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Opinion: Coronavirus may kill off stores and that’s too bad because they are racist institutions – BlackmansStreet.Today
COVID-19 may kill off stores. Too bad.
By Frederick H. Lowe Several major retailers, including Macy’s and J.C. Penney’s, recently announced they were furloughing thousands of employees after sales nosedived because shoppers are following orders and staying home to slow the spread of coronavirus pandemic. I won’t shed a tear for tho...
COVID-19 is killing jobs
But this is just the beginning… By Frederick H. Lowe The black unemployment rate jumped in March, sparked by the coronavirus pandemic which led to loss of 701,000 jobs. And guess what, the worst is yet to come. The jobless rate for blacks was a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent in March compared ...
Coronavirus deaths will grow in the U.S.
The disease shines a light on the lack of paid sick leave here The novel coronavirus is expected to kill 200,000 to 1.7 million Americans by the end of the year, Ebony Jade Hilton, M.D., predicted Friday during the Congressional Black Caucus Telephone Town Hall. Dr. Hilton, an anesthesiologist...
Most blacks can't work from home during the pandemic
Some parents have been placed in a difficult position as schools have closed When almost everyone is being told to work from home during this pandemic so they won’t be infected by the coronavirus or inadvertently spread the disease, fewer than 20 percent of blacks have jobs that allow this. The...
Ho Chi Minh was influenced by Marcus Garvey
Ho Chi Minh, president of North Vietnam and founder of the Indochina Communist Party, lived for a time in New York City, where he attended meetings in Harlem of the Universal Negro Improvement Trust, also known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association, founded by Marcus Garvey, according to th...
Coronavirus benches the NBA’s season for now
The coronavirus has fouled out the National Basketball Association’s season until further notice.
The NBA announced Wednesday it was suspending the remainder of the season after a player for the Utah Jazz, identified by several sources, but not officially by the league, as Center Rudy Gobert, tested positive for COVID -19.
The next day, Donovan Mitchell, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard for the Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus, according to unconfirmed reports.
On Wednesday, the league cancelled games between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. The league also cancelled games scheduled for Thursday and Friday and into the future.
The league has 30 teams, and they play 82 games during the regular season—41 at home and 41 on the road. Five weeks remain in this year’s regular season with playoffs scheduled to begin April 18, but a resumption of the season has not been announced.
Flavor Flav is out of favor with Public Enemy
Flavor Flav always wore a big clock hanging from his neck when he performed with Public Enemy, but time has run out on that relationship because Flavor Fav is no longer in favor. Public Enemy fired Flavor Flav after he slammed Public Enemy’s agreement with Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The a...
House passes legislation making lynching a federal crime
Similar legislation has passed the U.S. Senate By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation designating lynching, which was used by whites to murder and terrorize black men, women and children, a federal hate crime. The bill, (H.R. 6086), whi...
Wrongfully convicted man awarded a Certificate of Innocence and more than $1.5 million – BlackmansStreet.Today
Wrongfully convicted black man receives more than $1.5 million
Lamonte McIntyre, who was wrongfully convicted and served 23 years in prison for a double murder, on Monday received a Certificate of Innocence and more than $1.5 million in total compensation, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced. Police arrested McIntyre in 1994 for the murders of Do...
Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to three years in prison
Judge orders her to pay $669,000 in restitution Because of events over the last several years, it seems as though the Baltimore mayor’s office is a gateway to prison or probation. Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, “Charm City’s” 50th mayor, and its third black woman mayor, was sentenced to three ...
Penn State University to honor first black astronaut to fly into space
By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Penn State University is expected to name a building in honor of alumnus Dr. Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr. , the first African American astronaut to soar into space. Bluford, who graduated in from Penn State in1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in a...
San Francisco prepares for coronavirus
The city’s residents frequently travel to China By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday an emergency plan to strengthen the city’s preparedness to respond to the coronavirus because the global picture of the virus keeps changing. Additionally...
Florida memorial for four black men falsely accused of rape
By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A memorial honoring four black men who were arrested for raping a white woman, including two murdered by police before or shortly after the trial, was unveiled recently in front of the Lake County, Florida, Historical Museum in Tavares. The men, known as th...
New York District Attorney re-opens investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X – BlackmansStreet.Today
New York D.A. re-opens investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X
By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, has agreed to review the conviction of Muhammad Abdul Aziz, who was arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Malcolm X although no physical evidence linked Aziz to the assassina...
Illinois governor calls for an investigation into the arrest of a black college athlete – BlackmansStreet.Today
Illinois governor calls for investigation concerning the arrest of black student athlete
The athlete, a member of school’s swim team, is suffering trauma resulting from his false arrest By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has demanded a thorough investigation into the arrest of an Eastern Illinois University athlete, who police arrested and...
Black unemployment was 6 percent in January
Nonfarm businesses added a better than expected 225,000 jobs in January, but the black unemployment rate rose although some businesses were scrambling for workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. The jobless rate for African Americans was 6.0 percent, compared to 5.9 perce...
Tidjane Thiam is leaving Credit Suisse
Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Tidjane Thiam will step down February 14 as CEO of Credit Suisse, the multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Zurich, following a spying scandal at the bank that an investigation showed did not involve him. Thomas Gottstein,...
Jackson State University president resigns
By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr. president of Jackson State University, one of the largest Historical Black Colleges and Universities based on enrollment, has resigned following his arrest in a prostitution sting. Dr. Bynum tendered his resignation as presid...
California Governor pardons Bayard Rustin
the pardon is part of a clemency initiative California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a posthumous pardon to civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, who was arrested in 1953 for engaging in sex with two men. The pardon is part of a clemency initiative by Gov. Newsome targeting individuals who were ...
Black men should confront Gayle King
Black men have every right to criticize Gayle King for her questions about Kobe Bryant because of this country’s egregious treatment of black men. My only question is what took black men so long to begin openly fighting back? Was their silence part of a belief system that the meek shall inherit th...
Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and Gianna, his 13-year old daughter, were among five people killed today in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports that a helicopter crashed into...
Aircraft carrier will be named in honor of hero black sailor
The U.S. Navy on Monday named a future aircraft carrier the USS Doris Miller in honor of the African American World War 2 hero. The USS Doris Miller will be the first aircraft carrier named for an enlisted sailor and the first named in honor of an African American. The Doris Miller will be a Gera...
Biggie Smalls and Whitney Houston will be inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame – BlackmansStreet.Today
“The Notorious B.I.G.” and Whitney Houston will be posthumously inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2020. The other inductees, who are still very much alive, include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T.Rex and The Doobie Brothers. The induction ceremony is sched...
David Drummond to leave Alphabet Inc.
Drummond drafted Google’s original incorporation papers By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today David Carl Drummond, who drafted the original incorporation papers for the search engine Google, is leaving its parent company Alphabet Inc. as chief legal officer on January 31, according to a...
Congressional Black Caucus to host a meeting
By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Congressional Black Caucus will convene a 2020 Black Leadership Summit in Washington to discuss a number of crucial issues that have grown more urgent over the years. The meeting, defined as “An Emergency Convening” will be held February 4 in the Un...
States sue to stop changes to Food Stamp Program
Nearly a quarter of the African American population receives food stamps Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the Trump Administration from cutting off nearly 700,000 Americans from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program unde...
NFL airs commercial about a deadly police shooting of a stranded black motorist during the AFC championship game – BlackmansStreet.Today
NFL airs commercial about police brutality
The NFL aired a dramatic ad during Sunday’s AFC championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans about a cop shooting to death a black musician whose van had broken down along the side of the road. Anquan Boldin, who was playing for the San Francisco 49ers at the time, was...
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Evanston, Illinois, approves reparations based on marijuana sales to help the city’s blacks – BlackmansStreet.Today
Evanston, Illinois, approves money from marijuana sales to pay for reparations
Barbara Hillary, the first black woman to reach the North Pole, has died
Obituaries Barbara Hillary, the first black woman to reach the North Pole, has died by BlackmansStreet.Today on November 27, 2019 BlackmansStreet.Today Author More in Obituaries: Former Congressman John Conyers has died October 27, 2019 U.S. Representative Cummings dies October 17, 2019 Robert Mugab...
Eddie Murphy's "Dolemite is My Name" is dynamite
print “Dolemite is My Name” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” are films about black men helping each other By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Comedian Rudy Ray Moore, played by Eddie Murphy in the film “Dolemite is My Name,” is trying hard to persuade local disc jockey...
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