African-Americans

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, left, Vice President Mike Pence, right, and his wife Karen Pence, speaks during a National African American History Month reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 21, 2019 - 8:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pledging to expand opportunity for Americans of every race, religion and creed as he commemorates Black History Month. Speaking to hundreds Thursday at a White House reception, Trump boasted about the economy and said the unemployment rate for African-...
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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Chicago. Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct and filling a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, a police official said. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
February 21, 2019 - 7:57 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Actor Jussie Smollett is earning more than $100,000 per episode of the Fox series "Empire," a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press. Smollett is charged with felony disorderly...
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Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson speaks during a press conference at CPD headquarters, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Chicago, after actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in on charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. The "Empire" staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Johnson said Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
February 21, 2019 - 4:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took it personally when detectives determined that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack . Speaking Thursday at a news conference, Johnson said he was angry and offended that...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation after party at Wollman Rink in Central Park in New York. Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs early Jan. 29, 2019. Chicago police said on Saturday, Feb. 16, "the trajectory of the investigation" into the reported attack on Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the "Empire" actor. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Patrick Gentry
February 20, 2019 - 8:56 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say they will mount an "aggressive defense" of the "Empire" actor after he was charged with making a false report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Attorneys Todd...
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Former President Barack Obama, left, hugs Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry after speaking at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 20, 2019 - 10:21 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2015, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe acknowledges fans prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
February 20, 2019 - 1:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning...
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February 18, 2019 - 8:10 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's first African-American poet laureate will be inducted at a ceremony led by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper will induct Jaki Shelton Green on Monday at the state Capitol in Raleigh. The previous state poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, also will attend. Green has been...
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This Jan. 15, 2019 photo shows renderings of fashions created by Oscar nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter for the film "Black Panther," in Los Angeles. Carter will also be honored for her illustrious career at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
February 17, 2019 - 9:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black Panther" costume designer Ruth E. Carter says she wants her Oscar recognition to create more opportunities for African-Americans and women of color who desire to follow her footsteps. If Carter wins an Oscar for best costume design on Feb. 24, she would become the first...
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, smiles as she listens to a patron while visiting a coffee shop on Main Street in Concord, N.H., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Gillibrand visited New Hampshire as she explores a 2020 run for president. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
February 15, 2019 - 8:55 pm
Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police say they're interviewing two "persons of interest" who surveillance photos show were in the downtown area where Smollett says he was attacked last month. A police spokesman said Thursday the two men aren't considered suspects but may have been in the area at the time Smollett says he was attacked. Smollett says two masked men shouted racial and homophobic slurs before beating him and putting a rope around his neck on Jan. 29. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 15, 2019 - 3:07 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A Chicago police spokesman confirms that the two suspects arrested in the reported hate crime involving black actor Jussie Smollett are black. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also says the...
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