Sen. Kamala Harris Expected to Announce 2020 Intentions
12/6/2018 4:34:19 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris has never been known to pull-punches. Harris is viewed by those who know her as someone who’s “as tough as they come.” And, she knows that any bid for president in 2020 against the bombastic Donald Trump will take a bit of rhinoceros skin to deal with. “It’s a very serious decision,” Harris told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski during an onstage conversation at the Know Your Value conference in San Francisco. “Over the holiday, I will make that...

House Democrats' 1st Bill Aims for Sweeping Reforms
12/6/2018 4:33:17 PM

By Lisa Mascaro   WASHINGTON (AP)—House Democrats on Friday unveiled more details of their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package that would limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns. The legislation, called H.R. 1, sets the tone for Democrats as they take the majority in January, though prospects for passage are murky. Republicans will still be in charge of the Senate and the White House, and it's unlikely they'll sign off on some of the proposals, which are still in...

California Democrats thank Trump for legislative majorities
12/6/2018 4:32:28 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—California lawmakers begin their new legislative session Monday with crushing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers to go with their sweep of all statewide offices. Democrats benefited from changing demographics and attitudes toward President Donald Trump to overachieve in last month's election by historic margins, even in areas long supportive of Republicans, like Orange County and the Central Valley. They'll have 29 of the 40 state Senate seats, two more than the two-thirds supermajority they need to raise taxes, suspend legislative rules and...

NAACP Legal Defense Fund to Supreme Court: Rule on Police Obligation to Administer Aid
12/6/2018 4:31:47 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the question of whether police officers are constitutionally obligated to help a person injured during arrest. Officials said the question arises from the case of Jason White, a decorated veteran who was killed by two Columbus, Ohio, police officers in 2013 during a mental health crisis triggered by his service in Iraq. Both officers were trained as first responders, but after shooting White multiple times, neither tried to help him. Instead they stood over...

Tourism Slumps in Mexico Border City Since Caravan Arrives
12/6/2018 4:30:12 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Tour operators and medical and dental offices in the Mexican border city of Tijuana are reporting a slowdown in business since a caravan of Central American migrants arrived. Tourists and visitors have been cancelling planned trips to the Mexican state of Baja California since the border crossing shut down briefly a week ago, and according to tour-friendly business owners, many fear getting trapped in Mexico should the crossing close again, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday. Antonio Gamboa, who owns a well-known food truck park, said business has slumped...

Coalition Wants End to Broadcasting Music That Encourages Violence Against Blacks
12/6/2018 1:43:08 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Organizations and movements representing African Americans in general, and Black Women in particular, said they’ve continued to unite in defense of Black youth whom they said are being inundated with misogynistic messages from Urban Radio stations that target the Black community. While recognizing sexual misconduct as deviant behavior is at the forefront of mass media, sexual misconduct and violence against Black women is being promoted and normalized on radio stations that target African American audiences, several groups said in a news release. As...

Black Singers Have Historic Week on Country Music Charts
11/28/2018 10:45:09 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Jimmie Allen has made history as the first Black artist to have his debut single reach No. 1 on country radio, and it happened on the same week Kane Brown, who is lack and white, has the top country and pop album in the U.S. Allen said he cried when he got the news his song, “Best Shot,” hit the top spot on Billboard's country airplay chart, which tracks radio success. “First I screamed, like, ‘Thank, God. Finally! Finally, man.' Then after that I'm filled with gratitude and motivated to work even...

Michelle Obama's book sells 1.4 million copies in a week
11/28/2018 10:43:59 PM

By Staff Reports NEW YORK—Michelle Obama's “Becoming” has become a massive hit. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady's memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13. Based on demand from retailers across all channels, the publisher has printed 3 million hardcover copies in North America. On its first day, the book sold more than 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts. Crown also said that...

Queen of Soul's Detroit Mansion Sells for $300,000
11/28/2018 10:42:36 PM

By Staff Reports DETROIT—A historic Detroit mansion owned by late singing legend Aretha Franklin has been sold. The Detroit News reports that, according to public records, the 5,600-square-foot (520-square-meter) brick home adjacent to the Detroit Golf Club fetched $300,000 in a sale last month. It was built in 1927. The newspaper reports Franklin bought the home in 1993, but nearly lost it in 2008 due to unpaid property taxes. Franklin estate personal representative Sabrina Garrett-Owens says “there are no other Detroit properties” that were owned by the Queen...

Border Clash Leaves Caravan Migrants Dejected, Worried
11/28/2018 10:37:57 PM

By Christopher Sherman   TIJUANA, Mexico (AP)—A chaotic border clash with choking tear gas fired by U.S. agents left Central American migrants sullen and dejected, with some opting Monday to leave and others worrying the incident may have spoiled their chances at asylum. Mexican security forces stepped up their presence at a Tijuana sports complex where thousands from the migrant caravan have been sheltered, apparently seeking to avoid a repeat of Sunday’s ugly scene. Police blocked the migrants from walking toward the border in the morning, though later on they...