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Alarming CDC memo reveals vaccinated individuals spread Delta variant as much unvaccinated

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Anyone who wants to lessen their chances of contracting the coronavirus, and anyone wishing to avoid potentially spreading the new Delta variant, should wear a mask and get vaccinated—at the least. In an...

Rihanna joins billionaires club, credits God

BY AFRO Staff That Bajan girl did good. Barbados-born Rihanna has joined the now-expected Oprah Winfrey on Forbes’ annual listing of America’s richest self-made women, which was published this week. The multi-talented entertainer came in at No. 16 on the list, also...

US averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day

By Terry Spencer and Kelli Kennedy The Associated Press The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States crossed 100,000 new confirmed daily infections Aug. 7, a milestone last exceeded during the winter surge and driven by the highly transmissible delta variant and...

Kool & the Gang co-founder Dennis Thomas dead at age 70

By The Associated Press Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, a founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang known for such hits as "Celebration" and "Get Down On It," has died. He was 70. He died peacefully in his...

Pause on student loan payments extended through January

By Collin Binkley AP Education Writer The Biden administration on Aug. 6 issued what it says will be the final extension to a student loan moratorium that has allowed millions of Americans to put off debt payments during the pandemic. Under the...

Dave Chappelle fought to bring truth through comedy during pandemic

By Micha Green D.C. and Digital Editor mgreen@afro.com Donning face masks and stylish outfits, thousands packed into The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall for Untitled: Dave Chappelle Documentary Film, on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. People waited in wonder on what exactly they were...

Cori Bush protests evictions on Capitol steps

By J.K. Schmid Special to the AFRO Representative Cori Bush is leading a sit-in protest at the Capitol steps. Congress has adjourned for a seven-week recess but Rep. Bush is not going home. Instead, she slept on the streets of the...

Voting Rights activists meet with Texas lawmakers

By Deborah Bailey Special to the AFRO Civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Martin L. King III joined Democratic state legislators from Texas pressuring Congress to pass voting rights legislation last week.  While meeting with Congressional leaders, Sharpton and King spent the...

FAMU spends over $16M to pay off student outstanding balances

Florida A&M University (FAMU) spent more than $16 million to cover fees, tuition and unpaid student account balances during the 2020-2021 school year, President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has announced. “Over the last year and a half, the University provided over...

Mandela Barnes declares bid in race for Wisconsin’s Senate seat

By J.K. Schmid Special to the AFRO Wisconsin’s first Black Lieutenant Governor has made his bid for the Senate. Mandela Barnes , announced his candidacy for Senate July 20. A Barnes win would make him the state’s first Black Senator. Progressive groups have...

#WordinBlack: Advocates say expansion of child tax credit and continued pandemic assistance could pull...

By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO As the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic comes into focus, early data trends show that millions of students and their families desperately need economic relief. According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT...

#WordinBlack: Delta variant driving explosion of new COVID-19 cases

By Stacy M. Brown Special to the AFRO COVID-19 deaths in predominantly White communities have continued to rise at dramatic rates, providing a glimpse into just how bad the pandemic remains in African-American neighborhoods. “We see the disparity starting to close, but...

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