Inspiring Women

Black women during the Civil Rights Movement weren’t often in the spotlight but their impact left an enduring legacy. (AP Video: Peter Hamlin/Nat Castañeda)

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Ahead of election, Black women seize the spotlight

Cobb County, Georgia has recently transformed: from a once reliably Republican suburb to a place where more Black women are demonstrating their political power. For many, this election – amid the pandemic and nationwide protests – is do or die. (Aug. 3)

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Protesters converge on Breonna Taylor’s hometown

Hundreds of armed, predominantly Black, activists demanded justice for Breonna Taylor during demonstrations Saturday in her Kentucky hometown that drew counter-protesters from a white militia group. (July 25)

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ShowBiz Minute: West, Heard, Beyonce

Kanye West criticizes Harriet Tubman at his political rally; Amber Heard testifying in London at the libel trial between Johnny Depp and The Sun newspaper; Beyonce releases trailer for her new visual album, “Black is King.” (July 20)

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Jenny Slate on ‘Big Mouth’: ‘I should have never been playing that part’

Actor Jenny Slate explains her decision to stop voicing a Black character in Netflix animated show “Big Mouth,” and what she’s learned about racism in the last few months. (July 17)

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Asheville, NC City Council votes for reparations

Asheville, North Carolina officials apologized for the city’s historic role in slavery and discrimination and voted to provide reparations. Instead of payments, they called for investments in areas where Black residents face disparities. (July 16)

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Biden pitches agenda to Black trade unions

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden laid out his agenda for racial and economic justice during an online event with Black trade unionists, telling them “you’ll never have a more union friendly president, if I get elected.” (July 15)

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‘Decolonised’ library showcases Black and African literature in Ghana | AFP

Sylvia Arthur, a Ghanaian of British origin, gives a tour of her “decolonised library” that she founded in Accra to honour African and Black literature. With this initiative, she hopes that Ghanaians and Africans will find pride in their literary heritage.

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Family attorney: No sign of foul play in hanging

An attorney for the family of a Black man found dead hanging in a Southern California park says an independent investigation finds no signs of foul play. (July 10)

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Video shows Black man pinned against tree

FBI investigates the reported assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake. Civial rights activist says he was pinned to a tree and racial slurs were shouted at him. (July 9)

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LA Sheriff: Black man’s hanging death was suicide

Investigators say they have confirmed suicide was the cause of death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month. (July 9)

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Reported Indiana attack investigated as hate crime

The FBI says it’s investigating the reported assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake. Vauhxx Booker says the men pinned him against a tree, shouted racial slurs and one of them threatened to “get a noose.” (July 8)

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Mural of Breonna Taylor painted in Maryland park

Nearly 30 volunteers and 10 teaching artists painted a 7,000-square-foot mural honoring Breonna Taylor – a 26-year old Black woman who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky apartment in March – at Chambers Park in Annapolis. (July 7)

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AP Top Stories July 7 A

Here’s the latest for Tuesday July 7th: Georgia activates National Guard; Coronavirus closes California capitol; Protests in Indiana over alleged assault of Black man; TikTok to stop operating in Hong Kong.

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White House tries to clarify Trump NASCAR tweet

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defends President Donald Trump’s tweet attack on NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag and his incorrect accusation of the sport’s only Black driver, Bubba Wallace, for perpetrating “a hoax.” (July 6)

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Black Lives Matter protest takes place in Sao Paulo | AFP

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrate in Sao Paulo’s Cidade Tiradentes neighbourhood to denounce the killing of Black people and police violence in Brazil’s most populous city. IMAGES

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Photos show police reenacting chokehold on McClain

One of the three white officers who stopped Elijah McClain has been fired over photos showing colleagues reenacting the chokehold used before the Black man died last year, according to documents from prosecutors. (July 3)

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‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ ignites hope across US

The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests in recent weeks. (July 3)

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Images of Black people dying spur racial trauma

As videos of Black people being killed has spurred many Americans to protest in recent weeks, for many Black Americans, they contribute to racial trauma. Therapist Resmaa Menakem explains: “The pulse of Black America is that we’re grieving.” (June 29)

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Mothers march for Black lives in Boston

Mothers march for Black lives in Boston

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Protesters in Aurora, demand justice for McClain

People gathered in Aurora in the US state of Colorado on Saturday to protest the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police who stopped him on the street in suburban Denver last year. (June 27)

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White man calls Connecticut police on Black group

A social media video showing a white man calling the police on a group of Black and Hispanic men in Connecticut has prompted a police investigation and is drawing comparisons to a similar incident in New York’s Central Park last month. (June 26)

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Families seek justice in Atlanta police shootings

Family members of Black men who died in incidents involving law enforcement speak out at the Atlanta branch office of the NAACP; Urging reform and justice. (June 26)

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Sen. Harris: Listen to young Black, Latino voters

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California has emerged as a leading elected official calling for systemic change to the country’s policing system and urging political leaders to listen to young voters. (June 24)

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SURVEILLANCE PANDEMIC: Edward Snowden and Naomi Klein Discuss The Creeping Surveillance State.

Spy planes, helicopters, and drones surveilled hundreds of thousands of Americans as they took to the streets to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. Meanwhile, a series of surveillance startups are using the coronavirus pandemic to track people, analyze outbreaks, and otherwise attempt to legitimize their technology.⁠

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, author and The Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein, Mijente campaign organizer Jacinta González, and Motherboard staff writer Edward Ongweso Jr. discuss how technology is used against Black Lives Matters protesters, undocumented immigrants, and Black and brown communities more broadly.⁠

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