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MUHAMMAD: Mayor Hatcher Stood First and Stood Tall | The Washington Informer

Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher joined his ancestors on Dec. 13, after a long and distinguished career in public service. He also made a sacrifice and did this reporter a big, big favor some 40 years ago. Both he and Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes were elected on Nov. 7, 1967. They were the first Black mayors of major towns with populations above 100,000. Gary is just a little town by comparison to big old Cleveland, but the celebrations in both places were sincere and earned. Mr. Hatcher, though, was hands down the most progressive Black mayor (for 20 years), and […]

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Weekend At Bernie’s: Sanders Tell Black Student to ‘Respect’ Police to Avoid Getting ‘Shot in the Back of the Head’ | The Root

Bernie Sanders has all the answers. The almost Octogenarian presidential hopeful showed up and showed out during a question-and-answer session at a forum held at Benedict College on Saturday. owned by a black woman When a black male student asked Sanders how he should handle getting pulled over by a police officer, Sanders responded “respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.” He asked the progressive rabble rousing Vermont congressman, “If I’m your son, what advice would you give me next time I’m pulled over by a police officer?” Sanders advised […]

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Stop Calling Black Women “Long-Shot Candidates” | Refinery29

It’s no secret that in 2018, women made history. A record-breaking 125 women were elected to the U.S. House and Senate, and many women who were previously considered “long-shot candidates” blew past the competition and became “firsts” in their own right. At the heart of post-election analysis, a critical narrative emerged about who should run for office and why. As it turns out, women, especially women of color, were more than qualified to win in even the most unlikely races, such as in traditionally Republican districts. Newly released research has shown that women candidates were just as likely to win […]

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68 | The Washington Post

Elijah E. Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland who gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charged issues in the House, his calming effect on anti-police riots in Baltimore, and his forceful opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump, died early Thursday morning at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate in Baltimore. He was 68. After undergoing an unspecified medical procedure, the Democratic leader did not return to his office this week, the Baltimore Sun reported. A statement from his office said that he had passed away due to “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.” Born to a […]

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Obamas jump into booming podcast business with Spotify partnership | Reuters

Jill Serjeant, Reuters Women working at sewing machines in factory. Pic credit: Sleek Garments Export Ltd. Featured Image ANGELES (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle entered the booming podcast business on Thursday, announcing a multi-year partnership with streaming service Spotify to produce a series of exclusive podcasts. Under the partnership, the Obamas will “develop, produce and lend their voices” to select podcasts that will be distributed worldwide, Spotify and the Obamas production company, Higher Ground, said in a joint statement. The announcement follows a multi-year agreement between Higher Ground and Netflix that was announced in […]

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