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Dove ads reveal need for more blacks in corporate leadership

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By NBL member Melanie Bates Earlier this month, news broke that Dove posted a racially insensitive advertisement on Facebook. The ad appears to depict a Black woman who turns white after using the Dove product. It conveys the faulty message … Continue reading

Increasing employment opportunities for D.C.’s returning citizens

By NBL member Melanie Bates Earlier this week, Georgetown University released a report, African-American Employment, Population & Housing Trends in Washington, D.C. The key findings indicate African-Americans in the District of Columbia have experienced steady patterns of declining income gains, … Continue reading

Baltimore prosecutor keeps up the fight

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Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore prosecutor who charged six police officers in the shooting death of Freddie Gray, says despite death threats from that case, she’s fighting new battles as she prepares to run for re-election. Three of the officers were … Continue reading

Podcast: When court-ordered rehab becomes slave labor

An Oklahoma rehab center is being sued after some of the people sent there said they were forced to work at a chicken plant that one described as “a slave camp.” Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, or CAAIR, was … Continue reading

Video: The racist roots behind the death penalty

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“The death penalty in the South has roots in lynching,” says University of Virginia law professor and author Brandon Garrett. In a video interview at Salon, Garrett says “there’s a long, ugly history of racial bias in the American death … Continue reading

How the bankruptcy system fails blacks

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Bankruptcy is supposed to provide to relief to those who are unable, for a variety of reasons, to keep up with overwhelming debt. It’s supposed to give those filing a chance to start anew. However, according to an analysis by … Continue reading

Cop’s attempt to sue Black Lives Matter fails

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a Louisiana police officer charging that the Black Lives Matter movement was responsible for violence that happened at a protest in Baton Rouge in July 2016. According to Salon, Judge … Continue reading

Ferguson making ‘good progress’ as St. Louis struggles

A federal judge in St. Louis says Ferguson is making “good progress” in revamping its police procedures, even as St. Louis struggles with the aftermath of a white former police officer being found not guilty of killing a black man … Continue reading

Las Vegas police strike back at Michael Bennett

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NFL star Michael Bennett criticized Las Vegas police who detained him in August, accusing them of excessive force and racial profiling. Now, Las Vegas police are striking back, accusing the Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman of being a liar, a publicity … Continue reading

St. Louis police chant ‘whose streets, our streets’ amid protests

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At the end of the third day of protests in St. Louis following the acquittal of a former police officer accused of murdering a black man in 2011, officers were heard chanting “whose streets, our streets,” after making more arrests. … Continue reading