it will continue its efforts to pass legislation to increase the annual compensation for the wrongfully convicted although state legislators are unlikely to address it this session because of the coronavirus pandemic. State Representatives Tanner Magee and Ted James have been lobbying to pass HB570, which would increase the compensation to $40,000 per[Read More…]

Autographed Air Jordan sneakers sell for more than a half-million dollars at auction

By Frederick H.Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Chicago Bulls and NBA great Michael Jordan’s autographed red and white high-top Nike Air Jordan sneakers soared in price like a crowd-screaming after a three-point shot is made from half-court. The sneakers with the Nike swoosh that Jordan wore in 1985, at the beginning of his career, sold for $560,000 during a 10 day-online auction that[Read More…]

Obama criticizes Trump administration response to the coronavirus

President Trump called his predecessor “grossly incompetent” after former President Barack Obama bashed the administration’s handling of the coronavirus in which more than 90,338 men, women and children in the U.S. have died out of more than 1.5 million confirmed cases. During a virtual speech on Saturday, Obama told graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, “This pandemic has fully,[Read More…]

Christina Swarns to head the Innocence Project

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Christina Swarns, president and attorney-in-charge of the Office of the Appellate Defender, a New York-based institutional provider of appellate defense representation for the indigent, has been named executive director of the Innocence Project. Swarns, who will assume her new position September 8, succeeds Maddy deLone, who served as the Innocence Project’s executive director for[Read More…]

Vote will be held to disband police department that botched the arrest of the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery

A Republican Georgia state senator has introduced a nonbinding referendum that could lead to the abolition of the Glynn County Police Department, which botched the arrest of a father and son who murdered Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through a neighborhood on February 23. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation last week arrested Gregory Michael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, charging[Read More…]