By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer, and Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Members, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from a penal colony Dec. 8 after nine months in Russian custody in a prisoner swap for a convicted arms dealer. President Biden announced the release in a Dec. 8
By Antonio Ray Harvey, Black Press USA A webinar hosted by ChangeLawyers, the American Constitution Society (ACS) Bay Area, and Equal Justice Society was recently held to discuss the possible outcomes of the pending decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the case of Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard.
By Kate Seltzer, Capital News Service The number of books people tried to ban from schools and libraries nearly tripled between 2019 and 2021, according to data from the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to 1,597 separate book titles in 2021. That’s up from 377 challenges to
By Ben Jealous As I write this, the final few races are being called in the midterm elections that were held weeks ago. It’s clear that the House will be closely divided, with Republicans holding a very small majority. History shows that in midterm elections, the party that doesn’t hold the presidency typically gains a
By Michael Pugh After years of interest rates hovering at or near zero, the Federal Reserve continued its long-telegraphed move in May to raise interest rates by 50 basis points and four times thereafter by 75 basis points through November. These moves resulted in an increase of nearly 4.00 basis points. With more hikes likely
‘Team Dream’ launches Oscar campaign for Best Documentary Short, telling the inspiring story of two Black women who returned to swimming in their retirement
By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, email@example.com When Luchina Fisher’s documentary entitled, “Team Dream,” premiered to its first audience at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in August, it received a standing ovation. Luchina Fisher The 16-minute documentary, which is a part of the Queen Collective program, followed the
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By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Report for America Corps Member, firstname.lastname@example.org When Nichole Footman-Kuykendall moved to Chicago several years ago, she began hosting holiday parties for her friends. Her guests, many wearing festive –but ugly– Christmas sweaters, for instance, would come ready to celebrate, but the newcomer hostess said she found it challenging to
By Dawn Suggs, Word in Black On a bright, crisp morning in October, a crowd of Donald Suggs Jr.’s friends, neighbors, and family from across the country gathered at the southwest corner of East 6th street and Avenue B in New York City’s East Village. In front of a verdant community garden, they witnessed the