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Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

Oct. 13, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, according to the...

Officer kills woman inside her Texas home after welfare call

Oct. 12, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A black woman was fatally shot by a white Fort Worth, Texas, officer inside her home early Saturday after police were called to the residence for a welfare check, authorities said. The shooting occurred after a neighbor called the police non-emergency line to report that the front...

Official: Spitting incident at museum not racially motivated

Oct. 12, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school official says she doesn't believe race was a factor when a white student spat on a black visitor at the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. School officials in Shelton say the Friday incident resulted in a group from...

US judge hears arguments about Mississippi election system

Oct. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is giving no indication of how or when he will rule in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's unique, multistep process of electing a governor and other statewide officials. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III heard arguments Friday, just over three weeks before...

Jury deadlocks in police chief's hate-crime trial

Oct. 11, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A federal jury failed to reach a verdict Friday on two hate crime-related charges against a white former police chief accused of assaulting a handcuffed black suspect, and the U.S. attorney's office immediately said it would seek a retrial. Two days after finding former Bordentown...

Death row inmate's attorneys say appeal ignores justice

Oct. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abudur'Rahman said Friday that the state attorney general is valuing "proceduralism over justice" with an attempt to scuttle a resentencing agreement. Brad MacLean, who has defended Abudur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) for more than...

High school student infiltrates, uncovers racist online chat

Oct. 11, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — A black student at a North Carolina high school infiltrated and exposed a racist student online chat, but it's unclear if everyone in the chat is facing consequences. Cenayia Edwards uncovered slur laden conversations about killing black people and reviving slavery involving two...

2020 Democratic candidates pledge support to LGBTQ community

Oct. 10, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Addressing an LGBTQ community fearful that their gains in equality are slipping, Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday promised an aggressive agenda to end workplace discrimination, improve health care and ensure protections for people who face threats, or worse, because of...

Killer of black man in parking dispute gets 20 years

Oct. 10, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

A white Florida man who told detectives he was irritated by people who illegally park in handicapped spots was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone called 49-year-old Michael Drejka a "wanna-be" law...

Cross missing from burned historic church in Louisiana

Oct. 10, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A large cross has disappeared from the wreckage of an African American church in Louisiana that was burned down in an arson case. News outlets report the white fiberglass cross belonged to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas. It was one of three historic churches set ablaze in...