This and That

Filling police vacancies is latest struggle for Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Two years after Michael Brown’s shooting death put a national spotlight on Ferguson police, the suburban St. Louis city is struggling to maintain the number of officers it needs. The department is facing 13 vacancies. It’s down to a staff of 36 compared to 55 in 2014. Some officers have retired, while others who spent months ...

Read More »

Oklahoma police pepper spray 84-year-old woman (WATCH)

An 84-year-old woman was pepper sprayed by police and the incident was all caught on police body cameras. The incident happened on August 7 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Police say they were looking for 56-year-old Arthur Blackmon, who allegedly ran a stop sign and refused to stop. Officers followed him home, where his 84-year-old mother Geneva Smith lived, and told him ...

Read More »

Black teen punched, tasered and arrested by police awarded $18 by jury

De Shawn Franklin was asleep when three white police officers entered his room and began to punch him in the face. The incident took place in 2012 but he still remembers it vividly. “I didn’t even know what was going on. I was just asleep,” Franklin said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It was just all a big shock ...

Read More »

Why Black People Are Being Left Out of the Weed Boom

High Society: New rules and regulations surrounding legal marijuana as well as the high cost of entry are creating several barriers for African Americans who want to get in on America’s latest cash crop. Editor’s note: This is part 2 in an ongoing series that looks at the growing legal marijuana industry and its effect on the black community. Zulu, a ...

Read More »

Trump Wants Kaepernick to Find a Better Country, but Here Are Some Places Trump Can Go

Considering that Donald Trump is trying to make America great again, it sounds as if he doesn’t think it’s great now. So why is he still here? Donald Trump wants San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick to find a new country to live in. And it’s all because of Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem. “I think it’s—personally—not a ...

Read More »

Green Party VP Hopeful: Obama’s a ‘Tom’

And Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she won’t ask her running mate to apologize. Ajamu Baraka, the African American vice presidential candidate of the Green Party, has declaredPresident Obama an “Uncle Tom,” and the party’s presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein told the Washington Post editorial board that she would not ask him to apologize. Her explanation of why ...

Read More »

Ken Gibbs Jr. is a ‘Leader of the New School’

Ken Gibbs Jr. has a mantra that sets the tone for each day and his life: “I wake up in the morning and say I’m gonna win.” As Vice President of Social Media Marketing Strategy at BET Networks, Gibbs Jr. is leading the next generation of business marketing in an ever-evolving digital world. Based out of New York City, Gibbs ...

Read More »

Florida State wide receiver joins lone sixth grader for lunch

A Mother who is used to worrying about how her son spends his lunch hour got a day off from that worry when Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph sat with her child for lunch after seeing him sitting alone. The photo of the shared lunch at Tallahassee’s Montford Middle School was shared on social media. The 20-year-old was ...

Read More »

Gladys Knight wants her name off son’s chicken and waffle joint

Music powerhouse Gladys Knight has requested a judge remove her name and likeness from her son’s chicken and waffle restaurant. She claims that the drama and troubled finances of the restaurants are damaging her reputation. According to AJC, the suit was filed in Atlanta federal court and also asks that the restaurant, called Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, quit using ...

Read More »

The Conveniently Missing Racial Politics of EpiPen Access

For years, the rising cost of the life-saving drug has been a steep barrier for black families, particularly black children burdened by two factors: poverty and the growing disparity in allergy occurrence. The availability of essential life-saving tools, like the EpiPen, never rise to being a crisis until the price hits white people’s wallets. Foreclosures and the lack of affordable ...

Read More »