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    Jacksonville Fla. Elects First Black Mayor

    Alvin Brown made history May 18 when he became the first African American to be elected mayor of the city of Jacksonville. Brown also became the first Democrat elected to the post in 20...

    15 Appointed to Advisory Council on Underserved Communities

    The U.S. Small Business Administration appointed 15 new members to its Council on Underserved Communities, including the president of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce. The council, which will be chaired by Catherine Hughes, the...

    Obama’s Re-election Campaign Makes Fun of Birthers

    President Obama has decided to turn the tables on the “birther” movement and make money for his 2012 reelection campaign at the same time, selling t-shirts and mugs making light of the controversy. “Last year,...

    15 Appointed to Advisory Council on Underserved Communities

    The U.S. Small Business Administration appointed 15 new members to its Council on Underserved Communities, including the president of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce. The council, which will be chaired by Catherine Hughes, the...

    Obama’s Re-election Campaign Makes Fun of Birthers

    President Obama has decided to turn the tables on the “birther” movement and make money for his 2012 reelection campaign at the same time, selling t-shirts and mugs making light of the controversy. “Last year,...

    CNN Anchor Don Lemon: ‘I Was Born Gay’

    Emmy Award-winning CNN news anchor Don Lemon announced he’s gay in a press release promoting his autobiography, Transparent. Saddened by the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi – a gay teenager- Lemon said...

    Miss Wisconsin Scandal

    Miss Wisconsin USA Shaletta Porterfield has surrendered her crown as she faces identify theft charges. The 26-year-old beauty queen allegedly forged signatures of three business representatives on advertising contracts at a marketing company where...

    First Lady Shares Wisdom at Spelman College Graduation

    ATLANTA (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama was welcomed with thunderous cheers and told the 550 graduating from Spelman College, an historically Black women's school, that no matter where they go, they need to...

    Questionable Signs Pop Up in Texas City Council Race

    Political signs which have cropped up amid a Texas city council race have been labeled racist by the candidate they target. Shahid Shafi, who is running for the Republican nomination for city council in Southlake,...

    Rising Floods Swamp Mississippi Delta

    Following a devastating series of weather events, the Mississippi River is overflowing to record flood levels, causing billions of dollars in damage in its path across three states. According to The Huffington Post, following heavy...

    Del. Mother Charged for Beating Son with Extension Cord for Taking Check

    A Delaware mother faces felony charges after police said she beat her 9-year-old son with an extension cord for taking a check from her checkbook to purchase a book at his school's book fair. According...

    Urban Outfitters Pressured to Diversify Board Membership

    Urban Outfitters CEO Stephen Murray stepped down May 13, just eight days after coming under fire from two shareholders for a lack of diversity on its all-White male board. Two shareholders in the clothing company—Maryland-based...

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