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Morehouse College to admit transgender men starting in 2020

Apr. 13, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

The country's only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The...

Review: Henson, Rockwell bring sensitivity to true-life tale

Apr. 4, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

If you didn't know that "The Best of Enemies" was based on a true story, you'd likely find the premise preposterous, and for a movie, probably ill-advised: A lowbrow Klan leader in North Carolina and a black single mom/community activist are forced into dialogue and become lifelong friends and allies. Really??...

Today in History

Mar. 20, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2019. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 5:58 p.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On March 20, 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the deadly chemical sarin...

Filmmaker David Lynch teaching a class on creativity

Mar. 19, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — According to filmmaker David Lynch, all it takes are 70 ideas to make a feature film. The visionary mind behind "Blue Velvet," ''Mulholland Drive" and "Twin Peaks" is imparting this and other wisdom, like never giving up final cut, in a new MasterClass on creativity and filmmaking that's...

The Latest: Rami Malek falls, but recovers, after Oscar win

Mar. 13, 2019 2:23 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 91st Academy Awards, which are being presented Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Rami Malek may have had a brief fall from the heights of his best-actor Oscar victory for "Bohemian Rhapsody" but he recovered in time to visit...

Black activist says he took over neo-Nazi group to kill it

Mar. 2, 2019 5:35 PM EST

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A black activist said he has taken the helm of what has been billed as one of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups to put it out of business. Corporate records show James Stern of Moreno Valley, California, is now president of the National Socialist Movement. He replaces...

Neo-Nazi group's leader is black man who vows to dissolve it

Mar. 1, 2019 11:09 PM EST

One of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it. Court documents filed Thursday suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to undermine the Detroit-based...

Many view 'black friend defense' as a tired, hollow argument

Mar. 1, 2019 8:13 AM EST

Kelly Darden Jr. still remembers one of the first times he experienced the "black friend defense." Back in high school, a group of white classmates dressed in Confederate-inspired clothing as part of a social club called the "Rebel Rousers" and insisted they weren't racist when confronted because some of them...

For many, 'Green Book' win was a confounding Oscar climax

Feb. 25, 2019 5:59 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Academy Awards that sparkled with more women and African-American winners than ever before came to a screeching halt with the night's final honor. Some would even call it a "Crash." In a twist ending that shocked many of the Dolby Theatre attendees and those watching at home, Peter...

Backstage at the Oscars: Sing-a-longs and Champagne for Gaga

Feb. 25, 2019 2:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right off-stage from where the Oscars are handed out, there's a whole mini-show happening in the wings with a cast of busy production people, anxious stars and dazed winners circulating in and out of the tight space. The Associated Press got a front seat to the action, where "Aquaman"...