Top sports leaders look at ways to address sexual misconduct
1/3/2018 9:41:02 AM

By Janie McCauley Top leaders from the major professional sports leagues and individual franchises along with high-profile former athletes have begun looking at ways to avoid the kinds of sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked the world of politics and the entertainment industry. And lately, sports, too. The issue came up in discussions earlier this month during the first meeting of the Anti-Defamation League's new Sports Leadership Council, which is chaired by Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Major League Baseball Commissioner...

What makes Will Smith's world ‘Bright'—money, he jokes
1/3/2018 9:39:20 AM

By Nicole Evatt “Just money. Lots of money.” So goes Will Smith's tongue-in-cheek summation of why he took on what has turned into one of the worst reviewed films of the season, the big-budget Netflix release “Bright.” The seasoned film cop and science fiction star does it all over again, playing a police officer with racist feelings against his otherworldly partner who happens to be an Orc in a land also occupied by Elves, Fairies and at least one Centaur. Smith's Officer Ward has just returned to the job after being shot and is assigned to reunite...

Restaurant owner giving $500,000 to African-American museum
1/3/2018 9:38:41 AM

A woman who started out as a grill worker and now owns multiple restaurants is pledging $500,000 for the International African American Museum that's being developed in Charleston. The museum announced Carolyn Hunter's gift Thursday. Officials hope to break ground next summer on the project, which is expected to cost $75 million. Hunter is president of C&A Unlimited Inc., which owns McDonald's restaurants in Ladson and Summerville. She started her career as a McDonald's grill worker after graduating from a community college in 1977. Museum CEO Michael Boulware...

Black population for area near Superfund site down to 58 percent from 65
1/3/2018 9:37:55 AM

By Jason Dearen, Michael Biesecker and Angeliki Kastanis Anthony Stansbury propped his rusty bike against a live oak tree and cast his fishing line into the rushing waters of Florida's Anclote River. When he bought a house down the street last year, Stansbury says he wasn't told that his slice of paradise had a hidden problem. The neighborhood is adjacent to the Stauffer Chemical Co. Superfund site, a former chemical manufacturing plant that is on the list of the nation's most polluted places. That 130-acre lot on the river's edge is also located in a flood...

Online game to players: Don't touch Black people's hair
1/3/2018 9:37:04 AM

By Noreen Nasir Art director Momo Pixel moved to Portland, Oregon in 2016, and confronted a challenge she had never experienced before: Strangers reaching out to grab or stroke her long braided hair, often without her permission. “I would be walking down the street visibly mad,” Pixel recalled. One day, she told her boss about it. In trying to mimic that scene, he playfully ducked imaginary hands coming toward him. Pixel remarked that it would make a funny game. With the support of her employer, advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, an online game, “Hair Nah! "...

Duo goes viral with photos of black girls with natural hair
1/3/2018 9:32:48 AM

By Sheila M. Poole The kinks. The waves. The twists. The blooming afro. Atlanta photography duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt want to celebrate the versatility and beauty of natural hair. A year ago, the owners of CreativeSoul Photography launched the “AfroArt” series, which features African-American girls in all their natural hair glory. Although the series was shot a year ago, it recently went viral, thanks in part to social media shout outs from celebrities like Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut and Tia Mowry. The collection is powerful in its entirety. The...

Panelists discuss diversity and inclusion in the petrochemical industry
1/3/2018 9:28:26 AM

By Freddie Allen When it comes to preparing the next generation for careers in science, technology engineering and mathematics, also known at “STEM,” Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said that leaders in the oil and natural gas industry have to answer the “awareness question.” “There are many people out there, today, that don’t really understand the oil and natural gas industry or the opportunities that it can present for them, their families and for well-paying careers,” said Gerard. “It’s...

CBC members call Trump presence at museum opening an insult
1/3/2018 9:23:39 AM

By Lauren Victoria Burke When two members of the Congressional Black Caucus, longtime Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), heard that President Donald Trump planned to attend the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum dedication ceremony, they both announced that they would forego the event. The White House was critical. On December 7, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the president in honoring the incredible sacrifice...

Lawmaker: Callers posing as AP reporters spewed slurs
12/27/2017 1:14:10 AM

Two people posing as Associated Press reporters telephoned the office of a Democratic congresswoman Tuesday and spewed racial slurs, the lawmaker said. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) blamed supporters of Senate candidate Roy Moore. It wasn't immediately clear how she knew the callers backed the Alabama Republican. After the impersonators were challenged, they “started screaming & called me & my staff the n-word,” the lawmaker said in a tweet. Earlier in the day, the congresswoman, who is black, appeared on CNN. She discussed a letter she had written to the Senate...

Black Caucus women: Alabama's Jones should be seated now
12/27/2017 1:13:33 AM

By Bill Barrow Female members of the Congressional Black Caucus are asking Republican leaders to let Alabama Democrat Doug Jones join the Senate immediately or delay legislative votes. But the move is unlikely to sway the GOP as it tries to get a tax bill to President Donald Trump's desk. In separate letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, 20 House members say Jones has been “duly elected” by Alabama voters, adding, “It is time for you to honor their decision.” McConnell rejected a similar call from...