Jail Population Overlooked in Reform Efforts

African Americans account for 25 percent of the 12 million jail admissions every year. (Photo credit: by ♪ ~,flickr)

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a system that is often overlooked by the public and misused by law enforcement, Blacks account for more than one-third (36 percent) of the jail population, according to a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan research and policy group. The report […]

How the Myth of the Strong Black Woman Hurts Rape Victims


FIRST IN A SERIES A woman gets raped every 2 minutes in the United States. According to the U.S. Justice Department, nearly one of every five Black women – 19 percent – are raped each year. Many experts suspect those figures severely understate the problem. For example, research by the Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc., a […]

Texas inmate’s scheduled execution delayed due to new “scientific evidence”

Rodney Reed's new legal team wins a stay of execution for him.  (Image: KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Rodney Reed’s execution, scheduled for next week, has been put on hold. According to the court order postponing Reed’s execution for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, Reed’s new defense team has newly discovered evidence that supports his claims of innocence and there is new “scientific evidence” that establishes his “probable innocence.” […]

21-year-old Shooting Victim Paralyzed, Security Guard Walks Free


TULSA, OKLAHOMA — After the only witness to the February 4, 2015 incident involving a security guard shooting an unarmed 21-year-old man, police have yet to provide an investigation update to the public. Due to the security guard firing three life threating shots, the 21-year-old victim is currently suffering paralysis and has a bullet that […]

A Courageous FBI Director

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson   James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, recently said that a healthy dialogue concerning the issues of race and policing was necessary if American society wanted to prevent more highly questionable killings of African-American males by members of law enforcement. In a very candid address to […]

Vanilla Ice facing grand theft charges


Vanilla Ice has been arrested for a home burglary in Lantana, Fla., adjacent to where he was renovating a home for his reality show “The Vanilla Ice Project,” authorities confirm. According to the Lantana police chief Sean Scheller, Ice was taken into custody today for a burglary that happened sometime within the last month, and […]

1.5 Million teens annually experience abuse from someone they are dating

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Teens need education about risks of dating violence Parkland behavioral health counselors urge parents to be aware, involved DALLAS – When Elisabet Martinez speaks to teens and their parents about teen dating violence and healthy relationships, she often shows them the “Power and Control” and “Equality” wheels. These visual aids demonstrate ways victims are abused […]

Fifty Shades of Grey very popular with pirates too

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Pirates showed a passion for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” with copies of the erotic thriller downloaded almost 300,000 times worldwide within three days of the film’s U.S. theatrical debut. The low-quality copies recorded with handheld cameras in theaters were downloaded at the rate of nearly 100,000 per day. The piracy-tracking firm Excipio reported that as of […]

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