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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…]

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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 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…]

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…]

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…]