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MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center over licensing

With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.

Poor Communities Lose Billions to Predatory Lenders

Predatory lenders continue to target poor, black and Latino communities, siphoning off $103 billion in fees and interests every year, and the rest of us are paying for it, according to a recent report by United for a Fair Economy. ...

The Four-Letter Word Politicians Avoid: Poor

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama never used the word “poor” and only used the word “poverty” once, which was in the context of fighting “extreme poverty” globally, in emphasizing the recent Ebola ...

Black Unemployment Rate Headed for Single Digits

After three consecutive months of the economy adding more than 25,000 jobs, the Black unemployment rate could dip below 10 percent by mid-2015 if current trends continue, says Valerie Wilson, an economist and director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, ...

HBCUs Divided over Free Community College Plan

Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt are harm Historically Black Colleges and ...

Black Communities Should Not Expect Much from Black Republicans

Black Republicans made history during the midterm elections in November by winning in Texas, South Carolina and Texas, but political analysts wonder if the victories will have any long-term impact on the future of the GOP in the Black community.

2 Tuskegee Airmen die in Los Angeles at 91

Two members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen have died in Los Angeles. Relatives say Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey, both 91, died last Monday in their Los Angeles homes.

Union seeks election among Delta Air Lines flight attendants

The International Association of Machinists says it has enough support from Delta Air Lines flight attendants to force a union-representation election.

The Rumble in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans took control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, setting the stage for fierce partisan battles that could consume the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Supreme Court Excuses Cop’s Ignorance of the Law, Sotomayor Finds Fault in Ruling

At a time when public trust in policing is falling to its nadir, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may have added fuel to the fire. During the week of Dec. 14, the Court ruled in Heien v. North Carolina ...

First black female Republican joins US Congress

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mia Love of Utah on Tuesday became the first black female Republican in Congress as she was sworn in along with 57 other freshmen members of the U.S. House.

Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’ in 2016?

ATLANTA (AP) - Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority’’ for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the “Obama coalition’’ to keep their party ...

What to make of Bill Cosby?

For five decades, Bill Cosby maintained a busy stand-up career even as his TV visibility rose and fell and new generations of comedians took center stage.

Technology and the Continuing Civil Rights Movement

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive and dreaming today, his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech might be broadened to include technology equality along with racial parity, according to some civil rights activists.

Savannah Attorney Lester Johnson Appointed to Judicial Qualifications Commission

State Bar of Georgia President Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker has announced the appointment of Attorney Lester B. Johnson III of Savannah to serve on the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC).

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