Author Archives: Jessika Morgan

  • FBI Raids, Searches Trenton Mayor’s Home

    Trenton, N.J.’s city hall was closed to the public at noon July 19 as FBI agents scoured municipal offices in an investigation of Mayor Tony Mack and his administration. The search of city offices came a day after a July 18 early morning raid of Mack’s home and the homes belonging ...

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  • Torch Passed to Ft. Myer’s First Black Female Commander

    U.S. Army Col. Fern O. Sumpter has served in the reserves and active duty. She was deployed to Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and recently, Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Her experience ranges from personnel to intel. On July 17, she became the first African American women to command ...

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  • Education Company, HBCU Student Funder to Create Schools

    A program that raises funds to help educate students at HBCUs has announced a partnership to create a network of public secondary schools to better prepare Black students to enter college. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Connections Education will launch TMCF Collegiate Academies, ...

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  • D.C. Traffic Web Snags Non-Residents, Too

    Ed Ellis of Temple Hills said when both he and his mother were issued speeding tickets in Washington D.C. while driving downhill, it wasn’t the $150 fines that bothered him as much as the unfair location of the speed camera—at the bottom of a hill on Branch Avenue. The problem is, ...

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  • Bronx Mom Allegedly Poisons Two Children in Jealous Rage

    A five-year-old boy and a four-month-old baby girl lost their chance at life after their mother suspected her husband impregnated another woman, leading to her apparent jealous murder-suicide plot. A Bronx, N.Y. schoolteacher, Lissette Bamenga, 29, was accused of mixing Trevor Noel, Jr. and ...

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  • Alicia Keys’ Foundation to Honor Oprah

    Singer Alicia Keys will honor television mogul Oprah Winfrey in a charity ball slated for Nov. 1 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Keys will pay tribute during the Black Ball hosted by Keep the Child Alive, an organization that provides life-saving treatment to underprivileged ...

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  • Black Contributions Should Be Honored by History

    They came out early on the Fourth of July—men, women and children, many dressed in patriotic red, white and blue. Before the parade, barbecue and fireworks, they gathered at the National Archives in Northwest Washington to kick off the holiday with a reading of the Declaration of ...

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  • Florida A&M President Steps Down

    Two things happened that affected the Florida A&M University community on July 11—slain band member Robert Champion’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the college in the slaying of their son and beleaguered university President James Ammons resigned. Champion, 26, ...

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