NYT Report: 1.5 Million Black Men Missing from American Society

There are 1.5 million African-American men between the ages of 24 and 54, the critical earnings age range, missing daily from American life because of mass incarceration, higher death rates and overseas military deployment, according to a report released by The New York Times. The study, headlined “1.5 million Black Men, Missing From Daily Life,” notes, however, the gender gap[Read More…]

Everyone Can’t Be a Successful Rapper Like Jay-Z, but He Can Help You Pay for a College Education

Here is a head start for next year. Successful rapper and businessman Jay-Z is offering high school students or incoming college freshmen scholarships through his Shawn Carter Foundation.  Jay-Z’s birth name is Shawn Carter. The scholarship fund provides money to students who have either graduated from high school or earned a G.E.D. The student must have a 2.0 GPA, a[Read More…]

Barry Bonds’ Lawyers Swing for the Fences and overturn his Conviction

By Frederick H. Lowe Lawyers for Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s greatest home run hitter, knocked one out of the park for the slugger, enabling him to cross home plate into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In a 77-page opinion on Wednesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his 2011 obstruction of justice conviction; the court also ruled[Read More…]

Police Beat

Blown Cases, Deaths in Custody and Beatings CHICAGO — A Cook County, IL. judge on Monday dismissed manslaughter charges against an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman before the cop’s defense had even put on its case. In a directed verdict, Judge Dennis J. Porter ruled that officer Dante Servin was not guilty of[Read More…]

Loretta Lynch was Sworn in Monday as U.S. Attorney General

The U.S. Senate approved her nomination on Thursday Loretta Elizabeth Lynch was sworn in Monday as the nation’s 83rd U.S. Attorney General and the first African-American woman to head the U.S. Justice Department (see today’s video). The U.S. Senate voted 56 to 43 on Thursday to confirm Lynch. When the vote was announced, ending the five-month delay, the gallery burst[Read More…]

In My Father’s House, 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

By Natalie Lally, Tribeca Film Festival Correspondent “A powerful, relevant film for these times” NEW YORK — Inside a world of alcoholism, homelessness, and abandonment, directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg reconnect rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith with his absentee father, who had left him more than 25 years ago. A true coming of age film, Smith rights the wrongs he[Read More…]

Historical Marker on Wall Street to Acknowledge the Slave Trade

New York City officials will install a marker on Wall Street, finally acknowledging the city’s role in the slave trade. The marker will be unveiled Juneteenth (June 19th), which was the day in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and told the slaves that the Civil War had ended and they were free. June 19th, 2015,[Read More…]

Hurston/Wright Foundation Announced Its 2015 Legacy Award Nominees

The Zora Neal Hurston and Richard Wright Foundation, which celebrates writing by African American authors, has announced the 2015 nominees for its Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. The awards are given for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The nominees for poetry are:”Revising the Storm” by Geffrey Davis, “We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters” by Brian Gilmore, “Digest” by Gregory Pardio, “The Essential Hits of[Read More…]

Hamilton Burns up the Desert

Lewis Hamilton, the reigning Formula 1 world driving champion, won Sunday’s Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, making it his third win in four races during the 2015 racing season. Hamilton, a black Englishman, who drives for Mercedes, finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who drives for Ferrari, and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished third. Hamilton started from the pole position[Read More…]