Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr. goes by the name Dwayne. But for the majority of the nine years he spent in prison, he gave himself the name Shahid. It means "the witness" in Arabic.
At 16, Betts pled guilty to carjacking in Virginia and was in prison until he was 24. For many years, cultivating his identity -- hard stuff for any teenager -- was a mostly solitary endeavor. Books, and later poetry, became his teacher, his...Read more
Onetime Miami mayoral candidate Luther Campbell, who has written his memoir, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City, goes beyond his personal story (as a history-making rapper and artist) and addresses the ills of the African-American community and how unity and political engagement can alleviate them. He touches on everything from his perspective on the failures of the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to Black Lives Matter and the power of sports...Read more
Judge Barry Williams rejected a defense motion asking for the Office of the State's Attorney to be removed from the Freddie Gray case. The decision came at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, shortly after Williams had denied a defense motion seeking to have the charges dropped.
Williams said that while he was "troubled" by some of the comments Mosby made during a May 1 news conference, they did not compromise the defendants' right to a fair trial.
Shannon J. Miles and Darren Goforth"Cops' lives matter, too, so why don't we drop the qualifier and say lives matter?"HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF RON HICKMAN
Texas prosecutors on Saturday charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of a uniformed sheriff's deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling his patrol car with gas in what officials described as a "senseless and cowardly act."
The arrest of Shannon J. Miles - who has a criminal history...Read more
Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, was arrested in April on charges of stealing a Zebra Cake, Mountain Dew and Snickers bar from a 7-Eleven in Portsmouth, Va.
A 24-year-old black man was found dead in a Virginia jail cell after he was held without bail for four months over an alleged theft of $5 worth of groceries, reports the Guardian.
Jamycheal Mitchell, who reportedly suffered from mental illness and may have starved himself to death, was discovered in his cell...Read more
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that his plans to improve the economy for black Americans is why he is leading in the polls with black voters, though at least one recent poll disputes Trump's claim.
"I lead with almost every group, including with the African-American groups," Trump told reporters at an event in Greenville, South Carolina. "I have tremendous support."
Quinnipiac University released a national poll Thursday showing that while Trump is leading the Republican...Read more
Authorities are investigating after a shooting at Savannah State University killed a student and prompted a lockdown at the Georgia school.
A statement posted on the university's website identified the deceased as Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area. The statement says he died at a hospital from gunshot wounds sustained during an altercation at the student union Thursday evening.
Loretta Heyward, a spokeswoman for the university, told The Associated Press the campus lockdown was lifted...Read more