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Losing A Legend

As the United States mourns over the passing of Georgia congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis, Astros manager Dusty Baker who is African American and grew up during a time of segregation had some great words to share with ...
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Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dead at 80

John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after ...
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The US loses two icons of the civil rights movement in one day

Two towering figures of the American civil rights movement died Friday, a major loss for a nation still grappling with protests and demands for racial equality decades later.
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'He is free at last.' Activists and politicians honor John Lewis

As news of Rep. John Lewis' death rocked the nation, tributes to the civil rights leader and longtime Georgia politician poured in from activists and politicians alike.
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Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations

The words and phrases permeate nearly every aspect of our society. "Master bedrooms" in our homes. "Blacklists" and "whitelists" in computing. The idiom "sold down the river" in our everyday speech.
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Rep. Coleman Calls on Governor Abbott to Prohibit Dining in Restaurants Until COVID-19 Surge is Ended

Today, State Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) called on Governor Abbott to issue an order to prohibit on-premises dining until the spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rate has been reversed.
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To Save Black Lives, and the Soul of Our Nation, Congress Must Act Boldly

For too long, Black people in America have been burdened with the unjust responsibility of keeping ourselves safe from police.

#NNPA BLACKPRESS Racial Divide of Coronavirus Is Real, So Are Innovations That Can Help

News about the novel coronavirus, which has now claimed over 100,000 American lives, is all around us. A subtext told in this reporting is the painful story of the pandemic’s devastating effect on people of color.
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R&B lost three legends this weekend in Little Richard, Andre Harrell and Betty Wright

It was a tough weekend for rhythm and blues with the deaths of three musical icons. Singers Betty Wright and Little Richard along with music executive Andre Harrell died this weekend. All had major impacts on R&B and the music ...
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ESSENCE.com

Longest-Running Black Media Platform Marks 50-Year Legacy of Evolution and Innovation in Black Culture with Special Collector’s Edition Issue; – - Iconic Supermodel Naomi Campbell Graces 50th Anniversary May/June Issue in First-Ever Self-Shot Cover; Talks to ESSENCE about Turning 50 ...

Former Houston Comet Becomes the First African American Woman to Coach Men's College Basketball

Former WNBA star Becky Hammon made headlines back in August of 2014 when she became the first full time female coach in NBA history for the San Antonio Spurs. Some will say she blazed the trail for the female coaches ...
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Gov. Abbott Unlawfully Exceeded Authority With Executive Order Limiting Jail Releases, Argues New Lawsuit

Governor Abbott unlawfully exceeded his constitutional authority by issuing an executive order that suspends the rights that individuals, who are presumed innocent, have while facing criminal prosecution, according to a new lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Texas, Texas Fair ...

Team First: Texans head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien reveals why the team traded DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona.

One thing I have learned by being born and raised in Texas is that we are a proud group of people who wear our emotions on our sleeves. You never have to worry about how we feel towards you because ...
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Loving Your Enemies

I am forced to preach under something of a handicap this morning. In fact, I had the doctor before coming to church. And he said that it would be best for me to stay in the bed this morning. And ...
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Stop the Spread of Hate to Honor a King

Love has many definitions. The Holy Bible describes it as patient, kind, protecting, trusting, hopeful, preserving, and without the capability of failing. Webster’s Dictionary also has several meanings of love. It is defined as something that commands admiration, passionate affection ...
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