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Jack Johnson: Donald Trump considering ‘full pardon’ of black boxer convicted by all-white jury in 1913


Donald Trump said he is considering pardoning a black boxer who had been convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines more than 100 years ago.

Mr Trump tweeted that Sylvester Stallone, the actor and writer famous for the boxing movie franchise “Rocky,” had called him and told the story of how Jack Johnson, the sport’s first black heavyweight champion, was found guilty in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, which forbade black men from transporting women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

The president, who can offer clemency for federal crimes, tweeted: “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full…

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Streets & Suits event helps Black male youth learn positive traits


STREETS AND SUITS—Ayodeji Young candidly speaks to Black youth on what it really means to be a man, as Darnell “Pepsi” Farrow.

On what could have been just another ordinary Saturday in March in Pittsburgh, young African American teens decided to flip the script.

Roughly 100 teens descended on Urban Academy in Larimer for the annual “Streets and Suits” event, where the teens learned everything from how to get jobs to the proper way of becoming a man.

But for Darnell “Pepsi” Farrow with the African American Leadership Association, this event isn’t about some lecture given to students by someone they can’t identify with. The speakers at this event, such as African Americans Ayodeji Young know what it’s like to grow up in Pittsburgh’s Black communities. They, along…

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Sacramento mayor wants mental health workers to help heal ‘raw pain and trauma’ of black communities


Earlier this month, Stacy Dossman stood at a podium in front of the Sacramento City Council and, her voice quivering, testified about her experience of raising an 18-year-old African American son.

She did not know Stephon Clark, but she said she loved him nonetheless as the mother of a young black man. She said she was traumatized by Clark’s shooting, which had forced her to tell her son to lower the hood on his sweatshirt when he…

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Black student enrollment at UGA still low


Amalie Rosales asked a group of African-American students at a University of Georgia reception in Atlanta a question that reflecting concerns about what she will face as an incoming minority student.

“How do you view diversity on campus?,” asked Rosales, 18, a senior at Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County.

Freshman Caleb Kelly, a panel member at UGA’s reception to recruit minority students, told Rosales and the audience of about 200 prospective students, parents and alumni about witnessing campus history a week earlier. Three students, each from metro Atlanta, were sworn in as student government president, vice president and treasurer — the first time all are African-American.

The new treasurer, Destin Mizelle, was pointed out standing in the back of the room. Loud cheers…

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South African Government Ramping Up Efforts To Get More Land Into Black Ownership : NPR


Nearly a quarter century after the end of apartheid, whites still own most of the land in South Africa. A new political party thinks land should be appropriated without compensation and given to blacks. The view is increasingly popular, despite the cautionary tale of Zimbabwe to the north.



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The government of South Africa is ramping up efforts to get more land into black ownership. A controversial plan under consideration would seize property from owners without paying them and redistribute it. Land reform has been a key issue since the end of white minority rule 24 years ago, but blacks still largely don’t hold land. Peter Granitz reports from Pretoria.

PETER GRANITZ, BYLINE: Twenty-five-year-old John Ratema is a college graduate armed…

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Elizabeth Warren to Black Voters: ‘All Our Fights Are Interconnected’


New York (AP) — One after another, the speakers attacked President Trump’s policies as discriminatory, his rhetoric as hateful and his motivations as bigoted.

The fiery rhetoric, from nearly a half dozen Democrats who may seek the White House in 2020, came as hundreds of African-Americans gathered in New York City on Friday to contemplate the first year of the Trump presidency and to begin sizing up his possible replacement.

Trump “is what the darkness looks like,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “He is what the darkness sounds like.”

Yet Cory Booker, one of just two black Democratic senators, cautioned his party against adopting the same divisive language about Trump that he uses against his political adversaries.

“I am tired of people allowing…

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