Two years in, Biden has prioritized nominating women of color as judges

Originally published by The 19th By Candice Norwood and Jasmine Mithani, The 19th President Joe Biden entered the White House two years ago this month, bringing with him a promise to help diversify the nation’s highest court by nominating a Black woman. He fulfilled that commitment in June when Justice Ketanji…

Brittney Griner is home, but the work isn’t over

Originally published by The 19th Days after her release from Russian detainment, WNBA player Brittney Griner shared gratitude for the support that brought her home and announced her return to basketball.  By Katherine Gilyard, The 19th After nearly 10 months, WNBA star Brittney Griner has arrived home from her detainment…

Three reasons Democrats want a victory in Georgia — and 51 senators

This story was originally published by The 19th The party could more easily deliver on the promise of a more diverse judiciary and executive branch. Plus, the nation’s first woman vice president won’t have to hang around Washington as much. By Mel Leonor Barclay A victory for Democratic Sen. Raphael…

Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in prison by Russian judge

A Russian judge sentenced WNBA star player Brittney Griner to 9 years in prison on Thursday for traveling to Russia with cannabis oil in February. The Russian court found Griner guilty of drug possession and drug smuggling with criminal intent. She was fined 1 million rubles, about $16,300 USD. The…

President Biden visits Tulsa marking 101st anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre

In remembrance of the victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Biden visited Oklahoma today marking the 101st anniversary of one of the most horrific attacks on Black Americans in U.S. history. The massacre, which left more than 300 people dead and hundreds injured, mostly Black, was referred to as…

President Biden calls Buffalo Massacre domestic terrorism

Following the most devastating hate crime in Buffalo, New York’s history, President Biden visited the families of the victims killed in Saturday’s mass shooting. Biden spoke at a press conference in Buffalo today where he denounced racial hatred, and reminded Americans that White extremists are a threat to the security…

Study: Black farmers lost $326 billion in land value during 20th century

Discriminatory lending practices and forced land sales contributed to the loss of about $326 billion in land value for Black farmers during the 20th century, according to a new study. The study was conducted by the University of Massachusetts-Boston and published in the AEA Papers and Proceedings publication. It is the…

Black smokers love menthols — And Biden’s ban is closer to ashing them

Still love them menthols? Almost a year after pledging to extinguish the controversial cigarettes, President Joe Biden’s proposal to put out menthols once and for all just got closer to reality. The FDA released a plan today to ban menthol flavored cigarettes, and it has a lot of Black folks…