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“If I reach back far enough I can touch my own family slavery in a very personal way.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes DALLAS – Inside a provocative exhibit about Thomas Jefferson and slavery, Bishop T.D. Jakes was reminded of his own enslaved ancestors. Jakes, who has visited Africa many times, proudly talked about his Nigerian […]

Black women across America are facing a significant health crisis: They are dying disproportionately from pregnancy-related causes. Consider this: Nationally, Black infants are more than twice as likely to die as white infants and Black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. According to the Center […]

Donte Palmer, a high school teacher and parent, isn’t asking for too much: He simply wants restaurants and public places to install changing tables in men’s bathrooms so fathers can change their kid’s diapers in a clean and comfortable environment. A photo of Palmer crouching on the floor of a restaurant men’s bathroom trying to […]

“To survive with little nutrition, to make it across dangerous waters, to survive the peril of being in boats with other black people that they did not know nor speak their language…It’s an amazing story when you think about it” — Bishop T.D. Jakes DALLAS — Bishop T.D. Jakes paused briefly to reflect on long […]

President Donald Trump’s ongoing troubles with women just got worse. Trump’s unwavering support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh — who has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women– could hurt Republican candidates during the upcoming mid-term elections in November and could jeopardize Trump’s re-election hopes in 2020. Trump, under pressure by Republican […]

Detroit’s public school students are experiencing a health predicament and here’s the solution: They can’t drink the water. The water fountains are dry because drinking water has been shut off at all of Detroit’s 106 schools serving more than 40,000 students since officials discovered the water in 16 schools contained high levels of lead or […]

  White supremacists are unabashedly engaging in the politics of fear by targeting Andrew Gillum, the first African American nominee for Florida governor, with a series of racist robocalls intended for white voters. In one automated phone call heard by two media organizations, a man pretends to be Gillum speaking in stereotypical Black dialect while […]

President Donald Trump is openly using “violent” Black people as a political tool to scare his conservative base leading up to the November mid-term elections. It’s a new low for Trump — who always takes the low road. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin is correctly criticizing Trump for what he said is a racist […]

Black boys are afraid to travel through white neighborhoods in America. This isn’t necessarily a startling revelation for Black folks in our republic, but the new study by The Ohio State University may be illuminating for some in mainstream America. Here’s how the study worked: Researchers gave 506 black youths in Columbus, Ohio smartphones that […]

Dana White, the Pentagon’s top spokeswoman, could be in trouble. White, one of the few high-ranking African-Americans in the Trump administration, works directly for Defense Secretary James Mattis. White is being investigated by the Defense Department Office of Inspector General for allegedly retaliating against staff members after she ordered them to run  personal errands for […]

“Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light.” — Former President Barack Obama I grew up in Detroit in the 1960s where Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” was affectionately known as […]

The New York City Fire Department is dealing with racists within its ranks. A white firefighter is under investigation this month after he shouted a racist and sexist insult at a Black female emergency medical technician while she was assisting residents in need, according to The New York Daily News. The woman filed a formal […]