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  • First US Ebola Victim, Thomas Eric Duncan, Remembered for Compassion (AFRO Reports)

    10/20/2014 7:50:36 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 23 replies
    The Afro ^ | 10/18/14 | Emery P. Dalesio
    Thomas Eric Duncan was remembered Saturday as a big-hearted and compassionate man whose virtues may have led to his infection with Ebola in his native Liberia and death as the first victim of the disease in the United States.
  • White Voters More Likely to Support Voter ID Laws When Shown Images of Blacks Voting (AFRO Reports)

    10/20/2014 7:44:20 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 32 replies
    The Afro ^ | 10/17/14 | Roberto Alejandro Special to the AFRO
    White voters are more likely to say they support voter ID laws if primed with a picture of an African American voting, versus a White person voting, or no picture at all, according to a recent study. In order to examine the way bias might play a role in support for voter ID laws, researchers with the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication conducted an online survey in 2012 of a nationally representative sample of 1,436 adults.
  • Tom Joyner Morning Show to Take Over Security Boulevard McDonald’s in (AFRO Reports)

    10/08/2014 6:19:51 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 1 replies
    The Afro ^ | 10/7/14 | AFRO Staff
    Tom Joyner, J. Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes will all be working at the McDonald’s® on Security Boulevard during the lunch hour. Cars that go through the drive-thru from 12 – 1 p.m. will receive a special Arch Card from Tom Joyner. In addition, customers will receive a special coupon valid for a FREE six piece Chicken McNuggets and World Famous French Fries.
  • Young African Americans At Risk for Depression and Suicide (AFRO Reports)

    09/29/2014 8:24:36 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 30 replies
    The Afro ^ | 9/25/14 | Adina R. Young
    A major health issue that affects thousands of people each year is suicide, according to experts on the medical condition. “It is the third leading cause of death among African Americans ages 15-24. Even though we are killing ourselves fewer times at a lower rate, it’s a big concern as to why is it happening at younger ages,” he said.
  • Visiting Cuba Feels Like Going Back in Time (AFRO Reports)

    09/15/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 51 replies
    The Afro ^ | 9/11/14 | Pat Wheeler
    Yes, you can go to Cuba legally. Yes, you can have your passport stamped. And yes, it’s safe there. These were just a few of the questions I was bombarded with before and after I went to Cuba in July. Going to Cuba for Americans is probably the easiest it has been in years. Under the Clinton and Obama administrations, travel restrictions have been eased.
  • Clown Directs Racist Comments at Tenn. Fair Attendee (AFRO Reports)

    09/11/2014 6:25:52 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 36 replies
    The Afro ^ | 9/4/14 | Courtney Jacobs
    A clown entertaining fairgoers at a Memphis event was fired for racial comments he made toward an attendee. According to Memphis NBC affiliate WMC, Tanya Jones of Atoka, Tenn. was visiting the Memphis Delta Fair with her three young children and extended family over the Labor Day weekend when they passed a dunk tank with a White clown attempting to entice passerby to play at the booth. While on the microphone, the unnamed clown said “Hey, nappy head.”
  • CASA De Maryland Plans Protests, Arrests at White House This Thursday

    08/27/2014 6:19:00 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 8 replies
    CASA ^ | 8/28/14
    After years of fighting for justice for immigrant families, we are on the verge of achieving real relief. With a do-nothing Congress frittering away legislative reform, President Obama has publically promised to adopt aggressive administrative relief early in September. The question now is how much for how many. Immigrants have suffered at historic levels under his administration and President Obama needs to go big in order to restore sanity to the lives of families. We believe that we must return to the White House to make one final big push to dramatize exactly how far relief needs to go. President...
  • Montgomery (MD County) Issues New Code of Conduct for Students (Less Discipline, More Enabling)

    08/19/2014 11:42:40 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 13 replies
    The Trove ^ | 8/18/14 | Donna St. George
    With the opening of school a week away, Montgomery County has issued a new Code of Conduct that views out-of-school suspensions as a last resort and emphasizes disciplinary consequences that allow students to learn from mistakes and repair harm. Montgomery officials described the new document as the first extensive conduct code written by the district, which previously addressed discipline issues within its student Rights and Responsibilities handbook. It comes in the wake of new regulations from the Maryland State Board of Education that take a more rehabilitative view of student misconduct, seeking to teach positive behavior, keep students in school...
  • Michael Brown, Jr. Called Quiet, Respectful (AFRO Reports)

    08/13/2014 7:38:05 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 69 replies
    The Afro ^ | 8/12/14 | David A. Lieb
    <p>FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown Sr. stood alone in the center of the narrow street where the blood of his namesake son still stained the gray pavement, two days after the 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. He straightened a waist-high wooden cross and re-lit the candles erected as part of a makeshift memorial.</p>
  • This Fall: White Students No Longer the Majority at U.S. Public Schools (AFRO Reports)

    08/11/2014 6:32:14 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 52 replies
    The Afro ^ | 8/9/14 | Kimberly Hefling and Jesse J. Holland
    <p>KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic Whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children(some even here legally).</p> <p>The changing demographics of American education are apparent inside Jane Cornell’s summer school classroom, where giggling grade-schoolers mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language. The sign outside the classroom reads “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos” in polished handwriting.</p>
  • Star Trek: Voyager Actor: My Ex Claims I'm ******* Bill Nye

    08/06/2014 10:42:08 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 49 replies
    TMZ ^ | 8/5/14 | TMZ Staff
    "Star Trek: Voyager" actor Robert Picardo says he way too old to experiment with Bill Nye the Science Guy ... in the bedroom. Picardo is asking a judge to stop his soon-to-be ex-wife from spreading rumors he's in a gay relationship with Nye. The actor says in court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Linda Pawlik lured him over to her house on July 4th by falsely telling him the family dog was missing. While he was there, he claims Linda had a P.I. attach a GPS device to his car. Days later ... Linda started telling family friends the...
  • Obama Holds Town Hall with Young African Fellows (AFRO Reports)

    07/31/2014 6:14:29 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 13 replies
    The Afro ^ | LaTrina Antoine
    From July 28 to 30, 500 participants in the Young African Leaders Initiative converged on Washington for the first Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. President Barack Obama hosted a presidential summit and town hall to foster executive leadership training, networking, and skills building among Africa’s most promising young minds. “The spirit of this program reflects Madiba’s (Mandela) optimism, his idealism, his belief in what he called the endless heroism of youth, and so today with the blessing of the Mandela family . . . we are proud to announce that the new name of this program is the Mandela...
  • Widow: Eric Garner, Who Died in NYPD Custody, Wasn’t Violent (Afro Reports)

    07/28/2014 6:42:30 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 57 replies
    The Afro ^ | 7/26/14 | AP
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — The widow of a New York City man who died this month in a videotaped confrontation with New York City police demanded justice on Saturday, saying the victim wasn’t asking for trouble.</p> <p>Eric Garner “was not a violent man — not in any way, shape or form,” said his widow, Esaw Garner, in what were described as her first public remarks about the death. “He was a quiet man, but he’s making a lot of noise now.”</p>
  • Obamacare Hit by Contradictory Fed. Ct. Decisions (Afro Reports)

    07/23/2014 6:52:23 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 7 replies
    Afro ^ | 7/22/14 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.</p> <p>A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums, saying financial aid can be paid only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges.</p>
  • Civil Rights Act: 50 Years Later (Afro Reports)

    07/07/2014 6:42:04 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 13 replies
    The Afro ^ | 7/2/14 | Zenitha Prince
    Fifty years ago, United States President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act on July 2, signaling a sea change in American society. “That Act absolutely transformed America,” said Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She added, “It is most possibly one of the most radical pieces of legislation in the world.” IN 1963, when the CRA was introduced and being debated in Congress, America was a country still steeped in segregation. It was still legal to refuse to serve Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians at restaurants and in hotels...
  • Obama Addresses Single Moms at Minn. Job Training Center (Afro Reports)

    07/02/2014 7:22:09 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 24 replies
    The Afro ^ | 6/28/14 | Afro Staff
    A day before delivering a speech railing against Congressional Republicans’ opposition to his economic agenda, President Obama made an unexpected visit to a HIRED job training center in a predominantly Black neighborhood of north Minneapolis on June 26. While at the training center, Obama spoke to a classroom of members participating in Project CARE, which trains young mothers in sales and customer service jobs before placing them in internships. “All of us start in different places,” Obama told the nine women present at the meeting, according to a White House media pool report. “I was basically raised by a single...
  • Labor Department Releases $74 Million Grants to Help Ex-Offenders (Afro Reports)

    06/27/2014 4:22:43 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 6 replies
    The Afro ^ | 6/20/14 | ?
    The U.S. Department of Labor is releasing $74 million in grants to be invested in reintegration services for ex-felons and juvenile offenders, the department announced June 19. The goal, Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said in a statement, is to “help ex-offenders turn around their lives and get back on their feet.” He added that the money will fund the agency’s Face Forward and Training to Work programs, initiatives already underway in communities where ex-offenders need help in orienting themselves to post-incarceration life. The grants, he said, “will continue to build on this success by expanding services to even more...
  • Florida Reignites Voter Suppression (Afro Reports)

    06/26/2014 7:08:16 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 19 replies
    The Afro ^ | 6/25/14 | Zenitha Prince
    The roots of modern-day voter suppression is buried in Florida, and it grew and blossomed during the 2000 presidential elections. “Florida is the state where awareness of how serious flaws in elections administration could result in voters being disenfranchised developed,” said Marcia Johnson-Blanco, coordinator, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.votersuppression2 The critical role of Florida in deciding the presidential contest between Republican candidate George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, and the narrow margin by which the outcome was decided shined a global-sized spotlight on the state, revealing several election irregularities. Before the elections, state officials...
  • President Obama Hosts First Ever White House Maker Faire (Afro Reports)

    06/23/2014 4:46:08 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 19 replies
    The Afro ^ | June 21, 2014 | Courtney Jacobs
    President Obama hosted the first ever White House Maker Faire June 18. Obama toured the exhibits on the White House lawn, meeting students, entrepreneurs, engineers and researchers, who are using new tools and techniques to launch businesses, develop advances in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and be in the vanguard of a grassroots renaissance in American manufacturing. It featured more than 100 Makers—the White House term for people who “love to ‘Make’ stuff–from more than 25 states and included more than 30 exhibits. The president toured a sampling of the exhibits that White House officials said represent a broad...
  • Within 24 Hours: Three Black Men Set to Be Executed in Three States (Afro Reports)

    06/20/2014 8:53:16 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 46 replies
    The Afro ^ | June 17, 2014 | AP
    <p>All the states planning executions — Florida, Georgia and Missouri — refuse to say where they get their drugs, or if they are tested. Lawyers for two of the condemned inmates have challenged the secretive process used by some states to obtain lethal injection drugs from unidentified, loosely regulated compounding pharmacies.</p>
  • Republicans Block Passage of Bill Allowing Refinance of Student Loans (Afro Reports)

    06/16/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 27 replies
    Afro ^ | June 14, 2016 | Zenitha Prince
    For the millions of Americans encumbered with college debt, relief was snatched away this week when Capitol Hill Republicans blocked measures that would have allowed borrowers to refinance their loans. House and Senate Republicans on June 11 stymied progress of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would have allowed borrowers with college loans issued prior to 2010 to refinance at 3.86 percent—the rate established by Congress last year. The White House, which supported the legislation, said the bill could have allowed an estimated 25 million student loan borrowers to save an average of $2,000 over the life...
  • SpiritHouse Breaks the Silence On Unlawful Murders of Black People

    04/24/2014 10:36:56 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 22 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/23/14 | LaTrina Antoine
    Family members shared stories of their Black male relatives killed in extrajudicial crimes, part of the Spirithouse Project’s first break the silence movement in D.C., April 22, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW. “This is not a press conference with famous people, this a press conference for the relatives of victims who have been murdered [in anti-Black hate crimes] because we think they are the most important voices and their voices must be heard and respected as being the legitimate voice of this new movement,” Ruby Sales, founder and director of the Spirithouse Project told the {AFRO}....
  • Obamas and Friends Take in Dinner and “A Raisin in the Sun” in NYC

    04/14/2014 10:59:48 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 8 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/12/14 | AP
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — Capping two days devoted to praising the advances of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," a play about an African-American family in 1950s Chicago.</p>
  • Review: “Why Every Black Woman Should Marry a Jewish Man”

    03/28/2014 4:41:32 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 43 replies
    The Afro ^ | 3/20/14 | Kam Williams
    “How many times have we heard successful African-American women complain they can’t find a good man? Everyone has an opinion on the black man shortage, but none of the so-called relationship experts offer real solutions… Is it possible that we have been missing an important match? Yes! Jewish men make wonderful husbands… as well as fantastic lovers. This book… sheds light on why successful black women, and career gals in general, and Jewish men are very compatible… In summary, to find Mr. Right, women must date with quality in mind, such as character traits and values, they should be open...
  • Atlanta’s Morris Brown College Down to 35 Students

    03/26/2014 7:18:27 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 54 replies
    The Afro ^ | 3/21/14 | Afro Staff
    With a mountain of debt and less than three dozen remaining students, Morris Brown College in Atlanta may be reconsidering its refusal last year to sell its 37-acre campus to the city, according to media reports. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in February that the school sought a bankruptcy court’s approval to retain a real estate broker and pursue the sale of its campus. It was unclear how that sale would affect the college’s handful of remaining students and its continued operation. The historically Black institution was founded in 1881, but was crippled in 2003 when it lost its accreditation after...
  • Disproportionate Numbers of Black Kids Being Suspended from Preschool Programs

    03/24/2014 6:02:10 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 109 replies
    Afro ^ | 3/21/14
    Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools—and they're disproportionately Black, a trend that continues up through the later grades. Data released March 21 by the Education Department's civil rights arm finds that Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child. Advocates have long said that get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students, but much of the...
  • Cummings Discusses Issa’s Rude Actions at Committee Hearing (BARF Alert)

    03/19/2014 8:07:22 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 17 replies
    The Afro ^ | March 7, 2014 | Zenitha Prince
    In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), discussed the events of a March 5 hearing held by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of which Cummings is the ranking member. During the hearing, former IRS employee Lois Lerner was questioned on the agency’s alleged targeting of conservative political groups. Chairman Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.) posed questions for approximately 15 minutes, though Lerner had already invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to speak. When Cummings tried to take his turn, Issa adjourned the meeting, turned off Cummings’ microphone, and he and other Republicans filed out. AFRO:...
  • Report: Black Teens Hit Hard in Economic Downturn

    01/24/2014 4:13:30 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 31 replies
    Afro ^ | 1/24/14 | Zenitha Prince
    Black teens were the worst hit by the recent Great Recession in the labor market, the capstone to a decade of plummeting employment rates among young workers, according to a recent report by the Alternative Schools Network. According to “Trends in Teen Employment in Chicago, Illinois and the United States,” any gains made by the “War on Poverty” on the rate of employment among African-American teenagers were erased over the past decade. Teens and young adults across the United States “have encountered extraordinarily severe declines in their employment rates—unmatched by any other age group,” the report stated. “While the economy...
  • 2016 Dream Ticket: Hillary and Michelle (Clueless Alert)

    01/06/2014 4:52:37 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 32 replies
    Afro ^ | 12/30/13 | Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
    The 2016 national elections are not that far away. It is timely and important that we not wait until then to begin having constructive discussions about who should be given the opportunity and responsibility to succeed President Barack Obama. The questions of the future of politics, economics and equal justice should never be avoided. Especially given all the voter suppression enactments in many states over the last two years, we should be more vigilant about being politically conscious and civically active. My motive, therefore, is to stimulate a proactive dialogue now about the possibilities for viable candidates for the next...
  • Mosby Bill Would Take Criminal History Out of Job Interviews

    12/13/2013 5:19:09 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 24 replies
    Afro ^ | 12/11/13 | Blair Adams
    During the last city council meeting for 2013, Councilman Nick Mosby (D-District 7) introduced “Ban the Box,” a bill that would bar prospective employers from asking, in the initial job interview, if a job applicant has a record of criminal arrests or convictions. On Dec. 5, Mosby said omitting the criminal conviction-check for applications and interviews would help more Marylanders obtain employment and give them the opportunity to re-enter the workforce. “This legislation will provide a level playing field for people who have experienced criminal convictions in the past,” Mosby told the AFRO. “Many of our citizens have been convicted...
  • Target Removing Criminal History Section from Job Applications

    11/04/2013 8:19:16 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 72 replies
    Afro ^ | 11/1/13 | Alexis Taylor
    Individuals seeking employment with the Target Corporation will soon notice a change in the company’s job applications. The Minneapolis-based company recently announced that they will no longer question applicants about their criminal history. The company said it expects to remove the question from applications nationwide in the coming year. According to the National Employment Law Project, the decision was based on a new Minnesota law and the efforts of grassroots organizations that have been pressuring the company to change their standards. “Target is finally doing the right thing by reforming its hiring policies so that qualified job applicants aren’t automatically...
  • Demonstrators Pray to Break Incarceration Cycle in Jail Demonstration (Afro Reports)

    10/30/2013 5:09:29 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 8 replies
    Afro ^ | 10/29/13 | Blair Adams
    As part of his drive to improve the quality of life in Baltimore, Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, led what he called a “Breaking Every Chain” demonstration around the Baltimore City Detention Center Oct. 27 before going inside the jail to pray for those incarcerated. For several blocks on a brilliant Sunday afternoon hundreds of people, many of them members of the Empowerment Temple congregation, surrounded the jail, locking arms and praying to deter criminal behavior that results in jail terms and criminal prosecution and to send a message of encouragement to jail inmates. “When the prisoners look...
  • Freep This Poll: Who Do You Blame for the Shutdown?

    10/22/2013 4:45:32 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 61 replies
    Who do you most blame for the unfortunate government shut-down: A. President Obama B. Republicans C. Democrats
  • Nine Baltimore Retailers Arrested for Food Stamp Fraud

    09/23/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 26 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/19/13 | Blair Adams
    A federal grand jury indicted nine Baltimore retail storeowners for a food stamp fraud scheme that netted at least $7 million over the last three years. According to officials, the storeowners would allegedly debit food stamp cards for cash instead of food and split the proceeds. The food stamp scheme has been going on since 2010, officials said during a Sept. 17 news conference. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge William G. Squires Jr. of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of...
  • Local Entrepreneurs Celebrate Kinky, Curly Hair in Baltimore

    09/19/2013 5:22:31 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 14 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/18/13 | Krishana Davis
    A stream of women, along with a sprinkling of men, all adorned with afros of all shapes, sizes, textures and colors shuffled into Oyin Handmade, a natural hair product shop, on Sept. 16 for a celebration of natural hair. The crowd creating an audible buzz outside the Charles Village storefront was for a book signing celebrating the publishing of The Coiffure Project,” a portfolio of photos of natural hair by 26-year-old local photographer Glenford Nunez. Jamyla Bennu, owner of Oyin Handmade, said Nunez was the perfect person to partner with because he was local and working to highlight the beauty...
  • Parent Wants KKK Founder’s Name Removed from Fla. Black High School

    09/13/2013 8:11:07 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 59 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/12/13 | Zenitha Prince
    A Jacksonville, Fla. father is waging a campaign to change the name of a school that was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave trader and the first “grand wizard” of the Klu Klux Klan. Omotoya Richmond is the originator of the fast-growing petition on Change.org that has amassed more than 77,000 signatures at last count on Sept. 12. The Long Island, N.Y. transplant told the AFRO he did not want his 7-year-old daughter—or any other child—who may eventually matriculate at a high school in Duval County, to have to attend a school named after someone whose legacy is that...
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Lures Businesses From Maryland, Takes Shot at Gov. O’Malley (AFRO Reports)

    09/12/2013 6:01:27 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 19 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/11/13 | Lucy Westcott
    WASHINGTON - Maryland is the latest target of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a new radio spot that criticizes his counterpart Gov. Martin O’Malley and the state’s high taxes. Perry criticizes Maryland for high taxes on businesses and families, comparing it to his state’s low taxes, “fair” legal system and limited government, in a commercial from Texas Wide Open for Business, part of the Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor. "When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas, where we've created more jobs than all the other states...
  • Once Again Dr. Cornel West Blasts Obama & Sharpton

    09/09/2013 5:30:13 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 11 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/7/13 | Blair Adams
    One of the most opinionated political commentators, Dr. Cornel West, has incited a new round of controversy by calling Rev. Al Sharpton a “Bonafide House Negro of the Obama Plantation.” During an Aug. 30 interview with radio host Tavis Smiley, West spoke of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. He said the celebration included some wonderful speakers, but most of the country didn’t get a chance to hear them because speeches made by Sharpton and President Barack Obama “sanitized” Dr.Martin Luther King’s vision. “Instead, we saw of course the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the...
  • Baltimore Residents Leery About U.S. Involvement in Syria (Afro Reports)

    09/05/2013 8:31:12 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 12 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/4/13 | Krishana Davis
    Anthony Stanton, of Baltimore, said he began keeping up with the coverage in Syria following news reports of the devastation following the use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. But while acknowledges the horror of such attacks, he believes that U.S. involvement would lead to the conflict getting out of hand and thousands of troops, including many young African Americans, being deployed there. “Going to war [would] be an injustice,” said Stanton, 28, a neo-soul and jazz musician. “I don’t think it will be a good idea. We’ve already lost…thousands of our people in war and to go right back...
  • Starbucks Fires Employee For Eating Expired Sandwich

    08/29/2013 10:30:57 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 111 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 8/28/13
    A downtown Seattle Starbucks employee was fired for taking an expired sandwich out of the trash and eating it, according to The Stranger. Coulson Loptmann, a 21-year-old part-time barista, said he grabbed a plastic-wrapped sausage sandwich out of the trash can in the midst of a seven-hour shift on Monday. According to Loptmann, the sandwich was one of a few being thrown out because of its impending expiration. Loptmann’s store manager found about Loptmann’s actions and contacted Starbucks’ human resources department. The Stranger learned that Loptmann’s manager terminated him on spot because his actions reportedly go against Starbucks’ policies. Zack...
  • NAACP Keeping up Pressure in Trayvon Martin Case

    08/27/2013 4:10:56 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 37 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/26/13 | Suzanne Gamboa
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Justice to pursue charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights.</p> <p>Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida court for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed.</p>
  • Obama Phones Mrs. Tuff, Woman Credited with Stopping Ga. School Gunman

    08/26/2013 10:17:35 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 29 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/23/13 | AP
    <p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama has phoned a Georgia woman credited with helping prevent a school shooting to thank her for her actions.</p> <p>The White House says Obama spoke with Antoinette Tuff on Thursday while in New York, where he is on an education-focused bus trip.</p>
  • Prince George's (Maryland) Foreclosures Surge

    08/20/2013 4:21:25 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 24 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/14/13 | Teria Rogers
    A group of 16 housing advocacy organizations want the Prince George’s County Foreclosure Task Force to find ways to stem an alarming rise in housing foreclosures recently. Maryland is third in the nation for homes in foreclosure actions, lead largely by a flurry of foreclosure activity in Baltimore City and Prince George’s and Charles counties, according to RealtyTrac, a website that tracks real estate listings and foreclosure filings. According to industry experts, one in every 647 homes in Maryland is in a stage of foreclosure proceedings and in Prince George’s it is one in every 540 homes. The county had...
  • Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison (As Reported by Afro)

    08/15/2013 4:15:05 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 13 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/14/13 | Frederic J. Frommer and Jessica Gresko
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV's, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items. His wife received a sentence of one year.</p>
  • O’Malley Names Four New Judges to Baltimore City District Court

    08/14/2013 4:30:19 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 3 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/13/13 | Alexis Taylor
    Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office has announced the appointment of a diverse group of four new judges to the Baltimore City District Court on Aug. 13. Kevin Wilson and Martin Dominic are African American; Mark Franklin Scurti and Nicole Pastore Klein are White. “I am pleased to appoint such an accomplished and diverse group of candidates to serve on the Baltimore City District Court,” said O’Malley, in a statement released the same day. “These appointees will bring to the bench a broad range of legal expertise and a true commitment to public service.” Wilson took the former position of just-retired District...
  • Ebony Causes Stir with “We Are Trayvon” Covers

    08/13/2013 4:27:16 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 36 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/9/13 | Zenitha Prince
    Ebony magazine has created controversy with the preview of its special September issue, which features bold cover photos related to the Trayvon Martin murder case. As part of its attempt to keep alive the conversation of race and Stand Your Ground laws, which became national issues following the slaying of African-American teen Travyon Martin last year, the publication is rolling out a special issue with four separate covers bearing the headline “We Are Travyon” and featuring Black celebrities and their sons. Appearing on the covers are the slain teenager’s own parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin with their son Jahvaris...
  • Charities, Young Democrats Support Md. Homeless Shelter

    08/12/2013 6:46:41 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 6 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/8/13 | Courtney Jacobs
    The United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP), a Maryland-based charity, joined with the Prince George’s County Young Democrats and other groups to host the second annual “Help 4 Shepherd’s Cove” on July 27, a day of performances, support, and donations for the Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter for Women and Children in Capitol Heights, Md. United Communities Against Poverty was established in 1964 and has become the leading advocate in Prince George’s County for communities of people facing deficiencies in education, affordable housing, economic stability, and adequate health care access. Their mission is to alleviate poverty, improve awareness of the needs of...
  • Baltimore City Residents Take a Stand Against Violence on National Night Out

    08/08/2013 5:02:28 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 43 replies
    Afro ^ | 8/7/13 | Krishana Davis
    Residents from Ednor Gardens to Park Heights stood as a united front against violence on the Aug. 6 for National Night Out (NNO), a citizen initiative to take back the streets. Hundreds of Baltimoreans across the city gathered at more than 70 locations alongside the Baltimore police department, state and local officials and community leaders for a night of food, fun, games and resources in hope to curb a recent wave of violent crime. Residents chowed down on Caribbean food from food trucks such as Black-owned Savannah’s Great Kitchen, manned by 14-year police veteran Sgt. James Glanville. Local Baltimore talent...
  • Third Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death of 16-Month-Old Baltimore Toddler (Hoodie Alert)

    08/05/2013 7:50:36 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 19 replies
    Afro ^ | Krishana Davis
    Police have arrested a third suspect for the shooting of a 16-month-old toddler in Baltimore. Rashid Mayo, 22, was arrested more than 1,100 miles from Baltimore in an apartment in Ruston, La., two months after the May 24 shooting. According to police, Mayo is one of three men involved in a double shooting in the 1100 block of Cherry Hill, during which 16-month-old Carter Scott was shot and killed while sitting in the backseat of his father’s parked car. Police said at around 7:30 p.m. that night, three suspects approached the car where Carter Scott and his father, Rashaw Scott,...
  • Rebuilding an America in Which Everyone Counts

    08/02/2013 4:23:48 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 25 replies
    Afro ^ | 7/31/13 | Rep. Elijah Cummings
    As President Obama and America move forward with full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this nation continues to be embroiled in the fundamental struggle for human dignity that Dr. King addressed at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago. Although the President did not stress this historic perspective during his seminal remarks on economic renewal at Knox College last week, he made it clear that the movement to assure affordable health care for every American is a moral, as well as economic, imperative. The President believes, as do I, that the harsh reality of too many Americans’ dying before their...