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A new era of social and political consciousness for Black athletes?

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

As police violence worsens and anger mounts in the streets, Black sports heroes and cultural icons are showing courage in support of a growing movement bringing attention to issues of... »

Effi gies of Blacks hanging by nooses found at UC Berkeley

by News | Dec 18, 2014 - 11:37:37 AM

BERKELEY, Calif. - Three cardboard cutouts of Black people were found hanging by nooses Saturday (Dec. 13) on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. »

Release of Senate torture report insufficient, say rights group

by Jim Lobe | Dec 17, 2014 - 1:18:00 PM

WASHINGTON - The Senate Intelligence Committees release of its long-awaited report on the torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of detainees in the so-called "war on terror" does not go far enough, according to major U.S. human rights groups. »

National outrage and resistance as protests grow and continue

by Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- | Dec 17, 2014 - 1:15:00 PM

Across the country people incensed over non-indictments in the police shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Mo. and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York expanded demonstrations during a national week of outrage from Dec. 8-14. »

Thousands march for Black life in Washington D.C.

by Brenda Muhammad and Trenna Muhammad | Dec 17, 2014 - 12:35:22 PM

WASHINGTON - Calling for nationwide legal accountability, thousands of Blacks, Whites, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans marched together in the Nation's Capital for a common cause, to let the world know "Black Lives Matter!" »

Activists: Africans and Blacks from Caribbean biggest losers in immigration fight

by Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer- | Dec 17, 2014 - 12:20:22 PM

Activists are arguing that President Barack Obama’s executive action announced in November granting deportation relief to millions who have entered the United States illegally does not cover the status of African immigrants and African descendant immigrants from the Caribbean. »

Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on Americans

by | Dec 17, 2014 - 12:14:09 PM

The campaign to rein in the surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) has become even more difficult. Instead, Congress has used a set of provisions to expand the agency’s data-gathering power. »

Jay Z, Common, Russell Simmons urge NY governor to reform justice system

by Jennifer Peltz Associated Press | Dec 17, 2014 - 12:09:49 PM

NEW YORK - Hip-hop moguls Jay Z and Russell Simmons and rapper-actor Common pressed for changes to New York’s criminal justice system amid protests over the killings of unarmed Black people by White police officers who weren’t criminally charged. »

Seeking justice, healing wounds in Civil Rights ‘Cold Cases’

by Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer- | Dec 17, 2014 - 11:58:30 AM

WASHINGTON - The year is 1974. OPEC ends the oil embargo, 19-year-old Hearst family heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped, author Toni Morrison’s classic Sula is released and five Black men leave Atlanta to go fishing on the Santa Rosa Sound in Florida. »

Cleveland police killing of Tamir Rice pains a mother, renews demands for justice

by Starla Muhammad and J.A. Salaam Final Call staffers | Dec 11, 2014 - 1:06:57 PM

CLEVELAND - Family, friends, clergy and community residents packed Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Cleveland to say good-bye and cherish the memory of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot and killed by Cleveland police at a recreation center on the city’s West Side, one and a half weeks earlier. »

White cast of 'Exodus' reflects cinema tradition

by Sandy Cohen Associated Press | Dec 11, 2014 - 9:07:52 AM

LOS ANGELES - Put “ancient Egyptian people” into a Google image search, and none of the resulting photos resemble Christian Bale or Joel Edgerton, stars of Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” »

Report: 1 in 30 Children Homeless in America

by Cyril Josh Barker New York Amsterdam News | Dec 11, 2014 - 8:53:54 AM

NEW YORK (NNPA) - As the nation prepared for the holiday season, new numbers about homeless children revealed that this season may not be so joyous for many. »

Celebrating the life and the gift of Mayor Marion Barry

by Askia Muhammad and Nisa Islam Muhammad Final Call Staffers | Dec 9, 2014 - 5:38:02 PM

WASHINGTON - After a joyous, but dignified memorial service attended by thousands of Washingtonians Marion S. Barry, Jr. was quietly and solemnly laid to rest at the Congressional Cemetery by 50 tearful family members and supporters Dec. 6. »

No indictment, no faith in justice system

by Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer- | Dec 9, 2014 - 5:36:38 PM

STATEN ISLAND, New York - Even former President George W. Bush called a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, hard to understand during a talk with CNN. »

Grand Jury, Grand Injustice

by Nayaba Arinde and Richard B. Muhammad | Dec 9, 2014 - 1:38:16 PM

NEW YORK ( - Whether it was standing out in a monsoon-like rain, blocking traffic in the dead of night on a busy highway, or totally crowding out popular department stores, forcing shoppers to step over protestors, people from Delhi to New York, from Berkeley to Philly from Chicago to St. Louis took to the streets to protest the non-indictment in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island. »


Grand Jury, Grand Injustice

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