Latest African-Americans News

Nashville judge will hear evidence of victim's criminal past

Dec. 15, 2018 2:13 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge says attorneys for a white police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man can introduce parts of the man's criminal history at a preliminary hearing next month. The Tennessean reports General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn ruled Friday the defense...

Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans

Dec. 15, 2018 12:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to solidify her connection with African-American voters as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity. The Massachusetts Democrat visited Morgan State University in Baltimore Friday, marking...

Ex-Chicago officer's sentencing date set in McDonald murder

Dec. 14, 2018 3:55 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has set a Jan. 18 sentencing date for a white former Chicago police officer convicted of murder in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. A jury in October found Jason VanDyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the 2014 shooting....

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Dec. 13, 2018 7:30 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning, he said Thursday at the University of Utah....

In 'Beale Street,' a radiant portrait of young black love

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Jenkins years ago went on Etsy to have a James Baldwin quote embroidered onto his leather phone case. The line so resonated with the filmmaker that it's also spoken in Spanish by a character in his short film "Chlorophyl." Jenkins no longer has the case but when the Baldwin line is...

Negro Leagues bobbleheads part of fundraising campaign

Dec. 13, 2018 4:10 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fans of the former Negro Leagues are being asked to help a campaign to create bobbleheads of 30 stars from the league — with a goal of commemorating the league's upcoming centennial. Organizers of the effort, which was unveiled Wednesday, have created a team of 30 Negro...

2 white students charged with threatening black teacher

Dec. 13, 2018 6:40 AM EST

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two white teens sent threatening and racist messages to each other on school-issued computers about a black teacher at a Florida high school. A Flagler County Sheriff's Office news release says the boy and girl, both 16, were charged with misdemeanor assault on...

Lawsuit: Police chief condones white officers' racism, abuse

Dec. 12, 2018 4:15 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — White police officers in a Washington, D.C., suburb have used racist slurs, circulated text messages expressing a desire to "reinstitute lynching" and put a black face and Afro wig on a training dummy, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Civil rights groups sued...

Parents of teen killed by officer sue his former employer

Dec. 12, 2018 2:11 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The parents of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he fled a traffic stop are suing the officer's former employer— the University of Pittsburgh— for failing to properly discipline him or record performance issues in his...

Confederate plaque removed from West Virginia courthouse

Dec. 12, 2018 11:49 AM EST

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse. The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down. Officials have been discussing the plaque's future since a letter...