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Activists demand an end to unsafe, unclean prison

CHICAGO—Protesters gathered on North State Street demanding Governor J.B. Pritzker shut down Menard Correctional Center due to inhumane conditions and ill-treatment of inmates. The mothers, families and supporters of inmates say the prison, which is located on 711 Kaskaskia Street in Menard, Illinois, and holds more than 2,000 male prisoners, has conditions unfit for a dog. Alicia Gill spoke for her...

U.S.-China powerplays for global influence increase hostilities

The manifest loss of America as a dominant global power was apparent during a visit to Africa by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that ended a multicontinental tour where he also went to Southeast Asia. The Africa portion was seen as another strategic move in the China-U.S. competition for inroads and dominance on the continent and the vying...

Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream Opens 2nd Location!

CHICAGO–Inspired by the homemade ice cream he enjoyed while playing little league baseball as a child on the South Side of Chicago, Yahya Jabril Muhammad has spent decades perfecting his signature homemade vanilla ice cream and experimenting with new flavors. “One day after practice there was an old lady with a bucket on a bench and she had cups of...

Family of teen, CAIR Chicago files lawsuit after footage captures police beating

CHICAGO—Hadi Abuatelah, 17, had to stand with a walker to see a judge at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center on August 2 after being hospitalized for four days. The Palestinian American teen’s family and the Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago filed a lawsuit August 1 against police and the Village of Oak Lawn. The lawsuit alleges that Hadi was...

Family, activists demand justice for Brianna Grier 

ATLANTA—“Say her name: Brianna Grier!” chanted protesters at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. Family of Brianna Grier, along with local and national activists, gathered at the park facing the capitol on Aug. 11 to demand justice for the 28-year-old Black woman. Brianna Grier’s mental health crisis turned into a death sentence when she was arrested on July 15. Her...

Moves being made to protect cops, but what about the rest of us?

Protests and uproar around the country about police abuse and their lack of accountability had many people hoping something was going to be done to halt deaths and despair at the hands of America’s cops.  Instead, the country is seeing the opposite take place. Instead of instituting better laws and enforcing guidelines to hold cops and law enforcement departments...

Racism linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia in Blacks

Racism is associated with lower memory and worse cognition especially among Blacks, according to studies released at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2022 in San Diego. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, Blacks are about twice as likely and Hispanic/Latinos are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Lower socioeconomic...

Gender Pay Gap Starts Early

Many thought the gender pay gap started later in a woman’s career due to pregnancy, family concerns and other circumstances. New analysis from U.S. Department of Education Department data on salaries of college graduates who received federal student aid revealed a pay gap that started between women and men soon after they began working.  The pay gap was evident...

Muhammad University of Islam students visit farms and HBCUs in Georgia

Muhammad University of Islam (MUI) West took 45 students to 14 venues, including Black-owned farms and Historically Black Colleges and Universities during an eight-day trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The trip included a Black college tour to the Atlanta University Center (Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Morris Brown College). The centerpiece of their visit was the 1,556-acre...