Months after they were sentenced to life in prison for murder, the three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighborhood faced a second round of criminal penalties Monday for federal hate crimes committed in the deadly pursuit of the 25-year-old Black man. U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood scheduled back-to-back hearings to individually sentence each of the defendants, starting with Travis McMichael, who blasted Arbery with a shotgun after the street chase initiated by his father and joined by a neighbor. Arbery's killing on Feb. 23, 2020, became part of a larger national reckoning over racial injustice and killings of unarmed Black people including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes grew up in Milwaukee with a mom who was a public school teacher and a father who worked in a factory — both union members, an important credential in a state where the labor movement is still a force. At 35, Barnes is nearly half the age of the average U.S. senator, and would join a tiny group of Black senators — and be the first from Wisconsin — if he wins election to the chamber. “I wanted to make sure we can win this fall,” his closest rival, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry, said when he dropped out and supported Barnes.
Wisconsin man who drove truck into mostly Black crowd pleads guilty to felony, but could have record erased
A white man in Wisconsin accused of accelerating his vehicle through a crowd, injuring a Black woman and fleeing the […] The post Wisconsin man who drove truck into mostly Black crowd pleads guilty to felony, but could have record erased appeared first on TheGrio.
Facing critical races for governor and U.S. Senate, Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin are hoping that their support for abortion rights in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade can overcome the headwinds of a midterm election long expected to favor Republicans. An issue with strong support from white Democrats is more complicated in the Black community, especially among churchgoers who hold more conservative views on abortion. “Among the Black Baptist church alone, that would split us in half,” said David Liners, executive director of WISDOM, a faith-based organizing group with a statewide presence, when asked why his group isn’t organizing around abortion.
Airlines struggling with shortages want to recruit more diverse pilots. This HBCU could be a solution.
A small Florida HBCU is addressing the national aviation crisis by producing Black pilots.
One of the six police officers who faced charges in the 2015 deadly arrest of Freddie Gray has been promoted from lieutenant to captain. The Baltimore Sun reports that Alicia White will serve as captain of the department’s Performance Standards Section, which conducts audits and inspections to make sure the agency is properly following its policies. Gray, who was Black, died after suffering a severe spinal cord injury inside a police van.
Just weeks after a Black family was ignored by costumed characters during a Sesame Place parade, the same seems to have taken place at a New Jersey Chuck E. Cheese location. Last weekend, Natyana Muhammad, a 29 year old mother from Wayne, posted a video of her two year old daughter Safa attempting to get the attention of Chuck E., a character she had never before seen in person. Despite her enthusiasm, the footage shows the child being blatantly disregarded.
TheGrio Black Podcast Network gives programming glimpse at National Association of Black Journalists
TheGrio Black Podcast Network unveiled its future programming at the 2022 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Career Fair and […] The post TheGrio Black Podcast Network gives programming glimpse at National Association of Black Journalists appeared first on TheGrio.
If you’ve been anywhere in and around Black Beauty influencer spaces over the last decade, you’re probably familiar with the name Jackie Aina. Aina, 35, who got her start as a YouTube guru for Black makeup enthusiasts and has since designed a line of home products, has recently come under fire for adopting a Nigerian protest slogan as the name of a new candle fragrance under her FORVR Mood brand, and folks are not happy.
A federal building in Memphis, Tennessee no longer bears the name of Clifford Davis, who had ties to the Ku […] The post Name of man with Klan ties removed from federal building that now only bears name of Black judge appeared first on TheGrio.
If you’re an East Coaster (or a Black movie buff), you may associate “The Inkwell” with the famed beach on […] The post What we did on our summer vacations: Dip into the Black surfer legacy of ‘The Ink Well’ appeared first on TheGrio.
Black farmers in this country have decreased over the past 100 years. Stats from McKinsey & Company show that just over one percent of farmers identify as Black today, compared with 14 percent a century ago. And the impact of that loss is affecting the pockets of the Black farming community, which now only represents 0.5 percent of total farm sales in the country. But renowned Chef Omar Tate has an innovative idea to support Blacks in agriculture.
Amazon employees looking to attend a historically Black college and university (HBCU) recently received great news, as the company just established an education partnership with Morgan State University (MSU).
August is here. And while most of your favorite television shows are still on vacation, digging into a good book is a great way to enjoy some of the last few moments of summer. Fortunately, there are some gripping memoirs, fabulous fiction and futuristic dystopian tales hitting bookstore and library shelves this August. In fact, after we published our initial list, we found even more great titles we missed! So get your book club in formation and check out some of the books by Black authors we ca
Johnson Stars Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones On the Importance of Authentic Black Male Representation
If you’re looking for a more honest, genuine, and vulnerable portrayal of Black men on the small screen, then look no further than Bounce TV’s Johnson.
Detroit rapper Icewear Vezzo has signed with Quality Control Music, and he’s just shared his first song on the label, "It's All On U" with Kodak Black.
Sony Music UK/Black Butter Records signee JNR Choi continues his breakout year by dropping a new single and music video featuring Fivio Foreign.
Foot Locker inc. has announced that it made investments in the Black community worth about $54 million through its fiscal year that ends in 2021 to mark the beginning of National Black Business Month.
Four Black aunties tried each other’s potato salad and brought some laughter to social media with their brutally honest critiques.
As the impact of COVID-19 has been widening the income gap in major American cities, it’s more important than ever that financial institutions renew their efforts to support and create opportunities in Black communities around the country.
Two Black Muslim men are suing Alaska Airlines, claiming they were wrongfully removed from a flight in February 2020 because […] The post Two Black Muslim men sue Alaska Airlines, allege they were kicked off plane for texting in Arabic appeared first on TheGrio.
Officer Rose Valentino from the Cincinnati police department is being reprimanded after being caught calling a Black teen the N-word on her body camera.
The white man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing the running Black man in a Georgia neighborhood says he fears he will be killed by fellow inmates if he's sent to a state prison to serve a life sentence for murder. Travis McMichael, 36, faces sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court after his conviction on federal hate crime charges in February. Attorney Amy Lee Copeland argued McMichael has received “hundreds of threats” and won't be safe in a Georgia state prison system that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department amid concerns about violence between inmates.
Albert Woodfox, a former Black Panther who spent 43 years in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Penitentiary — commonly […] The post Albert Woodfox, former Black Panther who spent 43 years in solitary, dies appeared first on TheGrio.
Jason Martin, a Nashville doctor critical of Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s hands-off approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, won the Democratic nomination for governor Friday and will face Lee in November. Martin, a first-time political candidate, defeated Memphis attorney and City Councilman JB Smiley Jr. by a thin margin, with advocate Carnita Atwater finishing a distant third. Both Smiley and Atwater would have been the state's first Black gubernatorial nominee if either had won.