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‘Candyman’ Is the First No. 1 Film Directed by a Black Woman

Jordan Peele Nia DaCosta   With its $22 million opening, nearly double that of second-place finisher Free Guy, Nia DaCosta’s new Candyman movie has become the first film directed by a Black woman in the entire history of the U.S. film industry to open at the top of the box office. Here’s that again, just to underline it: The first ever. Candyman’s…

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HBCU-Style High School Named After Billionaire Robert F. Smith Opens In Denver

Robert F. Smith   Robert F. Smith on stage during the Morehouse College 135th Commencement on May 19, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images A new public school in Denver hopes to encourage Black students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a curriculum and environment inspired by the campuses. This August, the Robert F….

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Court Upholds Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof’s Death Sentence

Dylann Roof   Dylann Roof’s death sentence has reportedly been upheld. USA Today reports the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Roof’s appeal, which began in January 2020. The 27-year-old white supremacist was convicted of gunning down nine Black perisioners at a Charleston church in 2015. Roof argued he had schizophrenia and suffered from other psychological…

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House Introduces John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

JOHN LEWIS   REVAMPED BILL COMES ONE DAY AFTER CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON VOTING RIGHTS. Legislation named for the late Congressman and civil rights icon whose blood was shed for voting rights was introduced on Tuesday in Congress. H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, was sponsored in the House of Representatives by…

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Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock

Georgia Senator Raphael Warknock   A man has pleaded guilty to threatening Georgia Senator Raphael Warknock’s life and is now facing years behind bars. According to the New York Times, Eduard Florea, 41, of Queens, New York, posted online on Jan. 5, “Warnock is going to have a hard time casting votes for communist policies when…

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Stephen Curry’s Parents Sonya and Dell Curry to Divorce After 33 Years of Marriage

Sonya and Dell Curry   Sonya and Dell Curry are ending their marriage, reporters confirm. The parents of NBA stars Stephen and Seth Curry have been separated and Sonya, 55, filed for divorce in North Carolina in June. The pair, who met at Virginia Tech University and wed in 1988, also share daughter Sydel. “After…

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Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Becomes Part Owner Of Brewers A Month After NBA Finals Win

Giannis Antetokounmpo   Following in the footsteps of several other star athletes, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is getting into the pro sports team ownership game. A month after winning the 2021 NBA Finals MVP and ending Milwaukee Bucks’ 50-year title drought, Antetokounmpo is joining the Milwaukee Brewers franchise as a minority owner. Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio, who…

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Exonerated Man Reach $2M Settlement After Wrongly Imprisoned For 23 Years

NEW ORLEANS  — Local prosecutors have reached a $2 million settlement with a New Orleans man who spent 23 years in prison before being cleared on charges including rape and manslaughter. “I welcome this measure of justice after so many years,” Robert Jones, now 48 and community outreach director for Orleans Public Defenders, said in a statement released through his attorneys….

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Heavy Rain Hampers Haiti Rescue Efforts As Earthquake Death Toll Rises

Tropical Storm Grace is still bringing heavy rain to the area of Haiti devastated by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake at the weekend. The quake, which struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday morning, killed at least 1,419 people and injured more than 6,900 others; the death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue in the coming days….

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