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  • Why John Legend and Michelle Obama are talking about racism now Thu, May 14, 2015

    "Some racism is very easy to identify, the Donald Sterlings of the world, the people who use the N-word in a malicious way," Mr. Legend, whose upcoming HBO documentary, "Southern Rites," focuses on segregated proms and racism in Georgia, told Mr. Stewart. "But a lot of racism is structural," such as the way sentencing works in the criminal justice system, he said. Most recently, first lady Michelle Obama addressed the topic in a candid commencement address at Tuskegee University in Alabama, and the President, who was reticent to speak about race for much of his first term, has also made numerous comments about the progress the US must make on race relations. Joining them in recent months are comedian Chris Rock, NBA stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, and former NBA star Charles Barkley, all of whom have shared strong, if differing, positions on racism, with national audiences. More »

  • George Zimmerman awaits police probe in shooting on road
    George Zimmerman awaits police probe in shooting on road Wed, May 13, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman had moved away from Florida, but is now sticking around as police investigate his role in a confrontation with a man who shot at him as they were driving. More »

  • George Zimmerman's fresh start hampered by new investigation
    George Zimmerman's fresh start hampered by new investigation Tue, May 12, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman had moved out of Florida recently, hoping for a fresh start. More »

  • George Zimmerman Hurt As Shot Fired At Truck
    George Zimmerman Hurt As Shot Fired At Truck Tue, May 12, 2015

    George Zimmerman, the man cleared of shooting dead unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has been injured in a dispute involving a firearm in Florida. A police spokeswoman told journalists that the former neighbourhood watch volunteer had flagged down an officer following the incident. "At this time the investigation has proven that George Zimmerman was not the shooter. The alleged gunman, Matthew Apperson, also reported the incident to police. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday
    10 Things to Know for Tuesday Tue, May 12, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More »

  • Latest Zimmerman dust-up linked to prior road rage incident
    Latest Zimmerman dust-up linked to prior road rage incident Tue, May 12, 2015

    LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute. More »

  • For Baltimore post-riots, a role for clergy Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    During the riots in Baltimore on Monday, two groups stood up against the violent protesters. There were the police, of course, even though they were the object of resentment for the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake praised both. Two years ago, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts set up a “community partnership” division whose head, Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, is also a pastor. More »

  • From Trayvon To Garner: Deaths Spark Anger
    From Trayvon To Garner: Deaths Spark Anger Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    In the wake of the Baltimore riots, sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, here is a look at recent cases of police brutality and racially-charged deaths. Mr Gray, a black 25-year-old, suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody and died on 19 April. Baltimore saw violent protests after his funeral. The unarmed black teenager was shot and killed in 2012 in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer who calls himself Hispanic. More »

  • Basses discuss being black opera singers
    Basses discuss being black opera singers Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    When King Philip II of Spain faces off against the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi's "Don Carlo" at the Academy of Music, they won't just be portraying history, they'll be making a bit of it, too. In what's believed to be a first, a major opera company has cast two African-Americans in the roles. More »

  • After 18 months, no answers from feds in Ga. gym mat death
    After 18 months, no answers from feds in Ga. gym mat death Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Long after Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at his high school in south Georgia, those closest to the case remain deeply divided over how the teenager died. More »

  • Hillary Clinton presidential bid: Gender use is vital to shatter the 'highest, …
    Hillary Clinton presidential bid: Gender use is vital to shatter the 'highest, … Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Hillary Clinton will carry the mantle for gender in her second bid for the White House. Announcing her campaign for the presidency on 12 April, the former secretary of state, senator and first lady has already been accused of "playing the gender card" by chauvinists – who throw the phrase out in an attempt to belittle the fact that even if Clinton is inaugurated in January 2017, 80% of elected officials throughout the country will still be men. Or, to be more precise, Clinton should continue to campaign in a way that has never been done before: she will put women and children first. "When I was asked what it means to be a woman running for president, I always gave the same answer: that I was proud to be running as a woman but I was running because I thought I'd be the best president." Even without pushing her gender, her campaign at the time put – as Clinton phrased it – "18 million cracks in that glass ceiling". More »

  • The Latest: Demonstrators march through rain to city hall
  • GOP hopefuls give NRA event an earful on Hillary Clinton
    GOP hopefuls give NRA event an earful on Hillary Clinton Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton's imminent presidential campaign dropped like a gift from the heavens at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday. More »

  • Mediator to lead talks following Washington police shooting Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A federal mediator will travel to Washington state next week to begin talks between a police department and community groups outraged by the recent shooting of an unarmed Mexican man by officers. More »

  • Zimmerman: A person in his circumstances can't feel guilty Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman says in a newly released video that a person in his circumstances can't feel guilty over surviving a confrontation like the one he had with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he shot and killed three years ago in Florida. He also criticizes President Barack Obama's reaction to the case. More »

  • Loretta Lynch's Long Wait
    Loretta Lynch's Long Wait Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Last September 25th, a teary-eyed Eric Holder announced his intention to resign as attorney general, pending Senate confirmation of his successor. Republicans haven't dug up anything scandalous from her past, no single senator is trying to block her nomination, and she likely has the votes to be confirmed, although the margin will be closer than initially expected. The strangest aspect of Lynch's long wait is that the GOP overwhelmingly prefers her to Holder. The House has voted to hold the current attorney general in contempt, and dozens of Republicans have previously called on him to resign. More »

  • Unrest In Ferguson: How The Protest Grew
    Unrest In Ferguson: How The Protest Grew Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Here are the crucial events following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked nationwide protests... More »

  • Fifty years after Selma, whiteness still reigns supreme
    Fifty years after Selma, whiteness still reigns supreme Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Local initiatives ignore the framework that makes race problems possible in the first place: white supremacy. More »

  • Key figures in fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri
    Key figures in fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in August. His death stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb after the shooting and again in November, after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer. More »

  • Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security - CNN
    Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security - CNN Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "I certainly think we have to step up our sensitivities to what goes on in these commercial enterprises," Holder said in an interview with CNN that aired on Friday. "It would be the responsible thing for operators of these malls to increase their capabilities when it comes to keeping people safe who are just going about their everyday lives." In a separate interview with Politico, also published on Friday, Holder said he would push in his final weeks in office to lower the standard of proof for civil-rights offenses that would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in future cases. The Justice Department recently closed its investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, without filing charges against gunman George Zimmerman because of "insufficient evidence." "I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop - make us more a part of the process in an appropriate way to reassure the American people that decisions are made by people who are really disinterested," he told Politico. More »

  • Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit
    Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated what he called "the central role that African-Americans have played in every aspect of American life." More »

  • Today in History Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2015. There are 308 days left in the year. More »

  • AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder
    AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago. More »

  • Without hate crime, US limited in prosecuting Zimmerman
    Without hate crime, US limited in prosecuting Zimmerman Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The Justice Department's decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood-watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager isn't necessarily a harbinger of how it will rule in two other high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. More »

  • Dori Maynard, journalist and diversity champion, dies at 56 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dori J. Maynard, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her Oakland home, the journalism education institute she presided said. She was 56. More »

  • Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death
    Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
    10 Things to Know for Wednesday Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More »

  • No Hate Crime Charges In Trayvon Martin Death Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    George Zimmerman will not face federal hate crime charges over the killing of Trayvon Martin, the US Justice Department has said. Federal investigators "found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges" against the former neighbourhood watch volunteer, the agency said. After the ruling, Trayvon's family looked to the federal government to hold Zimmerman accountable for the teen's death. Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Martin family, said the Justice Department's decision was "a bitter pill to swallow". More »

  • Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death … Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death of Trayvon Martin. More »

  • Slain Mexican man's family views body, seeks 'justice'
    Slain Mexican man's family views body, seeks 'justice' Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The 60-year-old mother of an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state fainted when she viewed her son's body for the first time, her lawyer says. More »

  • Ferguson lawyer to represent slain Mexican man's family
    Ferguson lawyer to represent slain Mexican man's family Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The high-profile attorney who represented the family of a black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, says he'll represent the parents of an unarmed Mexican man who was shot to death ... More »

  • 'We're in Disarray': An Interview With Spike Lee
    'We're in Disarray': An Interview With Spike Lee Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    For virtually his entire career, Spike Lee has attracted almost as much attention for his polemics as his films. “I know I have a reputation,” Lee told then-CNN anchor Piers Morgan in 2012. “But I’m always being put in this position [where] I have to speak on race … on behalf of 45 million African Americans." Perhaps that's because it's impossible to extricate the defining characteristics of a Spike Lee "joint"—movies that are unabashedly bold and combative, with his signature double takes and hip-hop soundtracks—from the filmmaker's 30-year exploration of race relations in America, social justice, and the power of art. More »

  • German student's family hopes sentence helps them find peace
    German student's family hopes sentence helps them find peace Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was on the hunt, not the defensive when he shot and killed a German high school student who was trespassing in his garage, a judge said as he sentenced the man to 70 years in prison with no parole possible for at least two decades. More »

  • Kendrick Lamar Is Not a Hypocrite
    Kendrick Lamar Is Not a Hypocrite Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    “I'm not on the outside looking in, I'm not on the inside looking out,” Kendrick Lamar says toward the end of his debut album, 2011’s Section.80. It’s a good mission statement for the 27-year-old Compton rapper, who some say is the new king of hip-hop. It’s a good mission statement for anyone, really—the reminder that your point of view is your point of view, irreducible and distinct. At the age of 16, Lamar as the song's narrator says he “came to [his] senses”—an awakening of racial consciousness, the realization that powerful parts of America hate him. More »

  • George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
    George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor. More »