Rick Perry stepped up to the lectern and paused. The former Texas governor scanned the room, a Thursday luncheon at the National Press Club, and proceeded to delve into a particularly gruesome chapter of his state's history.
"Ninety-nine years ago -- on May 15, 1916 -- at a courthouse in Waco, Texas, a mentally disabled 17-year-old boy named Jesse Washington was convicted of raping and murdering the wife of his employer," Perry said, as a pall...Read more
A daughter showed gratitude for her father's hard work through her tremendous achievements.
Biiftu Duresso, an 18-year-old from Rochester, New York, graduated at the top of her class this past Saturday from Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, WHAM reported. During her graduation speech, the valedictorian took the time to thank those who inspired her including her father, Jamal Abdullahi, an Ethiopian immigrant who works nights as a supervising custodian at her school, as well as her mother, MyFoxNy.com reported.
“My parents, Jamal...Read more
Fox News henchman Geraldo Rivera said some mad things last night on news programme The Five – namely, in response to Kendrick Lamar's performance of 'Alright' at the BET Awards on Sunday (28th June), he stated: "This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message."
Rivera seemed to be reacting to lyrics of 'Alright' that show up the police in light of unlawful killings of black Americans – "We...Read more
Cameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday.
She said the cameras were among steps the city was taking after protests and rioting following Gray's death in April.
"We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record...Read more
Hampton University received two grants recently that will give a boost to two areas of study by creating new centers at the school.
NASA awarded a $5 million grant that will create research opportunities. It's designed to take under-represented students from high school and undergraduate internships to graduate level research and on to employment opportunities, according to a statement from HU officials.
The grant from NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project Institutional Research Opportunity will be...Read more
In a blog post on The Huffington Post on Monday, President Barack Obama laid out his highly anticipated plan to extend overtime pay to more American workers. His proposal, which does not require approval from Congress, constitutes arguably his most sweeping economic reform through executive action since taking office. Under the plan, the administration says, an estimated 5 million more workers would be eligible for time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. Given...Read more
One Republican politician isn't too impressed with the recent, heated debate concerning the Confederate flag, calling it a "manufactured political crisis" meant to distract.
Former Rep. Allen West of Florida quoted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's statement to "never let a good crisis go to waste" on Fox & Friends Monday morning, adding that the discussion around the Confederate flag was distracting from the problems plaguing the black family and from violence in Chicago.
"This is what you...Read more