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Ella Baker Ella Baker was a 20th century civil rights advocate. (Ella Baker Center for Human Rights) Ella Baker, a civil rights activist, played a pivotal role in ending Jim Crow in the U.S. Wanting every Black American to actively fight for unrestrained civil rights, Baker spent much of her life working for the National […]

A Black high school student’s monthslong punishment by his Texas school district for refusing to change his hairstyle does not violate a new state law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination, a judge ruled on Thursday. Darryl George, 18, is a junior and has not been in his regular classes at his Houston-area high school since […]

It’s Black History Month — the one month a year when Americans take time to recognize the contributions Black Americans have made to this country since they were first brought to the U.S. and enslaved. It means celebrating luminaries like Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress; poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black […]

Pittsburgh, Pa. — The first paramedics in the United States were group of black men in Pittsburgh who worked for the Freedom House Ambulance Service in the 1960s and 70s.  The Freedom House Ambulance Service, started in 1967, “laid the foundation for standard emergency treatments,” according to the Senator John Heinz History Center. “The team of mostly […]

AI represents endless possibilities for acceleration, but also discrimination — especially when it comes to the Black community.  AI relies on existing information and patterns — systems rife with inequality. Without intervention, it can amplify the racism and bias Black Americans face every day.  We are at a pivotal moment for AI, where we can […]

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – In 1953, Lenny Simpson visited his neighbor’s tennis court and saw professional tennis player Althea Gibson practicing. An event that would spark a career in tennis, at 15 years old, Simpson would go on to become the youngest male player at the time to participate in the U.S. National Championship. The […]

Santo Domingo.- In celebration of Black History Month, the U.S. Embassy collaborated with the Center for Caribbean Studies of the Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher (PUCMM), the Ministry of Culture, and Indiana University to organize an academic forum discussing the shipwreck of the French slave ship Marquis de Galliffet. The forum focused on the […]

On Monday, February 19, Selena Gomez shared some shots of her 40 hours in Paris on Instagram, simultaneously announcing her new single, “Love On,” to be released February 22. In the pictures, Gomez hits some of the Paris classics, opening with a shot of herself walking along the street with the Eiffel Tower in the […]

South Florida rapper Kodak Black has been freed from jail after a federal judge sentenced him to time served for a probation violation, though a drug trafficking case from 2022 remains ongoing February 21, 2024, 7:04 PM ET • 2 min read MIAMI — South Florida rapper Kodak Black was freed from jail Wednesday after […]

In acknowledgement of Black History Month 2024, a new report compiled by Black employees at online rental marketplace Apartment List has ranked Houston the No. 4 best U.S. city for Black professionals. Apartment List reviewed 76 cities across four major categories to determine the rankings: community and representation; economic opportunity; housing opportunity; and business environment. […]

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