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    (CNN)Last summer, Alice Dearing made history.Competing in the women's 10km marathon swim at the Tokyo Olympics in August 2021, the 24-year-old became the first Black female swimmer to represent Team GB at an Olympic Games.Only two Black swimmers had represented Britain at the Games before Dearing: Kevin Burns swam at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal...
    After two years of pandemic closures, and with an unusually favorable exchange rate between the dollar and the euro, more Americans are traveling overseas this summer—particularly to the 44 countries of Europe. And many of these American tourists’ first impressions of “the Continent” were shaped by the public television travelogue, Rick Steves’ Europe. During the...
    A former stripper is auctioning a pair of black underpants which she claims Prince Harry tore off during his infamous Las Vegas strip. Carrie Reichert, who now goes by Carrie Royale, 43, held up the underwear, which she thinks could auction for as much as $1million (£825.7 million) according to TMZ. Royale claims that she was in the...
    (CNN)With apologies to basketball greats Bob Cousy and Larry Bird, Bill Russell will forever be the most important superstar ever to play for the Boston Celtics. And with another apology, to legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Russell will always be the GOAT -- not just of Boston, but of excellence and winning in American sports.Peniel...
    The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm the Marines' first Black four-star general.That's one of the branch's highest rankings.Lieutenant General Michael Langley has served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, CNN reported.He is nominated to be the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, which oversees U.S. military presence in Africa.The Senate Armed Services...
    Members of Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha are part of an effort to restore historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy Woodlawn Collaborative Project) The history of Woodlawn Cemetery in Southeast D.C. spans nearly 200 years, and the latest chapter involves a mission to restore the grounds. Marjorie Kinard is a member of...
    (CNN)Emmett Till grew up in a two-story, red brick house on the South Side of Chicago before leaving the city in 1955 to visit family in Mississippi, where the 14-year-old Black teen was lynched after being accused of whistling at a White woman. An African American cultural preservation organization on Tuesday announced that Emmett's childhood...
    The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has long had a special relationship with the Bay Area. Intrepid local theatergoers often make the pilgrimage up to Ashland, Oregon, to see shows, and many actors and directors work in both regions. And now OSF has an artistic leader who grew up in Oakland. Hired in 2019, Nataki Garrett is...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Emmett Till left his mother’s house on Chicago’s South Side in 1955 to visit relatives in Mississippi, where the Black teenager was abducted and brutally slain for reportedly whistling at a white woman. A cultural preservation organization announced Tuesday that the house will receive a share of $3 million in grants being...
    James Madison's role in America's founding has been downplayed in a museum at his own plantation home in Virginia. A number of visitors criticized the museum after a $10 million grant from left-leaning billionaire David Rubenstein funded a new exhibit that focuses on the experience of slaves. Through his grant, the museum worked...
    The man who helped lead the hunt for an 87-year-old woman allegedly involved in the killing of Emmett Till is a black nationalist with a history of making racial slurs and orchestrating provocative protests, according to an anti-hate group. Malik Shabazz, 55, led dozens of people last week who searched through a home for seniors...
    EXCLUSIVE — The majority of Joe Biden's White House officials are women or racial minorities, even after a significant number of staff departed following the president's first year in office, an analysis of White House personnel confirmed. The White House publishes its full Executive Office of the President payroll every July, and 2022's report shows...
    “The Mermaid of Black Conch” by Monique Roffey (Knopf) David is a fisherman and Aycayia is a mermaid. It’s pretty obvious where the story goes from here: David falls for Aycayia. But author Monique Roffey isn’t giving us an endearing tale of love — this is a story of duality and curses. “The Mermaid of...
    Georgia stands a good chance to become the first state governed by a Black-led political coalition. That’s because enthusiasm for the campaigns of Raphael Warnock and Stacey Abrams for senator and governor, respectively, appears to be gaining momentum. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Warnock’s sprint to re-election had a cash advantage and 10 percentage...
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images The Las Vegas Raiders hired this week Sandra Douglass Morgan, the first Black female team president in NFL history. “I am thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis in a statement. “Her experience, integrity and passion for this community will be invaluable to our...
    (CNN)The Las Vegas Raiders have hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as team president, making her the first Black woman in that position for an NFL team.In a news conference at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas announcing the hiring, Morgan was asked what it meant for her to make league history."I have been the first in other...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis. It’s been a tumultuous few years for the Las Vegas Raiders‘ front office since the changing of cities. Former team president Marc Badain was forced to resign last year for what owner Mark Davis later referred to as “accounting irregularities.” Dan Ventrelle was promoted to replace...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There's a new big fish in the Shark Tank and it's a face fans here in San Jose should be very familiar with.Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks introduced their newest General Manager, former Sharks star Mike Grier.It's a historic hire for the team and the league as Grier becomes the first...
    (CNN)Mike Grier has been named the San Jose Sharks new general manager. Grier's hire is historic as he becomes the National Hockey League's (NHL) first Black general manager, according to the team.The Sharks say Grier, who has spent nearly a lifetime around the game as a player and later as coach, scout and executive, will...
    Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2022. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first Black player in the American League three months after Jackie Robinson...
    (CNN)America seems a lifetime away from the evening of November 4, 2008, when Barack Obama, walking on stage as the first Black president-elect in history, extolled the fact that the "dream of our founders" remained thrillingly alive into the 21st century. Peniel JosephThat dream, against all odds, remains alive in 2022. While it is, to...
    President Joe Biden nominated Jackson to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who had announced plans to retire earlier this year — Breyer's retirement became effective Thursday at noon. Biden had pledged to nominate a black woman, but many Americans considered the concept of narrowing the field of potential candidates based solely on skin color and gender...
    Black music, its history, its composers, and its musicians cross almost every musical genre and are lauded and played across the globe by people of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities. There’s no wonder why it has often been part and parcel of the political life of this nation and welcomed into the hallowed halls of...
    BILL Nye has spoken out after sparking social media uproar when he inaccurately tweeted Juneteenth marked the anniversary of all slaves being freed. The Science Guy, 66, praised his fans on Monday for correcting him after being widely called out on Twitter. 1Bill Nye tweeted this selfie with a constitution on Juneteenth “The United...
    A new report has found that U.S. students aren’t adequately taught about the Reconstruction Era, the period from 1865 to 1877 in which white supremacists undermined efforts to reintegrate former Black slaves into the post-Civil War United States. As a result, many students remain ignorant about the period and its connection to the present-day fight...
    In celebration of Juneteenth, the city of Alexandria will debut the Freedom House Museum, with new exhibitions showcasing Alexandria’s Black history and the Black experience in America on Monday. The Freedom House Museum is what remains of a large complex that trafficked thousands of Black men, women and children from Alexandria to New Orleans between...
    DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it’s important that people learn the history behind it. “We need to know so people can heal from it and never let it...
    Schools need to be a whole lot more honest with America’s students. If we don’t teach students about the past, we aren’t equipping them with the tools to succeed in the future. And any history of America is woefully incomplete without a thoughtful examination of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Concerningly, an Illinois middle school teacher stated...
    Beginning the weekend of Juneteenth, a traveling art exhibit highlighting the contributions of Black soldiers during the U.S. Civil War will be on display in Loudoun County, Virginia. The exhibit, “17 Men,” features colored pencil drawings based on real-life portraits of Black soldiers who served during the Civil War. The subjects were all members of...
    DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it’s important that people learn the history behind it. “We need to know so people can heal from it and never...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A new name and a new look for the oldest Black history museum in the country.Now gracing the South Side of Chicago is The Du, short for the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center."This is a time for reimagination reinvention and just growth throughout the city and the state and just...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A celebration of freedom is underway in Sacramento in honor of Juneteenth. The newest federal holiday, this Sunday, recognizes the end of slavery in the United States. Uplift and inspire: the annual Juneteenth festival focuses on the future while reflecting on its past. READ MORE: 'We Will Always Have A Home Here': Former...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Juneteenth celebrations are kicking off around the Philadelphia region. June 19 marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans after the Civil War.  It’s also about history and connection.  READ MORE: Caught On Camera: 3 Women Walking Down South Philadelphia Street Brutally Attacked Unprovoked By Man“Combine June 19 with June,” Gary Shepherd said.   ...
    (CNN)Juneteenth 2022, which the nation officially celebrates Monday, is unfolding against extraordinary twin backdrops: the ongoing hearings of the House select committee on January 6 and the continuing legislative efforts to halt or disrupt the teaching of the very history that Juneteenth -- a day that marks the end of racial slavery in the United...
    “It’s the freedom for me.” This cringeworthy phrase, now plastered on retail cookout gear and swag, instantly provoked the ire of any person who grew up in Texas who feared what would happen if Juneteenth went mainstream. Since the racial uprisings of 2020, there’s been an increased national interest in Juneteenth as more people strive...
    FOLSOM (CBS13) — After years of controversy, a historic park in Folsom could soon be getting a new name. Negro Bar Recreation Area is a popular state park with a name many people find offensive. READ MORE: 'An Honest Mistake': Rancho Cordova Gas Station Manager Fired For Selling 69 Cent Gas Receives Outpouring Of SupportIt...
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- The city of San Bernardino has made history by swearing in its first Black chief of police.Chief Darren Goodman was sworn in on Wednesday.He becomes the first African American police chief in the department's 116-year history."During the early years of my career, several of my assignments were in San Bernardino,"...
    "You can keep it," Abdullah replied. In her Twitter biography, Abdullah describes herself as a "#BlackLivesMatter organizer." Touré has contended that Juneteenth should be marked by everyone. "Juneteenth isn't just for Black people. If you believe slavery was wrong then you should celebrate the end of slavery," Touré tweeted on Wednesday. "Here's why white...
    NEW YORK (AP) — “A Strange Loop,” an irreverent, sexually frank work about Blackness and queerness took home the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on Sunday, as voters celebrated Broadway’s most racially diverse season by choosing an envelope-pushing Black voice. Michael R. Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama winner is a theater meta-journey...
    (CNN)Two of the largest fires in New Mexico history are happening simultaneously and are only expected to get bigger through the weekend.The two wildfires -- the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire just northeast of Santa Fe and the Black Fire in the Gila National Forest -- continue to burn at a historic pace.The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire...
    Washington (CNN)US Rep. Karen Bass, a longtime Democratic lawmaker who was on President Joe Biden's short list for a running mate during the 2020 campaign, could make history in California. The Los Angeles mayor's race has pitted Bass against shopping mall developer Rick Caruso, a former Republican and billionaire who has spent more than $40...
    A woman wipes tears from her eyes as members of the Windrush Generation and their families listen during a meeting with MPs at the House of Commons on May 1, 2018 in London, England. Residents from the Caribbean and African Commonwealth countries first arrived on the HMT Empire Windrush from June 1948 until the 1970s....
    History The Buffalo Soldiers of the United States Army are getting the documentary treatment when “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” premieres on Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on the History Channel. If you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” streaming online:Heavy may earn...
    Students at Mother Mary Lange Catholic School walk past the chapel, which is decorated with a portrait of Mother Mary Lange, the foundress of the order of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, in Baltimore, Md., Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Shannen Dee Williams, associate professor of history at the University of Dayton, writes about the...