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Most Blacks Change Their Mind About OJ

Has Simpson's public image changed that much?

(Newser) - Anyone who was around during OJ Simpson's murder trial will recall how it divided blacks and whites—and may be surprised that most blacks today say OJ was probably guilty, Five Thirty-Eight reports. Some 57% of blacks say OJ likely did kill ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend... More »

Guy at Trump Rally: I'm His 'African American'

Gregory Cheadle seems happy to be noticed

(Newser) - Gregory Cheadle says he didn't mind a bit when Donald Trump called him "my African American over there." In fact, he tells the Redding Spotlight , he was happy about it. Cheadle was at a sweltering Trump rally in Northern California on Friday when the presumptive GOP nominee... More »

Black Students Removed From Trump Rally Before It Starts

Campaign denies ordering them out

(Newser) - It's one way to defuse a potential protest: Secret Service ordered a group of black students to leave a Donald Trump rally before it even began on Monday. The 30 or so students were standing together inside the basketball stadium at Georgia's Valdosta State University when they were... More »

Depression as a Black Woman Is Its Own Misery

Samantha Irby writes how it's seen almost as a white privilege

(Newser) - Samantha Irby has written a first-person account of her depression at Cosmopolitan , but her essay tackles it from a unique perspective—what it's like to battle the disease as an African-American woman. The problem is summed up in the headline: "Black Girls Don't Get to Be Depressed.... More »

Rachel Dolezal Comes Clean About Racial Background

Former NAACP leader appears on 'The Real'

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal—the former NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington, who was outed as white in June —admitted today what the world pretty much knew: she was born white. "I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black," she said on... More »

Why Shaq Refused to Work With Starbucks

'That was one of my worst business decisions'

(Newser) - Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal made what sounds like an honest mistake when it came to investing in Starbucks, Fox News reports. Sitting down with sports reporter Graham Bensinger, O'Neal says he rebuffed a business offer from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: "So my agent called me up and... More »

The Man Who Built Sears Built Something Much More Incredible

New documentary explores Julius Rosenwald's philanthropy

(Newser) - Julius Rosenwald is well known as the 20th-century American businessman who co-founded what we now call Sears. But a new documentary by Aviva Kempner explores Rosenwald's lesser-known role as a Jewish philanthropist who brought education to thousands of African-American children at a time when most had no schools to... More »

Rachel Dolezal to Speak ... Eventually

Spokane NAACP meeting scheduled for tomorrow is postponed

(Newser) - Looks like Rachel Dolezal won't speak out publicly just yet after all. The president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP—whose parents say she's white but pretends to be black —will not address the furor around her racial identity tomorrow as planned, the AP reports.... More »

Parents Stunned by Middle School 'Ghetto Awards'

Texas teacher apparently gave them to students

(Newser) - Coming home with an award from school is one thing—bringing home a "ghetto classroom award" signed by your teacher is quite another. "Tears just started falling out of my eyes," Texas resident Debra Jose tells CBS DFW of her grandson's dubious honor. "I was... More »

Town Elects Black Female Mayor, Officials Quit

Tyrus Byrd makes history in Parma, Missouri

(Newser) - Shhh: You might hear a pin drop in the city hall of Parma, Missouri, where top officials and police officers quit after a black woman was elected mayor for the first time, KFVS reports via the Huffington Post . Former city clerk Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as mayor last week,... More »

Bodies in Florida Cemetery Are All Missing

Residents want to know, where did the bodies go?

(Newser) - Florida developers want to build townhouses on a 3-acre plot of land that once housed a black cemetery. But residents are raising a question first: What happened to all the bodies buried there? The Deerfield Beach City Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the development, continuing a 40-year... More »

South's History of 'Racial Terror': 700 Newly Found Lynchings

Equal Justice Initiative documents 3,959 'racial terror lynchings' over 73 years

(Newser) - Lest we forget: The Equal Justice Initiative today released a report that documents 3,959 "racial terror lynchings" throughout 12 Southern states over the 1877 to 1950 period. That's "at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported," reports the EJI... More »

Edward Brooke, First Elected Black Senator, Dies at 95

Massachusetts Republican won Congressional Gold Medal in 2009

(Newser) - The first African American elected to the US Senate has died at age 95. Edward Brooke, a Massachusetts Republican, died of natural causes in Florida, the AP reports. He was elected in 1966 and served two terms as a highly popular politician. That came after he became the first African... More »

Boy Gets Nazi Ring From Vending Machine

4-year-old's mom outraged in Tulsa, Oklahoma

(Newser) - A mom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, got quite the shock when her 4-year-old son popped a quarter in a vending machine at a dollar store and out came a gold-colored, plastic ring—bearing the Nazi symbol of an eagle atop a swastika, Fox 23 reports. "You don't want to... More »

75% of White People Have Zero Minority Friends

Average white person with 100 friends has 1 black friend, survey notes

(Newser) - Three-quarters of white Americans lack any minority friends, a survey finds: Their social networks, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, are "entirely white." The average white person with 100 friends, meanwhile, would have a single black friend, a single Latino friend, one Asian friend, and one mixed-race... More »

Michael Brown Was 'No Angel'? Come On.

New York Times phrasing rankles a few readers

(Newser) - Michael Brown "was no angel," according to a New York Times piece by John Eligon—and the phrasing hasn't gone unnoticed. At Vox , Matthew Yglesias recalls that he himself was hardly a model teen, but "you don't need to be one to survive into adulthood.... More »

Why Blacks Have a Thing About Barbershops

Professor Quincy Mills talks about black-barbershop history

(Newser) - Black barbershops are known for lively conversation on sports, politics, you name it—so of course there's a fascinating history behind them. In an interview with Collectors Weekly , Vassar College history professor Quincy Mills goes over barbershops' key role in black politics and identity, from the pre-Civil War years... More »

It's Time for Reparations for Black Americans

Ta-Nehisi Coates starts the conversation in the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - Ta-Nehisi Coates argues in a lengthy cover story in the Atlantic that America must at long last take up the question of making reparations to black people. He focuses not just on slavery, however, but also on the following 150 years of systemic racism—with banks working in collusion with... More »

Now Under Review: Military Hairstyles

Twists, dreads were largely banned in rules some complain targeted black women

(Newser) - The military increasingly has abandoned its one-size-fits-all haircut as the face of the American soldier has diversified, but new rules on hair sparked a furor amid concerns that they unfairly restricted black women. Now Chuck Hagel has ordered a review "to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our... More »

Why Obama Is First President to Admit, 'I Got High'

It's part of his first tangible move as president to help young black men

(Newser) - In announcing his My Brother's Keeper initiative yesterday to help the nation's young black men, President Obama became the first president to publicly utter the phrase, "I got high," notes an analysis in the Washington Post . Why? Obama wanted to remind the teens behind him at... More »

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