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MONT BELVIEU, Texas – The high school senior at the middle of a controversy surrounding the length of his dreadlocks has withdrawn from Barbers Hill ISD, his family says. De’Andre Arnold has been growing his dreadlocks in a traditional Trinidadian style for eight years. Just a few months before he’s due to graduate, De’Andre has been found in violation of hair length in the […]

Original Post by Oklahoma News 4 MOORE, Okla. (KFOR) – The year was 1979 and in Moore, Oklahoma, history was about to be made. Moore was hiring its very first African American police officer. “His question to me was … ‘son, can you hoop’ I said ‘yeah, I actually played in high school,’ and he […]

VANESSA ROMO The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for water crisis victims to sue state and local government officials in Flint, Mich. For years, Flint city officials and state regulators have argued that they are protected by “qualified immunity” from being sued for their role in the water contamination crisis. But lower courts […]

Original post by CNN Think your profanity-laced T-shirt would be fun to wear on your next cruise?Carnival Cruise Line says no.Guests should “ensure their clothing and accessories are respectful to fellow guests,” reads Carnival’s website FAQ.That means nothing worn during the cruise should “contain any message that may be considered offensive or contain nudity, profanity, sexual […]

Original post by CNN Aliens definitely exist, Britain’s first astronaut has said — and it’s possible they’re living among us on Earth but have gone undetected so far.Helen Sharman, who visited the Soviet Mir space station in 1991, told the Observer newspaper on Sunday that “aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it.””There are so many billions of […]

Original Post by Time Americans are likely to think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to celebrate the fresh start that a new year represents, but there is also a troubling side to the holiday’s history. In the years before the Civil War, the first day of the new year […]

Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz WASHINGTON — Newly unearthed documents show that the Food and Drug Administration failed to use its policing powers to make sure a program to curb improper prescribing of opioids was effective, researchers say. The lax oversight, they point out, occurred as the epidemic was growing and tens of thousands of […]

Original post by CBS news A new whiskey distillery with a special place in American history will open its doors to the public in Tennessee in September. The company, called Uncle Nearest, honors the first known African American master distiller in the country: a slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. CBS News first […]

In 1921 Coleman became the first black woman in the United States to earn a pilot’s license, then barnstormed around the country thrilling audiences and inspiring later generations. By Daniel E. Slotnik Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. Bessie Coleman was the first African-American […]

RACHEL TREISMAN Some low-income college students are among the 688,000 food stamp recipients projected to lose benefits as a result of a Trump administration rule announced Dec. 4. While the rule explicitly targets “able-bodied adults without dependents,” it also limits food assistance for a share of college students at a time when campuses across the country […]

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