Why ending AIDS in Africa matters to Black Americans
12/6/2017 12:14:00 AM

By Dr. Djibril Diallo World AIDS Day is here and a recently launched initiative aimed at ending HIV/AIDS, as a public health crisis in Africa, could be a catalyst to trigger discussions about HIV in the African American and African diaspora communities in the United States. In recent months, several African heads of state have made public their commitment to support the goal of ending AIDS by 2030. In September, six African heads of state joined UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé at the “HIV Fast Track” side event organized during the 72nd United Nations General...

Historically Black Colleges and Universities generate $14.8B in economic impact
12/6/2017 12:11:12 AM

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) generate $14.8 billion in economic impact annually, which is equivalent to a ranking in the top 200 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations, according to a stunning new report by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The report, conducted by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Selig Center for Economic Growth, revealed that the 1,634-student Alabama school generates $67 million for its local region. • In total, the nation’s HBCUs generate $14.8 billion in economic impact...

Study: Women and minority TV directors make modest gains
11/27/2017 9:52:51 PM

Women and minority television directors made modest gains last season, but the overwhelming majority of television episodes are still directed by white men and women, the Directors Guild of America found in a study released Tuesday. The guild's study states that 62 percent of nearly 4,500 television episodes reviewed during the 2016-2017 season were directed by white men. When adding in white female directors, 78 percent of the television episodes reviewed were helmed by white directors. Non-white directors accounted for 22 percent of all episodes directed last year, with black...

Commodores legend talks reunion, new book
11/27/2017 9:51:13 PM

By Stacy M. Brown Thomas McClary, the legendary founder of the super group, the Commodores, has a new book that takes readers on a journey through Motown, the Civil Rights Movement and a backstage war for the ages. McClary, who co-founded the group with Lionel Richie, recently released “Rock and Soul,” a stirring autobiography where readers also learn about his activism. “I kept getting questions as to when are the original Commodores going to do reunion and, after hearing that for the ‘umpteenth’ time I realized that people wanted to know,” said...

Film Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.
11/27/2017 9:50:16 PM

By Dwight Brown Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Denzel Washington may be the most accomplished actor of our generation. Like a chameleon, he’s morphed from the stern father in “Fences” to a dorky, introverted attorney in this meandering crime-drama/thriller. His talent is more than enough reason to sit through the two hours and nine minutes of misguided, anticlimactic storytelling. Writer/director Dan Gilroy’s feature film debut “Nightcrawler,” about a sleazy paparazzo, hinted at a bright future. His second piece of direction—and tenth...

Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016, FBI reports
11/27/2017 9:49:35 PM

By Sadie Gurman Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday. There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity. More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538...

Emmett Till's former home in Chicago’s predominately Black Woodlawn neighborhood.
11/27/2017 9:47:58 PM

  Group seeks landmark status for Emmett Till's Chicago Home A preservation group wants the Chicago home where Emmett Till once lived to receive landmark status. A city report notes the boy and his mother moved into the apartment in 1953. It's a red brick two-flat and was Till's home before he traveled to Mississippi in 1955, where he was brutally killed. His killing sparked outrage and galvanized the civil rights movement. The Chicago Tribune reports Preservation Chicago has proposed the idea to city officials. To get the designation, the building has to meet...

Fund set up to preserve African-American historical sites
11/27/2017 9:44:30 PM

By Jesse J. Holland A new $25 million fund is being set up through the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help ensure that historical sites important to African-American history are no longer endangered. The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, announced Wednesday, will be financed through partnerships with groups like the Ford Foundation and the JPB Foundation, and already has more than $3 million on hand. “There is an opportunity and an obligation for us to step forward boldly and ensure the preservation of places which tell the often-overlooked stories of...

‘Touched by an Angel’ star Della Reese dies at 86
11/27/2017 9:43:15 PM

By Stacy M. Brown Della Reese, the legendary actress and star of the classic movie “Harlem Nights” and the long-running CBS drama “Touched by an Angel,” died on Sunday, November 19. She was 86. From Reese’s memorable appearances in movies like “A Thin Line between Love and Hate” to television shows like “Chico and the Man,” “Sanford & Son” and “227,” fans and friends celebrated her storied career on social media.  “Saddened to hear of the passing of Della Reese,” the Rev. Al Sharpton...

FBI report on black ‘extremists' raises new monitoring fears
11/27/2017 9:39:52 PM

By Sadie Gurman and Russell Contreras An FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws. The FBI said it doesn't target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time. The 12-page report, issued in August, says “black...