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Atlanta mayor tests positive for Covid-19

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Monday that she and her husband have tested positive for Covid-19 although she did not have any symptoms. Bottoms said on MSNBC that the positive test was a “shock.” She said she agreed to get tested because her husband had been sleeping more than usual. “It leaves me for at a loss of words[Read More…]

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Mercedes F1 team supports Black Lives Matter

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team will enter an all-black car for the 2020 racing season as part of the company’s pledge to fight racism and encourage diversity. The team said it has been influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement. At the end of the racing season, which has been delayed by the pandemic, Mercedes-AMG will introduce its diversity[Read More…]

Angela Y. Davis to be honored

Dr. Angela Davis will be honored during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 19 or Juneteenth, by the Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights Institute where the author and activist will receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award. “The Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award is the highest award given by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute that honors outstanding individuals for their significant[Read More…]

Online petition to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of John Lewis

More than 120,575 people so far have signed an online petition calling for the renaming of the Edmund Pettis Bridge, located in Selma, Alabama, where U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Georgia) was nearly beaten death as a student activist in 1965. Lewis, then a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) marched with others who attempted to walk across[Read More…]

Expanding Voter Access in Jails

By The Sentencing Project The vast majority of the 700,000 people incarcerated in jails are eligible to vote because they are either awaiting trial or are serving a sentence for a misdemeanor conviction, but not a felony. Yet few jurisdictions have established a process whereby people in jails can vote. A new report by The Sentencing Project highlights jurisdictions that have adopted[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…]

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…]

Black security guard murdered senselessly

By Frederick Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Calvin Munerlyn, a 43-year-old black security guard and the married father of four, was working at the Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, on May 5th, when he told Brya Shatonia Bishop she was required to wear a protective mask before entering the store because of the retailer’s own regulations and an order by Michigan’s governor.[Read More…]