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African-inspired art exhibit opens in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — To kick off Black History Month, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is exhibiting four decades of work by Murry DePillars, an artist known for his vivid colors and geometric shapes as well as his political commentary and African-inspired patterns. “Murry DePillars: Double Vision,” which features 37 pieces … Continue reading

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Norfolk Public Library celebrates African American history
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Norfolk Public Library celebrates African American history

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Public Library (NPL) will kick off a month-long celebration of African American history on Saturday, February 4 with a series of events including a special keynote address by Norfolk Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander during the Opening Celebration at 3PM at Slover Library. This inaugural event will also recognize the recipients of … Continue reading

“Hidden Figure” speaks on campus Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12:30
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“Hidden Figure” speaks on campus Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12:30

Dr. Christine Darden, one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures” as highlighted in the recent movie, will speak in the Student Center, room 149, on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 12:30 p.m. The presentation, discussion and book signing is sponsored by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the Norfolk State University Black History Month Committee. Dr. … Continue reading

Trump’s election energizes Congressional Black Caucus
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Trump’s election energizes Congressional Black Caucus

WASHINGTON (AP) — For almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president. They praised President Barack Obama’s achievements while at the same time pushing him to do more for their constituents who overwhelmingly supported his history-making campaign and administration. But with Obama set to … Continue reading

Black musicians reflecting turmoil of the times in music
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Black musicians reflecting turmoil of the times in music

NEW YORK (AP) — When he entered the recording studio this spring, Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper Common had plenty to vent about — and it all came out. Police shootings. Institutionalized racism. Mass incarceration. Fouled water supplies. White privilege. Wage gaps. Black Lives Matter. Inner-city violence. “Things just felt more urgent for me,” Common said … Continue reading

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy
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Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) –€” Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, Oct. 11, that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s … Continue reading

Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum
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Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black history officially has a new, prominent place in America’s story. With hugs, tears and the ringing of church bells, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors Saturday to help this nation understand, reconcile and celebrate African-Americans’ often-ignored contributions toward making this country what it … Continue reading

Obama urges black voters to rally for Hillary Clinton
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Obama urges black voters to rally for Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making it clear that if the African-American community fails to turn out for the presidential election and support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, he’s taking it personally. Obama delivered his final keynote address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Saturday night and said his name may not be … Continue reading

Roland Martin extols virtues of HBCUs at Founders Day breakfast
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Roland Martin extols virtues of HBCUs at Founders Day breakfast

by Tiana K. Allen, editor in chief On Sept. 14, host and managing editor of TV One’s News One Now Roland S. Martin spoke as the keynote speaker at Norfolk State’s 2016 Founders Day breakfast. During the breakfast, he touched on the subjects of the importance of HBCUs, black unity and alumni giving back to … Continue reading

Three-day festival to celebrate black history museum opening
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Three-day festival to celebrate black history museum opening

WASHINGTON (AP) — A festival featuring workshops, storytelling and performances including concerts with bands such as Public Enemy and The Roots will celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture this month. The Smithsonian announced Wednesday that the three-day festival, “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration,” on the Washington Monument … Continue reading

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Veterans Affairs restates policy banning Confederate flags

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has restated a policy that bans the raising of Confederate flags on permanent poles in federal cemeteries, affecting dozens of burial grounds across the nation — especially in the Deep South — and further contributing to the slow death of the 19th century symbols in modern American life. The … Continue reading

Blacks question Trump outreach delivered to white audiences
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Blacks question Trump outreach delivered to white audiences

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Black Republicans cheer Donald Trump for a newfound outreach to African-Americans, but say the GOP presidential nominee must take his message beyond arenas filled with white supporters and venture into the inner cities. Many rank-and-file black voters, meanwhile, dismiss the overtures as another racially charged pitch from a campaign aimed exclusively … Continue reading