President Obama Plans to be First President to Visit Cuba in 68 Years


By Ryan Velez According to an Al Jazeera America report, President Barack Obama is currently planning a visit to Cuba this March, which would make him the first sitting president to do so since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. This visit, which has yet to be officially announced, would be part of a larger trip through Latin America, and comes on the heels of previous efforts by Obama to try and…

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Ben Carson’s Campaign Ad Manages to Horrify Even Him


By Angela Wills Ben Carson’s explanation for his campaign ad, which even he claims to have been horrified by, was that “It was done by people who have no concept of the black community.” Carson blamed his staff for the poorly constructed rap radio advertisement that was released last year, saying that he has a campaign that is run much better now since shaking up the staff around the New Year….

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Rahm Emanuel Warmly Received at MLK Event Despite of A Few Protests


By Victor Ochieng The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday went down in style, but not without controversy. The breakfast gathering was hosted at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and was attended by several dignitaries, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As the proceedings were ongoing, there were some protesters outside comprising of individuals who believe Chicago isn’t where it’s supposed to be. The detractors strongly felt that were King alive…

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Obama Faces Tough Questioning as he Pleads for Stricter Gun Control Laws

US President Barack Obama participates in a live town hall event with CNN's Anderson Cooper on reducing gun violence in America

By Angela Wills A live television broadcast of an intense, but civilized, town-hall-style setting was the scene where President Obama was pressed by gun rights activists last Thursday as he pleaded for stricter gun control efforts. President Obama was put on the defensive end as he was called to justify the reasoning for his requests over an issue that has the nation’s capital divided and the presidential campaign trail up…

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95 Christmastime Pardons and Commutations Granted by President Obama


By Angela Wills The decision of President Obama to shave off time of the sentences of 95 federal prisoners on Friday was an extension of a trend in Christmastime clemency that’s being viewed as part of a broken process. Obama said the clemency grants – the greatest single-day use of his power to pardon in his presidential seat to this day,”Another step forward in upholding our fundamental ideals of justice…

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Emanuel Visits Urban Prep and Students Chant “16 Shots”


By Angela Wills Mayor Rahm Emanuel received a not so welcoming reception Wednesday morning at a place not usually referenced for outcries or protests. The mayor was paying a visit to Urban Prep Charter Academy, Englewood, which is a school where students are distinctively dressed in white shirts and red ties daily as they attend school. The visit was an order of an announcement made by Emanuel for the cabinet…

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Rahm Emanuel Fires “Fall Guy” in the Laquan McDonald Shooting


By Robert Stitt The American people have expressed their outrage over the shooting of unarmed black teen Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer. The outrage was not just that Officer Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times as the teen was calmly walking down the street, but that the police department and city officials tried to cover the incident up. There was a police car dash cam that caught…

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Trump’s New National Spokesperson Is African-American Tea Partier Katrina Pierson


By Nicholas Muiruri Katrina Pierson is the new spokeswoman for Republican presidential aspirant, Donald Trump. Pierson is best known as an activist for the Tea Party and an ardent supporter of Senator Ted Cruz. Before the appointment, Pierson was on Senator Ted Cruz’s camp. Senator Cruz is also eyeing the Republican Party’s nomination slot. According to Politico, Trump’s move is an attempt at keeping his lead and preventing Cruz from…

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Clinton’s Atlanta Campaign Speaks on Racial Equality While Addressing Young Protesters


By Margarette Lesema On Friday, Democratic President front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton shouted over black protesters as she made promises that she will address issues on systemic racism and that she will follow the footsteps of President Barack Obama, and go even further. Her campaign’s theme centers on the country’s lingering racism and she outlined plans for reforms in criminal justice, the same pitch that her rivals— former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and…

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“Prison Obsura”: A Glimpse Into America’s Prison System


By Shanieka Stanton Editor and curator, Pete Brook, sat down in an interview with the Huffington Post recently to shed light on America’s prison industrial complex, and the hidden dread and suffering of its forgotten prisoners. Brook has been writing about, and capturing the invidious images of America’s prison system since 2008, and in 2013 began sharing those images with the world in an exhibition entitled, “Prison Obscura.” The activist…

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President Obama’s Brother Sells Letter He Wrote About Running for Senator to Deal with Black Issues


President Barack Obama’s paternal half-brother, Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama, auctioned off a letter that the future U.S. leader wrote to him in 1995, when he was apparently considering running for senator of Illinois to help Black Americans. In the letter, President Obama, a 33-year-old lawyer at the time, updated Malik on his life, including the status of his wife, his mother, and his political career. “Some colleagues of mine here…

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Black Conservative Suggests Charleston Church Shooting Happened Because White People Can No Longer Express Themselves


Jesse Lee Peterson is known for his extremely conservative views on Black issues. The reverend and frequent Fox News guest can often be heard on his radio show denying the existence of modern-day racism and has even admitted that he does not acknowledge White supremacy. So, it makes perfect sense that Peterson would insinuate that Emanuel AMC shooter and perceived White supremacist Dylann Roof was likely not being racist in…

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Meet the Press Defends Airing Gun Violence Segment Only Featuring Black Criminals


“Meet the Press” aired a segment on Sunday morning that featured men from the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York who had participated in gun violence. The issue with the story was that it only featured Black men. Some questioned why, in the wake of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in South Carolina in which a White man shot and killed nine Black people, would the program air a…

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Malcolm X tells grand jury who is trying to murder his family


Hear Malcolm X’s own words about his relationship with the Nation of Islam and how he ended up leaving the organization. After you watch the video, please tell us what you think. Can the black community move past this? In the video, Malcolm even says that he knows that he’s “a dead man already,” and that the kind of information he has about the Nation of Islam might lead to…

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Ted Cruz: Obama “inflamed racial tensions… divided us”

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Reported by Robert Stitt Few things have been as polarizing in America during the past year as race relations. Granted, the issue has always been here, so it’s not completely accurate to say this is something new or that it has only surfaced due to recent events. Yet, with the highly-publicized police-involved deaths of Black men such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddy Gray, race relations surged past the…

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