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Vanderbilt launches James Lawson Institute or the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements

Vanderbilt University announced the launch of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, honoring the 92-year-old influential activist who taught nonviolence to protesters during the civil rights struggles last century.

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Jay-Z and Will Smith invest in rent-to-own housing startup

Jay-Z and Will Smith are among a list of investors involved in a startup that helps renters build credit until they can buy a home of their own.

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Woman unaware she had $39M lottery ticket in purse for weeks

Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros, or roughly $39 million.

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For Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush, eviction fight is personal

Roughly two decades before she was elected to Congress, U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri lived in a Ford Explorer with her then-husband and two young children after the family had been evicted from their rental home.

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Cleveland MLB team changes name in move toward enlightenment

After more than 100 years, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team is getting a new name — the Guardians.

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Kanye hosts Atlanta ‘listening party’ for new album ‘Donda’ ahead of Aug. 6 release

Kanye West barely said a word during his impromptu album listening session on July 22, but the mercurial rapper still had most attendees standing on their feet while hanging on every word of his new project.

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More than gold

Gymnast Simone Biles stuns the world, her teammates and her competitors by withdrawing from Olympic team and individual all-around competition to focus on her mental health

Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was expected to again helped lead the American team to gold medal glory at the Tokyo Olympics just as she had at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Instead, the reigning queen of the sport help draw attention to the stresses that top athletes face Tuesday after she voluntarily withdrew from further competition, citing concerns about her mental fitness to continue.

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Hip-hop classic Biz Markie succumbs at 57

Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” died Friday, July 16, 2021, with his wife by his side.

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Muslims scale back Eid al-Adha observance in midst of pandemic

Muslims around the world this week begin observing a major Islamic holiday in the shadow of the pandemic amid growing concerns about the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus.

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Milwaukee Bucks bring home trophy after 50 years

Giannis Antetokounmpo had the Larry O’Brien Trophy in one arm, the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other and there was a cigar on the table in front of him.

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Positive COVID-19 tests dash U.S. Olympians’ dreams

When the flame is lighted Fri- day, July 23, kicking off the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the U.S. team will be minus several competitors because of COVID-19.

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Unsung civil rights pioneer Gloria Richardson dies at 99

Gloria Richardson, an influential yet largely unsung civil rights pioneer whose determination not to back down while protesting racial inequality was captured in a photograph as she pushed away the bayonet of a National Guardsman, has died. She was 99.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson honored with France’s highest award

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was awarded France’s highest award on Monday for helping “change the destiny of the United States” and with it, the world.

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Fayetteville State clears tuition debt for nearly 1,500 students

Fayetteville State University has used pandemic relief funds to clear $1.6 million in tuition debt for nearly 1,500 students.

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Charlottesville removes Confederate statues that sparked bloodshed

Cheers erupted last Saturday as a Confederate statue that towered for nearly a century over downtown Charlottesville was carted away by truck from the place where it had become a flashpoint for racist protests and deadly violence.

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Petersburg jury awards $300,000 to woman injured by officer

A Petersburg jury has awarded $300,000 in damages to a Black woman who sued a police officer for excessive force and false arrest after she was forced face-down onto the pavement during a traffic stop.

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Staffing shortages leads to temporary state mental hospital shutdown

Virginia temporarily closed admissions at five mental hospitals last week amid a staffing crisis. The move will allow the hospitals to reduce the number of patients through attrition, not discharges, until there are enough employees to care for patients safely, an official said.

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Union vows to defend teachers in CRT fights

One of the nation’s largest teachers unions on Tuesday vowed to defend members who are punished for teaching an “honest history” of the United States, a measure that’s intended to counter the wave of states seeking to limit classroom discussion on race and discrimination.

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Will Smith paid for NOLA’s fireworks

Residents and visitors to New Orleans have actor Will Smith to thank for the fireworks display on Independence Day.

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11 U.S. mayors commit to reparations as national example

Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Okla., — have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work.

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Want a job? Employers say talk to the computer

A day after her interview for a part-time job at Target last year, Dana Anthony got an email informing her she didn’t make the cut.

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Monument to activist-journalist Ida B. Wells unveiled in Chicago

A monument to journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells was unveiled June 30 in Chicago.

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Judge dismisses effort to remove state Sen. Louise Lucas

A Chesapeake judge swiftly rebuked a conservative group’s effort July 2 to remove a Black state senator from office over her role in a protest that ended with heavy damage to a Confederate monument in Portsmouth.

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’Let Sha’Carri run!’

Nearly 500,000 sign petition calling for her reinstatement in the Olympics

More than a half million fans are coming to the defense of America’s fastest woman, flamboyant track star Sha’Carri Richardson, who has been barred from Olympic competition over marijuana use after winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.86 seconds during the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., on June 19.

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Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 ½ years in murder of George Floyd

Not enough. That was the sentiment of the late George Floyd’s family members after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chau- vin was sentenced late last week to 221⁄2 years in prison for the murder of Mr. Floyd in May 2020.

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Jewish community prays for miracles after condo collapse

Numerous members of an Orthodox synagogue are among those missing after the collapse last week of a seaside condominium tower in Surfside, Fla.

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Sha’Carri Richardson blazes new trail to Tokyo Olympics

Whether watching from Jamaica, Japan or the United States, it was hard to miss that shock of flowing, orange hair that came streaking across the finish line first in Eugene, Ore., last Saturday night.

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Meghan and Harry welcome second child, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, welcomed their second child Friday, June 4, with the birth of a healthy girl, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

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Washington Football playing again at Richmond camp in July

The Washington Football Team will return to Richmond next month for the start of summer training camp.

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Black-owned beauty brands move into the retail spotlight

When Dr. Rose Ingleton launched her own namesake skincare line two years ago, she couldn’t break into the big chains and was forced to use her own funds and get financial help from family and friends.

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Actor Clarence Williams III dies at 81

Clarence Williams III, who played the cool undercover cop Linc Hayes on the counterculture series “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father in “Purple Rain,” died Friday, June 4, 2021, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.

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Wilberforce forgives graduates’ debt

Wilberforce University graduates had another reason to celebrate after an announcement at last Saturday’s commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

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W.Va. names road for native musician Bill Withers

West Virginia native Bill Withers has been honored with a road named in his honor.

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Restored Richard Wright novel involving Black man tortured by police hits best-sellers lists

More than 60 years after his death, Richard Wright is again a best-selling author and very much in line with the present.

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Stacey Abrams to deliver keynote at event marking 100th anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre

Stacey Abrams, who has become a leading national voice on ballot access, will deliver the keynote address at the “Remember & Rise” event during the Memorial Day holiday commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

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Lawmakers, others hopeful about passage of federal George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

A year after his killing unleashed a national reckoning over racial injustice, George Floyd’s relatives met on Tuesday with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House and with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to urge passage of police reform legislation in their loved one’s name.

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People pause to honor George Floyd on anniversary of his death

A family friendly street festival, musical performances and moments of silence were held Tuesday to honor George Floyd and mark the year since he died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, a death captured on wrenching bystander video that galvanized a global racial justice movement and continues to bring calls for change.

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Biles makes history in return to competition at U.S. Classic

Time on her hands and a world-class gym at her disposal after the 2020 Olympics were postponed, Simone Biles started experimenting almost as a way to stave off the monotony of training.

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Drake most decorated winner in Billboard Music Awards history

It was a family affair at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Pink twirled in the air in a powerful performance with her 9-year-old daugh- ter, Willow Sage Hart, and Drake was named artist of the decade, accepting the honor as he held his fussy 3-year-old son, Adonis Graham.

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell becomes mother at 50

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has become the mother of a baby girl.

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Disney Junior series aims to give kid’s-eye view of race

“Rise Up, Sing Out,” an animated shorts series presenting the concepts of race, racism and social justice to young viewers, is coming to Disney Junior.

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Fidelity launches teen accounts

Looking to draw in the next generation of investors, Fidelity Investments is launching a new type of account for teenagers to save, spend and invest their money.

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N.C. prosecutor claims deputies justified in Elizabeth City fatal shooting

A North Carolina prosecutor said Tuesday that sheriff’s deputies were justified in fatally shooting Andrew Brown Jr. because Mr. Brown struck a deputy with his car and nearly ran him over while ignoring commands to show his hands and get out of the vehicle.

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Youngster who interviewed President Obama at White House dies at 23

The student reporter who gained national acclaim when he interviewed former President Obama at the White House in 2009 has died of natural causes, his family said.

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GOP gubernatorial candidates meet in first debate

Four out of the seven Republicans running for governor in Virginia met Sunday in their first debate, covering topics ranging from education to law enforcement to the economy, with each promising to turn back liberal Democratic policies and end a GOP losing streak.

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Families want answers in latest police shootings in Va. and N.C.

Families in North Carolina and Virginia are still demanding answers from law enforcement authorities fol- lowing separate shootings by sheriff’s departments that left one man dead and another fighting for his life in intensive care.

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Census data show Virginia’s population up by 7.9%

Virginia’s population grew over the past decade, but not enough to gain an additional seat in Congress, according to new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday.

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Oscars awarded to people of color during year of pandemic

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards was a mix of triumphant firsts for African-Americans, other people color and women during a glitter fest held Sunday for the first time at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

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Rapper DMX dies at 50

DMX, the iconic hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” whose distinctively gruff voice and thoughtful messages in his rhymes made him one of rap’s biggest stars, has died, according to a family statement Friday, April 9, 2021. He was 50.

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Double dose of wrong

State Police, FBI and civil rights investigations launched into treatment of 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario during traffic stop in Windsor, Virginia, while police officer is charged in shooting death in Minn.

Virginia State Police and the state Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights are investigating the traffic stop of 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario in rural Isle of Wight County, where two police officers, screaming with their guns drawn, threatened him, peppersprayed him in the face and demanded he get out of his SUV without giving him an explanation for the stop.