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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 elections in 24 years, but the election is being marred by boycotts from opposition forces...

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 would display “DRUG OFFENDER” in bright orange letters on the bottom of the card. Rep....

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 Institution, but has found a home just a few blocks away at the Newseum in...

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 of 82. In addition to his many business ventures, Llewellyn in 1963 joined with David...

Va. Governor Blasted for Excluding Slavery History

It was a declaration that sent shockwaves throughout Virginia and unearthed centuries-old enmity among African Americans. On April 6, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonell declared April Confederate History Month in the commonwealth and initially omitted mention of slavery, the...

National Unemployment Rate Remain Steady

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s latest employment report, America’s unemployment rate did not fluctuate in March, remaining steadfast at 9.7 percent. However, the country’s long-term unemployment numbers grew and more Latinos and African Americans faced joblessness. According to...

Tuskegee University Celebrates President’s 28th Year

Throughout the month, Tuskegee University will host several events to honor the legacy of Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, the school’s fifth president, who announced his retirement last year. During his time at the university, Payton has instituted numerous programs...

New York Lawmaker Fights to ‘Stop the Sag’

A New York lawmaker has created his own campaign against the low-slung pants popular with many teenagers and young adults, according to The Associated Press. Last week, two billboards were erected in Brooklyn showing two mean sporting jeans so...

Five Charged in 7-Year-Old’s Rape

Five men have been charged in the heinous gang rape of a 7-year-old New Jersey girl in a crime-ridden Trenton high-rise apartment, according to a release issued by the Trenton Police Department. The child’s 15-year-old stepsister attended a party at...

Former Tuskegee Airman Willie E. Jenkins Dead at 85

Willie E. Jenkins, a retired university administrator and former Tuskegee Airman, died March 30 at the age of 85. Jenkins had been hospitalized at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital since February, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. The exact cause of his death...

Fox and LL Cool J Feud over Palin’s Show Use of Interview

Fox News and LL Cool J found themselves at odds during the week of March 29 over the cable channel’s use of the New York rapper’s image to promote a new show—one on which he won’t be appearing. The news...

Black Mayor of St. Louis Suburb Murdered

The mayor of Washington Park, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis, was found murdered in his car in the early morning hours of April 1. According to Washington Park Detective Kim McAfee, John Thornton, 52, was shot twice in the...


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