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Meet Josiah Henson, the Former Slave Who May Have a Maryland School Named After...

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By Kamau High, AFRO Managing Editor, [email protected] The president of the Montgomery Council is trying to change the name of a school in North Bethesda to that of a former slave, who was the basis for the main character in Uncle Tom’s...

Civil Rights Leaders Fight for Black Americans

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By AFRO Staff The nation’s leading civil rights organizations have requested an urgent meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer regarding racial equity in the coronavirus response proposal. The leaders include Marc H. Morial, president and...

Racism Quickly Becomes an Issue in Florida Governor’s Race

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By The Associated Press Racism immediately became an issue in the Florida governor's race Wednesday as both nominees made predictions: The Democrat said voters aren't looking for a misogynist, racist or bigot, while the Republican said voters shouldn't "monkey this...

The Demolition of Gilmor Homes Underway

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By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO There’s no horizon from the center of Gilmor Homes. Brick apartment blocks stretch out in every direction. There’s a park in the center. The picnic tables lie ruined. Rusty nails stick up out of...

Former AFRO Paperboy, 92, Killed in Hit and Run

Special to the AFRO Cornelious Burton Weeks Jr. (September 28, 1927- February 07, 2020) was born in Washington D.C. to Cornelious Burton Weeks Sr. and Lillian Roger Weeks, at Columbia Hospital for Women. He grew up between D.C. and Fairmont...

Hughley Brings “The Funny” To IMPROV

By M.P. Stone, Contributing Editor, Texas Metro News D.L. Hughley truly did “bring it” this past weekend at the Addison Improv and he brought four more of the fun­niest men on the planet with him. It was non-stop, wall to wall,...

Toni Braxton Is In the Holiday Spirit with Lifetime Movie

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By GARY GERARD HAMILTON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Braxton has been nominated for Grammys again for her latest album, but these days the singer is also focusing on acting — and flexing her producing muscles. "I find that I...

Baltimore Mayor’s Race: Candidates Shift Strategies in Crisis

By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham Special to the AFRO The novel coronavirus pandemic may have shut down the city and postponed the mayoral primary, but inevitably Baltimore will have to choose a new mayor.   Gov. Larry Hogan has moved the primary...

Toppled Trees, Swift Water, Have Killed Many During Florence

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By The Associated Press Florence — which was once a hurricane and now is a tropical depression — is being blamed for at least 32 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia. 25 were in North Carolina. Officials in those states...

Barrier Breaking Bishop Dies at 89

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] In the middle of Women’s History Month, the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, a barrier-breaking heroine, the first woman to be ordained and consecrated a Bishop in the global Anglican Communion, died, March 13, in...

Race and Politics: Coronavirus Was Never a Hoax

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By Sean Yoes AFRO Baltimore Editor [email protected] I’ve never experienced a more pervasive feeling of anxiety permeating our country in my lifetime than this week’s explosion of the coronavirus pandemic in America. In a few days we’ve seen every avenue of life in...

“I Am More Than My Hair” Wins “Best Documentary Short” At ‘Through Women’s Eyes’...

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Alyscia Cunningham’s powerful new film tells the inspirational stories of females who experienced hair loss due to a health-related condition. SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND—Filmmaker Alyscia Cunningham’s empowering documentary, I Am More Than My Hair won the “Best Documentary Short” award at...

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