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2020 will be the least white election ever

February 1, 2019

In the 2020 election, white voters will make up less than 67% of all eligible voters, according to projections made by the Pew Research Center and released this week.  It marks the first time in American political history that white voters are less than seven in 10 of all eligible voters in a presidential election.

That's a significant moment in the changing face of America -- and has potentially massive consequences for our politics. White voters have long been a bulwark of the GOP coalition in national races while nonwhites have become increasingly Democratic over the years. At the same time, the white vote has been shrinking as a percentage of the overall electorate while the nonwhite vote has been growing.According to the Pew calculations, those demographic changes will only continue in 2020. (Here's a detailed explainer of how they arrived at their estimates.) 

Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Cory Booker announces he is running for president

February 1, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat who rose to prominence as Newark's charismatic and ambitious mayor, announced Friday that he is running for president.

Booker chose the first day of Black History Month to launch his campaign, timing that nods to Booker's own heritage and suggests he will put it at the center of his pitch to voters."The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it," Booker narrates in a video released on Friday morning, which features him walking through his Newark neighborhood.

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Decoding the Great Pyramid

Wednesday, February 6 at 9 p.m.

NOVA: Decoding the Great Pyramid

Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza--and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt. Preview

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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As Tampa Bay tourism grows, Airbnb's tax payments to Florida nearly double year over year

January 30, 2019

Airbnb collected nearly $90 million in tax dollars from Florida visitors last year, roughly double what the room-sharing and renting platform paid to the Sunshine State and its counties the year before. 

One of the main reasons for the spike? How much tourism continues to grow in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the state as a whole, said Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit. 

"Since hotels are doing great as well, it seems that simply more people are traveling to the region, staying longer and spending more," Breit said in a statement. "That has a direct economic impact for the hosts and homeowner … but then there's a secondary impact — increased tax revenue for the counties, and increased spending for local small businesses and restaurants." 

Visit www.tampabay.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Famous Harvard professor representing Harvey Weinstein says people deemed 'vile' deserve defense

January 29, 2019

The Harvard Law Professor and faculty dean representing Harvey Weinstein in his sexual assault trial sent a lengthy email to Harvard students on Friday defending the idea of representing people deemed to be "guilty, unpopular, vile or undesirable."

"It is particularly important for this category of unpopular defendant to receive the same process as everyone else -- perhaps even more important," wrote Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., the faculty dean of Winthrop House, one of Harvard's 12 undergraduate houses."To the degree we deny unpopular defendants basic due process rights we cease to be the country we imagine ourselves to be. In fact, most of the due process rights we hold dearest derive from lawyers who represented unpopular defendants."[Full article]

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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5 Black-Owned Urban Farms Across the United States

January 28, 2019

When you think of big cities, you probably don’t associate them with plots of fresh plants - they would seem out of place among the crowded streets and skyscrapers. However, urban agriculture is becoming a popular practice in America. People are recognizing the need for fresh and local produce and are enjoying the relaxation of planting and growing their own foods for profit.

Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating and distributing food in or around urban areas. During the World Wars, urban farming was used to support families and men overseas. Today, you can see it used across a wide array of communities, as it provides them with the ability to sell their product to local businesses. The difference between urban farming and community gardens is that community gardens grow food for self-consumption. Urban farming is the people’s way of becoming self-sufficient.

There are many urban farms in the United States. Check out these Black-owned Urban Farms you can find across the country. Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Black-Owned Airport Restaurant Applauded For Providing TSA Workers With Free Meals

January 28, 2019

Chef Creole, a Miami-based Black-owned restaurant that serves good Haitian food, boasts of successful 26 years in the business and loyal support from the community. Most recently, its owner Chef Wilkinson "Ken" Sejour decided to give back by offering free meals to TSA workers at Miami International Airport (MIA) who have been working without pay since the government shutdown.

Last Monday, Sejour have given away nearly 350 meals to federal security screeners, TSA workers, and other employees who were affected by the shutdown since December 22. Those who could not leave their spots had their free meals hauled away by hand trucks or taken out by their colleagues for them.

The TSA workers are just some of the 800,000 federal workers that had their pay cut off. Sejour, who said he relies on airport workers for most of his sales, thought that it was just rightful to offer free food when the workers said they couldn't afford to eat there anymore.

"These people are here every day. It's not like they don't want to work, they want to work -- they just aren't getting paid," Sejour said. "Today I was honored and humbled to show our appreciation & gratitude to TSA workers affected." Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Cuba opens its first new church since the revolution 60 years ago

January 28, 2019

Parishioners wiped away tears and gave thanks to God as the first Roman Catholic church built since the 1959 Cuban revolution opened its doors on Saturday.

"To see this finished is like coming out of the night into the day," said Rev. Cirilo Castro, the Cuban priest who oversaw construction of the church. "We knew it would happen one day."

That the communist-run government allowed a new church to be built, with two more on the way, represents another milestone in the state's evolving relationship with organized religion. Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Angela Davis Reoffered Award By Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

January 28, 2019

Angela Davis has been reoffered an award from an Alabama civil rights museum after it sparked controversy for rescinding the honor this month. 

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute released a statement on Friday announcing its decision to reaffirm Davis as the recipient of its 2018 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.

Davis was personally invited to accept the award, the institute said, adding that it “respects her privacy and timing in whatever her response may ultimately be.” 

“Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded throughout the world as a human rights activist,” BCRI President and CEO Andrea L. Taylor said in the statement, citing Davis’ “significance in the movement for human rights, her involvement in raising issues of feminism, as well as her leadership in the campaign against mass incarceration.”  Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Rescuers in Spain find body of 2-year-old boy who fell down well

January 28, 2019

Rescuers have recovered the body of a toddler who fell down a 360-foot (110-meter) well almost two weeks ago, according to local officials in Andalusia, southern Spain.

Two-year-old Julen Roselló had been in the countryside with his family near the village of Totalán in the southern province of Málaga on January 13 when he stumbled into the well, which is 9 inches in diameter.Saturday's grim discovery ended a frantic search for the boy, and came just over a week after rescuers found "biological traces" of him inside the well. "Unfortunately at 1.25 am this morning, the rescue teams have accessed the point of the well where Julen was sought and have located the lifeless body of the child. My condolences and condolences to the family. R.I.P.," Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez de Celis, a delegate of the government of Spain in Andalusia, tweeted.

Visit www.cnn.com to read the ful article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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New York’s justice system failed Kalief Browder. Now the city will pay his family $3.3 million

January 28, 2019

In 2015, Kalief Browder, a young black man, died by suicide after spending years in pretrial detention and solitary confinement on New York’s Rikers Island. More than three years after his death, his estate will receive a settlement from New York City. 

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the city is currently finalizing a $3.3 million settlement with Browder’s family. “Kalief Browder’s story helped inspire numerous reforms to the justice system to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again,” the city’s law department said in a statement. “We hope that this settlement and our continuing reforms help bring some measure of closure to the Browder family.”

In 2010, Browder, then 16, was with a friend when they were arrested and accused of stealing a man’s backpack. Browder denied the charges, but he was on probation for a previous incident and was sent to the Rikers Island jail complex to await trial. Browder’s family could not initially afford the $3,000 bail needed to secure his release — and by the time they managed to raise the money, a judge ruled that Browder was no longer eligible.

Visit www.vox.com to read full article. 

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New York’s justice system failed Kalief Browder. Now the city will pay his family $3.3 million

January 28, 2019

In 2015, Kalief Browder, a young black man, died by suicide after spending years in pretrial detention and solitary confinement on New York’s Rikers Island. More than three years after his death, his estate will receive a settlement from New York City. 

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the city is currently finalizing a $3.3 million settlement with Browder’s family. “Kalief Browder’s story helped inspire numerous reforms to the justice system to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again,” the city’s law department said in a statement. “We hope that this settlement and our continuing reforms help bring some measure of closure to the Browder family.”

In 2010, Browder, then 16, was with a friend when they were arrested and accused of stealing a man’s backpack. Browder denied the charges, but he was on probation for a previous incident and was sent to the Rikers Island jail complex to await trial. Browder’s family could not initially afford the $3,000 bail needed to secure his release — and by the time they managed to raise the money, a judge ruled that Browder was no longer eligible.

Visit www.vox.com to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Papa John's Proves All Money Ain't Good Money with $500k Donation to HBCU Bennett College

January 28, 2019

Crisis management is big business.

Ask those junior varsity MAGA bigots, or Kevin Hart, or H&M, or Shonda Rhimes, who transformed that exact premise into the award-winning television series “Scandal”. 

So it comes as no surprise that after its founder and figurehead John Schnatter got eviscerated for blaming the NFL protests for his company’s diminishing sales, only to get the boot later for dropping the n-word during a sensitivity training call, that nary a black household in the United States of Trump’s Government Shutdown wants anything to do with Papa Johns or their wretched Play Doh pizza.

Which is exactly why it comes as no surprise that in an effort to mend that bridge, the company’s charitable arm is donating the “largest gift that has been contributed” to embattled HBCU Bennett College.

Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill launch prison reform organization

January 25, 2019

Rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill have joined with sports and business leaders to try and reform the criminal justice system.

The pair were on hand Wednesday at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York to announce the formation of the REFORM Alliance, an organization that aims to reduce the number of people serving unjust parole and probation sentences.In addition to Jay-Z and Mill, the founding partners include Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin, Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Brooklyn Nets co-owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai, Third Point LLC CEO and founder Daniel S. Loeb, Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Michael E. Novogratz, and Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith.The group has pledged $50 million to launch the organization and hired CNN political commentator Van Jones as CEO. 

Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Shelia Jackson Lee leaves 2 posts after suit claims retribution for staffer reporting sexual assault

January 24, 2019

Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has stepped down from two of her key posts as she faces a lawsuit that alleges retribution to a staffer who reported sexual assault.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, issued a statement Wednesday announcing his support for Jackson Lee's "decision to voluntarily and temporarily step back from the Crime Subcommittee Chair position." 

Nadler said that, during Jackson Lee's temporary leave from the post, California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass would chair the subcommittee. 

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation issued a statement on Wednesday as well to announce her resignation as chairwoman of the nonprofit.

Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. 

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St. Petersburg's $2.5 million climate award doesn't come with cash

January 24, 2019

The $2.5 million climate award the city won from Bloomberg Philanthropies comes with a lot.

“A philanthropy-funded team member,” the city’s news release touts. “Resources,” “support,” “coaching.”

But what’s not included? Any actual cash.

“We do not provide direct checks to cities,” said Bloomberg Philanthropies spokeswoman Lee Cochran. “That’s never been the way that this works.”

So where did the number come from? Bloomberg Philanthropies said it would not provide a detailed accounting of the resources St. Petersburg will receive and what those individual items are worth, leaving it unclear how the value of the award was assessed at $2.5 million. City spokesman Ben Kirby couldn’t provide a breakdown either, referring that question back to Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Visit www.tampabay.com to read the full article. 

Category: Business

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Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020

January 24, 2019

Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president in 2020, arguing that the time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency.

In a brief video from her campaign that was released on social media Monday morning at the same time she appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," Harris called on her supporters to join with her to "claim our future.""Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren't just words. They're the values we as Americans cherish. And they're all on the line now," Harris said in the video, teasing her official kickoff in her birthplace of Oakland next Sunday.

Visit www.cnn.com for more information. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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A new Supreme Court is poised to take a chunk out of MLK's legacy

January 24, 2019

One is called the "child of the storm." Another is "the crown jewel." The third was dubbed "the voice of justice."

They are the three great laws of the civil rights movement: the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.A new conservative bloc on the Supreme Court though may soon treat them as something else: outdated "racial entitlements" that need to be put back in their place.

That's the dreaded future some experts envision for these landmark laws now that Justice Brett Kavanaughhas joined the Supreme Court. They warn that, for the first time, the high court has five firmly conservative judges who were groomed to dismantle the legal legacy of these laws, which have stood for 50 years. Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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US government v Silicon Valley: Oracle said to owe $400m to women and minorities

January 23, 2019

The US Department of Labor (DoL) has accused the tech firm Oracle of widespread discrimination against women and people of color, including more than $400m in lost wages and rampant exclusion of black and Hispanic people in hiring.

A federal complaint filed Tuesday said that out of roughly 500 people hired into technical jobs over a four-year period, only five were Hispanic and only six were African American. The DoL has also alleged that more than 5,000 women have been underpaid, with disparities as high as 20%, and that more than 11,000 Asian employees have been underpaid, with gaps as high as 8%. Visit www.theguardian.com to read the full article. 

 

 

Category: Business

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North Carolina Man Arrested After Video of Him Brutally Punching Black Girl Goes Viral

January 16, 2019

A North Carolina man was arrested on Saturday after video showed him pushing and punching a girl at a local mall as he was surrounded by dozens of onlookers.

Asheville, North Carolina, authorities arrested 51-year-old David Steven Bell shortly after video circulated on social media showing a man suspected to be him shoving a child and then punching her in the face at the Asheville Mall, WLOS reports. Click here to read the full article. 

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