Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

Sep 25, 2016

Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

America’s first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country’s first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained inside will help everyone “walk away that much more in love” with their country. ...

Charlotte workers asked to stay home after night of violence

Sep 22, 2016

Charlotte workers asked to stay home after night of violence

Streets appeared calm early Thursday in downtown Charlotte after a second night of violent protests over the deadly police shooting of a black man, although at least three major businesses were asking their employees to stay home for the day as the city remained ...

Sep 22, 2016

Brazilian forest fires threaten uncontacted tribes

Forest fires raging in northeast Brazil are forcing indigenous people out of their traditional territories and threatening uncontacted tribes, an indigenous leader said on Wednesday. Fire season in the Amazon and surrounding savanna normally lasts from July to November, but burning has become more ...

Unrest flares anew in U.S. city after police shooting

Sep 22, 2016

Unrest flares anew in U.S. city after police shooting

A second night of race-related clashes in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday left one protester on life support, with the renewed violence prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency. Gov. Pat McCrory said on Twitter that along with declaring the state of ...

Disney pulls Polynesian costume following criticism

Sep 22, 2016

Disney pulls Polynesian costume following criticism

Disney said Wednesday it would no longer sell a boy’s costume for a Polynesian character that some Pacific Islanders have compared to blackface. The getup depicts Maui — a revered figure in Polynesian oral traditions and viewed by some Pacific Islanders as an ancestor ...

Historic recognition: Washington's family tree is biracial

Sep 18, 2016

Historic recognition: Washington's family tree is biracial

George Washington’s adopted son was a bit of a ne’er-do-well by most accounts, including those of Washington himself, who wrote about his frustrations with the boy they called “Wash.” “From his infancy, I have discovered an almost unconquerable disposition to indolence in everything that ...