South Africa court says anti-apartheid activist was murdered
International News / Politics

South Africa court says anti-apartheid activist was murdered

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and killed by South African police, a court said Thursday, a landmark decision that raised hopes that dozens of similar cases would be investigated. The inquest into Ahmed Timol’s death had riveted South Africans as legal experts said it could set a precedent … Continue reading

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Minnesota officer on tape: ‘I don’t know where the gun was’
National / Politics / U.S. News / Uncategorized

Minnesota officer on tape: ‘I don’t know where the gun was’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist told a fellow officer afterward that he didn’t know where the motorist’s gun was, according to audio played Tuesday for jurors. The audio is key evidence in Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s manslaughter trial in the death of Philando Castile last July … Continue reading

Black musicians reflecting turmoil of the times in music
Celebrities / Music / Politics

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

New play explores life, legacy of slain teen Trayvon Martin
Politics / Theater & Dance

New play explores life, legacy of slain teen Trayvon Martin

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trayvon Martin has often been in the thoughts of playwright and activist Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj in the four years since the 17-year-old unarmed black boy was shot and killed after a confrontation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. He has wondered about Martin’s dreams, his life and the moments before he died. Maharaj … Continue reading

Democrats acknowledge Black Lives Matter during debate
National / Politics / U.S. News

Democrats acknowledge Black Lives Matter during debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates gave a meaningful public nod to the Black Lives Matter movement in their first televised debate, fully adopting its slogan and raising the core concerns stemming from police killings of African-Americans that protesters have articulated while disrupting some of their campaign events. The candidates were careful to avoid uttering … Continue reading