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One year after protests

One year ago, Ferguson, Mo., became the center of the world’s media as widespread protests broke out across the St. Louis area following the death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson. However, the ...

U.S. Department of Education launches Second Chance Pell pilot

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities, the Department of Education this week announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program ...

Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at 22

Two days before she was found face-down in the bathtub at her home outside of Atlanta in January, it seemed like Bobbi Kristina Brown’s career might have been picking up.

Activists pepper sprayed

About a dozen people leaving the first-ever Black Lives Matter conference in Cleveland, Ohio, were blasted with pepper spray after protesting the arrest of a 14-year-old boy accused of being drunk.

Rainbow PUSH, Google address lack of minorities in technology sector

Veteran civil rights campaigner Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Los Angeles last week to raise awareness about the lack of diversity at major technology companies.

First on the agenda for Harris-Dawson: Respecting constituent needs and wants

Talking face-to-face to almost 30,000 voters during the course of a winning political campaign gave newly-elected Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson a very clear picture of some of his constituents' key concerns.

Shawn Prez uses marketing skills he learned under Diddy in corporate America

Shawn Prez has seen the rise of P. Diddy—then known as Puff Daddy or Puffy—from being a hustler who sold records, to a multimillionaire CEO who has a fashion line and liquor company. During the ride, he has experienced the ...

How combat veterans are coping with July Fourth fireworks

Independence Day is often celebrated with delicious food, family get-togethers and Fourth of July fireworks that light up the night.

Feds issue latest drought relief package; farmers may benefit

The Obama Administration this week has unveiled its “Sierra Cascade California Headwaters” package that will direct $130 million toward drought relief. Most of the money will support tree thinning, watershed restoration, streambed improvements and other work that the White House ...

Fireworks on sale in Palmdale June 28

Fireworks will go on sale in Palmdale beginning June 28. The Palmdale city council recently approved permits for 44 nonprofit organizations to sell fireworks; only nonprofits based in Palmdale (or that have more than 50 percent of its membership living ...

Former prisoners struggle with employment, stigma when released

Every year America locks up more than 6 million people, many of them Black men, for lengthy prison sentences. But most of these men and women are eventually released back into their communities, where they face an uphill struggle to ...

African American millionaires: Looking beyond athletes and entertainers

Big time athletes and major entertainers tend to fill out the top spots on any list of African American millionaires. But there are also those who have used their minds to enter the realm of financial security known as the ...

Police Commission finds one LAPD officer unjustified in Ezell Ford shooting

The people have spoken, and it appears that their message was heard loud and clear. After months of protests, mostly by Black residents of Los Angeles, the Police Commission, which is a civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police ...

‘Southern Rites’ documents Georgia community’s struggle with segregation

When photographer and director Gillian Laub returned to Montgomery County, Ga., a small community which held segregated proms until 2009, she was expecting to document racial progress in a region that appeared to be frozen in time. (Laub’s New York ...

Prosecutors get Tamir Rice investigation

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio on Wednesday handed its investigation into the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice to prosecutors.

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