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Hamilton wins in Spain

Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, becoming the first repeat winner in Barcelona in 11 years. Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes, defeated Ferrari’s, Sebastian Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo, who drives for Red Bull Racing, finished third. This was Hamilton’s second victory of the 2017 Formula 1 racing season. He also won the Chinese Grand Prix on April 9.



Memorial services scheduled

Separate memorial services are scheduled for New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam and Eddie Williams, former president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington, D. C.-based think for black elected officials. Mr. Williams, who was 84, died May 8.

Eddie Williams
Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Services for Mr. Williams will be held at 11 a.m. May 20th in Dunbarton Chapel at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Services for Judge Abdus-Salaam will held at noon on May 26 in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. in New York City. The fully clothed body of Judge Abdus Salaam was found floating in the Hudson River near her home.  Foul play has been ruled out by police.

Judge Abdus Salaam was the first Muslim judge in the country and the first black woman to sit on the New York Court of Appeals.


Blacks jailed for life

The Sentencing Project reported that one in five African Americans in prison is serving a life or a virtual life sentence. In Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi and South Carolina, two-thirds or more of the life-serving inmates are African American.

A virtual life sentence is a sentence of 50 years or more, according to Sentencing Project’s report “Still Life: America’s Increasing Use of Life and Long-Term Sentences.”  The study reported that a record 206,268 people are serving life with parole, life without parole or virtual life sentences.



Support for black men enrolled in community colleges

The Minority Male Community College Collaborative has launched the National Consortium on College Men of Color (M2C3) to assist black men and other men of color enrolled in community colleges. The collaborative reports that 17% of black men enrolled in two-year colleges either earn a certificate, a degree or transfer to a four-year school.

M2C3 has partnered with more than 45 colleges in eight states, leading to enhanced professional development of faculty and staff and interventions programs serving men of color.

To learn more about the consortium, contact Soua Xiong, M2C3 coordinator at The consortium has scheduled its annual conference for June 8 and 9 in the Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University, San Diego, Calf.




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