Town elects first black mayor, police force resigns.

21 Apr

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Most of the police force and several officials resigned after the small town of Parma, Missouri elected its first African American woman, Tyrus Byrd, as mayor. – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/town-elects-first-black-mayor-police.html

Should Spike Lee title his next movie about the violence in Chicago “Chiraq”

19 Apr

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Director Spike Lee is making a new film for Amazon studios which has already become the focus for controversy for it’s working title, “Chiraq”. The movie will focus on the Chicago community of Englewood and the “black on black violence that occurs there. Some in Chicago including Mayor Emanuel are not happy about the title. Some believe that it negatively portrays the city and in some way endorses the violence while others believe that it describes the state of violence in the city right now. What do you think about the title? Should Spike Lee keep it or drop it out of respect for those in Chicago against the use of that title and that have to live with the violence everyday? Cast your vote here: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/should-spike-lee-title-his-next-movie.html

President Obama on Loretta Lynch Delay: ‘This is Embarrassing’

18 Apr

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President Obama got impatient as he expressed his disappointment with Senate Republicans’ delay of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation. Read more: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/president-obama-on-loretta-lynch-delay.html

iReporter keeps focus on #BringBackOurGirls

16 Apr

Women react during a protest demanding security forces to search harder for 200 abducted schoolgirls, outside Nigeria's parliament in Abuja

It’s been one year since Boko Haram kidnapped 200 Nigerian school girls which led to the creation of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag. Unfortunately the girls are still missing. CNN iReporter Charles Alasholuyi has taken a picture of himself holding a sign with the hashtag bring back our girls nearly everyday since the kidnappings to keep the girl’s story alive. Read more: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/ireporter-keeps-focus-on.html

Al Sharpton launches hunger strike for Lynch confirmation

16 Apr

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s advocacy group and female civil rights leaders launched a hunger strike Wednesday to press for the confirmation of U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. Read more: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/al-sharpton-launches-hunger-strike-for.html

Five Things United Negro College Fund is Doing for Students

14 Apr

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Michael Lomax is the head of the United Negro College Fund. On Sunday in Atlanta, the UNCF holds its 36th annual telethon. Lomax sees the event as part of a greater effort to recruit a new generation of African-American stars to donate to the organization, which distributes millions in aid annually to historically black colleges and universities and provides scholarships to racial and ethnic minority students to attend all types of institutions. Here are five things to know about the UNCF, based on an Associated Press interview with Lomax. Read more: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/five-things-united-negro-college-fund.html

Reserve Deputy Charged With Manslaughter In Eric Harris Death

14 Apr

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Tulsa County reserve deputy Bob Bates has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris. Bates, 73, shot and killed Harris during an undercover gun deal April 2, 2015. Read more: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/reserve-deputy-charged-with.html

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