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African American news for the week of April 16, 2015

A seventh grader at Berry Middle School in Birmingham—13-year-old James Strong—has been named as the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Alabama Champion. The teen will serve as a fundraising and awareness ambassador for all children treated at the North American ...

African American news for the week of April 9, 2015.

An inmate who spent nearly 30 years on death row was released last week after it was revealed there wasn't enough evidence to link him to two murders. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro dismissed the case against Anthony ...

African American news for the week of April 2, 2015.

Early last week, “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson was up in arms declaring that her son, Marcel, had been racially profiled in Glendale. She said her 20-year-old would be transferring from USC to Howard University as a result of the ...

African American news for the week of March 26, 2015.

The University of Alabama has elected its first Black student government association (SGA) president in four decades. Elliot Spillers said he was “shocked and thankful” for the honor. This will be the junior from Pelham’s first elected position within the ...

African American news for the week of March 19, 2015.

Pelican Bay prisoners named as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the use of solitary confinement in California gained a victory last week when U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of a motion filed for the plaintiffs. ...

Across Black America week of March 12

President Barack Obama led thousands, including political dignitaries (such as former President George W. Bush) and Civil Rights activists, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, marking the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” The president walked hand in hand with ...

African American news for the week of February 26, 2015.

Republicans have elected a woman and Black man to head the party’s hierarchy in the state. Terry Lathan of Mobile has been elected chairwoman and Troy Towns as the Alabama Republican Party’s vice chairman. The move comes at a time ...

Across Black American Week of Feb. 19

A Madison police officer has been charged with assault and was fired after an incident where he threw a man from India to the ground so harshly that the man may end up paralyzed. In addition, the man has filed ...

African American news for the week off Feb. 12, 2015

The national gay rights group Freedom to Marry has begun running an ad across Alabama featuring a female Black couple with the slogan, “All families deserve respect.” Alabama has a history against gay marriage. That changed, at least legally, on ...

African American news for the week of February 5, 2015.

Last week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, welcomed Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at a reception on Capitol Hill hosted in conjunction with Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) ...

African American news for the week of Jan. 29, 2015.

Rep. Maxine Waters has been honored by the YoYo School of Hip Hop, founded by Grammy-nominated rapper Yolanda “YoYo” Whitaker, during its semi-formal “I Have a Dream” Winter Affair in support of the school’s summer program based in Los Angeles ...

African American news for the week of Jan. 22, 2015.

Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor and once a presidential hopeful, says that President Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle should not let their daughters listen to hip hop, and in particular Beyoncé. Huckabee said on ABC’s “This Week” that ...

African American news for the week of Jan. 15, 2015.

San Francisco-based Walker & Company has a mission: To solve minority health and beauty issues. The company’s mission came about after company owner Tristan Walker got tired of razor bumps after using products not exactly designed for Black skin. After ...

African American news for the week of Dec. 18, 2014.

An Auburn University student who was also on the football team was murdered last Sunday morning. Jakell Lenard Mitchell, 18, died from gunshot wounds to the chest. Police have arrested 22-year-old Markale Deandra Hart of nearby Camp Hill and charged ...

African American news for the week of Dec. 11, 2014.

Another Black man has died at the hands of a White police officer, this time in Phoenix. Rumain Brisbon, 34, was shot and killed last week during what is being called a drug bust by participating officers. A father of ...

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