Peter Karmanos Jr., who founded Compuware, is asking President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted in 2013 on racketeering and corruption charges and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Karmanos forwarded a letter authored by Kilpatrick to Trump, requesting that the president commute his sentence as time served. Karmanos said the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is handling requests of this nature but that Trump is said to be considering it, according to Deadline Detroit. READ MORE: Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men deliver touching tribute to Kobe Bryant “I first want to congratulate you for the overwhelming and stunning victories of your Presidential campaign, and also the unprecedented success of your first two-years in office,” Kilpatrick, 48, writes in the April 16, 2019 letter.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won another celebrity endorsement as the race heads into the competitive primary season, and it’s one that may have more African Americans take notice. Kendrick Sampson, best known for his roles on Issa Rae’s Insecure, The Vampire Diaries and How to Get Away With Murder, announced in a video Friday that he’s backing Sanders because the Vermont Senator’s platform fits with his own activism. READ MORE: Fears of Bernie Sanders win growing among Democratic establishment “Politics drives me mad,” Sampson said in the video. “But I was dedicated to grass-roots movements, movements like the Black Lives Matter movement in pressuring our leaders.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 05: A homeless person sleeps on a loading dock on as people walk by with their lunches. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Isabel dos Santos attends the screening of "BlacKkKlansman" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) invoked the lyrics of Biggie Smalls during a speech on the opening day of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to urge senators to call witnesses to the stand. Jeffries, a House manager for Trump’s trial, was responding to a question from Jay Sekulow, Trump’s attorney, asking him “why are we here?” when he queued up his response with some lyrical magic from The Notorious B.I.G., according to CNN. READ MORE: Hakeem Jeffries delivers a lesson in diversity with new senior leadership “We are here, sir, because President Trump abused his power and then he tried to cover it up,” Jeffries told Sekulow.
President Donald Trump made a surprise trip to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Monday to honor the civil rights leader. Immediately afterwards, he takes to social media to brag about Black unemployment being at an all time low. READ MORE: Concerns of public safety prompt cancellation of annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day vigil Hours before Trump flew to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Summit, he joined Vice President Mike Pence at the National Mall to visit King’s monument. The White House shared a video of Trump’s visit to his Twitter page. #MLKDaypic.twitter.com/ZCrkxtlQjb — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 21, 2020
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(AP) Michael Bloomberg put his money where his apology is, and he picked Tulsa, Okla., to place his bold wager. The Democratic presidential candidate on Sunday announced a five-year plan to invest $70 billion into the 100 most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, and to create a Neighborhood Equity and Opportunity Office in the White House to oversee the plan.
You don’t have to be a Texan to train your eyes on the Lone Star State’s potentially history-making Senate race. Houston-native Amanda Edwards, 37, is a Democratic favorite to unseat Republican incumbent John Cornyn, 67, during the March 3 Texas primary. If she wins, Edwards would be Texas’ first Black, female Senator, helping turn a red state, blue. And, it would be a huge upset to the GOP: Cornyn has remained in his seat ever since 2002 when he was first elected. Edwards reflected on the enormity of it all during an exclusive sitdown with theGrio. “It becomes a question about what is possible in our America and what people believe,” she tells theGrio.