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NY man released after 17 years for a crime he did not commit

Roger Logan, who served 17 years in prison for murder, was released June 3 after it was learned a woman who claimed she witnessed the crime was actually in jail when the homicide occurred, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced. The witness could not have made those observations, because she was incarcerated,” Mark Hale, a Brooklyn, N.Y., prosecutor, said in court, according to news reports. “Mr. ...

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Longer school days idea gets passing grade

Six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, an old idea is being resurrected in hopes of narrowing the education gap between Blacks and whites — expanding the school day. “By sixth grade, low-income students have a 6,000 hour learning gap over the course of their lifetime, accounting for these field trips and summer learning opportunities,” said Christopher Caruso, of The After-School Corporation, a non- ...

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Son of late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

Rising-political-star-turned-convicted-felonMichael Brown was sentenced May 29 to 39 months in prison for accepting $55,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen seeking an inside track to government contracts. Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, handed the sentence down to the former D.C. councilman. The 49-year-old Brown pleaded gui ...

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Walter P. Reuther Library receives grant from NHPRC to expand discovery and access to oral histories

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs was recently awarded a grant totaling $109,152 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights and social justice movements, among other important historical developments. ...

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Fearless Afro-American foreign correspondent William Worthy dies

William Worthy, a pioneering correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American who defied the U.S. government in the Cold War era to report on Communist Cuba, China, the Soviet Union and Vietnam, died last month at the age of 92. Worthy gained worldwide attention in 1961 when he traveled to Cuba without a passport and interviewed Fidel Castro two years after the Cuban Revolution. He was arrested upon his return ...

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New NAACP President says his strength is among the grassroots

Underscoring the fact the NAACP has been a grassroots organization for its 105 years of existence, new NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, last week, said that has been and will continue to be his strength. “The NAACP, as a matter of history, tradition, culture, political effectiveness and advocacy, is a grassroots organization,” said Brooks. The power and the promise and potential of the NAACP lie, not ...

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From Black Wall Street to the Black Dollar Project

Despite historically high unemployment rates, African Americans have shown resiliency in their ability to persevere as consumers. In 2013, the National Newspaper Publishers Association collaborated with Nielsen to create a report and compile Nielsen’s third installment called, “The African American Consumer Report,” which showed the spending habits of the African American consumer. Most importantly, the rep ...

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Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def postpones tour, rumors abound

Popular hip hop recording artist, stage and film actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known to the world as Mos Def, recently made headlines with reports that his upcoming U.S. tour had been postponed for reasons unknown. Promoters of the Boston show, where Bey’s tour was to kick off, caused controversy when they announced, last week, the postponement was due to Bey having been denied entry into the country by U.S. I ...

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Empress Verdiacee Tiari  uncovered hidden history

Her Highness Verdiacee Tiari Washitaw Turner Goston El-Bey, the empress of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Empire and leader of the Emperial Washitaw Nation of Muurs, made her transition in April 2014, completing the lifetime of a matriarch who was celebrated around the world. In her time, Empress Verdiacee was a published author, archivist, historian, international diplomat, mayor, judge, business woman and ...

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The front lines of the longest war in American history

It’s not just a movie, its real life. And it’s not what you thought it would be, it’s much more. The scenes in “The Hornet’s Nest” are taken from actual moments during the war. It shows the daily life of our soldiers, their struggle, their pain, their heroism and an aspect of war one can never anticipate. As a documentation of modern warfare, the film is a pioneering work that uncoils its tale using video f ...

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