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African trade pact expected to boost the income of participating countries

UN News—The African Continental Free Trade Area represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, broaden economic inclusion and help “expand opportunities for all Africans,” said a World Bank official on Monday, which if fully implemented, could boost regional income by around $450 billion.   By making African countries more competitive and lifting some 68 million people[Read More…]

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New York Police disciplinary records are now on full display

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom, has compiled a database of previously secret New York police disciplinary records obtained from the New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board.  The database is open to the public and can help individuals examine patterns of officer misconduct. “We understand the arguments against releasing this data. But we believe the public[Read More…]

Arkansas senator says slavery was necessary to build the Union

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Republican Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who has introduced legislation to defund   “1619 Project Curriculum” which re-examines the nation’s legacy of slavery, argues slavery was necessary to build the Union.  The proposed legislation is called the “Saving American History Act of 2020.”    The bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate on July 23. “As the[Read More…]

Rev. C.T. Vivian, key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Freedom Rider, author, and a man of courage, has died

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Funeral services will be held Thursday in Atlanta for Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the funeral service will be open only to the immediate family.  The service is scheduled to begin at 11a.m. in Providence Missionary Baptist Church. It will be[Read More…]

Black men face high discrimination and depression, even as their education and incomes rise

By The Conversation Are you a highly educated and relatively wealthy Black man in the U.S.? Studies that we have done and also those by others show that you are at increased risk of discrimination and depression. Our research on the intersection of race and gender in the U.S. shows that while education and income reduce the risk of discrimination and depression for whites and Black[Read More…]

Bahamas closes borders to U.S. to fight Covid-19

Bahamian Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on Monday the island nation will ban commercial flights from the United States to protect the country from the spread of Covid-19, which is out of control in the U.S. despite comments President Trump’s declaration to the contrary. However, international commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union will be[Read More…]

Will Congressman Lewis’ death give new energy to passage of a restored Voting Rights Bill?

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The recent death of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who spent much his life fighting for voting rights, is expected to give supporters incentive for the restoration of key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. There is hope that with a strong turnout, Democrats[Read More…]

Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Reigning Formula One driving champion Lewis Hamilton led from the pole position in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix to win his 86th race, closing in on Michael Schumacher’s record-setting 91 career victories. Hamilton crossed the finish line in Budapest nine seconds ahead of Max Verstappen, who drives for Honda.  Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third. Hamilton has taken the checkered[Read More…]