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Frederick Douglass Statue Erected in the U.S Capitol

Frederick Douglass Statue Erected in the U.S Capitol

The unveiling of a statue to honor abolitionist Frederick Douglass, sometimes called the “father of the civil rights movement,” drew hundreds of people to the U. S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall June 19. It is the 101st statue erected in the Capitol Visitors Center, but only the fourth in honor of an African-American. While each state […]

Dr. Frank Royal A Player in Smithfield-China Deal

Dr. Frank Royal A Player in Smithfield-China Deal

“It’s fine.” That’s how Richmond physician Frank S. Royal views the global transaction involving Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc., the worlds’s largest pork producer and processor known for such brands as Armour, Gwaltney and Farmland. That’s to be expected. Dr. Royal, 73, is among the company decision-makers who stamped their approval on the $4.7 billion sale […]

Al Jazeera America to Air Current Affairs Show With Kim Bondy

Al Jazeera America to Air Current Affairs Show With Kim Bondy

Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch later this year, announced Thursday that a one-hour current affairs magazine program called “America Tonight” will be at the heart of its daily schedule. Former CNN executive producer Kim Bondy will be America Tonight’s senior executive producer. Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha and Christof […]

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker (Courtesy Photo/Facebook) The Anti-Defamation League on June 18 derided Pulitzer Prize-winning author and essayist Alice Walker over the “fervently anti-Jewish ideas” that they say permeates her latest book. Walker’s The Cushion in the Road, a series of essays on varying topics, contains an 80-page “screed” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that uses “extremely vitriolic and hateful […]

Black Writer Named to Second Term as the Nation’s Poet Laureate

Black Writer Named to Second Term as the Nation’s Poet Laureate

African-American poet Natasha Trethewey has been reappointed to another term as Poet Laureate of the United States, “the nation’s official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans,” according to the Library of Congress. Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta, is also serving a four-year […]

Black Filmmakers to Carve Niche in South Florida’s Film Industry

Black Filmmakers to Carve Niche in South Florida’s Film Industry

FEC to meet minds on fostering Black movie presence Black filmmakers and TV producers will meet during a power packed session to discuss making their mark in the booming television and film industry in South Florida. On the heels of one of the largest Black film festivals, members of the Florida Entertainment Connection [FEC] will […]

A Hard Head Makes a Soft Behind

A Hard Head Makes a Soft Behind

“Stop that! I’m not going to tell you again.” I am sure many of you have heard your parents say those words more than once. Why? Because you always repeated what they told you not to do, right? Now that we are adults ourselves, some of us who are consciously aware of the state of […]

Judge Accused of Making Racial Comments Under Review

Judge Accused of Making Racial Comments Under Review

A council of federal judges in Washington will look into a misconduct complaint against a conservative judge who’s alleged to have made racially discriminatory comments. Judge Edith Jones of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allegedly said at a speech in February that were racially offensive to Blacks and Latinos. On Wednesday, […]

Snowden Case: Is VP Cheney the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?

Snowden Case: Is VP Cheney the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?

NEWS ANALYSIS “But over time that awareness of wrongdoing sort of builds up and you feel compelled to talk about (it)… eventually you realize that these things need to be determined by the public and not by somebody who was simply hired by the government.” – Excerpt from Edward Snowden’s Interview with the Guardian Edward […]

African-American Actors Take Center Stage at 2013 Tony Awards by Marc Morial

African-American Actors Take Center Stage at 2013 Tony Awards by Marc Morial

“I’m the sole surviving member of my immediate family. I’ve asked myself over and over again why. I now know why.” Cicely Tyson, 2013 Tony Award, Best Actress in a Play On June 9th, Cicely Tyson became only the third African-American woman in the 67-year history of the Tony Awards to win top honors for […]