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First Lady’s Achievements Recognized in Comic and Nickelodeon Awards Show

Bluewater Productions, creator of the comic book “Female Force: Michelle Obama,” is gearing up to release a follow up to that story entitled, “Michelle Obama: Year One.” The comic, which was scheduled to be released on March 24, is written...

Black GOP Candidate Calls Obama “Buckwheat”

An African-American Republican congressional candidate called President Obama “Buckwheat” during a speech denouncing the president’s health care reform bill on March 22. However, Florida congressional hopeful Corey Poitier said his comment has been blown out of proportion. “The press has run...

Mich. Woman Traded Girl, 10, to Man for Cocaine

A 45-year-old old Michigan woman with a cocaine habit repeatedly permitted a 67-year-old man to have sex with a 10-year-old girl she was caring for in exchange for the drug, the Associated Press reported.   Angela Blackwell of Saginaw Township,...

N.C. School Board Reverses Busing Policy, Drawing Claims of Resegregation

A school board in Raleigh, N.C. is facing backlash from angry residents who say school officials are trying to reverse desegregation in their schools, reported.  A policy approved by the school board in a 5-to-4 vote and allows...

Longtime ESSENCE Beauty Director Steps Down

Mikki Taylor, ESSENCE magazine’s longtime beauty and cover director, recently announced she will retire after 30 years at the storied publication, according to a statement issued by the magazine. As of March 31, Taylor will contribute to ESSENCE as editor-at-large...

Senate Seeks to Lessen Crack, Cocaine Conviction Disparities

The U.S. Senate approved a bill to reduce the disparities in sentences given to people convicted of crack and powder cocaine charges last week. But according to, some legislators are questioning whether the bill fully addresses the problem....

Dorothy Height Celebrates 98th Birthday in D.C. Hospital

Civil rights legend Dorothy L. Height celebrated her 98th birthday on March 24 while recovering from a brief illness at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., reported.  Deemed as the “godmother of the civil rights movement,” Height has...

Protestors Hurl Racial Epithets at CBC Members

Self-proclaimed tea party demonstrators, infuriated by President Barack Obama’ health care legislation, shouted “nigger” at Georgia Congressman John Lewis as he walked into the U.S. Capitol building on March 20. Lewis is a civil rights icon who was severely...

Howard Student Drowns While On Spring Break

The Howard University family is mourning the death a 22-year-old student from Baltimore who drowned last weekend. According to a statement issued by the university, Davon Green Franklin died in Cancun, Mexico, while on spring break with friends. “The...

Study: Blacks, Latinos at Higher Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a new study released by the Alzheimer’ Association, African Americans and Hispanics are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, African Americans are more likely to develop the crippling form of dementia than any other...

D.C. Students Gain Entrance to College

Nearly 150 D.C. students, parents and school faculty embarked on the annual College Round-Up in Tarboro, N.C., led by Councilmember Kwame R. Brown.  This marks the third year that Brown has escorted D.C. high school students to the event, where...

Senate Passes Bill Extending Unemployment Benefits

The U.S. Senate passed a $140 billion extension on unemployment benefits on March 9 by a vote of 66-34. The bill would also extend cuts for college tuition, help pay for the COBRA program, which helps laid off workers keep...


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