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Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question

May. 19, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New...

Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters

May. 18, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women. The Massachusetts senator responded with what has become a...

Asian Americans push for Smithsonian gallery of their own

May. 18, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

The Smithsonian's initiative on documenting Asians in America started humbly enough two decades ago, with a borrowed exhibit in a borrowed museum wing and a tiny staff. There was a National Museum of the American Indian attached to the Smithsonian, and progress was being made toward a museum on the National Mall...

Speaker scandal revives scrutiny of Tennessee lawmakers

May. 18, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As calls for the Tennessee House speaker's resignation intensify amid a scandal involving racist and sexually explicit texts, the GOP-dominant statehouse once again finds itself grappling with a culture that some say is harmful to women and people of color. The turmoil — just...

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

May. 18, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying charter schools are "exacerbating educational segregation,"...

Jury awards $3M to black strippers in discrimination case

May. 18, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled in the discrimination case last year. After a...

Mati Diop on being the first black female director in Cannes

May. 17, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious competition in its 72-year history. "I hadn't realized myself. I didn't know," the 36-year-old French-Senegalese...

A separate war: Pioneering black Marines endured, prevailed

May. 17, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — It was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him the rights he wanted to fight for. "I said, 'Wow, that's a real pretty uniform,'" recalls Thompson, now 94. It took...

APNewsBreak: Cardi B tops BET noms, Nipsey Hussle up for 1

May. 17, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination. BET told the Associated Press late Thursday that Cardi B's nominations include two for the top prize — video of the year...

A list of nominees at the 2019 BET Awards

May. 16, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

A list of nominees at the 2019 Bet Awards, to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 23. ____ — Video of the year: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, "A Lot"; Cardi B, "Money"; Cardi B and Bruno Mars, "Please Me"; Childish Gambino, "This Is America"; Drake, "Nice for What"; The Carters,...