Melvin Williams, inspiration for ‘The Wire,’ dead at 73

Melvin Douglas Williams, the legendary drug kingpin and hustler who inspired the

Russell Simmons Speaks Out on RushCard Glitch

Russell Simmons hasn’t slept much since news broke in mid-October that users of his RushCard couldn’t access their own money and were locked out of their accounts, due to a computer glitch, leaving some unable to make rent payments, pay ...

Officer Charged with Murder in McDonald case

After a year-long investigation, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office has filed first-degree murder charges against a Chicago Police officer accused of shooting a 17-year-old teen 16 times without provocation.

Across Black America

Alabama An 8-year-old boy has been charged in the beating death of a 1-year-old girl, and the mother of the little girl is being charged with manslaughter as well. According to police, the mother and her girlfriend went to a ...

Veterans Day employment report: vet unemployment rate Lower than national average

Veterans of the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made tremendous strides over the last four years when it comes to employment. While they are doing better as a group than the overall population, a new analysis of ...

Russell Simmons, RushCard facing federal scrutiny

Former music mogul Russell Simmons is currently on a mission to get his stellar reputation among African Americans back on track after the RushCard program he backed crashed temporarily last month, causing thousands of customers to have to operate without ...

Bill Cosby faces new allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior

Three more women came forward publicly Wednesday to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually inappropriate behavior, creating yet another wave of allegations that the comedian abused his power by drugging and assaulting women.

Could a Facebook 'Dislike' button backfire among teens?

I admit, it is more than a little strange to "Like" a Facebook post where a friend shares tragic news such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a pet.

Joyce Mitchell, who aided prison break, going to prison herself

Joyce Mitchell, who helped two convicted murderers escape an upstate New York prison in June, is headed to prison herself, as the judge said he didn't find her explanation credible.

Walter Scott shooting case: Court documents reveal new details

Should the former police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man in South Carolina have the chance to get out of jail on bond?

Official: 10 dead in Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon plane crashes

Three small airplanes crashed this long Labor Day weekend from North Carolina to Oregon, leaving 10 people dead and pressing questions about what happened in each case, a government official said Monday.

Caller to Colorado police threatens to start shooting officers

Denver area law enforcement agencies are on alert after someone called the Aurora police department's 911 center and threatened to start shooting officers.

Pope Francis makes annulment of marriages cheaper and easier

Pope Francis on Tuesday radically revised the process by which Catholics may annul their marriages, streamlining steps that many in the church considered too cumbersome and costly.

Amelia Boynton Robinson, civil rights icon, dead at 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson, the civil rights activist who was almost beaten to death during the “Bloody Sunday” march in 1965 in Selma, Ala., and the first African American woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died early Wednesday at age ...

What hip-hop lyrics tell us about Hillary Rodham Clinton

In her starring role in Robin Thicke's newest single "Back Together," rapper Nicki Minaj name drops Hillary Clinton: "Used to call me Hillary cause I ride 'em," which is a play off of Hillary Clinton's maiden name, "Rodham."