How Did Eliza Simpson Become a Free Black Woman And Single Parent In 1840?

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The woman was able to find documentation of where Simpson lives in the 1850 census. Simpson was also listed in 1880 as a widowed cook. The woman who wrote the letter, Cheryl Bedini, wanted help from gates filling in the gaps about her ancestor, including why she was listed as widowed but had never listed her last name as being ...

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Florida Police Department May Get Away With Laundering Millions

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April V. Taylor An investigation by the Miami Herald has revealed that two local Florida police agencies have been involved in a money laundering scheme that saw the two departments get some $2.4 million confiscated from drug money. The two law enforcement agenices, Glade County Sheriff’s Office and Bal Harbour Police Department, were able to launder millions through SunTrust Bank ...

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Group Of Mothers Bands Together To Keep Violent Chicago Neighborhood Free Of Shootings

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April V. Taylor A group of mothers have banded together in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods to form Mothers Against Senseless Killings. The group of volunteers have been patrolling Chicago’s streets in the South Side neighborhood of Englewood. Over the violent Fourth of July holiday weekend, the mothers were able to help keep their neighborhood free of shootings. Wearing ...

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New Report Shows Black Women In South Face Extreme Barriers And Hardships

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April V. Taylor A new report from the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative (SRBWI) entitled “Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South,” reveals that Black women and children in the South fall at the bottom of every social indicator of well-being. These women a children face harsh inequalities that create extreme barriers and hardships ...

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At Least Five Black Women Have Died In Police Custody Since Mid-July

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April V. Taylor Raynetta Turner is the most recent Black woman to be found dead in her jail cell. Police in Mount Vernon, New York discovered the 44-year-old woman dead in her jail cell on Monday morning. Turner’s name is added to a growing list that includes at least five Black women who have died in police custody since mid-July. ...

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Brooklyn Principal Commits Suicide After Being Accused Of Cheating On State Tests

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April V. Taylor An elementary school principal in Manhattan, Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, has reportedly committed suicide by throwing herself on the Subway tracks in front of the B train on St. Nicholas Avenue on April 17. She died eight days later at the hospital. She was 49-years-old. Rumors had circulated that she had died in a car accident. According to a ...

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#BlackGirlsMatter:Are We Losing Black Girls By Ignoring Their Pain And Mistreatment?

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April V. Taylor Activist Tiffany Gill is the creator of the film campaign Black Girls Unscripted was recently conducting a listening session for the documentary when one of the girls who was participating, “Ms. Tiffany, why don’t Black girls matter?” Stunned and unsure of how to answer, Gill asked the question back, asking, “…why do you believe you u don’t ...

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Women Go Topless To Protest Police Killing Black Women, Children

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April V. Taylor As part of a National Day of Action for Black Women and girls who have been killed by police, protesters in San Francisco stopped traffic in the city’s financial district, with some of the women going topless. Actions were held in dozens of cities across the country, with images being posted on social media using the hashtag ...

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Mothers Head To Washington D.C. To March Against Police Brutality In Million Mom March

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April V. Taylor As women all over the country prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, more than fifty mothers who have lost children to police brutality have gathered in Washington D.C. for the Million Moms March to rally and speak at the Department of Justice. Organized by Maria Hamilton, whose mentally ill son Dontre Hamilton was killed by a Milwaukee ...

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Pressure To ‘Be Strong’ Causing Black Women To Deny, Ignore Depression

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April V. Taylor There is already a stigma associated with mental health in the Black community, and one of the areas where this stigma has an extremely negative impact is with Black women and depression. Incidences of depression among Black women are severely under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated.Seeking treatment for depression is in stark contrast to the misconception that Black women ...

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