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The city’s mayor described the assault as “deeply disturbing,” vowing not to tolerate violence against women. Pittsburgh Police Department arrested a male employee of Milano’s Pizza shop on Saturday night who was caught on video assaulting a woman on Friday night in the restaurant. Mahmut Yimaz, 41, turned himself in to police officers and was […]

Somali immigrant Khadar Ducaale, left, helps Ahmed Omar look for a job in Fort Morgan, Colo. Ducaale runs a small business that caters to new immigrant arrivals. (RJ Sangosti / Denver Post) Lots of the news from sub-Saharan Africa is about war, famine, poverty or political upheaval. So it’s understandable if many Americans think most […]

Why are the 2010s more difficult for female R&B singers than the ’90s? Halfway through 2017, Nielsen Music announced that R&B and hip-hop now account for 25 percent of all music consumption, outpacing rock for the first time in the company’s 25 years of compiling the report. The viral R&B or rap hit jetting up […]

‘This is frustrating, concerning and disappointing’: London mayor A photo of a London Police officer having her body painted in blackface has prompted an internal police investigation and harsh criticism from the city’s mayor. Several photographs of Const. Katrina Aarts having the makeup applied were posted on an Instagram account, police said Friday. The photos were […]

29-year-old Fatima Ali is bravely calling out the rampant racism in Egypt and the Arab world against darker-skinned Africans. The former Miss Sudan beauty queen turned author is planning to share her experience in her book titled, “Diary of a Black Girl”. She recounts the numerous amount of times she’s been harassed, discriminated against, and […]

Thirty-eight years ago this month, on November 3, 1979, a march in Greensboro, NC turned into a massacre when members of the Communist Workers’ Party (CWP) clashed with members from the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. In the aftermath 5 people would lay dead and many more injured. The terrible event happened in the middle of […]

‘It’s not the story Canada likes to tell about itself. But it’s a story that needs to be told.’ Yamri Taddese never really thought about race until she immigrated to Canada as a teenager. Since then, she’s been learning how to make her own space, despite everyday racial prejudice. (Fabiola Carletti) The first time someone called […]

By 1860, the Cherokees had 4,600 slaves; the Choctaws, 2,344; the Creeks, 1,532; the Chickasaws, 975; and the Seminoles, 500. Some Indian slave owners were as harsh and cruel as any white slave master. Indians were often hired to catch runaway slaves; in fact, slave-catching was a lucrative way of life for some Indians, especially […]

“What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.” So writes investigative reporter Nick Turse in his latest book, Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa. Adapted from a series of […]

Ernest and Mollie Burkhart married in 1917. Unbeknownst to Mollie, a member of the Osage tribe, the marriage was part of a larger plot to steal her family’s oil wealth. Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoman Collection/Courtesy of Doubleday Generations ago, the American Indian Osage tribe was compelled to move. Not for the first time, white settlers […]