Army issues new breastfeeding policy

The Army issued a service-wide breastfeeding policy this week, making it the last military branch to implement guidelines for supporting nursing service members.

Black women face increased violence

Black women were murdered at more than double the rate of White women in 2012 and almost all (92 percent) of these women knew their assailant, according a report titled, “When Men Murder Women” by the Violence Policy Center.

No nooses at University of Delaware, police say, but anxiety persists

The discovery of what looked like nooses hanging from a tree at the University of Delaware in Newark stirred outrage and anxiety this week, even after police ruled out a hate crime.

What the Pope has said about key issues facing the church

As Pope Francis prepares to visit the United States for the first time, the world is waiting to hear what he will say about key issues facing the church.

Brothers spread message of optimism, show ‘Life is Good’

When John Jacobs and his brother Bert started selling T-shirts out of a van 20 years ago, neither could envision that their message of “Life is Good” would lead to a $100 million enterprise and act as a catalyst to ...

Navy Petty Officer Iwaniki Selere of Baltimore serves aboard USS Green Bay

Damage Controlman 1st Class Iwaniki Selere, from Baltimore, responds to an alarm from an eyewash station switchboard in the central control station of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).

Black women mobilizing for 2016 vote

As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize Black women voters.

These heroes' superpower: Preventing the spread of HIV

A new class of heroes is taking a stand against HIV and AIDS by educating others on how to stop the spread of the epidemic.

Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake won't seek re-election

Embattled Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that she will not seek re-election, saying a political campaign would take time away from the city's ability to cope with a police brutality scandal.

Aunt Jemima found after nearly 100 Years

Far from the elaborate crypts at Chicago’s prominent Oak Woods Cemetery, the original Aunt Jemima lies in an unmarked grave in an area that’s more fit for the forgotten

Blacks 'left behind' in New Orleans recovery

As Gulf Coast residents and policymakers celebrated the recovery of the Crescent City on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, advocacy groups challenged the narrative of a resilient and better New Orleans by launching KatrinaTruth.org, a website that shows that ...

Business group gearing up to drive business to black car dealers

According to IHS, an international industry data company, Black Americans spent an estimated $8.4 billion on cars in just the first four months of 2015. In the coming year, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is determined to direct that ...

Judge: Separate trials for six officers in Freddie Gray case

A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday there will be separate trials for each of the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

Amelia Boynton remembered as the 'Rosa Parks' of Selma Movement

Amelia Boynton Robinson, who died Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. at the age of 104, is being praised as the ‘Rosa Parks’ of the Selma voting rights movement.

Return to reasonable lending opens door to homeownership

Home-buying season is heating up. Homes sold faster in April than at any point in almost the last two years, according to data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Existing-home sales are on pace to top five million ...