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    Auburn Celebrating Harriet Tubman’s Life As Free Woman For 200th Birthday

    Auburn Celebrating Harriet Tubman’s Life As Free Woman For 200th Birthday

    Auburn, a city in Cayuga County, New York, is known for its arts and culture, but also for its deep connections to abolitionist Harriet Tubman.   As Tubman’s 200th birthday approaches, Auburn is gearing up for a bicentennial celebration honoring her legacy and her life after slavery. The famed Black figure is discussed at lengths in relation to topics like fighting slavery and the Underground Railroad, but the history of her life after freeing other slaves is rarely taught.   RELATED: Ha

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    Lawsuit: Wyoming’s 1st Black Sheriff Aaron Appelhans Fires Racist Deputy 

    Lawsuit: Wyoming’s 1st Black Sheriff Aaron Appelhans Fires Racist Deputy 

    A new federal lawsuit revealed Wyoming’s first Black sheriff fired a white deputy, who is being accused of afflicting a Black subordinate with racist name-calling, leading him to quit, according to The Associated Press.  On one occasion, Cpl. Jamin Johnson, his wife and children were walking out of their home when Albany County Patrol Sgt. Christian Handley shouted a profanity and the N-word at Johnson.  RELATED: Wyoming county elects Aaron Appelhans as first Black sheriff “Mr. Handl

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    Sen. Tim Scott Creates MLK Videos, Calls Out Biden’s Voting Rights Speech

    Sen. Tim Scott Creates MLK Videos, Calls Out Biden’s Voting Rights Speech

    With a video series on issues concerning the Black community, Tim Scott, who is the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, is putting fourth what he believes is a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he can combat, according to The Associated Press.  RELATED: Biden Strongly Pushes for Congress To Pass Voting Rights Bills This method comes with some huge criticism of President Joe Biden’s rhetoric. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he hoped roundtables on issues su

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    Economist Lisa Cook Poised To Become First Black Woman on Fed Board

    Economist Lisa Cook Poised To Become First Black Woman on Fed Board

    President Joe Biden has nominated three people to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, including Lisa Cook, who would be the first African American woman to serve, per Washington Informer.  According to a White House statement, Cook teaches economics and international relations at Michigan State University and previously served on President Obama’s White House Council of Economic Advisers.  RELATED: Tori Cooper Becomes First Black Transgender Woman on Presidential HIV Council   Sh

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    Dr. Bernice King: ‘Voting Is the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy’

    Dr. Bernice King: ‘Voting Is the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy’

    Since 1986, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been observed by Americans, taking place on the third Monday in January. It is a day to celebrate the civil rights icon as he was an advocate for nonviolent protests during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.  Ever since his assassination on April 4, 1968, there was a push to have a federal holiday named in his honor. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law, and it has been observed in all 50 states almost four

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    US Preserving Black Churches Project Receives $20 Million Donation

    US Preserving Black Churches Project Receives $20 Million Donation

    The Lilly Endowment Inc., which supports religious, educational, and humanitarian causes, has donated $20 million to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund as seed money for the Preserving Black Churches Project, per the Associated Press.  Preserving Black Churches is a new initiative to assist historic Black churches in the United States that are both stewarded by active congregations and being adapted for new uses, such as community centers or treatment programs, conserve their

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    An American Hero: Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Dies at 102 

    An American Hero: Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Dies at 102 

    Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee took flight when the world told him the ground was his ceiling because of his skin color.   But McGee’s incomparable contribution to his country is forever inked in the skies. McGee grew another set of wings after passing away Sunday morning at 102.   McGee was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.   FILE- Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman and a decorated veteran of three wars, flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet wi

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    Paramount Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Children of Blood and Bone’

    Paramount Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Children of Blood and Bone’

    Paramount Pictures won a bidding war with the likes of Netflix, Universal and Amazon to acquire the film rights to Tomi Adeyemi’s Young Adult trilogy “Children of Blood and Bone.”.  Adeyemi will have a prominent role in the film adaptation, which included writing the script and executive producing the movie.  “Tomi Adeyemi’s ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ has not only become a phenomenon in the YA world, it has transformed every expectation of what world-building fantasy can be,” said Co-P

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    Iconic Journalist Ida B. Wells Honored With New Barbie Doll

    Iconic Journalist Ida B. Wells Honored With New Barbie Doll

    Ida B. Wells, the famous Black journalist who was known for exposing the horrors of lynching, has been immortalized by Barbie, according to CNN.   The Ida B. Wells doll is the latest addition to Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series, as the Wells doll features the journalist in an 1800s style high neck black dress with her hair piled up on top of her head.  RELATED: Ida B. Wells Monument Unveiled in Chicago, Illinois “Born into slavery, Ida grew to become a journalist, activist, and suff

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    Senate Passes Bill To Honor Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

    Senate Passes Bill To Honor Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

    The Senate passed a bill to give the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was killed by white supremacists in the 1950s, and to Mamie Till-Mobley, his mother who wanted an open casket funeral to highlight the brutality of his murder, according to the Associated Press.  RELATED: 65 years after Till the House makes lynching a federal crime In August of 1955, Till was tortured, abducted and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mi

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    Woman re-arrested for shooting 12-year-old boy one day after she was released on bond

    Woman re-arrested for shooting 12-year-old boy one day after she was released on bond

    A Tennessee woman has found herself locked up again after she allegedly shot a 12-year-old boy just a day after she was released on bond. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the 12-year-old victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg after Latroya Lemons opened fire into a crowd of people on May 11, FOX13 reported. Court documents stated that the shooting occurred just a day after the 35-year-old suspect was released on bond. Lemons was arrested earlier in the week for allegedly threaten

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    Florida man accused of posing as surgeon and swindling over 20 women out of $750K

    Florida man accused of posing as surgeon and swindling over 20 women out of $750K

    A Florida man accused of posing as a prominent surgeon on dating sites and swindling over 20 women out of some $750,000 is expected to plead guilty to the allegations on Thursday, the Miami Herald reported. The accused, identified as 46-year-old Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison on charges of fraud and money laundering. The accused man went by multiple aliases on the dating sites, and his modus operandi involved tricking women to believe he was a s

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    Senegal president throws weight behind PSG player Idrissa Gueye amid homophobia accusations

    Senegal president throws weight behind PSG player Idrissa Gueye amid homophobia accusations

    Senegalese President Macky Sall on Tuesday expressed support for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) player Idrissa Gana Gueye after he was criticized for allegedly sitting out a match because he wanted to avoid wearing a jersey showing support for LGBTQ+ rights. To commemorate May 17’s World Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, clubs in France were encouraged to change the colors on their jersey numbers to a rainbow-design pattern to show support for the community, CNN reported. But

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    ‘He could die’: Mom says her son’s school waited to call 911 after he suffered a stroke

    ‘He could die’: Mom says her son’s school waited to call 911 after he suffered a stroke

    A Boston mother said her 17-year-old son’s school delayed calling 911 after he suffered a stroke. She said they initially contacted her to come and pick him up despite telling them to call the paramedics as she suspected her son could be having a stroke. She now wants answers from the Boston Public Schools. According to CBS Boston, Henderson Upper School junior D’Andre Hicks was in class about two weeks ago when he suffered a stroke. The 17-year-old’s mother, Alishia Hicks, said she was cont

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    South African believed to be world’s oldest woman turns 128

    South African believed to be world’s oldest woman turns 128

    Johanna Mazibuko, the South African believed to be the “world’s oldest woman”, celebrated her 128th birthday last week. Photos that were shared on social media showed the centenarian celebrating the huge milestone with loved ones. According to Metro, identity papers in Mazibuko’s possession show that she was born in 1894. And if that is indeed accurate, then that means she has lived through historic eras in her native South Africa including British colonialism and apartheid. She has also liv

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    11-year-old may be paralyzed after being shot by teen because of dispute over girl, police say

    11-year-old may be paralyzed after being shot by teen because of dispute over girl, police say

    A 19-year-old Texas man is accused of shooting and injuring an 11-year-old boy who was involved in a dispute with the suspect’s younger cousin. Authorities said the dispute between the two middle school students was over a girl. According to ABC13, the suspected gunman, identified as Keandre Jackson, allegedly drove his little cousin to the victim’s home on Sunday and fired four shots into the residence. The 11-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, and he is likely paralyzed

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    Black man banned from playing dominoes at London square wins court case, says order was racist

    Black man banned from playing dominoes at London square wins court case, says order was racist

    A 74-year-old man, who alleged the Westminster city council’s decision to ban him and his friends from publicly playing dominoes was racially motivated, has won a case against the council. According to The Guardian, the Maida Hill Market Square in north-west London had been the location Ernest Theophile and his friends met to chat, socialize and play games including dominoes, cards, and backgammon. That had been their meeting spot over the last 12 years. But in January 2021, the council stop

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    Man wanted in murder of woman on bus arrested

    Man wanted in murder of woman on bus arrested

    Phoenix police on Tuesday arrested a man accused of fatally strangling a Black woman on a city bus last week. According to 12 News, the accused, identified as Joshua Bagley, was named as a person of interest in the killing of Diane Craig, and police announced they were searching for him. The 41-year-old woman was unconscious when she was found on the bus. She was transported to the hospital with strangulation marks on the neck. But she later succumbed to her injuries. Doctors listed her caus

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    Black New Jersey man left paralyzed after police encounter reaches landmark $10M settlement

    Black New Jersey man left paralyzed after police encounter reaches landmark $10M settlement

    A Black man who was left paralyzed following a 2014 encounter with Camden County police will receive $10 million from the county to settle a federal excessive force lawsuit. According to NJ.com, attorneys for Xavier Ingram said they believe the amount is the largest New Jersey officials have had to pay to settle a police brutality case. The county agreed to settle after a civil trial that was heard in a Camden federal court was declared a mistrial. The trial, which took place in March, laste

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    SA university investigating reports of White student urinating on Black student’s belongings

    SA university investigating reports of White student urinating on Black student’s belongings

    Stellenbosch University on Monday said that it had launched an investigation into a video showing a White student urinating on a Black student’s belongings. The incident, which took place over the weekend, sparked protests at the university on Monday. Many have labeled the incident as an act of racism and have called on university authorities to take action. In a statement, Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said that the university “strongly condemns the destructive, hurtf

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