UPDATE: Tuesday, January 10, 2016 3:00 PM ET According to Howard University’s official periodical, The Hilltop, 10 students were arrested on Tuesday while protesting the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. BREAKING: Approx. 10 @HowardU students have been arrested after protesting confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions as AG. Details soon. — The Hilltop (@TheHilltopHU) January 10, 2017 Throughout the hearing, several protesters––including demonstrators dressed in KKK garb––erupted into fiery condemnation of Sessions and were escorted out by security. HAPPENING NOW: Protestor thrown out of Sessions confirmation hearing. Dressed as klansman. pic.twitter.com/2DPJhg7M8M — Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) January 10, 2017 Leading activist groups suchRead More →

“Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I made you proud.” —The First Lady https://t.co/8INNaOIdt1 — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 6, 2017 Michelle Obama fought back tears during her final speech as the First Lady of the United States, where she honored the 2017 Counselor of… via Michelle Obama Moved to Tears as She Gives Her Last Address as FLOTUS — Atlanta Black StarRead More →

U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on March 1, 2013. Photo by REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueIn a 56-page scholarly article published Thursday, Jan. 5, President Obama touted his administration’s accomplishments in the area of criminal justice reform but argued that the U.S. still had a long way to go in addressing the roles racism and… via Obama: ‘Legacy of Racism’ In America to Blame for Faulty Criminal Justice System — Atlanta Black StarRead More →

While the ice fell Friday night, former U.S. ambassador and mayor Andrew Young called to inform us of the death of Leslie Dunbar, the man who helped organize efforts to desegregate Atlanta in its early days and later arranged financial backing for Martin Luther King Jr.’s “poor people’s march” on Washington in 1968 — after… via Leslie Dunbar, behind-the-scenes figure in Atlanta’s Civil Rights movement, has died — Political Insider blogPolitical Insider blogRead More →

State Sen. Vincent Fort introduces Bernie Sanders at his rally at Morehouse College. Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Vincent Fort’s bid for Atlanta mayor on Saturday, urging his millions of donors to support a “powerful ally” running to lead the city. Fort, a state senator representing an Atlanta district, has made no secret… via Vincent Fort’s 2017 mayoral bid gets boost from Bernie Sanders — Political Insider blogPolitical Insider blogRead More →

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new declassified report says Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered” an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. U.S. intelligence officials released the 25-page public version of the report Friday, after they briefed President-elect Donald Trump and top lawmakers on Capitol Hill from a longer, classified version. The report says Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s long-standing desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order. It says the scope of Russia’s activities was significantly larger compared with previous operations. READ THE FULL DECLASSIFIED REPORT HERE After his briefing, Trump stoppedRead More →