Politics

Irish voters elect a black mayor

  A black man walking through Bridgeport, a heavily Irish neighborhood in Chicago, might well put his life at risk. But in Ireland, it’s a different story. Rotimi Adebari, a Nigerian who arrived in Ireland seven years ago as an asylum-seeker, recently was elected mayor of  Portlaoise, a bustling commuter town west of Dublin. Backed by both the right-wing Fine[Read More…]

Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago mayor

She wants to re-open the city’s mental health clinics Black women now control the four top elected positions in Chicago   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Lori E. Lightfoot was sworn in today as Chicago’s 56th mayor. Lightfoot is the first black woman and the first openly gay person to hold the city’s highest elected office. At her side for[Read More…]

Gillum and Abrams agree their opponents defeated them, but Abrams refuses to concede

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams agreed their opponents defeated them in their respective political races, but Gillum conceded his race on Saturday to Rick DeSantis, but Abrams didn’t concede her race to Brian Kemp. After two weeks of suspenseful vote counting in Florida, where Democrat Gillum ran against Republican DeSantis for governor, Gillum won[Read More…]

Government-sponsored race discrimination has suppressed black homeownership and generational wealth

African-American Real Estate Professionals to Escalate Push for New Policies By Hazel Trice Edney TriceEdneyWire.com – WASHINGTON–Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed by Congress more than 50 years ago, evidence reveals that government-supported racial discrimination in home buying remains rampant across the U.S. – yet, with little legislative remedy or recourse. This is the reason that[Read More…]

Congressional Black Caucus wants marijuana decriminalized

Police arrest blacks at much higher rates than whites for marijuana possession But some blacks are uncomfortable with legalization By Frederick H. Lowe The Congressional Black Caucus announced on Friday its support of decriminalization of marijuana, the centerpiece of the nation’s war on drugs that landed thousands of black men and women in prison until states began legalizing it for[Read More…]

When North Korea and the U.S. meet, will Dennis Rodman be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?

  By Frederick H. Lowe There’s a lot of talk that President Donald Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for opening a dialogue with North Korea and thus lowering world tensions. But others argue that Dennis Rodman deserves that honor, or if Trump receives the coveted award he should share it with Rodman. Rodman, a former NBA star, has been[Read More…]

President Obama Says, ‘Post Racial’ America Was ‘Never Realistic’

By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) — In a tearful televised address before a passionate and exuberant crowd of 18,000 in Chicago, President Barack Obama gave his departing speech Tuesday night, imploring African Americans and others of diverse races and backgrounds to empathize with each other for a “more perfect union.” Amidst the pain of racism and discrimination for Blacks and[Read More…]

Former Philadelphia Congressman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

By Frederick H. Lowe A U. S. District Court judge Monday sentenced former Congressman Chaka Fattah, Sr., to 10 years in prison for his conviction last June on racketeering charges. Judge Harvey Bartle of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia ordered the 60-year-old Fattah to report to prison in January. Fattah represented Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District since 1994 until[Read More…]