SEVEN SHOT ON SPRING BREAK: Three college-age partiers critically wounded by gunman who traveled from Mobile, Ala., to Panama City, Fla.: cops


Three spring break revelers were critically wounded Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a crowded house party on the coast of Florida, authorities said. Seven victims, who included a handful of Alabama A&M University students, were found at the Panama City Beach bash, one of whom had been shot in the head, Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced in the ... Read More »

Somalia Ends Al Shabab Siege Of Mogadishu Hotel, 24 Dead


Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers. Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full control of the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel Saturday, more ... Read More »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

Martin Luther King

On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these words that my father spoke 50 years ago. As we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the culmination of the Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights, my father’s “How Long? Not Long” speech, from which the quote above is ... Read More »

Pick New York, Mr. President: Why NYC is the natural place for Barack Obama to build a post-presidential legacy


Come, Mr. President. Come and bring the family to live in the most vibrant, most diverse city in the world, home to the best of everything, home to the brightest in all, home to limitless possibilities. Citizen of the world Barack Obama is reportedly entertaining the notion of calling New York City his post-presidential home. Come, Mr. President. You will ... Read More »

Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives


Three months ago, an article I wrote titled “An Open Letter from Black Clergy: A Call for Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation,” was posted to HuffPost Religion. The letter was signed by Black clergy representing a wide diversity of denominations and perspectives. We stood together calling on faith leaders of all races to commit to the work of not only ... Read More »

Belgian Foreign Minister Thought Africans Would Like Black Face Costume – He Was Wrong


Reported by Michal Ortner Didier Reynders, a Belgian foreign minister, recently attended a charity event with his face painted black as a part of the 19th Century African Nobleman-themed evening. Africans are not viewing his costume as charitable or as a positive way to strengthen relationships between Belgium and other nations. The charity, sponsored by royal organization Les Noirauds, was ... Read More »

Rapper Killer Mike Deplores Prosecution Of McKinley Phipps


Rap musician Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, stood up for jailed recording artist McKinley “Mac” Phipps on Wednesday, telling Dillard University students that a prosecutor’s twisting of Phipps’ lyrics during his manslaughter trial threatens everyone’s free speech. “If we let this stand, what you’re going to see is that tool is going to be used to wipe out ... Read More »

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