Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton missed a huge opportunity to take a stand about race issues in a recent GQ interview released on Monday. The NFL MVP deflected when asked about race relations in America, saying, “I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.” In the wake of recent police shootings involving Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Charles Kinsey, and Korryn Gaines, Newton’s comments are tone-deaf. Read More.


NAACP Legal Defense Fund Probes Baltimore County Police Department In Korryn Gaines Shooting

Leaders in the NAACP Legal Defense Fund wrote a letter to the Baltimore County Police Department requesting the release of documents pertaining to Korryn Gaines’ fatal shooting after conflicting narratives emerged. The letter asks Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson to unseal body camera footage, policies on the execution of arrest warrants, and a copy of the department’s agreement with the county police union. The NAACP wants full disclosure, including the names of the officers involved in the deadly shooting. Gaines was fatally shot after an hours-long standoff with police on August 1. Read More.


Soledad O’Brien Makes A Comeback With Hearst TV

Former CNN Anchor and Al Jazeera America correspondent Soledad O’Brien is slated to host a weekly news show on Hearst TV beginning September 10 from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “Matter of Fact With Soledad O’Brien” is a re-launch of a previous show hosted last season by political commentator Fernando Espuelas. With O’Brien at the helm, Hearst hopes to cover a wide range of topics in 30 minutes from fresh, emerging voices. Read More.


MLK Jr.’s Bible & Nobel Peace Prize Released To His Estate

A judge settled a long public battle that split the King family by signing over Martin Luther King Jr.’s bible and Nobel Peace Prize to his son, Martin Luther King III. King is currently chairman of the estate, but it isn’t clear what will happen to the items after the judge’s decision. The three surviving children, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice, all have board positions in their father’s estate. In 2014, Dexter and Martin voted to sell the possessions to a private buyer, ending Bernice’s ownership over the items. The brothers quickly filed suit, asking a judge to settle the dispute. Read More.

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