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  • Donald Trump Sep 15, 2019

    Biden on Racism: White People ‘Can Never Fully Understand’

    Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. “In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought upon black people in this country, the domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been...

  • Chairman Sep 6, 2019

    Robert Mugabe, Longtime Zimbabwe Leader, Dies at 95

    Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95. Mugabe enjoyed strong support from Zimbabwe’s people soon after he became the first post-colonial leader of what had...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2019

    Democrats’ Divisions Test Biden’s Front-Runner Strength

    The ideological divisions gripping the Democratic Party intensified on Wednesday as presidential candidates waged an acrimonious battle over health care, immigration and race that tested the strength of early front-runner Joe Biden’s candidacy. The former vice president was repeatedly forced to defend his decades-old political record against pointed attacks from his younger, diverse rivals, who charged that Biden’s eight-year relationship...

  • Donald Trump Jul 19, 2019

    Trump’s Harsh Words on ‘Squad’ Reinforce Dark Posts Online

    Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should “go back” to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described squad was lurking online....
    Racist, inflammatory and inaccurate content has circulated on far right blogs, news sites and social media accounts about Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and her three...

  • Donald Trump Jul 18, 2019

    2020 Debates: Biden-Harris Rematch and Progressive Faceoff

    The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President Donald Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris will take center stage in Detroit on July 31,...

  • Singer Jul 16, 2019

    South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66 After Cancer Battle

    Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed by the apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

  • Donald Trump Jul 8, 2019

    Interview: Kamala Harris on Race and Electability in 2020

    Kamala Harris can’t forget the older black woman she met in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama before the state’s 2008 caucus. “I remember her saying to me, ‘They’re not going to let him win,'” Harris recalled. “She did not want to go to the caucuses. She didn’t want to be disappointed.” For Harris, it was a...

  • Donald Trump Jul 7, 2019

    Interview: Kamala Harris on Race and Electability in 2020

    Kamala Harris can’t forget the older black woman she met in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama before the state’s 2008 caucus. “I remember her saying to me, ‘They’re not going to let him win,'” Harris recalled. “She did not want to go to the caucuses. She didn’t want to be disappointed.” For Harris, it was a...

  • Donald Trump Jul 7, 2019

    South Carolina Is Sunday Focus for Sparring Biden, Harris

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has apologized for comments about working with segregationist lawmakers in his early days in the U.S. Senate and says he now understands that his remarks could have offended some people. “Was I wrong a few weeks ago?” the former vice president and Delaware senator asked a mostly black audience of several hundred people Saturday in...

  • Donald Trump Jul 6, 2019

    Biden Says He Was Wrong in Comments About Segregationists

    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some. “Was I wrong a few weeks ago?” Biden asked a mostly black audience of several hundred in Sumter during the first day of a...

  • Donald Trump Jul 6, 2019

    Biden Says He Was Wrong in Comments About Segregationists

    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some. “Was I wrong a few weeks ago?” Biden asked a mostly black audience of several hundred in Sumter during the first day of a...

  • California May 4, 2019

    Los Angeles Renames Stretch of Road ‘Obama Boulevard’

    A stretch of road in Los Angeles has been renamed after former President Barack Obama.

  • Donald Trump Feb 3, 2019

    Racist Yearbook Photo Becomes a Test for 2020 Democrats

    A racist photo tied to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam spurred the first major test for how Democratic presidential hopefuls will address racial tensions that have polarized American life. Nearly every major declared and potential Democratic candidate called for Northam’s resignation after disclosure of the photo, which shows one person in blackface and another hooded in white Klan regalia. Their reactions...

  • advocate Nov 29, 2018

    Oprah Offers Rousing Tribute to Mandela in S. Africa Visit

    Oprah Winfrey on Thursday delivered a rousing tribute to Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born, and urged the youth of South Africa and beyond to overcome failure and trauma on the road to accomplishing their goals. “Your day will come. I applaud your resilience,” Winfrey told a cheering crowd in Soweto. “I say there’s no such thing as...

  • Eric Hinton Nov 28, 2018

    Beyonce to Perform at South African Concert Honoring Mandela

    Beyonce, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran are among the stars scheduled to perform at a South African concert on Sunday in honor of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2018

    Trump vs. Obama in the Final Weekend of the Midterms

    Feuding from a distance, President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama exchanged tough words Friday as they sought to rally their parties’ base voters in the final days before the midterm elections. Obama urged Democrats in Miami to turn against “a politics based on division” and expressed hope that “we will cut through the lies, block out the noise...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2018

    Mandela’s Widow Urges World: Put Egos Aside and End Violence

    Nelson Mandela’s widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the “senseless violence” plaguing too much of the world. “History will judge you should you stagnate too long in inaction,” Graca Machel told a U.N. “peace summit” commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth. “Humankind...

  • Aug 17, 2018

    Forecast for Friday, Aug. 17

    Storm Team 4 meteorologist Chris Cimino has your forecast for Friday, Aug. 17.

  • New York Aug 16, 2018

    Queen of Soul Also Leaves Powerful Civil Rights Legacy

    Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality.

  • Donald Trump Jul 18, 2018

    South Africa, Barack Obama Mark Nelson Mandela Centennial With Charity

    South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule. Obama met with young leaders from around Africa to mark the anniversary, a day after he delivered...

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