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London Breed Makes History as New SF Mayor

She's city's first-ever black female mayor

(Newser) - San Francisco Supervisor London Breed emerged victorious Wednesday to become the city's first African-American woman mayor after narrowly defeating a rival who was seeking to become the first openly gay man in the position. It took eight days of counting after Election Day for Breed to build a large... More »

White Yale Student Calls Cops on Black Student for Napping

Police arrived after Lolade Siyonbola was discovered snoozing in a common area

(Newser) - A white graduate student at Yale called police on a black graduate student who'd fallen asleep in a common area of their campus residence—an episode that a dean said shows the need for efforts to make the Ivy League university a more inclusive place, Per the AP , Lolade... More »

University Apologizes to Black Grads for 'Aggressive' Usher

University of Florida students were manhandled off stage

(Newser) - The University of Florida has apologized to black students who were manhandled off the stage by an aggressive usher at a commencement ceremony Saturday. Students say they were grabbed and shoved down the stage when they performed quick celebratory dances, with the usher apparently singling out African-American students, CNN reports.... More »

Eatery That Asked Patron to Prepay Now to Pay Him $7.8K

Emile Wickham says his group was racially profiled in Chinese restaurant; tribunal agrees

(Newser) - A Toronto eatery tried to tell Emile Wickham it was standard operating procedure to ask for prepayment before his meal—but that didn't fly with Wickham, nor with the Canadian tribunal that ruled in his favor in April and awarded him $7,800. Per ABC News , Wickham and three... More »

Rookie Model Nabs SI Swimsuit Issue Cover

Danielle Herrington, 24, is also the 3rd black woman to grace Swimsuit Issue's cover

(Newser) - Danielle Herrington is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model for 2018. The magazine revealed its swimsuit edition cover Tuesday. Herrington is the third black woman to appear on the cover of the annual issue that launched in 1964, the AP reports. Beyonce appeared on the cover in 2007, while... More »

She's First African-American Woman With $1B Business

Janice Bryant Howroyd made it big with employment agency Act-1

(Newser) - Familiar with the name Janice Bryant Howroyd? There's a reason the 65-year-old comes in at No. 4 on a CNBC list of black women who have changed the world of business. Howroyd, it turns out, is the first African-American woman to run a company that generates more than $1... More »

One Woman's Story Illustrates Jarring Stat for Black Women

They are 3 to 4 times more likely to die in or after childbirth than white women

(Newser) - The maternal mortality rate in the US is much higher than in other affluent countries, and a ProPublica story examines a major reason why: Black women in particular die far more often—at three or four times the rate—than white women in or after childbirth. Here is one way... More »

Cub Scout's Questions for Lawmaker Get Him Kicked Out of Den

His mom says den leader was not a fan of 11-year-old's line of questioning

(Newser) - A Colorado state senator was visiting, and Ames Mayfield had questions for her. Specifically, questions about gun control, as well as comments the lawmaker made back in 2013 regarding black people. As a result, Ames was kicked out of the organization that Sen. Vicki Marble was visiting. That organization is... More »

First Black Woman to Lead West Point Cadets: 'Humbling'

Simone Askew has assumed duties as first captain of the Long Gray Line

(Newser) - Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the US Military Academy. After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the gray stone academic complex at West Point with 1,200 new cadets she led through the rigors of basic training... More »

Amazon Plans Rival to HBO's Confederate

'Black America' will focus on 'New Colonia,' secured by freed slaves after Reconstruction

(Newser) - A sovereign nation called New Colonia—made up of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, acquired by former black slaves after Reconstruction in a reparations deal—has maintained a "tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship" with "Big Neighbor," the remainder of the United States. That's the... More »

Name Change Coming for Controversial Fla. Streets

Names of Confederate generals in African-American neighborhood are being nixed

(Newser) - City commissioners in Florida have agreed to begin the process of changing the names of streets named for Confederate generals in the heart of an African-American neighborhood. During a contentious three-hour meeting Monday, the Hollywood City Commission voted 5-2 to begin renaming Lee Street, named after Confederate Gen. Robert E.... More »

HIV Rate Could Hit 50% for Gay and Bisexual Black Men in US

HIV rate for gay, bisexual black men in US higher than any country in world

(Newser) - In 1981, the very first report on AIDS detailed five cases in gay white men. It left out a sixth case: that of a gay black man. The doctor behind the report now says that exclusion "might've made a difference." The HIV rate in gay and bisexual... More »

A Hollywood First, Thanks to Get Out's Jordan Peele

First African-American writer-director whose debut movie hit $100M

(Newser) - Get Out is the fastest film in the Blumhouse movie production company's portfolio to reach $100 million, hitting that mark in just 16 days (the previous record-holder was Split in 19 days), Deadline notes. The movie's director, Jordan Peele, has also claimed a milestone, reports the Wrap... More »

Ta-Nehisi Coates Reflects on Obama's Place in History

Atlantic writer says he's one of our greatest presidents

(Newser) - In the new Atlantic cover story, one of the nation's most prominent black voices provides a lengthy assessment of the nation's first black president. The 17,000-word piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates makes clear that Coates considers Obama a man worthy of high esteem. After noting that Obama's... More »

10 Worst Cities for African Americans

Peoria, Ill., tops the list

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the worst US cities for African-Americans, by comparing income, poverty, and education levels, as well as rates of homeownership, unemployment, incarceration, and mortality, to those of white Americans. The 10 worst: More »

Trump Offers 'New Deal' for Black Americans

He praises Newt Gingrich for Megyn Kelly interview

(Newser) - Donald Trump's poll numbers among black Americans are abysmal—he's polling at around half the 6% Mitt Romney received in 2012—but he hasn't given up trying. On Wednesday, he offered a "new deal for black America" in a policy-heavy speech delivered to what the Washington ... More »

Blacks Should Get Reparations From US: UN Panel

Experts say it's only right after history of 'racial terrorism'

(Newser) - While officials in Barcelona lobby to replace what they say is a symbol of oppression and slavery , a United Nations panel is calling on the United States to offer reparations to black people for the country's history of "racial terrorism," per the Washington Post . In a nonbinding... More »

Can Blacks 'Get a Little' Ahmad Rahami Treatment?

Meaning not getting gunned down whenever cops want to talk or apprehend them: Shaun King

(Newser) - Shaun King is relieved cops caught New York/New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami Monday. And he calls it "amazing" in his essay for the New York Daily News that the two police officers in Linden, NJ, who apprehended Rahami were able to bring in the armed 28-year-old alive, all... More »

Trump: War Zones Are Safer Than US Inner Cities

Democrats have completely failed, he says

(Newser) - "Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities," Donald Trump said at a rally in Ohio Monday night, urging minority voters to give him a chance to change things. Murder rates are up "all over the place," he told the Akron crowd, saying "war zones... More »

GMA Co-Anchor Sorry for Saying 'Colored People' on Air

Amy Robach says she meant to say 'people of color'

(Newser) - Good Morning America co-anchor Amy Robach has apologized for saying "colored people" on Monday's broadcast of the ABC program, the AP reports. During a segment on diversity in Hollywood, Robach, who was substituting for Robin Roberts, noted recent criticism for casting white actors "in what one might... More »

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