By Brian Lowry, CNN Five years after the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag triggered controversy, the group behind the awards has made inclusion a requirement to be considered to win them. In what represents the most direct link between the movie industry's top prize and efforts to promote diversity and address systemic issues, the...
By Kristen Schorsch, WBEZ Facing a hospital closure on Chicago’s South Side next year in the middle of a pandemic, two midwives are hoping to fill part of the void for mothers-to-be. They want to open a freestanding birth center, where women could deliver their children in a full-size bed at...
By Alexis McAdams, ABC7 News Students in Chicago Public Schools return to learning Tuesday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson will visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy of Social Justice in Englewood Tuesday to kick off the start of the unusual school year. Chicago Public Schools' students...
ABC 7 NY Medical students across the country were given the surprise of a lifetime Monday: no more student loan debt. Former New York City Mayor and one-time presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg pledged $100 million through Bloomberg Philanthropies to the nation's four historically Black medical schools. About 800 students attending Atlanta's Morehouse...
By Black Business Thyk Skynn, a Black-owned line of fashionable bulletproof vests for men, women, and children, has seen a nearly 400 percent increase in sales over the past few weeks as Americans continue to grow concerned about their protection from police shootings and other random acts of violence. Mike Tyree,...
By CBS 2 News The lottery for licenses to run cannabis dispensaries in Illinois is set to happen in the next few weeks. Gov. JB Pritzker vows there will be social equity as far as who gets those licenses. But several minority leaders call that an empty promise, and say Black...
Jacob Blake Speaks Out From Hospital Bed: ‘It Hurts To Breathe. It Hurts To Sleep.’ By Hayley Miller, Huff Post Jacob Blake said he’s experiencing unrelenting pain in a newly released video recorded from the hospital bed where he’s recovering after being shot in the back multiple times by a Wisconsin...
By Amir Vera and Kevin Dotson, CNN Lou Brock, one of the best hitters and base stealers in baseball history, died Sunday at the age of 81. A Brock family representative confirmed his death to the St. Louis Cardinals. Known as a "stolen base specialist" according to the National Baseball Hall...
An inmate claims he was "forced" to assault Kelly "in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed light on the government corruption." By Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard R. Kelly is asking a judge to release him on bail after he was attacked last week by an inmate. In a...
By Stacey Baca, ABC7 News Jacob Blake appeared remotely in Kenosha County court Friday as he pleaded not guilty to three charges filed against him back in July. Blake was upgraded from intensive care this week. His father said he's doing a little bit better, but still cannot move from his...