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Serena Williams Named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Serena Williams has been named Sports Illustrated 2015 Sportsperson of the Year by a nose.

Williams, the world’s no. 1 ranked tennis’ player, won 53 of her 56 matches and three of the four Grand Slam events. Williams, 34, is the first African-American woman to win the award solo.

Williams defeated American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, even though Sports Illustrated readers who voted in a poll favored American Pharoah.

Black Immigration Network to host important call

The Black Immigration Network on Friday, December 18, will host the International Migrants Day Kinship Action Call.

The call, scheduled to begin at noon Eastern Standard Time, will enable callers to hear from leaders in the U.S., Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss the importance of uniting people of African descent throughout the diaspora to create a global movement for Black Liberation.

The Black Immigration Network (BIN) is a national network of people and organizations serving black immigrant and African- American communities who are focused on supporting fair and just immigration, as well as economic and social policies that benefit these communities and all communities of color in order to create a more just and equitable society. A record 3.8 million black immigrants now live in the United States.

To participate in the call, you must register at Go to latest news and click on Connecting the Diaspora on International Migrants Day.

Turner finally elected Houston mayor

Sylvester Turner is the poster child for “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

Sylvester Turner
Sylvester Turner

Turner, who was elected mayor of Houston in a photo finish runoff Saturday, won the top political office in the nation’s fourth-largest city after seeking the job for nearly two decades.

Turner took 51 percent of the vote to defeat Bill King, a Republican businessman. King later conceded the election that night.

In 1991, Turner, a state legislator, lost the race for mayor.

In 2003, Turner ran to succeed Lee Brown, Houston’s first black mayor, but he didn’t make it to the runoff. Brown was elected in 1997.

Turner will be sworn into office  in January.

Derrick Henry wins Heisman Trophy

Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry

University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry was named the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, the top award given each year to the best player in college football.

Henry, who is 6′ 3″ and weighs 242 pounds, set a single season rushing record of 1,986 yards in the South Eastern Conference. He is the second Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy winner since Mark Ingram won in 2009.

Henry was officially inducted into the Heisman family on Monday during a dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Florida deputy sheriff indicted

Broward, Fla., deputy sheriff Peter Peraza has been charged with manslaughter for the 2013 shooting death of a black man who was walking home with an unloaded pellet gun.

Peraza shot to death Jermaine McBean, a computer engineer, in the courtyard of the Broward County apartment building where he lived.

Peraza surrendered to police and was released on a $25,000 bond. He has been suspended without pay. Peraza claimed he shot and killed McBean after he disobeyed orders to drop the pellet gun.

It was later learned that McBean was wearing ear buds and didn’t hear the commands.

Peraza won a bravery award for the fatal shooting. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel later said the shooting was a mistake.

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