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Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised...

Black student 'shamed' when school officials colored hair

Aug. 19, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A student's parents are suing Texas school administrators for coloring in a hair design on the black student's head. The Houston Chronicle reports the 13-year-old student went to Berry Miller Junior High in April with an "M'' shaved on his head. Three administrators told the student he could...

Grad nixed from yearbook over tuxedo photo; reprint promised

Aug. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school graduate doesn't appear in her yearbook after wearing a tuxedo top for her senior portrait, instead of the black drape female students usually wear. Holley Gerelds tweeted that she was left out of the Springville High yearbook "because I'm a lesbian who...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Indiana lawmaker under fire for posting noose picture

Aug. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker who posted nooses under a Facebook story about a black man pleading guilty to rape is drawing criticism for using racist imagery. Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas, from Seymour, posted a picture of a gallows with two nooses under a WISH-TV story about Marquise...

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

Aug. 17, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders,...

Phoenix looks to be next big city with citizen police review

Aug. 17, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Dozens of people, mostly African Americans, huddled around tables scattered across a church gymnasium on a recent evening, discussing past run-ins with Phoenix police officers and ways to hold them accountable. In a city still stinging from a video of officers pointing guns and cursing at a...

Roller skating evolves into dance, acrobatics, a lifestyle

Aug. 17, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Every Thursday night at the Neville Roller Drome, the Steel City Rollers and other skaters flow out on the floor, some of them performing dance moves, others practicing in a synchronized line. The 14-member group of African American skaters is a vibrant part of a disappearing pastime....

County NAACP group seeks sheriff's apology for racist texts

Aug. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter has asked a sheriff to apologize for recently discovered racist remarks and the group wants an official reprimand from the county board that appropriates the sheriff's office's funds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP on...

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90

Aug. 16, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and...