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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...

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...

Six-year-old’s alleged murderer arrested

By Micha Green D.C. and Digital Editor mgreen@afro.com On July 28, Marktwan Hargraves, 22, of Waldorf, Maryland was arrested as a suspect in the murder of six-year-old Nyiah Courtney. Courtney was killed while near a bus stop with her mother on July...

New President Anthony Jenkins wants Coppin to be recognized as the gem that it...

By Beverly Richards Special to the AFRO Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, Coppin’s eighth president, is relying on the ability of faculty, staff and community partners to help advance the university’s vision and mission. Experiential learning for students, opportunities to showcase faculty...

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...

#WordinBlack: Public school parents highlight opportunities for permanent change post pandemic

By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Public schools are weeks away from in-person reopenings. Though the delta variant of coronavirus continues to spread, vaccination is not required for students and masks are quickly becoming a precaution of the past. As parents...

Honoring Henrietta Lacks the matriarch of modern medicine

It’s Henrietta Lacks Day in Maryland. On this day in 1920, Henrietta Lacks was born. At the age of 30, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and in January 1951 she was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of...

#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...

Vernon Jordan on Whitney M. Young Jr.: One visionary warrior pays tribute to another

Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League This Saturday, July 31st, we remember and celebrate Whitney Moore Young Jr., on the centennial of his birth. Young served at the helm of the National Urban League during the turbulent decade from...

Racism of rioters takes center stage in Jan. 6 hearing

By Aaron Morrison Associated Press It had only been hinted at in previous public examinations of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection: Scores of rioters attacked police officers not just with makeshift weapons, stun guns and fists, but with racist slurs and...

#SecuringtheBag: Baltimore’s hackers show old school is new school in delivering the goods

PK Semler Special to The Afro Baltimore’s Hackers – the informal network of neighborhood drivers that serve seniors and others stranded in the city’s notorious food deserts – have been providing an essential community service long before the arrival of Silicon...

Breaking Barriers: San Juan agent believed to be first Black woman selected for FBI...

The first Friday in May started with a sprint up a gravel road on a lush hillside outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it ended with the crackle of gunfire. For Tai, a 32-year-old FBI special agent who normally...

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