The Supreme Court Determines The Fate Of Black Businesses Tomorrow

Tomorrow determines everything for Black businesses. On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Byron Allen case, in which he is suing Comcast, the second largest cable company in the world, for $20 billion for racial discrimination. At the heart of the dispute is Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of […]

Talladega, Alabama Elects First Black Mayor

Photo: Tucker Webb/The Daily Home Between 1877 and 1950, the Equal Justice Initiative reports that five Black people were lynched in Talladega County. The mood in the small Alabama town today feels a little different, after Tallagedga elected its first Black mayor. At the age of 29, Talladega native Tim Ragland became the city’s youngest […]

Congress Is Playing Games With Over $250 Million Of HBCU Money

PHOTOGRAPH BY RADCLIFFE “RUDDY” ROYE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC On October 1st more than $250 million in annual funding mandated by federal educations laws for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions expired. The reason? The Senate did not approve it, after the measure was approved in the House of Representatives. HBCUs across the country are operating in a […]

The Political Champion Of Reparations Has Died

For the first time in history Democratic candidates for President are expected to take a serious position on reparations for slavery. Before it was fashionalbe, however, Congressman John Conyers forced the issue. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1964, starting in 1989 Detroit Congressman John Conyers introduced a bill at the start of […]

Could Montgomery’s First Black Mayor Create A New Black Wall Street?

(Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP) Steven Reed was elected in a runoff, garnering 67 percent of the vote — a landslide. In the city’s 200 year history, Reed is the first Black person to be elected mayor and so naturally, there is a question of how his victory will directly impact Black owned businesses. According […]

Black Unemployment Rate Currently 72% Higher Than Whites

Based on recent figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black unemployment is at 5.5% nationally, compared to 3.2% for whites, 3.9% for Hispanics and 2.5% for Asians. Believe it or not, the current numbers are the best we’ve seen in many decades. Still, it’s simply not good enough and the gap between […]

What Is The 4th Of July To Those Unable To Afford Bail?

Kalief Browder was arrested at age 16 and charged with stealing a backpack. His bail was set at $3,000 but because his family didn’t have the cash, he ultimately spent 3 years at Rikers Island awaiting trial. Prosecutors eventually dismissed the charges against him but it was too late; Browder would later commit suicide. 5 […]

Black Women Are Imprisoned At Alarming Rates. This Black Woman Helps Them Put Their Lives Back Together

Syrita Steib-Martin was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, 20 years in state prison, and $1.9 million of restitution at the age of 19. The sentence stemmed from auto theft charges. But Syrita wasn’t alone — over past 20 years there has been an 800% rise in the incarceration rate of Black women, who […]

Black People Should Have Paid Attention to the Dominican Republic Before Tourists Started Dying

In recent months seven Black tourists have died in the Dominican Republic. The question for many people now is, “Is it safe to travel to the DR?” That question, however, is slightly misguided and a few years late. The Dominican Republic has shown hostility to Black people for some time and sadly, the deaths of […]

Black People Here Die Of Cancer At Alarming Rates, No One Seems To Care

There is a place in America where Black people dying of cancer is alarmingly normal. It’s called “Cancer Alley” but of late the locals are calling it “Death Alley” because of the severity of the matter — even the water is poisonous by now. St. James Parish, Louisiana, according to census figures, has a little […]