April 12, 2024

‘Racist Tropes’: Stephen A. Smith Blasts Biden for Eating Fried Chicken with Black Family

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is blasting President Joe Biden for engaging in “racial tropes” by having a fried chicken dinner with a black family in North Carolina while on the campaign trail. Smith is referencing a YouTube video posted weeks ago by the Biden campaign in which he and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper(D)

Black Lives Matter Activist Jailed for Fraud After Spending Charity Donations on Herself

A Black Lives Matter activist, who was instrumental in organising the infamous protest that saw the statue of Sir Edward Colston torn down and thrown in the Bristol Harbour, has been jailed for fraud after using donations intended for a children’s charity on herself. Xahra Saleem, born Yvonne Maina, a founding member of the BLM offshoot

Director Ava DuVernay: International Film Festivals ‘Don’t Care’ About Black Filmmakers’ Stories

Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay is claiming that black filmmakers get discouraged from entering international film festivals because people outside the United States don’t care about their stories. DuVernay — director of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma and various Netflix prestige projects, who walked away from lucrative first-look deals with both Spotify and Warner Bros. — lamented her

California Reparations Task Force calls for eliminating child support debt for Black residents

The California Reparations Task Force is asking the Democrat-controlled state legislature to eliminate interest on past-due child support, as well as any back child support debt for Black residents of the state. In its final report released last week, the group claimed “discriminatory” laws “have torn African American families apart,” and that one effect of […]

The Nation’s Mystal: Clarence Thomas a ‘Mutilated Version of a Black Justice’

During Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” The Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal took a couple of shots at Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Mystal called Thomas a “mutilated version of a black justice,” adding that he was acting at the behest of his wife, Ginni Thomas. “In Clarence Thomas’s concurrence in the affirmative action decision, first

Jessie James Decker hits back at mom-shamers as she rocks a black bikini in sizzling snaps

Jessie James Decker showed off her toned physique in a black bikini while promoting her swimwear brand Kittenish’s new collection. The 35-year-old singer modeled the bikini in two sizzling snaps that she shared on Instagram and called out mom-shamers in the caption. “‘Cover up you’re a mom,’” the Dancing With The Star’s alum wrote on […]

Black Caucus presses Senate Dems to blow up tradition on judges

Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Steven Horsford said Black Caucus members want every Republican withholding a blue slip to disclose their reasoning. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Tensions are escalating between Senate Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus over the arcane tradition that gives a single senator veto power over President Joe Biden’s judicial picks. The

Critics hit Academy for snubbing Black actors 8 years after diversity movement: #OscarsSoWhite

Activist April Reign created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag in protest of the underwhelming diversity at the Academy Awards in 2015, sparking conversation across the web that trickled into the film industry.  Eight years later, the hashtag is back again. Snubs against Black actors and directors – including for films like “Till,” “Nope,” and “The Woman King” […]

Tennessee Silencing Black Politicians Is Not New for the South

Get more news and opinions in the twice-daily Beast Digest newsletter. Don’t miss the next big story, sign up here.On Thursday, two Black members of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Justin Jones of Nashville and Justin Pearson of Memphis, were expelled after they participated in protests at the State Capitol. A third representative, Gloria Johnson

Nine Dead After Army Black Hawks Crash

The nine service members who died when two U.S. Army helicopters crashed in Kentucky on Wednesday night were conducting nighttime medical evacuation drills, officials say. The deaths came when two HH-60 medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) Black Hawk helicopters flown by the 101st Airborne Division were taking part in what was described as a “routine training mission”

Russian fighter jet collides with US drone causing it to crash into Black Sea​

​US accuses Russia of ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ intercept of MQ-9 Reaper drone over waters west of Crimea A Reaper drone. The US said a Russian fighter struck the Reaper’s propeller causing US forces to bring the aircraft down in international waters. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images A Russian fighter has collided with a US Reaper drone, […]

Georgia county home to Atlanta approves task force to study reparations for Black residents

A county government in Georgia approved $250,000 to fund a reparations task force. The funding was approved during a Jan. 18 Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting in a  4 to 3 vote, according to a Fulton County press release. Fulton County is home to Atlanta.  The reparations task force will provide recommendations “to the […]

Idris Elba fires back after receiving backlash for saying he stopped describing himself as a ‘Black actor’

Idris Elba is standing by his statement that he no longer identifies himself as a “Black actor.” On Saturday, the “Luther” star took to Twitter to further explain his reasoning behind his recent comments, which received some backlash online. “There isn’t a soul on this earth that can question whether I consider myself a BLACK […]

Conservative guest clashes with CNN over claim DeSantis banning Black history, calls out CRT: ‘It’s a joke’

Many on the left have continued to push the narrative that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., wanted to ban an Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course outright, as he continues to fight back against critical race theory in the classroom.  But critics are pushing back on that portrayal, arguing the governor was specifically objecting […]

Alabama’s First Black Poet Laureate Makes Words Her Weapons in the Fight for Social Change

This is an excerpt from the book The Moment: Changemakers on Why and How They Joined the Fight for Social Justice, edited by Steve Fiffer and published by NewSouth Books. The author of more than a dozen books, Fiffer most recently collaborated with the late civil rights icon Dr. C.T. Vivian on his memoir, It’s

McClellan elected as Virginia’s first Black woman in Congress

Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan is the vice chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and a former gubernatorial candidate. | John C. Clark/AP Photo Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan overwhelmingly won a Tuesday special election for a vacant Richmond-based congressional district, making her the state’s first Black woman elected to Congress. McClellan led 68

Police settle Louisiana lawsuit over 2020 beating of Black man

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a Black man who said police officers in a Louisiana city threw him to the ground, slammed his face into the sidewalk and detained him in a mental health unit in retaliation for criticizing the police. Terms of the settlement between Brandon Kennedy and officials […]

OR woman to get $1M in damages after gas station worker tells her ‘I don’t serve Black people’

A jury has awarded an Oregon woman $1 million in damages after finding she was discriminated against by a gas station employee who told her, “I don’t serve Black people.” The Multnomah County jury’s award this week to Portland resident Rose Wakefield, 63, included punitive damages of $550,000. Wakefield’s lawyer, Gregory Kafoury, said she stopped […]

Florida Explains Why It Blocked Black History Class—and It’s a Doozy

Florida Explains Why It Blocked Black History Class—and It’s a Doozy The Florida Department of Education was concerned with the class teaching students about activism and reparations without providing a “critical perspective or balancing opinion.”Updated Jan. 20, 2023 8:26PM ET / Published Jan. 20, 2023 8:23PM ET Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThe Florida Department of Education says it banned AP African

New Orleans’ Democrat Mayor Claims Economy Flights Not Safe for Black Women

The Democrat mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, said this week economy flights are not safe for black women. In addition, LaToya Cantrell has said she would not repay money spent on a first-class trip from Washington Dulles Airport to Switzerland over the summer, Meaww reported Sunday. “My travel accommodations are a matter of safety, not

Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman’s Campaign Removes Black Lives Matter Paragraph from Website

The U.S. Senate campaign for Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman has removed a Black Lives Matter reference from its website’s “Issues” page. A version of the webpage that was archived on July 15 touted Fetterman’s support for Black Lives Matter under a sub-heading entitled “What John believes.” “Black Lives Matter. John served as mayor of a city

Inflation Surges Higher in Importance for Black and Hispanic Americans

Inflation is increasingly important to a broadening super-majority of Americans even as the Federal Reserve’s efforts to slow down price hikes have driven up interest rates at the fastest pace in decades. Seventy-four percent of American adults rate the inflation issue as “very important,” according to a recent poll from the Economist and YouGov. The poll

Elie Mystal: Herschel Walker Is ‘Minstrel’ Playing Black Tommy Tuberville

The Nation’s Elie Mystal Friday MSNBC’s “All In” that Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker was a “minstrel” playing a black version of Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). While discussing a report Walker allegedly paid for a woman’s abortion, which Walker denied, Mystal said, “The interrogation, really, isn’t about Walker, who is a minstrel who has been sent…

John Fetterman in 2013: ‘I Did the Right Thing’ Pulling Gun on Unarmed Black Jogger

Pennsylvania Democrat senate candidate John Fetterman said he “did the right thing” pulling a gun on an innocent unarmed black jogger in 2013. On Wednesday, a video of a 2013 local report went viral on social media that featured Fetterman defending his misdeed on camera. At the time, Fetterman had been serving as mayor for…

Vanessa Williams to Sing ‘Black National Anthem’ for PBS’ Capitol Fourth Celebration

NEW YORK (AP) — When Vanessa Williams hosts this year’s televised Capitol Fourth celebration, she will not only honor the nation’s traditional independence day, but also the country’s newly designated holiday — Juneteenth. Williams, who was the first Black woman to be crowned Miss America, will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which has served…

Daytime Emmy Awards Mix Up 2 Black Actresses During ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute

The 48th Daytime Emmy Awards experienced a major embarrassment Friday when the broadcast confused two black actresses during the In Memoriam tribute, prompting a public apology from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Friday’s awards telecast misidentified the late The Young and the Restless star Marguerite Ray, who died last year at 89, during…

Federal Judge: Joe Biden’s Loan Forgiveness for Black Farmers Discriminates Based on Race

Federal Judge Marcia Morales Howard in Florida issued a preliminary injunction against President Joe Biden’s plan to offer loan forgiveness to black and other minority farmers but not to indebted white farmers, and said it is an attempt to address discrimination while practicing discrimination. Howard, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, wrote…

CNN’s Cuomo: ‘The Party of Trump’ Would Have Gone Crazy if a Black Guy Behaved Like Capitol Rioters

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said Wednesday on his show “Cuomo Prime Time” that Republicans, which he referred to as “the party of Trump,” would be going crazy if a black guy treated the police the way White guys did at the Capitol on January 6. Cuomo said, “I have more evidence that the party of Trump…

Report: Congressional Black Caucus Blocking Black Republican Byron Donalds from Joining

Freshman Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has been blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), according to a report. The caucus has been blocking the black Republican from membership, according to a source familiar with the CBC’s plan who told BuzzFeed News. BuzzFeed noted that it had been nearly six months since the new freshman class…

‘The Bigotry Of Low Expectations’: Horace Cooper Dismisses Biden’s Claim That Black People Can’t Hire Lawyers, Accountants

Project 21 Chairman Horace Cooper said Saturday that President Joe Biden is guilty of “the bigotry of low expectations” by claiming black people can’t hire lawyers or accountants and be successful entrepreneurs. Biden made the remarks Tuesday during a speech to mark the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. WATCH: “I’m black. I’m a…

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