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COMMENTARY: How Black classical musicians are building communities to support each other – National

Click to play video 'Jully Black and Mesha Brueggergosman on their new musical'

Music has been significant for many during COVID-19 isolation, and in these same months, Black musicians have amplified the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement. While pop or hip hop music are genres whose agility and responsiveness make them natural sites for popular commentary, this threatens to neglect other arenas of music-making. Story continues…

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Donald Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists during first U.S. presidential debate – National

Click to play video 'US Presidential debate: Biden tells Trump to ‘shut up!’ after multiple interruptions'

U.S. President Donald Trump refused to directly condemn white supremacists during the first U.S. presidential debate Tuesday evening. Fox News journalist and debate moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would condemn white supremacists during a segment focusing on race tensions in the U.S. Read more: ‘Shut up man’: Trump, Biden clash, interrupt each other…

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‘No justice, No peace’: Protesters march in Louisville Saturday over Breonna Taylor case – National

Click to play video 'Breonna Taylor: Attorney Crump says grand jury decision follows pattern of ‘blatant disrespect and marginalization of Black people’'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A diverse crowd of hundreds marched in Louisville’s streets chanting “Black Lives Matter” on Saturday night, the fourth night of protests after a grand jury declined to charge officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. People in the crowd also chanted “No Justice, No peace” as cars honked along a busy…

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Protests in Portland to reach 100th consecutive day this weekend – National

Protests in Portland to reach 100th consecutive day this weekend - National

Law enforcement declared an unlawful assembly Friday night after protesters marched through the streets of Portland on to a police building, where officers stood waiting outside. A few hundred demonstrators had met at Kenton Park before making their way to the Portland Police Association building, where police warned protesters to stay off the streets and…

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Black man shot by LA deputies ‘made a motion towards the firearm,’ police say – National

Black man shot by LA deputies ‘made a motion towards the firearm,’ police say - National

A Black man was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies after he was stopped for a traffic violation while riding a bike, then ran from police, punched one officer and then “made a motion” toward a gun on the ground, authorities said. The Monday afternoon shooting death of Dijon Kizzee in South…

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St. Louis couple charged for waving guns at BLM protesters make 1st court appearance – National

St. Louis couple charged for waving guns at BLM protesters make 1st court appearance - National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted August 31, 2020 11:19 am     Updated August 31, 2020 11:20 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The white St. Louis couple charged for waving guns during a Black Lives Matter protest outside their home in June made their…

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March on Washington: Thousands to take part days after Jacob Blake shooting – National

March on Washington: Thousands to take part days after Jacob Blake shooting - National

WASHINGTON — Capping a week of protests and outrage over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, civil rights advocates will highlight the scourge of police and vigilante violence against Black Americans at a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Thousands are expected at the steps of the…

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Black man shot multiple times after turning his back to police in Kenosha, Wisc. – National

Jacob Blake, centre, walks away from police before he is shot in the back in Kenosha, Wisc., on Aug. 23, 2020.

WARNING: This story contains graphic video. Please watch at your own discretion. A 29-year-old Black man is in serious condition after police shot him in the back multiple times on Sunday, in an incident captured on video in Kenosha, Wisc. Jacob Blake was rushed to a hospital in Milwaukee for surgery after the incident, which…

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‘Don’t buy Goodyear’: Trump uses the ‘cancel culture’ he once denounced – National

‘Don’t buy Goodyear’: Trump uses the ‘cancel culture’ he once denounced - National

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged people to stop buying Goodyear Tires, in a tweet that appears to urge his supporters to participate in the same “cancel culture” he denounced last month as a “weapon” of the “totalitarian” left. “DON’T BUY GOODYEAR TIRES” Trump tweeted in a caps-filled message on Wednesday morning. “They announced…

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Oregon state police leave Portland after 2-week assignment – National

Oregon state police leave Portland after 2-week assignment - National

Oregon State Police are leaving Portland after a two-week assignment to help protect a federal courthouse that’s been a target of protesters during months of conflict in Oregon’s largest city. The state police are “continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined to move those…

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Seattle police chief to resign after council slashes budget, approves officer cuts – National

Seattle police chief to resign after council slashes budget, approves officer cuts - National

Seattle’s police chief says she is stepping down, a move made public the same day the City Council approved reducing the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition. Carmen Best, the city’s first Black police chief, said in a letter to the department that her retirement will be effective Sept. 2…

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Woman faces possible life in prison after allegedly buying paint for BLM protest – National

Protesters decrying the police shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal painted and marked the district attorney’s office on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Salt Lake City.

A woman who allegedly pushed a police officer and bought red paint for a Black Lives Matter protest could face up to life in prison after Utah authorities charged her under a law meant to punish gang members. “This is so far beyond just the enforcement of the law, it feels retaliatory,” said Madalena McNeil,…

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Police declare unlawful assembly in Portland as protests continue – National

Police declare unlawful assembly in Portland as protests continue - National

The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon’s largest city and threw bottles toward officers, police said. Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The demonstrations — that for weeks ended…

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Portland protesters help keep peace after federal agents withdraw from city – National

Portland protesters help keep peace after federal agents withdraw from city - National

Portland had its first day without tear gas in weeks after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that had become a battleground for agitators and tactical units. Agents withdrew under a deal between Oregon’s governor and U.S. officials to end a deployment that saw escalating violence and a clash between Republican…

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U.S. attorney general argues George Floyd protests ‘hijacked’ by rioters in House testimony – National

U.S. attorney general argues George Floyd protests ‘hijacked’ by rioters in House testimony - National

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying on Tuesday “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests” sparked by George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Barr told members of the House Judiciary Committee at a much-anticipated election year hearing the…

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