President Barack Obama speaks at the My Brother's Keeper town hall Monday at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C.
"When President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama speak to an audience of African Americans, particularly students, they invariably mention the trope of 'acting white,' " Nia-Malika Henderson wrote Thursday for the Washington Post's "She the People" blog. "That is the notion that one impediment to black students' success is the belief in some black...Read more
On Wednesday, Lifetime premiered BAPs, a reality show that follows "an exclusive, privileged and affluent group of African American friends from St. Louis who self-identify as 'BAPs' — Black American Princesses and Princes."
TV viewers have come to expect a certain formula from Lifetime shows — stories of desperate women, sudden teen pregnancy, or sentimental romance — starring women who are, for the most part, white. But on Wednesday, Lifetime added something different to their lineup...Read more
Michelle Obama and her daughters hit up their hometown on Thursday, swinging into Chicago for a day of both work and fun. After speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, where guests paid $500-$20,000 for a spot, the first lady then headed to pan-Asian restaurant Sunda for dinner, where she was joined by daughters Malia and Sasha and a group of friends, a source tells PEOPLE. The group went directly to the second floor, which...Read more
In the wake of a lawsuit in the works against President Barack Obama, some Republicans like Sarah Palin have been calling for the House of Representatives to go a step further and impeach the president. Two new polls out this week, from CNN and Fox News, both asked the public to weigh in. The way each pollster approached the question, however, was a little different.
CNN asked a pretty simple yes/no question, following the same format...Read more
The widow of a man who died last week after being put in a choke hold by a New York City police officer urged federal prosecutors to launch a civil-rights investigation at a meeting in Brooklyn on Friday.
Eric Garner, 43, died last week after being tackled by police, who said he was resisting arrest, in front of a beauty parlor on Staten Island.The city is investigating the incident, which was captured on video by...Read more
Keven Stonewall likes to say "innovation doesn't have an age," which makes sense considering the 19-year-old could be on his way to curing colon cancer.
Working at a Rush University lab while still in high school, the Ashburn native revealed a critical age-related drawback in an experimental vaccine aimed at preventing colon cancer in mice.
A vaccine that could work on seniors is now being developed.
Keven Stonewall is devoted to curing cancer, and he's making a significant...Read more
As the highly controversial Renisha McBride shooting trial began in Detroit Wednesday, jurors heard two different versions of what happened that night from the lawyers on opposing sides in their opening statements, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Lawyers for Theodore Wafer—the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights, Mich., resident charged in the shooting death of the young, unarmed woman on his front porch—argued that their client was awakened in the early-morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, to frightening banging...Read more
Defense co-counsel Bruce Zimet, left, and Faith Gay, right, stand with Marissa Alexander as they speak to the media, June 10, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law will once again be no refuge for Marissa Alexander, the…
Eric Garner was a son, husband, father of six and grandfather of two. As his family wept over his coffin Wednesday evening, the Rev. Al Sharpton took to the pulpit.
“We should not act as though we should be here today,”…
President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with his "My Brother's…
America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.
Enter a $25 million gift to the United Negro College Fund from the conservative Koch brothers, which has pitted the needs of black students against…