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NAACP Announces Key Partnership During Annual Board Meeting

By Fisher Jack,

New York—during its annual public board meeting in New York City, the NAACP announced several key partnerships designed to expand the reach, impact and effectiveness of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations.

During its public annual board meeting, the Association announced partnerships with key organizations of color designed to help mobilize voters for mid-term elections and increase membership for the 109-year-old organization.

The NAACP signed agreements with the NNPA: The Black Press of America; the National Minority Pan Hellenic Council; the African American Institute, and The LINKS today as part of an overall strategy by the NAACP to shift resources towards mobilization efforts for the 2018-midterm elections.

“Working with partners remains a critical part of unifying the Black community as we prepare to make our voices heard at the polls and on ineffective public policies,” said NAACP National Board Chairman Leon W. Russell. “These groups have answered the call to work with us to expand membership and our ability to educate our community on the need for aggressive civic engagement.”

Partnerships included Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with:

The LINKS: A group of nearly 15,000 professional women of color, with 285 chapters in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas.

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Wallace In 2nd: Best Daytona 500 Finish For Black Driver

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press

Darrell Wallace Jr greets fans as he is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. let the weight of his milestone in the Daytona 500 wallop him once he saw mom. He sobbed as Desiree Wallace bounded onto the dais and wrapped her arms around her son for a hug neither wanted to end.

“You did that thing, baby ,” she said, sobbing. “I’m so proud of you. You have waited so long, baby.”

Wallace’s runner-up finish in the No. 43 Chevrolet to Austin Dillon in the Daytona 500 suddenly felt like a checkered flag.

“You act like we just won the race,” he said, laughing.

“We did win that race, baby. I love you. I’m so proud of you,” Desiree Wallace said.

“Dangit, mom!” Wallace said.

His brief moment of levity gave way to an embrace with his sister Brittany, who as child coined the “Bubba” nickname that has stuck to this day for Wallace.

“There’s no good story about it,” Brittany Wallace said, laughing.

Wallace bawled some more into a towel before he finally composed himself.

“Pull it together, bud. Pull it together,” he told himself. “You just finished second. It’s awesome.”

Wallace carved a slice of NASCAR history Sunday …read more

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Florida High School Shooting Survivors Lash Out At President Trump


Mourners follow the casket of Scott Beigel, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who was killed along with 16 other faculty and students in the Wednesday shooting at the school.. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive.

“You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us,” said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Students start at 29:53

“How dare you,” he added.

Hogg was responding to Trump’s tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn’t passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI’s failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous, while bemoaning the bureau’s focus on Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

Trump was at his Florida estate Sunday but did not mention the attack in a series of tweets. After more than a day of criticism from the students, the White House said the president …read more

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Koryn Gaines’ Family Awarded $37M

By Kellee Terrell

Courtroom gavel

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On Friday, a jury in the wrongful death civil trial of Korryn Gaines awarded her family a whopping $37 million.

According to CBS-Baltimore News, the all-female jury found that the first shot Baltimore County Cpl. Royce Ruby fired at Gaines was not objectively reasonable.

Gaines’ family attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, stressed that the police used excessive force and illegally entered her apartment.

#KorrynGaines father awarded $300K, $4.5 million to her daughter, $300K to her mother, $300K to the estate. Again, $32-million to her son, Kodi. NO punitive damages awarded

— Rick Ritter (@RickRitterWJZ) February 16, 2018

As we previously reported, Gaines was killed in a 6-hour standoff between her and Baltimore County police last year after they issued a warrant for her arrest over a traffic stop and resisting arrest. Gaines, 23, was armed with a shotgun and had her 5-year-old son Kodi with her as she exchanged gunfire with the police.

The police eventually kicked down her door and shot her to death. Kodi was also shot in the arm.

“We’re ecstatic,” Gordon said on the steps of the courthouse.

“This was a long journey to justice. …read more

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Blackface In Chinese Lunar New Year Sketch Draws Criticism

By Dake Kang, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — A comedy sketch that featured a Chinese woman in blackface has drawn accusations of racism after being broadcast on Chinese state television’s Lunar New Year variety show, although some people in Beijing were left wondering why it would be considered offensive.

The skit was shown Thursday night on state broadcaster CCTV and depicted the opening of a Chinese-built high-speed railway in Kenya. It featured actors in monkey and giraffe costumes, while the actress in blackface donned an exaggerated false bottom and a basket of fruit on her head.

The segment was meant to celebrate Sino-African relations but many viewers blasted it online for cultural insensitivity.

The performance was part of CCTV’s annual Lunar New Year gala, which draws an audience of up to 800 million and is said to be one of the most watched programs in the world.

The 13-minute segment opened with a dance sequence set to Colombian singer Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” featuring Africans dressed in zebra, lion and gazelle costumes, and actresses playing attendants on Kenya’s new Chinese-built high-speed rail line.

The skit then began with a black woman asking the show’s host to pose as her husband when meeting her mother in order to …read more

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Florida Teen Describes School Shooting: ‘My Friend Didn’t Make It’


A teenage girl witnessed her best friend being shot dead right next to her during the Parkland School Shooting.

Samantha Grady, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, suffered injuries in the Florida school shooting on Wednesday, and recounted the horrific scene during a live broadcast on the “Today” show.

On Thursday, she told Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb that she was laying beside her best friend as she was shot during the rampage.

When asked how her friend was doing, Grady replied: “Unfortunately she didn’t make it.”

The teen used a book as a shield during the shooting and it was her best friend, she says, who gave her the idea.

“We were already situated by the bookshelf. She was like, ‘Grab a book, grab a book,’ and so I took a book. It was a tiny book, but I took a book and I held it up. I believe, maybe, the book kind of deterred some of the bullets, so it didn’t hit me so badly,” she said. “She was the one who gave me the idea. She definitely helped me a lot.”

Grady said they were in a locked classroom when the shooter, …read more

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Trump Administration Sued For Cutting Teen Pregnancy Program

By Nigel Roberts

A coalition of political and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Thursday for cutting funds to an Obama-era teen pregnancy prevention program that helped to reduce the pregnancy rate among Black girls.

The plaintiffs filed federal suits in Washington state, Maryland and the District of Columbia. They’re asking the courts to prevent the administration from ending grants under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, which serves 1.2 million young people. The group that filed the suit includes nine local governments, health care organizations and government watchdogs.

“The Trump administration is attempting to unlawfully terminate a successful program to reduce teen pregnancy based on an ideologically driven crusade,” Sean Sherman, attorney at the Public Citizen, said in a statement.

JUST IN: Healthcare groups sue Trump for cutting funding to teen pregnancy prevention program

— The Hill (@thehill) February 15, 2018

Pregnancy and birth rates for Black and Latina teens fell by almost half from 2006 to 2016, according a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Obama’s TPP program is widely credited for contributing to that …read more

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DeRay McKesson Lands Book Deal

By Danielle Jennings

In what is sure to be a welcomed endeavor, social activist and #BlackLivesMatter frontman DeRay McKesson has just announced his first book deal, which is set for a fall 2018 release.

Activist DeRay Mckesson (@deray) will release his first book this fall:

— The Root (@TheRoot) February 14, 2018

With his fierce and consistent social activism and huge following, it was the likely next step that DeRay McKesson transitioned into writing a book. As reported by The Root, McKesson’s first book will be published by Viking Press on September 4th and titled On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.

You can read the book’s synopsis BELOW:

Mckesson’s book is described as a “conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation’s complex history,” as Mckesson “dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change.”

While speaking to the press, McKesson discussed the book and offered a clear understanding of its intent, stating “In the book, I aim to explore ideas of resistance and freedom informed …read more

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New York Times Fires Writer Hours After Hiring For Using The N-Word

By Diannah Watson,

The New York Times has fired their newest hire hours after announcing her employment to the company.

The NY Post reports Quinn Norton who was brought onto the team as an opinion writer for culture and consequences of technology. Shortly after being hired, Norton was fired for racist and homophobic slurs used on her Twitter account.

The newest NY Times columnist:

— jordan (@JordanUhl) February 14, 2018

I stand by my angry tweet referencing the 2014 NYtimes “no angel” article about Michael Brown being a terrible, racist call. That should have never run like that.

— Well that was fun. (@quinnnorton) February 14, 2018

Editor of the editorial page for the Times, James Bennet released a statement explaining, “Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and out conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us.” It continued, “Based on it, we’ve decided to go our separate ways.”

The following is attributable to James Bennet, editorial page editor, The New York Times:

“Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us. Based on it, …read more

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