Afro Briefs

  • Child Slave Trade in Schools

    An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked globally every year, often for forced labor and commercial sex, and the problem is acute in the United States. This week, the U.S. Department of Education launched a tool to combat the devastating practice: a new guide for educators to spot and ...

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  • Florida: Marissa Alexander Finally Released from Prison

    A Florida woman who faced as many as 60 years in jail for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from prison Jan. 27 after accepting a plea deal. Marissa Alexander, 34, agreed to a deal which would limit her time in prison to the three years she had already served as […]

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  • Texas Executes Another Black Man

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was executed Thursday evening. Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was ...

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  • Judge Tosses SC Civil Rights Protesters Convictions

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has tossed out the convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement. Judge Mark Hayes on Wednesday made the ruling for the men known as the Friendship 9. “We cannot rewrite ...

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  • Jury Convicts 2 Ex-Vanderbilt Players of Raping Woman

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room. The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison. Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an ...

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