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Black World Week of December 17, 2014

United States NEW YORK – Yahnick Martin got reparations from the NYPD after they mistakenly handcuffed him, hauled him off to jail and had him leave his van filled with gifts unattended and running on a Brooklyn street back in 2011. Now, the city Law Department is paying him $50,000 ...

Black World Week of December 10, 2014

United States ARIZONA – A Phoenix police officer shot and killed 34 year old Rumain Brisbon during a struggle. Authorities say the officer believed Brisbon had a gun. Last week, hundreds of demonstrators protested against the killing of Brisbon, marching to Phoenix police headquarters and blocking the streets. According to ...

Black World Week of November 5, 2014

United States KENTUCKY – Someone hung effigies of a Black family in then front yard of a home on the Fort Campbell Army base. Base officials ordered the display to be removed which showed a Black family hanging from a tree. A sign that couldn’t be read was attached to ...

Black World Week of October 29, 2014

United States MISSOURI – six-year-old Angel Hooper was killed during a drive by shooting while she was shopping for bubblegum with her father at a convenience store in Kansas City. Hundreds of people turned out last Sunday for a vigil to remember the little girl. Angel and her father had ...

Black World Week of October 22, 2014

United States CALIFORNIA – Kamara James, a U.S. fencing Olympian who represented the country in the 2004 Athens games, recently died in Modesto at age 29. No one is really sure about her cause of death. James took up fencing when she was 11 years old after she and her ...

Black World Week of October 22, 2014

United States CALIFORNIA – Kamara James, a U.S. fencing Olympian who represented the country in the 2004 Athens games, recently died in Modesto at age 29. No one is really sure about her cause of death. James took up fencing when she was 11 years old after she and her ...

Black World Week of October 15, 2014

United States MASSACHUSETTES – The Massachusetts branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has found that the Boston Police Department has engaged in racially biased policing, often stopping Black people in the city with little to no justification. According to the ACLU’s “Black, Brown, and Targeted” report about 63 percent ...

Black World Week of October 8, 2014

United States OHIO – Jennifer Cramblett a White woman is suing a sperm bank because she says she was accidentally impregnated with sperm from a Black donor. In the lawsuit Cramblett claims the mix-up has caused her and her partner added stress and anxiety as they struggle to raise their ...

Black World Week of October 1, 2014

United States TEXAS - Pastor Benny Holms held a middle aged White woman at gunpoint for trying to steal packages from his home. Holmes previously had several packages stolen from his side porch. So he concocted a plan to catch the thief. The pastor put two decoy packages on his ...

Black World - week of September 24, 2014

United States MICHIGAN – Officer Joseph Weekley is being tried a second time in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones. Prosecutors say the member of an elite Detroit police team failed to follow his training when he stormed the house looking for a murder suspect with his finger ...

Black World Week of September 17, 2014

United States NEW YORK - For the first time ever there will be two men anchoring the “Weekend Update” of Saturday Night Live with one of the anchors being Black. Michael Che, a senior correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and stand-up comic will replace Cecily Strong, who will ...

Black World Week of August 20, 2014

United States The family of Anna Short Harrington, the woman who was the inspiration for much of the Aunt Jemima imagery, has filed a lawsuit against Pepsi Co. and its subsidiary The Quaker Oats Co., along with Pinnacle Foods Group and the Hillshire Brands Co. D.W. Hunter. Harrington’s great grandson ...

Black World Week of August 13, 2014

United States A diploma belonging to Harvard’s first African- American graduate, Richard T. Greener, has been the subject of concern after the man who found it threatened to burn the document last fall. Now, that diploma is in the hands of an auction that started last week. Rufus McDonald, a ...

Black World Week of August 6, 2014

United States The NAACP announced last week that the civil rights group will partner with Dunkin Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, to create an initiative to increase the number of Black-owned franchise businesses in the US. The announcement was made at the NAACP’s 105th ...

Black World Week of July 30, 2014

United States NEW YORK – Extell, a luxury Manhattan high rise condo developer, has reportedly been given permission to go forward with their plans to add a separate entrance to the building for poor people. The segregationist proposal was approved by New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The ...

Black World Week of July 23, 2014

United States Big Tobacco has turned to racial targeting to survive the downturn in sales. Reynolds American, the number 2 U.S. tobacco producer announced a deal to buy Number 3 cigarette maker Lorillard for $25 billion. This is important because Lorillards menthol cigarette brand, Newport, is marketed towards Blacks smokers. ...

Black World Week of July 16, 2014

United States GEORGIA – Residents of Thomaston rallied together last week demanding that Officer Phillip Tobin be fired from the police force for extreme acts of brutality. The townspeople reportedly took turns revealing the allegedly horrific stories of bully tactics and physical abuses that were committed by Tobin. The residents ...

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