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Lizzo wins the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Lizzo, 'Just Mercy' win top honors at NAACP Image Awards

Feb. 23, 2020 1:47 AM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows...

In this Thursay, Feb. 13, 2020 photo released by the Utah County Sheriff's Office shows suspect Malachi West, 20, of Payson, Utah. Authorities are investigating an attack on a black missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a possible hate crime. The suspects, Malachi Bay West, 20, and Sebastian West, 19, not seen, were in custody but had not yet been charged as of Friday, afternoon. Neither has an attorney listed. (Utah County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Black Mormon missionary attacked in possible hate crime

Feb. 14, 2020 6:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah authorities are investigating an attack on a black missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a possible hate crime. Two men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of assault, and charging documents show hate crime is under consideration. The NAACP expressed...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Jazmyne Childs, center, cries during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., as she describes the sexual harassment she says she endured while employed by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.  A former North Carolina NAACP leader accused of sexually harassing an employee has issued a statement denying the allegations and saying a lawsuit by Childs is baseless. The Rev. Curtis Gatewood issued a statement Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, referring to the suit filed earlier in the month as “baseless, frivolous, and outrageously nonfactual.”  (AP Photo/Martha Waggoner, File)

Ex-state NAACP leader denies harassment allegations in suit

Feb. 11, 2020 5:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina NAACP leader accused of sexually harassing an employee has issued a statement denying the allegations, saying a lawsuit brought by the woman is “"baseless." The Rev. Curtis Gatewood issued a statement Monday referring to the suit filed earlier in the...

FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., waves to the audience during swearing-in ceremony of Congressional Black Caucus members of the 116th Congress in Washington. The NAACP is honoring Lewis for his Congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Congressman Lewis to receive NAACP honor at awards show

Feb. 11, 2020 11:41 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP is honoring John Lewis for his Congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. The nation's oldest civil rights organization announced Tuesday that it will bestow the Chairman's Award on the Georgia Democrat later this month at its annual arts and entertainment...

Kweisi Mfume, second from left, Democratic nominee for Maryland's 7th Congressional District, speaks at a victory party with his wife, Tiffany, left, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Mfume, Klacik win party primaries for Elijah Cummings' seat

Feb. 4, 2020 11:45 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik won special primaries Tuesday for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 4 to 1, the Democratic nominee will be the heavy favorite...

Former NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume wins Democratic special primary for Maryland congressional seat held by Elijah Cummings

Feb. 4, 2020 9:45 PM EST
BALTIMORE (AP) — Former NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume wins Democratic special primary for Maryland congressional seat held by Elijah Cummings.
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, singer Rihanna poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London. Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month, the NAACP announced Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Rihanna to receive special honor at NAACP Image Awards

Feb. 4, 2020 7:32 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month. The NAACP announced Tuesday that it had selected the 31-year-old pop star and fashion icon for her “groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but (someone who) has also...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a campaign event at Jethro's BBQ'n Pork Chop Grill, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Klobuchar's claims about black teen's case draw criticism

Feb. 3, 2020 10:10 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Civil rights activists and legal experts challenged Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s claims that she was unaware of questionable evidence and police tactics used to send a young black teen to prison for life when she was a top Minneapolis prosecutor. In an interview with “Fox News...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019 file photo, Jazmyne Childs, center, cries during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., as she describes the sexual harassment she says she endured while employed by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. Childs is suing the national NAACP group and her ex-supervisor, the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, according to a lawsuit filed Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. She is seeking at least $15 million for her emotional and mental distress that she says civil rights organization condoned through its inaction.  (AP Photo/Martha Waggoner, File)

Woman's lawsuit seeks at least $15M from NAACP, former boss

Feb. 3, 2020 12:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A woman who repeatedly told the national NAACP that her supervisor in the North Carolina conference had sexually harassed her is suing the national group and her former boss Jazmyne Childs is seeking at least $15 million for her emotional and mental distress that she says civil rights...