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Margaret Bradford-Matthews, 68, former hospital tech, mother, and community volunteer

Margaret Bradford-Matthews, 68, of Sewell, a former hospital technician, mother, and community volunteer, died Thursday, Aug. 9, of cancer at …

Los Angeles

David McReynolds, longtime peace activist and agitator, dead at 88

Longtime peace activist, writer and photographer David McReynolds died Friday after a fall in his New York home. He was 88.<p>McReynolds, who was also …

Los Angeles

Miss Black America at 50: A look back at the pageant’s history of protest and pride

Girl wants to be Miss America when she grows up. Girl’s dad recognizes the racism she will face on her path. Girl’s dad creates a black-centered …

Black History

Come Back Here With That: 10 Fun Words for Stealing : Plagiarize

<i>Pilfer</i> frequently describes the action of stealing something over and over again in small amounts in the hope that nobody notices it is missing, such …

Etymology

Aretha Franklin's Top 20 Ebony & Jet Magazine Covers

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has passed away, leaving behind a musical legacy as powerful as her signature voice.<p>From her first JET feature in …

Aretha Franklin

Be More. PBS.

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The Brain

Aretha Franklin ‘worked for me,’ claims Trump. Did she?

Aretha Franklin hadn’t ventured far from her hometown of Detroit for three years. But in the final weeks of 1988, the “Queen of Soul” boarded a custom-made bus, forgoing more traditional modes of transport, and set off for Atlantic City.<p>On short notice, and with little fanfare, she had been booked …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Bashed Trump in Private, Blew Off Inauguration Invite

The president called her his ‘friend.’ The ‘Queen of Soul’ wanted absolutely nothing to do with him or his inauguration, sources confirm.<p>The late …

Donald Trump

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s incredible statement dissing America shows bankruptcy of Democratic ideas

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing a Democratic primary for re-election Sept. 13 against far-left “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon and no doubt considering a race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, wants you to know America isn’t great, it’s never been great and it’s not …

Andrew Cuomo

The whole world watched: 50 years after the 1968 Chicago convention

Abbie Hoffman is dead. So is Jerry Rubin. Tom Hayden, too. Their fellow protesters who disrupted the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in the …

Chicago

When Aretha Franklin’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Drew a Torrent of Racial Abuse

Racist critics of the time declared that Franklin ‘crucified’ the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ she performed to open the 1968 Democratic National …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin was present for some of America's biggest moments — see photos from her incredible life

Music icon Aretha Franklin died on Thursday, August 16 at age 76. Her decades-long career included dozens of awards and honoree performances that ranged from personal to political and celebratory.<p>From singing at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968 to performing at President Barack Obama's …

Aretha Franklin

What The Rise Of Kamala Harris Tells Us About The Democratic Party

Welcome to Secret Identity, our regular column on identity and its role in politics and policy.<p>In the days after Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the two …

Democratic Party

Barack Obama Honors Aretha Franklin's History of Activism

In 1970, counterculture and black power activist Angela Davis was being held in prison on wrongful charges of murder, conspiracy, and kidnapping. Davis, a professor and communist, was called a "dangerous terrorist" by President Nixon. But Aretha Franklin stood up for her. A <i>Jet</i> article that …

Black History

Dignitaries tout Houston in bid for 2020 Democratic National Convention

Image 1of/1<p>Caption<p>Close<p>City leaders made a push Thursday to become the host of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as more than 100 Houstonians …

Democratic Party

How Aretha Franklin's commitment to civil rights and equality changed hearts and minds

Aretha Franklin was a soul-singing global icon with staggering commercial success — notching 44 Grammy Award nominations and 18 wins, and releasing 19 albums in the 1960s, 11 from 1967 to 1969 alone.<p>She was also an artist whose life and music was intertwined with civil rights and the struggle for …

Black History

Senate rejects ‘enemy’ label — Boston Globe threat — LA Times staffing up

<b>THE UNITED STATES SENATE</b> didn’t specifically mention President Donald Trump in a resolution passed yesterday, but the commander-in-chief’s anti-democratic rhetoric was front and center. Senators unanimously affirmed that “the press is not the enemy of the people” and condemned “efforts to …

Los Angeles

Democrats Should Finally Put Superdelegates Behind Them

The schedulers for this coming week’s Democratic National Committee meeting either have a sly sense of irony or a touch of historical amnesia. Why …

Liberal View

Never That Great, Huh?

“We’re not going to make America great again,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo informed this week. “It was never that great.”“America Was Never That …

Conservative View

Join the conversation with author and activist Sarah McBride

<b>Sarah McBride</b> made history when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, becoming the first transgender person to address a national …

Human Rights

Singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin was the undisputed ‘Queen of Soul’

Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of the United States' greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.<p>In her indelible late-1960s hits, Ms. …

Soul Music

Aretha Franklin flaunted fashion fit for a queen

Aretha Franklin’s soaring voice and commanding stage presence made her the undisputed Queen of Soul. But her striking style was also befitting for her reign as American pop music royalty.<p>From the kohl-eyed swagger she exuded in the 1960s to the oversize Swarovski crystal-adorned bow she wore on her …

Aretha Franklin

The Story Of The Rat Pack, In 33 Captivating Photos

From their 1950s origins to their 1980s farewell, this is the story of the Rat Pack — onstage and off.The post The Story Of The Rat Pack, In 33 …

Music

Week In The News: Aretha Franklin Dies, John Brennan, Omarosa's Tapes, Catholic Priest Abuse

Ex-CIA Director’s security clearance revoked. Omarosa Manigault-Newman releases tapes. Catholic priest abuse cover-up. Midterm election firsts. …

Aretha Franklin

K. Kofi Moyo exhibits 'Scenes of Resistance' from Chicago's past that mirror the present

Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Democratic National Convention, photojournalist K. Kofi Moyo is drawing from his 15,000-piece archive of street photography to put together “Scenes of Resistance in 1968 Chicago.”<p>Curated by Romi Crawford, founder of the …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here's The Story Of The Aretha Franklin Poster On View At The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is displaying a portrait of Aretha Franklin from Aug. 17-22 in honor of the great American singer, who died Thursday at …

Aretha Franklin

Omarosa talks about time at Central State, working with DDN in new book

Omarosa Manigault Newman — the love-to-hate villain on “The Apprentice” who took a job in President Trump’s administration before writing her …

Donald Trump

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn endorses Democrat Gwen Graham for governor

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Thursday endorsed Gwen Graham in the Democratic primary for governor, giving the former Congresswoman a high-profile …

Florida

Aretha Franklin: 5 incredible singers describe her influence

Aretha Franklin, known widely and indisputably as the “Queen of Soul,” died on Thursday at the age of 76.<p>Tributes poured in for the Detroit-based …

Music

Aretha Franklin sang as if she was talking to you — and about you, writes Bonnie Greer

Aretha Franklin always fashioned dreams. It is a mistake to see her singing as just “earthy” or “gritty” or “real”. It was, of course, but that was …

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