Tag: Woman

“Serial rapist with a badge” is convicted of raping 8 black women

  by Frederick H. Lowe An Oklahoma City jury convicted one of its former police officers of raping and sexually victimizing eight black women and the police department said it was pleased with the verdict. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted based on the testimony of 13 women who said they were initially afraid to testify against him because he was[Read More…]


Sandra Bland and Jonathan Ferrell

  Editorial Police cutting down our best and brightest By Frederick H. Lowe My heart is broken because Sandra Bland died alone in a Texas jail cell after being arrested for failing to signal a lane change. It wasn’t a major crime, but the police made it into one with a death sentence. Bland, 28, who was from Naperville, Ill.,[Read More…]

New Way to Predict Breast Cancer in African-American Women

    Health It may lead to more black women participating breast-cancer exams By Lisa Chedekel Boston University A new way to predict breast cancer risk may lead to more African-American women taking part in breast cancer prevention trials. Researchers use models to predict risk to determine eligibility for recruitment into prevention trials. The Gail Model, which accurately predicts breast[Read More…]

Weather Report’s Racist Storm

  Racist comments appear on Brazilian television network’s Facebook page after weather report By Alex Miranda Sao Paulo, Brazil—Maria Julia Coutinho, the first black woman to read the weather report on Globo, the major television network in Brazil, was attacked with racist comments and drawings on network’s Facebook page, following a newscast. Coutinho, who is known to her friends as[Read More…]

Bill Cosby Isn’t Laughing

  For comedian Bill Cosby, it’s no longer a laughing matter. Cosby swore in a 2005 deposition that he drugged a woman with Quaaludes before having sex, according to news reports. The comedian, who was 38 or 39 at the time, admitted that he got the Quaaludes because he wanted to have sex with the woman, an unnamed employee of[Read More…]

On Her Toes

  Misty Copeland named Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre On her toes. Ballerina Misty Copeland has been promoted to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African-American woman to hold the position with the New York-based company. American Ballet on Tuesday named Copeland principal dancer along with Stella Abrera of South Pasadena, California. Copeland, who[Read More…]

What Oscar Wants

  Motion Pictures by Frederick H. Lowe After last year’s Academy Awards television broadcast wasn’t nominated for an award because of its lack of diversity and low ratings, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, announced Thursday that a more diverse group of artists and executives have been invited to become members of the[Read More…]

Mental Illness Leads to Jail for Blacks

  Mental Illness Federal legislation introduced to change the way the country treats mental illness by Burney Simpson WASHINGTON—Misdiagnosis and mistreatment of mental health disorders in African Americans contribute to high rates of incarceration and recidivism, an issue that has led a bipartisan group in the U.S. House to introduce a bill designed to reform the way the country treats[Read More…]

A Woman Will Appear on the $10 Bill

  It is less popular than the $20, which is more widely distributed than other banknotes through ATMs By Frederick H. Lowe A woman will appear on the redesigned $10 bill, but not on the more widely distributed $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson, as many had hoped. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced yesterday that a woman will appear[Read More…]

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Historic Park Established

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Congress has voted to establish a national historic park for Harriet Tubman, a conductor on the Underground Railroad. The U.S. Senate voted in December to establish a Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in her former home in Cayuga County, N.Y. and Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she grew up. Congress also passed similar legislation. The[Read More…]