Afro Briefs

Afro Briefs

    First Lady Makes Surprise Visit to Haiti

    First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, arrived in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 12. The two touched...

    Notre Dame Names First Black Valedictorian

    In its 161-year history, an African-American student has never claimed the coveted valedictorian title at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. However, Katie...

    Russell Simmons Joins Rally in Wake of Child’s Alleged Gang Rape

    According to the Star Ledger, dozens of men joined Trenton, N.J. Mayor Doug Palmer and media mogul Russell Simmons in an unplanned march April...

    Two Women Arrested in Murder of Engaged College Sweethearts

    The alleged killers of a recently engaged Jersey City, N.J. couple have been apprehended, according to The Associated Press. Darmelia Lawrence and Latonia Bellamy were...

    Seattle Police Cleared in Stun Gun Attack on Pregnant Woman

    According to The Associated Press, three Seattle police officers have been cleared in a 2004 incident involving use of a stun gun on a...

    Black Male College Enrollment Slumps

    College enrollment among African-American males lags behind that of Black women, and graduation rates for Black men are the lowest of any ethnic group,...

    European Union Pulls Observers out of Darfur

    The European Union (EU) on April 7 pulled its election observers from Darfur amid security concerns. Sudan is on the cusp of its first multi-party...

    Louisiana Considers “Drug Offender” Driver’s Licenses

    Louisiana state legislators are considering a special driver’s license for drug offenders. The bill would apply to drivers who have multiple felony drug convictions and...

    Washington D.C.’s Newseum Gets Simpson Trial Clothing

    The suit that former NFL star O.J. Simpson wore when he was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife was rejected by the Smithsonian...

    Pioneering Black Businessman J. Bruce Llewellyn Dies at 82

    J. Bruce Llewellyn, a Black businessman who made a name for himself in banking, broadcasting, bottling and groceries, died April 7 at the age...

    Fewer Blacks Believe Home Ownership is Attainable

    Many Blacks still see owning a home as a primary way to achieve the American dream. But a majority of Blacks believe that this...

    Birth Rates Among Women Show Surprising Shifts

    While the number of U.S. births fell in 2008, the birth rate among women in their 40s continued to rise. According to the Associated...