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Lawyer who successfully argued Loving case legalizing interracial marriage dies

Bernard S. Cohen, who won a landmark case that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of laws forbidding interracial marriage and later went on to a successful political career as a state legislator, has died. He was 86.

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’Empire’ star Taraji P. Henson hailed for mental health work

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has enjoyed wealth, celebrity, a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. But behind the scenes, she has battled anxiety and depression.

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond to pay $6.2M to sexual abuse victims

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced last week that it is paying $6.3 million to 51 people who experienced sexual abuse as minors by clergy.

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Va. company switches from e-cigarettes to manufacturing PPE

A Virginia-based company that makes disposable face masks and surgical masks plans to create 180 jobs and invest $5.3 million to grow its operations in the area.

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Alabama governor apologizes to 1963 church bombing survivor

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has apologized to a survivor of a racist 1963 church bombing that killed four Black girls, calling the blast an “egregious injustice.” But the governor declined on Sept. 30 to pay restitution without legislative involvement.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered as an agent of change

Jennifer Carroll Foy remembers the moment that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed her life.

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“Wanton murder”

Breonna Taylor’s family attorney decries the decision of a Kentucky grand jury to absolve 2 white police offers in her shooting death, while charging a third with endangering Ms. Taylor’s neighbors

Two white policemen who fired shots inside the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a Black emergency medical technician, will not be prosecuted for her death because their use of force was justified, while a third police officer was charged with endangering her neighbors, Kentucky’s attorney general announced on Wednesday.

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Rosa Parks’ home displayed in Italy amid racial justice backdrop

The rundown, paint-chipped Detroit house where civil rights icon Rosa Parks took refuge after her historic bus boycott is going on display in Italy in a setting that couldn’t be more incongruous: The imposing central courtyard of the Royal Palace in Naples.

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Say her name

City of Louisville to pay the family of Breonna Taylor $12M to settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed after she was shot to death by police during a late-night raid of her home

Months after the police killing of Breonna Taylor thrust her name to the forefront of a national reckoning on race, the City of Louisville agreed to pay the Black woman’s family $12 million and reform police practices as part of a settlement announced Tuesday.

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, Gabriela Hearst win top fashion awards

NEW YORK The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Haitian-American Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear and Gabriela Hearst for womenswear.

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Kool & the Gang co-founder Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell dies at 68

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a co-founder, singer and producer of the group Kool & the Gang, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. He was 68.

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Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax launches campaign for governor

Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax formally kicked off his campaign for governor last Saturday, a year after facing two allegations of sexual assault.

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Bloomberg gives $100M to historically Black medical schools

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving about $100 million to four historically Black medical schools over the next four years, with students getting up to $100,000 apiece.

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George Washington professor, who claimed to be Black, comes clean about her racial background

George Washington University is investigating the case of a history professor who allegedly admitted to fraudulently pretending to be a Black woman for her entire career.

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Falwell being investigated after resigning as president of Liberty University

Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday.

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Families decry ‘two systems of justice’ at D.C. march

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously laid out a vision for harmony between white and Black people 57 years ago, his son issued a sobering reminder about the persistence of police brutality and racist violence targeting Black Americans.

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Athlete power: ‘Shut up and play’ is tossed from the game

The sports world came to a halt last week as leagues postponed professional men’s and women’s basketball games, football practices, soccer matches, baseball games, hockey playoffs and tennis competitions as players protested the shooting of a Black man by police in Kenosha, Wis.

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Not again

Wisconsin man, 29, paralyzed after being shot in the back Sunday by police as his children watched

Suddenly there is a new name and a new face to remind people that the lesson of George Floyd has not sunk in among many in the police rank and file.

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Petersburg native Joseph B. Jefferson, whose songs gave The Spinners big hits, dies at 77

Petersburg native Joseph Banks Jefferson, a self-taught drummer and organist who went on to co-write hit songs for The Spinners, has died in his adopted city of Philadelphia.

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Walmart, Target quit Thanksgiving shopping cold turkey; Black Friday still looms in the air

Forget about rushing out this year on Thanksgiving Day to get a jump on Christmas shopping. Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of jumpstarting Black Friday door buster sales.

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Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Man- dela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, has died at age 59.

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Oprah’s O magazine to end monthly print editions after 20 years

O, The Oprah Magazine is ending its regular monthly print editions with the December issue after 20 years of publication.

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Beyonce’s new ‘Black Is King’ premieres July 31

Social media is buzzing in anticipation of Beyoncé’s new visual album, “Black Is King,” that premieres Thursday, July 31, on Disney+.

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WNBA opens shortened season with tribute to Breonna Taylor

WNBA players opened their season last weekend wearing uniforms featur- ing Breonna Taylor’s name to honor the 26-year-old emergency medical technician and former high school basketball player who was shot and killed by plainclothes police who broke down the door of her Louisville, Ky., apartment on March 13 to serve a narcotics search warrant.

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Rev. C.T. Vivian, Freedom Rides organizer and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 95

The Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and equality, died Friday, July 17, 2020, the same day as fellow civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

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Ashe statue to stay put

On Richmond’s Monument Avenue, the collection of towering statues honoring Confederate veterans was interrupted by one noticeably different: A monument to hometown tennis legend and human rights activist Arthur Ashe Jr.

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Tearful, rambling Kanye West launches presidential campaign

In his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign, rapper Kanye West ranted against abortion and pornography, argued policy with attendees and at one point broke down in tears during rambling remarks Sunday at a Charleston, S.C., wedding venue and convention center.

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Turmoil at EBONY and Essence magazines prompts changes at top

EBONY and Essence magazines are in trouble.

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Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Rudolfo Anaya, a writer who helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel, “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos, has died at 82.

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Wilder claims racism in state library lag in processing his gubernatorial papers

Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is accusing the state library of racism for its slow pace in processing and publicly presenting records from his tenure as the nation’s first elected African-American governor.

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Black lives celebrated and mourned at emotional BET Awards

Black power, suffering and the fight for justice took center stage at the BET Awards on Sunday, the first Black celebrity event since recent nationwide mass protests broke out over systemic racism.

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NASA names D.C. headquarters for engineer Mary W. Jackson of ‘Hidden Figures’ fame

The early African-American women at NASA will not be hidden anymore.

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FBI finds no hate crime in old noose in Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR garage

NASCAR went to Talladega Superspeedway last weekend on heightened alert after Bubba Wallace, its only Black driver, took on an active role in a push for racial equality.

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Aunt Jemima being retired by Quaker Oats

America’s painful struggles over racism have finally caught up with Aunt Jemima, that ubiquitous fixture served up at breakfast tables for 131 years.

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Actor Jamie Foxx to play heavyweight champ Mike Tyson in biopic

Jamie Foxx is in the gym muscling up for what he hopes will be a knockout performance.

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Feds sue Stafford County over law blocking Islamic cemetery

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a Virginia county for “imposing restrictive zoning requirements” that blocked an Islamic nonprofit from building a cemetery.

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Beyonce drops new surprise single on Juneteenth; sales to benefit Black businesses

Beyoncé did not let Juneteenth pass without dropping one of her signature surprises — a new single called “Black Parade.”

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LGBT activists see had work ahead despite U.S. Supreme Court victory

LGBT rights activists are elated by a major U.S. Supreme Court victory on job discrimination, and hope the decision will spur action against other biases faced by their community despite Trump administration efforts to slow or reverse advances.

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George Floyd, ‘cornerstone of a movement,’ is laid to rest

Fifteen days after George Floyd cried out for his mother with his final breaths, the 46-year-old who has become a worldwide symbol in the call for justice was laid to rest beside his mother after a funeral Tuesday in his boyhood home of Houston.

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Michael Jordan donating $100M to racial equality and social justice organizations

Basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice.

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Episcopal bishop ‘outraged’ by Trump church photo op

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington sharply criticized President Trump on Monday for staging a visit to the historic St. John’s Church across from the White House, where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the area of peaceful protesters using tear gas.

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‘I can’t breathe’

Minneapolis police officers fired after cell phone video shows one kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, who later died.

Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired in the wake of the brutal death Monday of George Floyd, a 46-year-old father and security guard, who died after being handcuffed by police and put face down in the street, where a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

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Grammy-winning singer Betty Wright succumbs at 66

Betty Wright, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter whose influential 1970s hits included “Clean Up Woman” and “Where Is the Love,” is dead at age 66.

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Oprah to keynote #Graduation 2020

Just when high school and college seniors across the country were starting to think all was lost for their graduation ceremonies canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the richest and most influential women in the nation comes to the rescue: Oprah Winfrey.

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Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney dies

Award-winning jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney, who studied under and collaborated with the Miles Davis, Art Blakey and other jazz greats during his 40-year career, died Tuesday, March 31, 2020, of complications from COVID-19.

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Jazz pianist, professor and family patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr. dies at 85 of complications from coronavirus

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, professor and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from pneumonia brought on by coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85.

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How to clean your cell phone

You’re washing your hands countless times a day to try to ward off the coronavirus. You should also wash that extension of your hand and breeding ground for germs — your phone. Tests done by scientists show that the virus can live for two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning all “high-touch” surfaces daily, including phones, keyboards and tablet computers.

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Grammy Award winner Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” “Grandma’s Hands” and “Just the Two of Us,” died Monday, March 30, 2020, from heart complications. He was 81.

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