Rep. Cori Bush, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist elected to Congress in November, remembers the hate-filled stares and the mental and physical abuse she and others endured from police officers while protesting in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and 2015. Today the freshman congresswoman uses the experiences and passion she had protesting the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. then to fight for Black lives in Congress now. “People were calling us terrorists for saying Black lives matter,” Bush, who is from St. Louis, told Yahoo News in a video interview this month. “No. We wanted to stop Black death at the hands of police.”
This week, the Biden administration announced that it would resume efforts to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman's image on the $20 bill, a move first championed by the Obama administration in 2016. Supporters initially praised the move, but some Black activists say putting Tubman on the $20 bill is an uneasy fit with her legacy. “Why would we want to put somebody who fought for freedom from this kind of capitalist oppression?” Feminista Jones, an activist and author, told Yahoo News. “Why would we want to take her image and then make her the face of this thing that so many people lack access to?”
Civil rights and FBI investigators will help look into the police shooting of Casey Goodson Jr., whose family says was shot in front of two toddlers and his grandmother while inside his Ohio home.
The 39-year-old dancer said while the BLM movement had sparked conversation, it was important to continue it long-term.
This week, St. Louis native and veteran Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush made history, becoming the first Black woman elected to Congress to represent the state of Missouri. “I just won this seat from a 52-year dynasty because I stood up for Black lives,” Bush said in a video interview with Yahoo News two days after her convincing win. “I stood up for brown lives and for babies in cages. I stood up against all of the oppression and the systems that have been holding our community down for so long.”
On Monday, Oct. 26, Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man who suffered from bipolar disorder, was fatally shot by Philadelphia police while he was experiencing a mental health crisis and wielding a knife. The deadly encounter has again raised questions about the effectiveness of police procedures when engaging individuals with mental health issues. Officers, like the public at large, have varied opinions.
The due date for the birth of Deja Stallings’s first child, a girl she will be naming Dsyre, is Oct. 19. But her mother says that her unborn child has already been the victim of police brutality after Stallings was thrown to the ground two weeks ago and held with a knee to her back by a white Kansas City police officer.
Olivia Rose Griffin, owner of the Limbo, a tiki bar in downtown Louisville, Ky., likened the last several months to slow-motion whiplash. The coronavirus pandemic and Breonna Taylor protests have brought the local economy to a near standstill. But Griffin says that's nothing compared to lives being lost. She feels that every business has to "take a stance" on the issues that matter.
Comedy legend Eddie Murphy has revealed his much-anticipated return to stand-up comedy will be delayed as he thinks 2020 doesn't 'need any comedic commentary'
Alesha Dixon backs Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo with Black Lives Matter-inspired jewellery on Britain's Got Talent semi-final.
Ashley Banjo has thanked fans for their support after Diversity's BLM-inspired dance received over 24,000 complaints.
The 'BGT' judge is focusing on his young family as he remains strong against the torrent of racial abuse directed towards him.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid have defended Diversity star Ashley Banjo over the Black Lives Matter-inspired dance routine performed on Britain's Got Talent
Ashley Banjo channels Elton John by walking out to I'm Still Standing after Diversity's Britain's Got Talent performance sparks more than 15,000 complaints
Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has now received almost 3,000 official complaints about Diversity's dance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Last night, ABC show ‘Nightline’ released the trailer for their upcoming interview with rapper Lil’ Wayne, and the comments that the star made in the short clip have already sparked outrage online. Discussing the political movement of ‘Black Lives Matter’ – a cause which has picked up pace in the US in recent months following the tragic, unprovoked deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of the police, Weezy admitted that he didn’t feel connected to the movement. Initially, Wayne kicked off by saying that it felt a bit odd to give fatal police encounters a catchy name, ranting: “That just sounds weird, I don’t know, that you put a name on it.
On Friday, the family of Keith Scott, an African-American man shot and killed by police in Charlotte, N.C., released cell phone video of the incident.
Georgetown University is planning to give preferred admission status to the descendants of 272 slaves that were sold by the school in 1838. This is one of many unprecedented moves the school is making to atone for its historic ties to slavery and the slave trade.