Black Lives Matter: Where are the Black clergy?

When Julian DeShazier, a 37-year-old Black pastor, marches in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, he removes his clerical collar – a symbol of authority – and follows the instructions of organisers, many of whom are younger than him, and many of whom are women. DeShazier and members of his Hyde Park University Church in Chicago, […]

Japanese Student Forced to Dye Her Hair Black Wins, and Loses, in Court

Like many schools in Japan, where most people are born with straight, black hair, the Kaifukan Senior High School in Osaka is fussy about students’ appearances. Perms and braided extensions are off limits, as are dyed and bleached hair. One brown-haired Japanese-born student ran into trouble when school officials, believing that she had flouted the […]

COVID: US life expectancy drops, Black and Latinos hardest hit

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as COVID-19 caused its first wave of deaths that disproportionately affected people of colour, according to a new report (PDF) by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Thursday. “This is a huge decline,” […]

Amy Cooper, Who Falsely Accused Black Bird-Watcher, Has Charges Dismissed

The case against Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police on a Black bird-watcher in Central Park and falsely told them that he had threatened her, was dismissed on Tuesday after Ms. Cooper completed a therapeutic educational program that included instruction about racial biases. At a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court, the prosecution […]

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Review: I Was a Panther for the F.B.I.

That isn’t what happens. If O’Neal’s treachery provides the momentum, Hampton’s charisma is the ballast, but Kaluuya presents him as something more than a simple saint or hero. During the Great Migration, Hampton’s parents had moved to Chicago from Louisiana, and Kaluuya, who is British, finds inflections of Southernness in his voice and manner — […]

Black entrepreneur breaks into France’s exclusive champagne club

To the best of her knowledge, Marie-Ines Romelle is the only Black producer of champagne. When Marie-Ines Romelle, a Black woman born on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, decided to join the exclusive world of France’s champagne producers, she saw no one who looked like her. Instead of being intimidated, she applied the motto by […]

Treasury secretary warns of COVID’s lasting toll on Black America

Economic crises hit people of colour harder and longer, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Friday. United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Friday that economic crises hit people of colour harder and longer, and the current crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic would have a lasting impact on Black Americans unless […]

California Black Freedom Fund: $100m to fight systemic racism

The 25 US funders will provide resources to Black-led organisations to address a ‘history of underinvestment’. More than two dozen United States philanthropic organisations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund, a $100m, five-year initiative that they say will provide resources to Black-led organisations in the state that are seeking to eradicate […]

Black and Latino New Yorkers Trail White Residents in Vaccine Rollout

The rollout of vaccines in New York City — once the epicenter of the pandemic — has been plagued by stark racial disparities, with Black and Latino residents receiving far fewer doses than white residents, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday. The city’s demographic data was incomplete, but the information available revealed for the […]

Cicely Tyson, iconic US Black actress, dies at 96

Actress Cicely Tyson, who specialised in portraying strong Black women caught up in life’s struggles during a 60-year career that earned her three Emmy Awards and a Tony Award, died on Thursday at age 96, her manager said in a statement. No cause of death was given. Tyson had recently completed a memoir, Just As […]

US police have killed 135 unarmed Black people since 2015: NPR

A review of thousands of documents found officers with ‘troubled pasts’ are hired and rarely face prison time over the deaths. An investigation by US broadcaster National Public Radio published on Monday found that 135 unarmed Black people have been killed by police since 2015, often by police with red flags on their record. NPR […]

Black, Deaf and Extremely Online

“I have to make sure my hands are not ashy before I sign,” Nakia Smith, who is deaf, explained to her nearly 400,000 followers. In one of the dozens of popular videos she posted to TikTok last year, Ms. Smith compared her habit of adding a quick dab of lotion to her hands before she […]

Austin wins Senate confirmation as first Black Pentagon chief

LONDON: The new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in the UK could be less infectious than first thought, according to researchers in Denmark. Scientists from Copenhagen’s State Serum Institute found that the mutation is 36 percent more infectious than previous variants of the virus. That is significantly lower than the 70 percent first […]

Kamala Harris: America’s first female, Black vice president

Kamala Harris smashed through one of the United States’ highest glass ceilings on Wednesday, becoming the first woman, first Black American and first person of Asian heritage to be appointed vice president, blazing a trail in the most diverse White House ever. As running mate to now-President Joe Biden, she helped bring Donald Trump’s turbulent […]

Being Black in Brazil in the time of pandemic

These days, I get a knot in my stomach every time I reach out to one of my friends. I dread calling or texting them because I know that if they do not answer, they may well be dead. I do not work in a high-risk industry, or live in a war zone, but my […]

Several dead as freight ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Three out of 13 crew members dead, six rescued after a Palau-flagged cargo ship sinks in bad weather in the Black Sea. A Palau-flagged freight ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, killing at least three crew members, according to Bartin Governor Sinan Guner. Guner had said earlier on […]

Senator apologises to Black Tulsans for election challenge

Oklahoma Senator Lankford, conservative ally for Black Tulsans, faces criticism on move to ‘disenfranchise’ Black vote. Republican US Senator James Lankford has apologised in a letter to Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Black community for failing to recognise that challenging United States electoral results leading to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory during a joint session of Congress could be […]

Why did a hazing in Belgium lead to a Black student’s death?

Brussels, Belgium – On the morning of Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 20-year-old Sanda Dia was dressed in a white robe, selling roses on a cobbled street in the historic centre of Leuven, a quaint student city that is home to Belgium’s largest and oldest university, looming Gothic architecture and lively squares. A photograph shows the Black […]

US Black man who spent 26 years on death row freed

Eddie Lee Howard was convicted of killing a white woman in 1994 but murder charges dropped due to discredited testimony. A Mississippi judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Black man who spent more than a quarter-century on death row in the 1992 killing of a white woman. Eddie Lee Howard, now 67, was convicted […]

Divers recover ‘black box’ from crashed Indonesia plane

Flight data recorder could explain why the 737-500 aircraft nosedived into the sea after takeoff. A black box from the crashed Indonesian passenger jet was recovered on Tuesday, days after the plane with 62 people on board slammed into the sea. “The FDR [flight data recorder] has been found,” Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi told […]

Algeria’s ex-PM admits selling gold bars on black market

Ahmed Ouyahia tells state prosecutors he sold 60 gold bars received as gifts from Gulf donors. Former Algerian premier Ahmed Ouyahia, on trial for corruption, has admitted receiving gold bars from Gulf donors then selling them on the black market, the official APS news agency reported. Ouyahia and fellow ex-prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal are accused […]

Woman who falsely accused Black teen of theft is arrested

Miya Ponsetto is in jail for falsely accusing the teenager of stealing her phone, then tackling him in a hotel lobby. A woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her phone and then tackled him at a New York City hotel has been arrested in her home state of California. Miya Ponsetto, 22, […]

Capitol siege: If rioters were Black, ‘hundreds’ would be killed

The United States’s stark racial inequality was on display after a mob of predominantly white supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol with ease on Wednesday then left with few immediate consequences, according to Washington residents, activists and politicians, including President-elect Joe Biden. The rioters broke through barricades, smashed windows, snatched souvenirs and […]

Georgia’s Warnock to make history as state’s first Black senator

The deep-voiced Baptist pastor who now holds the pulpit where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr preached made history in his uphill battle to unseat a sitting Republican to become the first Black US Senator from Georgia. The son of a sharecropper, Reverend Raphael Warnock, who never held public office before, defeated Kelly […]