African Americans - updates

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Black-owned eateries buoyed by grassroots support since virus hit

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Numerous studies show that black business owners, and in particular those in the food industry, are among the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States

Oji Abbott "Chef O" sits in front of his restaurant Oohh's and Aahh's, one of the many on U Street, June 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. - Media, activist and business initiatives to support African-American restaurant owners have been stepping up in recent weeks in the wake of the historic anti-racism movement in the US since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in his forties who was killed by a white policeman on 25 May. Numerous studies have shown that African-American entrepreneurs, particularly in the service sector such as restaurants, have suffered most severely from the economic and health crisis caused by Covid-19. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Black Americans suffer from generations of economic marginalization

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:30 AM

From lower wages to longer commute times, the structure of the world's largest economy deeply marginalizes black people

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: People gather in the rain outside of the White House for a peaceful protest against police brutality on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protests in cities throughout the country have been largely peaceful following the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP

Hundreds of troops deployed as angry U.S. anti-racism protests spread

May 29, 2020 - 11:18 PM

Overnight demonstrators break through law enforcement barriers to overtake the Minneapolis police station where the 4 officers blamed for George Floyd's death are based

PROTESTS. Police officers block a road on the fourth day of protests on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Billionaire to grads at U.S. black college: I'll pay off your student loans

May 20, 2019 - 8:03 AM

Robert F. Smith, an African-American businessman tells the new graduating class of historically black Morehouse College that he plans to pay off the entirety of their student debt: an estimated $40 million

PAY IT FORWARD. File photo of Robert F. Smith. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images  North America/AFP

Russian trolls aimed to deter black U.S. voters – study

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The primary goal of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is to deepen divisions in US society and convince Democrat-favoring liberals – including Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community – not to vote, a report says

Michael Jackson's daughter Paris takes aim at paternity doubts

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:54 PM

He will always be my father He never wasn t and he never will not be says the 18 year old model

The United States: vital statistics

Nov 07, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Here are some key figures about the world s biggest economy heading to the polls on November 8

Voter turnout 'explodes' among blacks, Hispanics in US

Nov 07, 2016 - 10:25 AM

This swell of minority participation could spell trouble for Donald Trump s White House hopes

People confer during an event called 'Souls to the Polls'on November 6, 2016 in Cutler Bay, Florida, which aims to encourage minority voter turnout in the key swing state of Florida. Kerry Sheridan/AFP

Serena Williams vows no 'silence' on social injustice

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:27 PM

I realized we must stride on – for it s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go says the tennis superstar

Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during their 2016 US Open Women???s Singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY

Obama opens new African American Museum amid racial strife

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

African American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story It is central to the American story says US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Trump vows to begin deportations immediately if sworn in

Aug 28, 2016 - 10:19 AM

I am going to build a great border wall institute nationwide e verify stop illegal immigrants from accessing welfare and entitlements and develop an exit entry tracking system he promises

File photo by AFP

Forget US politics, rally around Olympians - Obama

Aug 06, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Among the US athletes is a fencing champion from suburban Jersey who’ll become the first American Olympian to wear a hijab while competing

DIVERSITY. Obama, in his morning radio and online address on August 6, praises Team USA's diversity. File photo by Olivier Douliery/EPA

Clinton eyes South Carolina win as Republicans brawl

Feb 27, 2016 - 1:18 PM

4th UPDATE When you run for president it s not just Americans who pay attention says Clinton

epa05183036 US Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary eve campaign rally outside the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, 26 February 2016. The South Carolina Democratic presidential primary will be held on 27 February 2016. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Woman who died in US jail victim of officer's 'ego' – family

Jul 23, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Sandra Bland 28 was found hanged in her jail cell 3 days after being pulled over for failing to signal a lane change and getting into an argument with a state trooper

CRUCIAL MOMENT. Frame grab from a handout dash camera video released 21 July 2015 by the Texas Department of Public Safety the traffic stop by Trooper Brian Encinia (L) of Sandra Bland (R) as he points a reported taser at her to remove her from her vehicle in Prairie View, Texas, USA, July 10, 2015. Texas Department of Public Safety/Handout/EPA

South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:01 AM

The proposal now is set to go before the House of Representatives amid growing public demands for the red white and blue banner to no longer fly outside the legislature in the state capital Columbia

STARS AND BARS. The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

South Carolina governor calls for removal of Confederate flag

Jun 23, 2015 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED The flying of the Civil War battle flag – seen by some as a symbol of lingering racist sentiment in the American South but by others as a hallmark of Southern pride and heritage – has returned to the spotlight since the massacre

STARS AND BARS. The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

US church reopens in triumph over massacre

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:42 PM

UPDATED The service offers still grieving Charleston a chance to mark what many argue is its triumph in thwarting the shooter s reported aim to foment racial hatred

EMOTIONAL. Parishioners mourn inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 21 June 2015. The African-American church in the southern US city of Charleston where nine people were slain by a white gunman reopened for services the same day. PEPA/DAVID GOLDMAN / POOL

US activist Rachel Dolezal speaks: 'I identify as black'

Jun 16, 2015 - 10:52 PM

A US civil rights activist who resigned from her post at the country s leading African American advocacy group amid allegations that she has masqueraded as a black woman for years says she identifies as an African American

‘BLACK.’ This photo obtained June 16, 2015, courtesy of Anthony Quintano/NBC News shows former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal while being interviewed by Matt Lauer about allegations she lied about her race, on the Today Show. Photo by Anthony Quintano / NBC / AFP

'Black' activist resigns helm of US civil rights group

Jun 16, 2015 - 2:19 AM

Rachel Dolezal resigns as president of the Spokane Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

File photo of Rachel Dolezal

US Attorney General 'prepared' to disband Ferguson police

Mar 07, 2015 - 10:12 AM

The Justice Department uncovers a cache of racist emails and proof of multiple rights violations in the Missouri town where a white policeman shot dead an unarmed black teenager on August 9 2014

'SHOCKED.' US Attorney General Eric Holder delivers an address regarding the US Justice Department's findings related to two investigations in Ferguson, Missouri, at the Justice Department in Washington DC, USA, March 4, 2015. File photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

First black senator elected in US South since Civil War era

Nov 05, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Tim Scott 49 was expected to easily win the historic vote after having been appointed un elected to the post in 2012 when the previous senator stepped down

Tim Scott in a post-election gathering in South Carolina. Image courtesy Tim Scott for Senator campaign

One shot, 7 arrested as violence flares in riot-hit US town

Aug 17, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Around 200 demonstrators in Ferguson defy a curfew imposed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Police officers stand along business fronts on West Florissant Avenue as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 16 August 2014. Photo by EPA/Roberto Rodriguez

New forms of racism arise in science research

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:35 PM

A professor warns science could be misused to propagate the belief that people inherently have different abilities based on skin color or ethnic background

NEORACISM. New forms of discrimination take hold in scientific research

Alex Esclamado: The invisible giant

Sep 28, 2013 - 7:03 PM

Despite Filipinos being the largest Asian American ethnic group in California there s still hardly anything said about them in public schools

'The Butler': Small-scale epic

Sep 12, 2013 - 8:34 PM

Film is a window to the mind of an observer survivor in US racial history

WINDOW TO THE MIND. Whitaker's 'Butler' beholds history. Photo from the film's Facebook

Falcons inspire at-risk youth

Jul 07, 2012 - 12:56 PM

Wild birds can be tamed and can tame people who need it

A NEW MAN. Rodney Stotts with a Lanner falcon. Screen grab from YouTube