Black News Weekly

May 3, 2019



BETBlack 22-Year-Old Software Engineer Murdered By White Neighbor Months After Court Denied Request For Protective Order

A 22-year-old Baltimore resident was gunned down by his 53-year-old white neighbor just months after trying to obtain a protective order against the man. According to ABC 11, Tyrique Hudson was fatally shot in the stairwell of his apartment complex while he was leaving for work on April 15. After neighbors heard the gunfire, they looked outside and saw James Verombeck standing over the victim’s body.


NBC News: Black Mississippi student says in lawsuit she was denied graduation honor because of race

A black high school graduate from Cleveland, Mississippi, is suing her alma mater’s school district claiming officials did not award her the title of salutatorian because of her race, and instead gave the honor to a white student who had lower scores.

BlavityMembers Of Alpha Kappa Alpha Launch HBCU For Life Campaign In Hopes Of Aiding Struggling Black Colleges

A dedicated group of Atlanta-based Alpha Kappa Alphas is working to preserve the legacy of historically Black colleges. For the last 32 years, the Pearls of Purpose Foundation part of the Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., have given Atlanta-area high school students college scholarships.


The CrisisThe Miseducation of Black Children

In We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, University of Georgia education professor Bettina Love offers a striking and searing take on U.S. education. Drawing on close to 20 years of experience working in, and researching, urban schools, Love argues that Black, Latinx and Native American children—full of promise and possibilities—are regularly and methodically deprived of educational opportunities to thrive and grow.


Huffington Post Black VoicesMaryland Democrats Strike Deal To Elect First Black, Female House Speaker

A contentious fight to elect the next Democratic speaker of Maryland’s House of Delegates ended in a historic compromise that places Del. Adrienne Jones at the helm of the chamber.
Jones, a 64-year-old veteran lawmaker from Baltimore County, is the first woman and the first African American to serve as House speaker in the state’s history.


Refinery29 Unbothered3 Black Women Just Made Pageant History — & The Internet Is Celebrating

What made last night extra special was the fact that Kryst was handed a bouquet of flowers by Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaliegh Garris, a young Black woman who won her pageant earlier in the week. One Twitter user summed up our feelings exactly: “All these Black women snatching these crowns, literally. I love it! Miss Teen USA, now Miss USA are both Black women!”


Black Press USACongressional Black Caucus Focuses on Lack of African Americans on SIRIUS XM Board

In a letter dated April 23, 2019, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) wrote to SIRIUS XM CEO James Meyer highlighting the issue of diversity at the billion-dollar company. “We write to express our deep concern about the lack of African American representation in the C-suite and on the board of Directors at SIRIUS XM Radio. In February 2019, Sirius XM announced the finalization of its acquisition of Pandora Media for $3.5 billion, forming the world’s largest audio entertainment company,” the letter from the Congressional Black Caucus began.



Because of Them We CanPhilando Castile’s mom donates $8,000 to settle lunch debt preventing HS seniors from graduating

Three years after beloved cafeteria supervisor, Philando Castile, was killed by a police officer, his mother is keeping his legacy alive by continuing the work he cared about. Last Thursday Valerie Castile presented administrators at Robbinsdale Cooper High School with a check for $8,000 from the Philando Castile Relief Foundation. The donation settles the debt of all senior students whose ability to graduate was jeopardized due to a lunch money balance. Thanks to the Castile family, the path has been cleared for the students to graduate worry-free.




Democrats may hold AG Barr in contempt of Congress. What is that and can it actually be used?


Judges Declare Ohio’s Congressional Map Unconstitutional


Cummings to ex-White House official: Answer our questions or face prison


The Coming Subpoena Fights Between Trump and Congress, Explained