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LA County Wants to Right 'Terrible Wrong' Done to Black Family in 1924

Family was forced to give up beachfront land

(Newser) - Los Angeles county officials may return a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago. Manhattan Beach used eminent domain in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city's first Black landowners, off the land where they lived. The couple also ran a...

Minorities Disproportionately Hospitalized With COVID: CDC

Black, Hispanic, Native Americans hospitalized at 4 times the rate of non-Hispanic whites

(Newser) - Minorities continue to be hit especially hard by the coronavirus, with hospitalizations at four times the rate of white people over eight months, according to the CDC . There were 70,825 hospitalizations reported to the CDC from March 1 to Nov. 7, reports CNN , and the age-adjusted hospitalization rate for...

City in Turmoil Embraces 'Fresh Approach to Policing'

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan will be Rochester's first female police chief

(Newser) - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren tapped a Black woman to become the new interim city police chief, saying Saturday she will bring a "fresh approach to policing" amid the tumultuous aftermath to Daniel Prude’s death, the AP reports. Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, who retired from the department in 2009 as a...

Trump to Black Americans: Here's My 'Platinum Plan'

And he claims Joe Biden has hurt Black communities

(Newser) - President Trump took aim at Black voters Friday by offering a new multi-billion-dollar plan and taking a jab at his Democratic rival, CNN reports. "No one in politics today has done more to hurt the Black community than Joe Biden," Trump said at a campaign event in Atlanta....

'Anxiety' Stirs 2 Women to Take a Very Bold Step

Ashley Scott and Renee Walters are creating the Freedom Georgia Initiative

(Newser) - Welcome to the Freedom Georgia Initiative. So far it's just 96 acres of dirt roads and trees, but two pioneering women foresee much more: a safe space for Blacks in trying times, CNN reports. "I'm hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of...

Unions Threaten Work Stoppages Over BLM

'The status quo ... is clearly unjust, and it cannot continue'

(Newser) - Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice. In a statement first shared with the AP , labor leaders who represent teachers, autoworkers, truck drivers,...

She Lied About Being Black. Now, GWU Takes Action

Jessica Krug's students are in need of a new professor

(Newser) - A professor who admitted to lying about her Blackness won't be teaching this semester at George Washington University, the Washington Post reports. Jessica Krug, who taught African and Latin American studies, is being replaced but hasn't yet been fired. "We certainly want the classes to continue, and...

Video: Cops Put Hood on Black Man. He Didn't Survive

Daniel Prude's family bring his death to the public eye

(Newser) - A Black man who had run naked through the streets of a western New York city died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head, then pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes, according to video and records released Wednesday by the...

Police Shoot Black Man Armed With Knife '11 Times'

The killing is under investigation in Louisiana

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana shot and killed a man as he tried to enter a convenience store with a knife, authorities said Saturday per the AP . The shooting was captured on video (WARNING: graphic images) and the state ACLU condemned what it described as a "horrific and deadly incident of...

A Big First for Amazon's Elite Executive 'S-Team'

Alicia Boler Davis is the first Black member of the prestigious group that advises Jeff Bezos

(Newser) - Amazon's prestigious "S-team" (short for "senior team"), a group of execs that advises CEO Jeff Bezos, just achieved a big first. Per Business Insider , three members have been added to the elite group, and one of them is Alicia Boler Davis, who joined the company last...

Father Can't Explain Why Suspect Shot His 5-Year-Old

'There wasn't anything between me and him,' says Austin Hinnant

(Newser) - A North Carolina father says his 5-year-old boy was killed by their neighbor for no apparent reason—the day after the two men had dinner together, the Washington Post reports. Austin Hinnant says he was grilling chicken at his Wilson home last Saturday when he saw his neighbor of 8...

Trooper Charged With Murder Over Man 'Shot in the Face'

Jacob Gordon Thompson, 27, was placed under arrest

(Newser) - A Georgia state trooper was fired and charged with murder Friday a week after he shot a 60-year-old man who tried to flee a rural traffic stop, authorities said. The president of Georgia's NAACP chapter called the slaying of Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis another chilling example of a Black...

Disney Wouldn't Air This Episode—Until Now

Episode of 'black-ish' about Trump finds a home on Hulu

(Newser) - A politically charged episode of black-ish from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on Hulu, a corporate sibling of the Disney-owned broadcast network, the AP reports. "I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves," series creator Kenya Barris posted Monday...

Black Mom, 4 Kids Out for Salon Day Now Getting a Police Apology

Children were handcuffed, made to lie on ground during stolen-vehicle mix-up in Aurora, Colo.

(Newser) - The same Colorado police department involved in the death of Elijah McClain now has a new controversy on its hands—this time involving a Black family pulled over for an allegedly stolen vehicle. Per the Denver Post , Brittney Gilliam had taken her nieces, sister, and daughter out to get their...

US Navy Gets Its First Black Female Fighter Pilot
A New First for the US Navy

A New First for the US Navy

Meet Lieutenant Madeline Swegle, the Navy's first Black female fighter pilot

(Newser) - Lieutenant Madeline Swegle made headlines Friday by becoming the first Black female tactical aircraft pilot in US Navy history, CBS News reports. The trailblazer received her Wings of Gold along with 25 classmates at a graduation ceremony at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. "I'm excited to...

DNA Slavery Study Yields Suprises
DNA Slavery Study
Yields Surprises
NEW STUDY

DNA Slavery Study Yields Surprises

More enslaved people came to the US from Nigeria than previously thought, researchers say

(Newser) - Using historical records has been the most traditional way to shed light on the dark stain of slavery in the United States. Now, per new research that the Scientist calls "the largest DNA study to examine African ancestry in the Americas," gene analysis is helping put more pieces...

Activist's Statue Only Lasts for 24 Hours

The city of Bristol removes 'A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)'

(Newser) - First, a slave trader. Then a black activist. Now a pedestal in Bristol, England is empty again after the city took down the activist's statue on Thursday morning, Sky News reports. "This morning we removed the sculpture," the City Council said in a statement. "It will...

San Franciso Changes Its Mind About Mug Shots

City has stopped releasing them to the public

(Newser) - San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city's police chief announced Wednesday, the AP reports. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said...

The Simpsons Makes a Big Announcement

Looks like characters of color will be played by new actors

(Newser) - Producers of The Simpsons relented Friday and said they will no longer let white actors play non-white characters, the BBC reports. The move follows years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria playing the voice of Indian-American character Apu, a role Azaria dropped in January, saying he found it "...

Princeton to Pull President's Name From Policy School

Woodrow Wilson barred black students and spoke approvingly of the KKK

(Newser) - Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name. University president Christopher Eisgruber said in a letter to the school...

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