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Georgia loses jobs in March, gov’t says

Georgia (U.S. State)

Shocking footage appears to show Starbucks rejecting a black man from using the bathroom while giving a white man access

Starbucks is under fire for its treatment of African-American men.<p>Kevin Johnson, Starbucks' CEO, was forced to apologize this weekend after a video of two black men being arrested at a Philadelphia location of the coffee chain went viral. Employees called the police after the men refused to leave …

Race & Ethnicity

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. He was given the prestigious honor for last year’s studio album <i>DAMN.</i> The album was critically acclaimed upon its release, and was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album (which it won). …

Pulitzer Prize

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

<b>W</b>hen Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. Her beloved grandmother died earlier that year, and Landrum felt a sense of divine order when her doctor confirmed on Muma’s birthday that she was carrying a …

Pregnancy

Police chief: Officers did nothing wrong in Starbucks arrest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's police commissioner on Saturday defended officers who arrested two black men at a Starbucks, prompting accusations of racism on social media, concern from the mayor and an apology from the company.<p>Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the …

Justice

Black teen misses bus, gets shot at after asking for directions in Rochester Hills

- A 14-year-old missed his bus and it nearly cost him his life.<p>Things took a dangerous turn when Brennan Walker went looking for help at a Rochester …

Crime

Women of Color Get Asked to Do More “Office Housework.” Here’s How They Can Say No.

Selena Rezvani was in an all-day strategy session when she faced a challenge many women of color are intimately familiar with: she was expected to arrange lunch for everyone present.<p>Simultaneously, seven heads in the room turned towards her, the only non-white person in the room, to place the …

Women of Color

Howard University reveals that fired employees misappropriated $369,000

Howard University on Monday said six former employees misappropriated $369,000 in financial aid from 2011 to 2016, revealing for the first time the scope of the scandal that helped ignite more than a week of student protests.<p><i>[Howard University fires six employees after investigation into</i> …

Corruption

On the Street in Brooklyn the Morning After the Police Shooting of Saheed Vassell

On Wednesday afternoon, according to the N.Y.P.D., three 911 calls were made to report a man brandishing a silver gun in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Three plainclothes and two uniformed officers were dispatched to the corner of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street, where they …

Law Enforcement

'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris Plots Exit From ABC Studios Pact After Clashes (Exclusive)

Sources tell THR that Netflix is courting the film and TV writer for another mega-overall pact.<p>Could Kenya Barris be the next prolific producer to …

ABC

Israel's Netanyahu changes his mind on migrant resettlement plan

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was canceling an agreement with the U.N. refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, bowing to right-wing pressure to scrap the deal.<p>The pact would have have given thousands of other migrants the right to stay in …

Israel

Water Tower Place to black teens kicked out of mall: 'It was wrong, very sorry'

I’m looking for six male, black teenagers who were at Water Tower Place on March 3 around 7:30 p.m.<p>No, they didn’t do anything wrong.<p>It’s that …

Water

GAO report: Schools punish black students more severely

The government watchdog group that reports to Congress issued a report on Wednesday that found black students, boys and students with disabilities …

Black Students

America’s Federally Financed Ghettos

Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, showed utter contempt for his agency’s core mission last month when he proposed deleting the phrase “free from discrimination” from the HUD mission statement. Yet Mr. Carson is not the first housing secretary to betray the landmark Fair …

Housing

A House You Can Buy, But Never Own

African Americans in the same neighborhoods decimated by subprime lending are now being targeted with new predatory loan offerings, a lawsuit argues.<p>ATLANTA—It was not until a few years after he moved in that Zachary Anderson realized he was not, in fact, the owner of the house he thought he’d …

Real Estate

Man suing Baltimore Police after charges he tried to kill a cop are dropped

A Baltimore man accused of trying to kill a city cop last summer is now suing the officer and the police department for violating his civil rights, …

Justice

'Better financially' to kill suspects than wound them: sheriff

The sheriff of a California county with an outsized number of police shootings once said that it was “better financially" to kill suspects than wound …

Crime

Atlanta City Hall shakeup: Mayor asks entire cabinet to resign

City Halls

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>X⁠—<p>Last week I returned to Amherst. It’s been years since I was there, the time we met. I was hoping that you’d show up again; I even …

Mind

Former Georgia official uses n-word while advocating for a Confederate history month

A former city commissioner in Griffin County, Ga., used the n-word during a city council meeting while making a plea for a Confederate history …

Rights & Freedoms

Police Shootings Are Also Gun Violence

Emphasizing policing as the primary means of addressing shootings will only lead to more deadly confrontations between officers and the citizens they’re sworn to protect.<p>On March 18, Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento Police officers. Responding to a call regarding a suspect breaking …

Guns

Target agrees to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination against blacks and Latinos

Target has agreed to a $3.7 million settlement of a lawsuit that alleged the company’s criminal background check process was biased against thousands of Latinos and African Americans seeking jobs with the retailer.<p>If the settlement receives court approval, Target will prioritize hiring black and …

Human Resources

NYPD cops shoot, kill bipolar black man with metal pipe in NYC

A bipolar Brooklyn man waving a metal object at passersby was fatally shot by police Wednesday when cops responding to 911 calls for a man with a gun …

Law Enforcement

Michelle Obama wanted to gain the public’s trust. So she started with a garden.

MIAMI BEACH — It was a conversation between friends — between Michelle Obama and former presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett. Their chat, on stage in front of a group that was more sisterhood than audience, had a loose, casual ease, with Jarrett asking questions for which she mostly knew the …

Michelle Obama

Teacher who ran white supremacist podcast she said was satire submits resignation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Florida middle school teacher Dayanna Volitich submitted her resignation after it was found she was also the host of a white supremacist podcast called "Unapologetic" and the voice behind a Twitter account riddled with racist and anti-Semitic posts.<p>The Citrus County School District removed …

Middle School

Rewriting My Grandfather’s MLK Story

In excavating the story of King’s visit to Harlem Hospital, I uncovered my grandfather’s own fight for civil rights—and realized I’d misunderstood his legacy as a black doctor all along.<p>Our stories, for all their intangibility, come to define who we are. My grandfather was reticent about race, so I …

Black History

The Whitewashing — and Resurrection — of Dr. King’s Legacy

On Sept. 20, 1966, in the small town of Grenada, Miss., Martin Luther King Jr. would not get out of bed. Andrew Young, his closest adviser, tried …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Police kill unarmed blacks more often, especially when they are women, study finds | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

Blacks, especially women, are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than non-blacks, and that risk appears to increase in police …

Women of Color

NC prisons change restraint policy for pregnant inmates after complaints

North Carolina prisons no longer will permit the use of leg or waist restraints on pregnant inmates after a recent complaint that two women were …

Pregnancy

Under Ben Carson, HUD Scales Back Fair Housing Enforcement

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is attempting to scale back federal efforts to enforce fair housing laws, freezing enforcement actions against local governments and businesses, including Facebook, while sidelining officials who have aggressively pursued civil rights cases.<p>The policy shift, …

Housing