Posted on 11 January 2016 by The Florida Star Online
President Obama’s recent actions to improve background checks on gun purchases are important steps in protecting Americans of all backgrounds from mass shootings. We should recognize, however, that mass shootings are a very small percentage of U.S. firearm homicides, and that the President’s actions also work to improve the quality of life in communities of color. TContinue Reading
Posted on 24 December 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Ozell Sutton, a longtime civil rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died Saturday.
He was 90. Sutton was one of the first African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps, a distinction that earned him a Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 from President Barack Obama.
Posted on 14 December 2015 by The Florida Star Online
President Barack Obama says the 13th Amendment’s abolishment of slavery was freedom for all.
The president joined congressional leaders on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the ratification of the amendment to the Constitution. TContinue Reading
Posted on 14 September 2015 by The Florida Star Online
A $6.4 million deal was approved by Baltimore officials to settle all civil claims in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, the man who died as a result of a spinal injury, allegedly during an arrest and being transported in a police van. His death sparked protests across the nation. TContinue Reading
Posted on 01 September 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Anthony Sadler, greeted by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
By ARTHIA NIXON
The young Sacremento man who went to France as a tourist, returned as a hero for his part in tackling a would-be terrorist
aboard a crowded French train. He was travelling with two childhood friends – U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, 23, and Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22 – when they overpowered a man with weapons. TContinue Reading
Posted on 01 September 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died early Wednesday at age 104. TContinue Reading
Posted on 09 August 2015 by The Florida Star Online
By Arthia Nixon
The family of the Texas woman found dead in her jail cell three days after being arrested on a traffic violation are planning on suing, now that her death has been ruled a suicide by officials. TContinue Reading
The victims of the South Carolina church shooting are now being laid to rest this week, with President Barack Obama giving the eulogy at Sentor Clementa Pickey’s funeral. The pastor, a sitting Senator, along with eight other members of historic Mother Emanuel Church were murdered
by white shooter Dylann Roof. TContinue Reading
In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Ferguson and the other untimely deaths of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Cameron Tillman, VonDerrit Myers Jr., Qusean Whitten, to only name a few, TContinue Reading
Posted on 26 April 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black woman attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. TContinue Reading
Posted on 14 March 2015 by The Florida Star Online
By Arthia Nixon
PHOTO: Frank Powell, III
50 years after Amelia Boyton Robinson was iconically photographed being beaten by a state trooper in Bloody Sunday for simply wanting to exercise the right to vote, the woman, who is now over 105 held the hand of the nation’s first Black President, Barack Obama TContinue Reading
Gospel star Hezekiah Walker spent his Sunday in Atlanta to sing a song with a 9 year-old boy who found comfort in his lyrics during a frightening ordeal.
Last week, Willie Myrick was walking his dog at around 8 o’clock in front of his home when he TContinue Reading
27 year-old North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick (right) was charged with voluntary manslaughter on Saturday after police say he fatally shot a man who had apparently just survived a car crash in Charlotte and was looking for help. Kerrick was released on $50,000 bond.
Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M University football player, was shot multiple times and TContinue Reading
At 66, former football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole. Simpson was originally sentenced to nine to 33 years for the 2007 stick up of two memorabilia dealers, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.
On Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:09 p.m. officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3200 block of San Diego Road in reference to three children wandering. A citizen observed the children, called police, and stayed with them until police arrived. TContinue Reading
As of Thursday, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s official page www.flgov.com/meet-the-lt-governor was displaying ‘Page Not Found’ error. The page was most likely removed after she tendered her resignation on Wednesday – the same day 57 people connected to the Allied Veterans of the World, were arrested on charges related to racketeering and money laundering. It is further alleged TContinue Reading
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21) TContinue Reading
The News Service of Florida reported that advocates for battered women and sexual assault survivors are totally shocked that Congress adjourned without taking up a bill that would have reauthorized the Violence Women Act.
The report says that the criminal justice system was helping those abused victims by providing services. It stated that since Florida has such a large population of immigrant women, there is a higher risk for violence in relationships.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, Governor. To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. TContinue Reading