Dear AI, Black youth are beautiful, too

By Junior Bernadin As technology advances and artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in our daily lives, it is crucial that the creators and developers of these technologies accurately represent and include all diverse groups.  For example, on Jan. 3, I generated a series of about one hundred images using the word “beautiful” in conjunction

At Nichols’ funeral, Black America’s grief on public display

By Aaron Morrison, AP National Writer The sound of the djembe drums started as a low tremble and grew more distinct as the musicians drew closer to the hundreds gathered inside the Memphis church. “We love you, Tyre,” the drummers chanted, referring to Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man whose beating by five police officers

Family of Minneapolis man killed in no-knock raid sues city

By Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press The parents of Amir Locke, who was shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer when a SWAT team executed a no-knock search warrant one year ago, sued the city and the officer Feb. 3, alleging he was “gunned down in cold blood” in violation of his constitutional rights.

Maryland marijuana measure prioritizes social equity

By Brian Witte, The Associated Press Maryland is working toward creating a recreational marijuana industry with greater social equity, lawmakers said Feb. 3, with more licenses for minority-owned businesses and proceeds directed to areas adversely impacted by the war on drugs. The measure before the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, will enable the

Trump strategists scoff at Black voters, plan election stunts on audio recording

By Scott Bauer, The Associated Press A newly released audio recording offers a behind-the-scenes look at how former President Donald Trump’s campaign team in a pivotal battleground state knew they had been outflanked by Democrats in the 2020 presidential election. But even as they acknowledged defeat, they pivoted to allegations of widespread fraud that were