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Oregon names new public health director amid virus pandemic

Sep. 29, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced Rachael Banks as its new public health director. She's held the same position in Oregon’s most populous county since 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Banks will be tasked with leading the state’s public health...

Dayja Hogg, 19, stands for a portrait in front of her home town's courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Whitesburg, Ky. Following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Hogg helped organize a protest in her home town of Whitesburg where she grew up experiencing racism. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Black Appalachians find hope in national reckoning on race

Sep. 29, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dayjha Hogg has known racism her entire life, but until recently she thought she and her family had to face it on their own. Hogg, 19, lives in Whitesburg, Kentucky, a town of 2,000 people in the heart of Appalachia. She is biracial — born to a Black father and a white mother...

FILE - Gabrielle Union arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020. Union and NBC say they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing from “America’s Got Talent.” Union had said publicly and in a complaint to the California labor board that she was taken off the show because of her complaints that the environment on the set tolerated racism. But on Tuesday, Sept. 29, Union and the network issued a joint statement saying they have reached an “amicable resolution.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Gabrielle Union, NBC settle dispute over racism allegations

Sep. 29, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union and NBC said Tuesday that they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing as a judge on “America's Got Talent,” which she said was retaliation for her complaints that the show tolerated racism on the set. “We’ve reached...

Nurse to Tuskegee Airmen dies in Georgia at 100

Sep. 29, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Irma “Pete” Cameron Dryden, a Black woman who served as a nurse to Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, has died. She was 100. Dryden died Sept. 17 at her home in Canton, Georgia, her daughter-in-law, Maggie Williams Dryden, said Tuesday. After graduating from Harlem Hospital...

Mable Thomas, shown here in a Wednesday. Jan. 13, 2016 photo, is among seven candidates running Tuesday in a special election to fill the Atlanta-based congressional seat that was vacated in July by the death of civil rights leader John Lewis. Thomas, known as “Able Mable” is a Democrat who has served more than 20 years in the state House. She’s campaigning on her record and promising to align with the “little man” during what would be a brief stint in Congress. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Georgia voters choose short-term successor to John Lewis

Sep. 29, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Seven candidates are facing off in Tuesday's special election to become the short-term successor to the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis in Georgia. The winner will fill those big shoes for only a little while. November’s general election will decide the full two-year congressional term,...

Iguehi James, an Oakland, Calif., fashion entrepreneur, holds a face mask she designed for her apparel company Love Iguehi on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. She received a $5,000 grant from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce's

Virus, strife prompt 'resiliency' funds in Black communities

Sep. 29, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The modest cash grant Iguehi James received from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce helped the clothing designer defray costs, including surge prices on elastic and fabric that jumped dramatically due to the pandemic. The application process was simple and she qualified...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets Dylan Eitto at Trophy Brewing and Pizza during a campaign visit in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Harris to voters: Don't give up as Trump rushes court pick

Sep. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris urged voters on Monday not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it's the GOP's goal to make people feel like their votes don't matter. “We will not give up, and we will not give in," the Democratic vice...

This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. On Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, a federal jury in Concord, N.H., found a Cantwell guilty of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Jury finds white nationalist guilty of rape threat

Sep. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — A self-proclaimed white nationalist who rose to prominence during a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty Monday by a federal jury of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he felt was harassing and bullying him. Christopher...

Models wear creations part of the Joy 2021 women's spring-summer collection at the

Milan fashion gives small opening to Black Lives Matter

Sep. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — When asked why there aren’t more people of color in the Italian fashion industry, officials have cited a lack of candidates in homogeneous Italy. Five African-born designers in Italy want to put that view to rest with their inclusion on the official Milan Fashion Week calendar Sunday. ...

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Q&A: Copeland looks to her youth in new kids book 'Bunheads'

Sep. 28, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Misty Copeland has long told the story of the childhood ballet teacher who recognized her talent and took the young dancer, then 13, from the cramped motel room she was living in to stay in her own house for three years, so she could continue her training. Now “Miss Bradley”...