Roy Middleton (pictured), a 60-year-old African-American man in Western Florida, is recovering from wounds, after police shot him in front of his home last Saturday. Middleton was reportedly looking for a cigarette inside his mother’s parked car — which sat in his driveway — when county officers opened fired on him even though he reportedly did not provoke them. The shooting occurred in the town of Warrington, a small predominantly White town just six miles from Pensacola and the Alabama state line, The shooting reportedly happened early Saturday morning, after Escambia County sheriff deputies were responding to a 911 call of a neighbor who saw Middleton looking around in the car. When the police arrived to respond to the burglary call, they approached Middleton and demanded he remove himself from the vehicle with his hands raised, according to his account. Middleton told the Pensacola News Journal th …
I’ve been talking with my friends about what they are telling their children about what happened to Trayvon Martin. What Black men and women are saying to their sons. What Black men and women are saying to their daughters. What everyone else, from all other backgrounds, are saying to their children, their loved ones, their friends. Their stories are ripping me into shreds.
Tracy Jenkins, a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Maryland, displays artifacts found during excavation efforts in Easton, Md., as classmate Sabrina Shirazi, right, sifts through soil in hopes of finding evidence that might prove the state was home to the first free African-American community in the nation. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) EASTON, Md. (AP) — Archaeology students have been sifting through a little patch of ground on Maryland’s Eastern Shore this summer, seeking evidence that it was home to the nation’s first free African-American community. Historians say hundreds of free Blacks once lived in the area, while plantations flourished with hundreds of Black slaves not far away. The students from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Morgan State University, an HBCU, have been digging behind what is now the Women’s Club of Talbot County. The building, part of which dates to at least 1793, was home to three free non-White residents, according to the 1800 Census.
Shortly after the New Pittsburgh Courier contacted the Rivers Casino about the Ruff Ryders Meet and Greet party being shut down by security officers, Rivers General Manager Craig Clark called Ruff Ryders President Kenneth Wright and met with him to personally apologize.
Drum Bar at the Rivers Casino Rivers shuts down Ruff Ryder anniversary party Apparently a crowd of Black people enjoying themselves in the…
ELAINE RICHARDSON At the age of 13, college professor and book author Elaine Richardson was raped. The experience spun her life out of control and as a young teenager growing up in a poor neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, she soon spiraled into a world of prostitution, abusive relationships and drug addiction.
GENE UPSHAW (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky/File) by the National Cancer Institute BETHESDA, Md., (PRNewswire-USNewswire) –When NFL Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw died of pancreatic cancer…
JUDGE E. CURTISSA R. COFIELD by Dave Collins HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A state judge was suspended without pay for 30 business days after admitting Wednesday that she was late in issuing child welfare rulings, some of which were more than nine months overdue and delayed placement and adoption proceedings. The suspension approved by the state Judicial Review Council was the second discipline in four years against Judge E. Curtissa R. Cofield, who oversees Juvenile Court cases in New Britain. In 2009, she was suspended for eight months after being accused of drunken driving and using racial slurs while arguing with police after her car struck a parked state police cruiser.
(NNPA)–You would think that since the end of slavery and through the ensuing years Black people in this country would be further along in our economic evolution than we are today. You would think there would be no need for the economic empowerment messages that other columnists and I write about on a regular basis. You would think Black children of the 21st century would be sitting pretty right about now, considering all we have been taught and all we have been through in our economic struggle since we were fired – I mean freed. As I read the powerful words of our ancestors, both men and women, I hear the very same messages coming from them over 100 years ago. I hear them saying to our people who lived during that time, “Let’s build our own businesses,” “Seek for ourselves,” “Save our money and work together.” “Be producers.” It goes on and on.