Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American female lawyer in the United States

'BLACK HISTORY MOMENT: Yesterday, February 27, 1872 marked the day that Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American female lawyer in the United States. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law. She was also the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Her admission was used as a precedent by women in other states who sought admission to the bar. 

Ray opened her own law office and ran advertisements in a newspaper run by Frederick Douglass. However, she only practiced for a few years because prejudice against African Americans and women made her business unsustainable. Ray eventually moved to New York, where she became a teacher in Brooklyn. She was involved in the women's suffrage movement and joined the National Association of Colored Women.'BLACK HISTORY MOMENT: Yesterday, February 27, 1872 marked the day that Charlotte E. Ray became the first African-American female lawyer in the United States. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law. She was also the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Her admission was used as a precedent by women in other states who sought admission to the bar.

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TDCJ: Ellis Unit will be medically restricted from having visits

Visitation

Some offenders at the Ellis Unit will be medically restricted from having visits this weekend, February 28 and March 1, 2015, due to possible cases of gastrointestinal illness.

As always, visitors are encouraged to call the unit prior to traveling for visitation.

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Fate Vincent Winslow Got Life In Prison for $20 Worth of Weed

“Why did you get involved in this crime?”

“To get $5 dollars to get something to eat.”

Homeless and hungry, Fate Vincent Winslow wanted $5 to get something to eat, so he agreed to sell pot to a stranger—an undercover cop. He ended up with life in prison.
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South Korean condom stock surges after court says adultery not a crime

South Korea’s highest court struck down a decades-old law banning adultery, a statute that critics said is anachronistic and infringes on personal freedom, sending shares in the country’s biggest condom maker surging.

The law had been enacted in 1953 to protect women in a male-dominated society where divorce was rare and had made marital infidelity punishable by jail.

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Scholarships that improve the lives of older Americans

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DoSomething.Org Old School Impact Scholarships

DoSomething.Org Old School Impact Scholarships

Old School Impact Scholarships are offered to young people who want to use their skills to improve the lives of older Americans. Ten different campaigns are offered, all of them resulting in a chance to win a college scholarship.

Students may choose to do one or all ten campaigns for a chance to not only win a scholarship but help our older generation. The campaigns range from health, cooking, teaching social media and other technology, music and more. All applicants must be residents of the U.S. or District of Columbia and under the age of 26. Scholarships will be awarded to winners after they submit proof of being accepted into a two-year or four-year college or graduate school.
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The Texas “Two-Step” steps down

Sunday is March 1, and that means sticker changes for Texas drivers! There are three scenarios you should be aware of…

On March 1, Texas is changing the way vehicles are inspected and registered. It sounds simple: “Two Steps, One Sticker.” Drivers aren’t finding it…
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Scientist called Keystone Pipeline the “fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet

Nine Senate and 28 House Democrats voted with Republicans before President Obama vetoed it—including one of your Democratic members of Congress, Debbie. We need these Democrats to stand with the president when House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring this bill up for a veto override vote next week.

Make no mistake, a veto override would be disastrous. NASA climate scientist James Hansen has called Keystone the “fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet,” saying it would be “game over” for the planet.

15-Year Sentence for Securities Fraud Against Elderly

Texas State Securities Board Alert

Charles Wayne Kilway of North Richland Hills was sentenced to 15 years in state prison for the fraudulent sale of securities and 15 years for theft of property from the elderly in the amount of $100,000 or more. Kilway was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating the conditions of probation from his conviction in an earlier, unrelated securities fraud. The sentences, handed down Feb. 19 in Dallas County District Court, will run concurrently.

Kilway sold promissory notes in a company called JBS Holdings LLC, also based in North Richland Hills. According to theMotion To Revoke Probation or Proceed With An Adjudication of Guilt filed Jan. 22 in Dallas County, Kilway used money from purchasers of the notes to pay for his personal expenses and those of his family, and transferred funds to this wife’s personal account.

Kilway did not tell purchasers of the JBS notes about his securities fraud conviction in 2005. In that case he was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to pay $602,120 in restitution, most of which he still owes.

This Week In Black History: The First Black Woman To Receive An M.D.

black-history-rebecca-j-cole-drWho knew that the history of healthcare started with a Black Woman? While many know about Dr. Vivian Thomas and Dr. Charles Drew, many don’t know about Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler.

Rebecca Lee was born free in 1831 in Delaware, and was raised by her aunt in Pennsylvania. Growing up, her aunt quickly became her inspiration, as she attended to neighbors when they were sick and was compassionate in providing health care to others.

The Supreme Court’s About To Hear A Case That Could Make Gerrymandering Even Worse

This could get very ugly.

Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature thinks that congressional elections are too competitive. And they want the Supreme Court to fix that problem for them.
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Florida Couples Can Be Arrested If Caught “Shacking Up”

This has to go under “ways to make money for the tax rolls”. Under an arcane law, over 700 Floridians have been fined for living together without being married. Seriously.
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What year is it again? Under an arcane law, hundreds of Floridians are being fined for living with a romantic partner sans government permission, thanks to an 1868…
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In an historic vote, Loretta E. Lynch has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee

Loretta E. Lynch Set to Become Next U.S. Attorney General

February 27, 2015

Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Testifies At Senate Judiciary Committee Nomination Hearing

In an historic vote, Loretta E. Lynch has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee en route to being confirmed as first female African-American Attorney General. The committee voted to approve the nomination of Lynch, the U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, by a vote of 12 to 8. Three Republicans, Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah; Lindsey O. …

Turns out that “Pimp my Ride” might have been a pretty fake sho

Turns out that “Pimp my Ride” might have been a pretty fake show

Reported by Liku Zelleke “Pimp my Ride” was one of the most-watched TV shows in its day. Those that weren’t fans of the show enviously watched the re-modeled cars at the end of the show with pure envy. If it wasn’t the new life that was doled out to a car so beat up it […]

Video Makes Family Of Man Shot In Head By Police Believe Philadelphia Police Are Engaged In Cover-Up

Video Makes Family Of Man Shot In Head By Police Believe Philadelphia Police Are Engaged In Cover-Up

February 26, 2015

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April V. Taylor Brandon Tate-Brown was headed home around 3 a.m. the morning of December 15, but he never made it. Police claim that Tate-Brown was pulled over for allegedly driving without his headlights on, that they saw a handgun in the center console of his car, and that upon exiting the vehicle, Tate-Brown fought with officers and then ran …

Why Is Assata Shakur A Hero To Black People But A Terrorist To The Government

April V. Taylor: Why Is Assata Shakur A Hero To Black People But A Terrorist To The Government

February 27, 2015

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April V. Taylor According to the United States government, Assata Shakur, born JoAnne Chesimard, is an escaped convicted cop killer and a domestic terrorist, worthy of being placed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.  Shakur was the first woman to ever be placed on the list, and the state of New Jersey put a $2 million bounty on her …

$20 billion dollar lawsuit against Al Sharpton is yet another reminder that the black community needs to let him go

Yvette Carnell: Al Sharpton’s role in the Comcast debacle reminds us of why he needs to go

February 27, 2015

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In this video, Yvette Carnell explains why the $20 billion dollar lawsuit against Al Sharpton is yet another reminder that the black community needs to let him go. Sharpton was sued this week by Byron Allen and others who were concerned that Sharpton may have been bribed by Comcast to remain silent about the racial implications of the company’s merge ..

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