House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb.
Black women may not have a Shirley Chisholm this election, but all the best democratic candidates have a brilliant Black woman by their side. We got to know them in our new series Power Players: Black Women Are Running Election 2020. In Episode 1, meet Symone Sanders, the CNN commentator and senior advisor to Vice President Joe Biden making waves wherever she goes. A force to be reckoned with in the political sphere, Symone Sanders is described as ‘the kind of millennial Democrat the party needs to take back the White House.’ Sanders is an Omaha, Nebraska native and a 2014 graduate of Creighton University. Upon graduating, she became a columnist for Omaha’s black-owned newspaper, Omaha Star.
(Sanders Campaign Screenshot/Getty Images) Barbara Smith, who played a significant role in building the Black Feminism movement, has now come forward to announce her endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for president. During an exclusive interview with The Root, the founding member of the Combahee River Collective that coined the term “identity politics,” explained why she had been a proponent of Sanders since the last election.
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: Alice Marie Johnson, who had her sentence commuted by President Donald Trump after she served 21 years in prison for cocaine trafficking, speaks during a celebration of the First Step Act in the East Room of the White House April 01, 2019 in Washington, DC.
In 2019 JAY-Z experienced a tidal wave of backlash after Roc Nation announced its partnership with the NFL that will have the league committing to at least 10 years and $100 million towards social justice reform. According to the official press release, through his company Roc Nation, Jay-Z will be co-producing the Super Bowl Halftime show and also contribute to Inspire Change, a foundation the NFL started in response to public outrage over their mishandling of Kaepernick’s peaceful #TakeTheKnee protest. READ MORE: Jay-Z and Beyoncé did not stand for the National Anthem during Super Bowl Now the rapper and Roc Nation founder has finally addressed his critics in a recent interview with The New York Times, where he acknowledges the perceived deception of Kaepernick.
Black women in Iowa are not impressed with the Democratic slate of candidates and some say they may sit out the Iowa caucuses. “I’m not sure if I’ll caucus this year,” Cheryl Barnes, 63, told NBC News. “Because I’m not sure about the candidates yet.” READ MORE: Black women are galvanizing the vote in the booth and on the ballot in the midterm elections Brandy McCracken, 42, agreed. “It will basically come down to me finding time to caucus — if there’s someone that interests me.” In the first nominating contest of the 2020 presidential election, Barnes and McCracken are not alone in their indecision.
Dave Chappelle (L), Andrew Yang (Getty Images) Dave Chappelle told Iowans that he is backing Andrew Yang for president because of his commitment to help close the wealth gap in America. “The wealth disparity between me and my neighbors is immense. It’s heartbreaking,” Chappelle said in Iowa on Tuesday, according to the Des Moines Register.
Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, right, speaks during a press conference after Confederate flags were found on the church's premises in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Maybe money can’t buy love, but allies of President Donald Trump may think it can buy votes from Black Americans. Allies of the president are organizing events in Black communities, using their time there to praise Trump and hand out tens of thousands of dollars to those who show up, Politico is reporting. The first such event took place last month in Cleveland, where raffle winners were bestowed cash gifts of several hundred dollars each. More such events are in the pipeline and one that was scheduled for Virginia this month has been postponed, according to the news organization. READ MORE: Maryland police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting handcuffed man