Testimony: Suspects bragged of dragging Black man to death
12/13/2017 9:26:15 PM

The case of two Georgia men accused of dragging a black man to his death behind a pickup truck is going before a grand jury. Multiple media outlets report brothers-in-law William Moore Sr. and Frank Gebhardt appeared Thursday in magistrate court for a probable cause hearing at which a judge decided there was enough evidence against the men to proceed. Gebhardt and Moore face a felony murder charge in the 1983 death of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins.  Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jared Coleman testified in a cramped courtroom inside the Spalding County jail that the...

Poll: 70 percent of marketplace enrollees satisfied with Obamacare
12/13/2017 9:25:43 PM

By Freddie Allen As President Donald Trump continues to sow confusion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows that, although some of his tactics are working, many consumers still plan on signing up for healthcare during the open enrollment period. The ACA open enrollment period started on November 1 and will end December 15 in most states and despite its critics, the law has effectively reduced the uninsured rate for Blacks; healthcare advocates have said that access to preventive care provided by the ACA could also limit the effects of...

Congressman Elijah Cummings to honor first African-American billionaire
12/13/2017 9:24:49 PM

Nov. 30 marks the 30th Anniversary of the deal that changed the face of U.S. financial industry Washington, D.C.—On November 30, 1987, Reginald Francis Lewis negotiated the $985 million leveraged buyout of Beatrice International Foods, which at that time, was the largest offshore transaction in the United States. The Wall Street move was celebrated around the world as the deal that made Lewis the first-ever African American billionaire business tycoon. Michael Milken was his investment banker, and the company made the Fortune 500. To mark the 30th anniversary of the historic deal,...

CBC meets with FBI director over ‘Black Identity Extremists’ report
12/13/2017 9:23:25 PM

By Stacy M. Brown FBI Director Christopher A. Wray failed to explain why the agency he leads changed the name of a domestic terrorism designation from "Black Separatist Extremist" to “Black Identity Extremist,” during a recent meeting with a group of Congressional Black Caucus members about a leaked FBI document. Wray also refused to acknowledge that Black activists, including Black Lives Matter organizers, are being monitored by the FBI, according to CBC members present at the meeting. The leaked FBI document, “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated...

Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations
12/13/2017 9:22:04 PM

By Corey Williams and Richard Lardner Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the civil rights leader's nearly 53-year career on Capitol Hill. The 88-year-old liberal from Detroit becomes the highest-ranking member of Congress to be brought down by the sexual misconduct allegations that have toppled powerful men in Hollywood, the media and politics in recent weeks. While continuing to deny any wrongdoing, Conyers announced what he referred to as his "retirement" on Detroit...

Q&A: Denzel on 'Roman J. Israel,' 'Malcolm X' and 'Shaft'
12/6/2017 1:07:40 AM

By Jake Coyle Denzel Washington, 62 years-old and a seven-time Oscar nominee, is still trying to get better. In Dan Gilroy's “Roman J. Israel, Esq.," Washington has challenged himself with one of his most complicated and singular roles. The title character (played by Washington) is a veteran activist attorney. After decades spent as a brilliant behind-the-scenes legal mind, the death of his more renowned partner brings Israel out into the open. For an actor whose most powerful performances ("Malcolm X,” “Glory,” “Training Day”) have...

Charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation
12/6/2017 1:06:55 AM

By Ivan Moreno, Larry Flynn and Michael Melia Charter schools are among the nation's most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds—an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools. National enrollment data shows that charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1,000 of the nation's 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising...

ACLU leader: Legalizing marijuana a 'racial justice issue'
12/6/2017 1:05:38 AM

By Bob Jordan The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey says legalizing recreational marijuana would help fix “a racial justice issue and a civil rights crisis” because the war on drugs is disproportionately targeting black New Jerseyans. “In New Jersey you are three times more likely to be arrested and convicted for marijuana possession if you're black than if you're white,” said Amol Sinha, the new state ACLU executive director. “Add that to the context of our racial disparity rates in the prison system in New Jersey. It feels...

Ferguson leaders wonder if monitor worth cost
12/6/2017 12:17:31 AM

Ferguson, Missouri, has paid nearly a half-million dollars to the monitor team overseeing its police and court reforms, but city leaders question what they've gotten for their money, especially after the departure of the original lead monitor. Washington attorney Clark Kent Ervin resigned in September after serving a little over a year as lead monitor overseeing the consent agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in 2014. Boston attorney Natashia Tidwell, who has been with the Ferguson...

Payday lenders continue attack on consumer protections
12/6/2017 12:16:06 AM

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is a well-known adage. In recent weeks, it seems that phrase could also be an apt description of the unrelenting efforts of predatory payday lenders to sell their wares. Across the country, 15 states as well as in the District of Columbia, with varying geographies, economies and demographics have enacted strong rate cap limits. In each locale, these actions were taken to curb the harmful consequences of payday lenders’ 300 percent or higher interest rate loans. When voters or legislatures approve rate caps, these...