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Bodycam video reveals chaotic scene of deputy fatally shooting Sonya Massey, who called 911 for help

Jul. 22, 2024 22:59 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Sonya Massey ducked and apologized to an Illinois sheriff’s deputy seconds before he shot the Black woman three times in her home, with one fatal blow to the head, as seen in body camera video released Monday. An Illinois grand jury indicted former...

Conservatives use shooting at Trump rally to attack DEI efforts at Secret Service

Jul. 22, 2024 18:41 PM EDT

As Congressional members on both sides of the aisle grilled U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle Monday on how a gunman was able to fire shots at former President Donald Trump in an assassination attempt, several Republican lawmakers seized on gender and the agency’s diversity, equity...

Bernice Johnson Reagon, whose powerful voice helped propel the Civil Rights Movement, has died

Jul. 22, 2024 17:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bernice Johnson Reagon, a musician and scholar who used her rich, powerful contralto voice in the service of the American Civil Rights Movement and human rights struggles around the world, died on July 16, according to her daughter's social media post. She was 81. ...

New Orleans civil rights icon Tessie Prevost dead at 69

Jul. 22, 2024 16:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Funeral services will be held Saturday for one of four Black girls who helped integrate New Orleans public schools in 1960. Tessie Prevost Williams, known as one of the “New Orleans Four,” died July 6 following a series of medical complications. She was 69. ...

Bodycam video reveals chaotic scene as white sheriff's deputy fatally shoots Black woman who called 911 for help

Jul. 22, 2024 15:32 PM EDT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Bodycam video reveals chaotic scene as white sheriff's deputy fatally shoots Black woman who called 911 for help.

National bail fund returns to Georgia after judge says limits were arbitrary

Jul. 22, 2024 12:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Bail Project, a national nonprofit that aids thousands of low-income people behind bars, said Monday it is reopening its Atlanta branch after a judge temporarily blocked part of a Georgia law that restricts organizations from helping people pay bail. Last month,...

Adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s ‘Nickel Boys’ to open New York Film Festival this fall

Jul. 22, 2024 09:09 AM EDT

“Nickel Boys,” an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will open the 62nd New York Film Festival in September, organizers said Monday. Filmmaker RaMell Ross directed the drama based on the 2019 novel about two Black teenagers in an abusive reform...

In a California gold rush town, some Black families are fighting for land taken from their ancestors

Jul. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

COLOMA, Calif. (AP) — In a tiny town where the California gold rush began, Black families are seeking restitution for land that was taken from their ancestors to make way for a state park now frequented by fourth graders learning about the state's history. Their efforts in Coloma,...

Legal fight continues with appeals over proposed immigration initiative for Arizona Nov. 5 ballot

Jul. 19, 2024 19:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The fight to keep a proposed border initiative off Arizona’s Nov. 5 ballot is not over yet. Immigrant advocates kept the issue alive this week by filing notice to the state Supreme Court that they will appeal the judge’s ruling. A Maricopa County...

What Usha Vance's rise to prominence means to other South Asian and Hindu Americans

Jul. 19, 2024 19:44 PM EDT

Usha Chilukuri Vance, entered the spotlight this week as the wife of JD Vance, former President Donald Trump's running mate in the 2024 presidential election. Her rise comes at a time when, across the aisle, there's another prominent figure of South Asian descent: Vice President...