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African Americans: Racial or ethnic group in the United States with African ancestry
African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The phrase generally refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.

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On the trail: Democrats slam Trump's coronavirus response

Democratic presidential hopefuls spread out across South Carolina on Thursday as the clock ticked down to the state's Saturday primary, the first big test of their appeal with African-American voters.
Reuters - Published

On the trail: Biden, Sanders clash over healthcare as Biden consolidates black voter support

Democratic presidential hopefuls spread out across South Carolina on Thursday as the clock ticked down to the state's Saturday primary, the first big test of their appeal with African-American voters.
Reuters - Published

Videos for African Americans


U.S. House passes federal anti-lynching bill [Video]U.S. House passes federal anti-lynching bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of designating lynching a federal hate crime.

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Jim Clyburn To Endorse Joe Biden [Video]Jim Clyburn To Endorse Joe Biden

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn plans to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden. According to Politico, Clyburn is the highest ranking African American in Congress. Pressure to endorse Biden grew..

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Actor Smollett denies renewed hoax charges [Video]Actor Smollett denies renewed hoax charges

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty on Monday to renewed felony charges that he made false reports to Chicago police about being attacked in a hate crime that he is accused of..

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Democratic rivals take aim at billionaire Bloomberg [Video]Democratic rivals take aim at billionaire Bloomberg

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg unveiled new ads aimed at boosting his standing with black Americans as his primary rivals attacked his record on race and his free-wheeling political..

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Presidential campaign "the fight of my life" -Biden tells supporters [Video]Presidential campaign "the fight of my life" -Biden tells supporters

Sensing a disappointing result in Tuesday's primary, Biden left New Hampshire for South Carolina where he told a crowd of supporters that they have not yet heard from a vast majority of the nation and..

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Actor Smollett indicted again for staging hate crime [Video]Actor Smollett indicted again for staging hate crime

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged on Tuesday in a six-count felony indictment with staging a phony hate crime, nearly a year after similar charges were abruptly dismissed by local..

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Buttigieg's Support From Black Americans? There's Literally Nothing To It [Video]Buttigieg's Support From Black Americans? There's Literally Nothing To It

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is struggling to get support from African American voters. According to Politico, weakness among African Americans is shadowing him through the lead-up..

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Harlem brewer taps her African-American roots for flavor [Video]Harlem brewer taps her African-American roots for flavor

Celeste Beatty, one of the first African-American woman brewers in the United States, sees craft beer making as a way to reconnect with her roots.

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Bullied woman becomes 'first albino influencer' [Video]Bullied woman becomes 'first albino influencer'

A woman with albinism who was bullied mercilessly as a child is now carving a name as a successful model – dubbing herself “the first albino influencer” after racking up 20,000 Instagram..

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Cory Booker quits Democratic presidential primary race [Video]Cory Booker quits Democratic presidential primary race

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, an African-American candidate who had bemoaned the increasing lack of diversity in the Democratic presidential field, ended his White House campaign on Monday. Zachary Goelman..

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Harry and Meghan quit roles, shocking royals [Video]Harry and Meghan quit roles, shocking royals

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan say they'll quit their official roles, causing hurt and disappointment to the royal family, sources say. Lucy Fielder reports.

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On the trail: Biden consolidates black voter support; Democrats attack Trump on coronavirus

Democratic presidential hopefuls spread out across South Carolina on Thursday as the clock ticked down to the state's Saturday primary election: their first big test with African-American voters.
Reuters - Published

On the trail: Coronavirus, South Carolina and Super Tuesday

Democratic presidential hopefuls spread out across South Carolina on Thursday ahead of the state's primary election on Saturday - their first big test with African-American voters.
Reuters - Published

Biden lands key endorsement three days before South Carolina presidential contest

Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden won the endorsement of an influential black congressman from South Carolina on Wednesday, three days before the state's primary where he is competing with..
Reuters - Published

Ad spending nears $900 million, Biden lands key endorsement as Democrats campaign in South Carolina

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the endorsement of an influential black congressman from South Carolina on Wednesday, which could prove pivotal as he competes with national front-runner..
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Sanders surpasses Biden among African American voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has widened his lead for the Democratic presidential nomination and overtaken Joe Biden in support among African Americans - a voting bloc that until now has largely favored..
Reuters - Published

Black Democratic group co-chair endorses Steyer in South Carolina

The co-chair of South Carolina's caucus for African-American women endorsed billionaire U.S. presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Sunday, helpful backing in the first state to vote in which most..
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Does country music recognise its roots?

We speak to the most famous African American country music singer about the lack of diversity in the genre.
BBC News - Published

Democrat Cory Booker drops out of 2020 presidential race

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, an African-American candidate who had recently bemoaned the increasingly lack of diversity in the Democratic presidential field, on Monday said he was ending his White House..
Reuters - Published

American rapper Ludacris becomes Gabonese citizen

An increasing number of African-American celebrities are taking up the nationality of African countries.
BBC News - Published

Warren vows to 'fix' racial inequality as Democrats vie for black support

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren pledged to African-Americans on Thursday to use the powers of the federal government to address historic injustice and inequality, as she and other Democratic presidential..
Reuters - Published

Radar finds 145 graves buried under Florida school

Nearly all the people buried at the mid-20th Century paupers' cemetery were African Americans.
BBC News - Published

Georgia teen arrested for planning attack on black church

A 16-year-old high school student was arrested on suspicion of planning to attack black people at a predominantly African-American church in the southeastern U.S. state of Georgia, police said on..
Reuters - Published

Bloomberg admits he was wrong, apologizes for 'stop and frisk' - NY Times

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted he was wrong to support the "stop and frisk" police practice that ensnared disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos, apologizing to a largely..
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The African Americans discovering Ghana

Ghana has declared 2019 the 'year of return' and is encouraging the African diaspora to visit the country, but why are some deciding to make it their new home?
BBC News - Published

Moneta Sleet: The great black photographer you've never heard of

It's 50 years since Moneta Sleet became the first African American to win a Pulitzer for journalism.
BBC News - Published

Long-serving former Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers dies at age 90

John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for more than half a century, died on Sunday at the age of 90.
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Factbox: Trump, Democrats at South Carolina forum on criminal justice reforms

Republican President Donald Trump opened a forum on criminal justice reform in South Carolina on Friday touting his support for sweeping reforms that he hopes will help him pick up more votes among..
Reuters - Published

Mourners remember the late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings' kindness

Mourners lined up early on Thursday to pay their respects to the late Representative Elijah Cummings, a powerful legislator and civil rights activist who became the first African-American to lie in..
Reuters - Published

Obituary: Joan Johnson, the leader of a black hair care revolution

Joan Johnson created a business empire that used hair to champion African American identity.
BBC News - Published

Charleston mass shooting victims can sue U.S. over gun purchase: court

Survivors of a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church can sue the U.S. government over its alleged negligence in allowing Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine African-Americans, a..
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The African American who moved to Ghana 'to escape US racism'

Ghana is encouraging African Americans to relocate to the country, which was at the heart of the slave trade.
BBC News - Published

An African American mother and daughter journey to their family's past in Ghana

Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the plane carrying Tani Sanchez and her daughter Tani Sylvester on a heritage tour to Ghana crossed paths with a powerful storm.
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White New York police officer fired for deadly chokehold of Eric Garner

The New York Police Department on Monday fired the white officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, an African American, while trying to arrest him in 2014 as Garner repeatedly said "I can't..
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African Americans underserved by U.S. banks: study

Many African Americans have difficulty accumulating savings in part because they lack access to mainstream financial services like banking, a new study on the contributing factors to the U.S. racial..
Reuters - Published

Texas police apologise for horseback officers leading black man by rope

The apology follows outcry over a photo of mounted officers leading an African American man by rope.
BBC News - Published

Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison dead at 88

Author Toni Morrison, who won Nobel and Pulitzer prizes for books documenting the African-American experience, has died at age 88.
Reuters - Published

Celebrated author Toni Morrison dies

The US novelist, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died aged 88.
BBC News - Published

Trump rejects racism charge, throws it at black lawmaker

President Donald Trump on Sunday said disparaging comments he made about a prominent African-American lawmaker and his Baltimore district were not racist and, without citing any evidence for his claim,..
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Trump's comments on black lawmaker hyperbole, not racism: top aide

President Donald Trump was speaking hyperbolically when he lashed out at a prominent African-American lawmaker by calling his district "disgusting, rat and rodent infested," his acting chief of staff..
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Trump tells black lawmaker to clean up 'disgusting, rat and rodent infested' district

President Donald Trump hit out at a prominent African-American critic on Saturday, calling him a "brutal bully" who should concentrate on cleaning up his "disgusting, rat and rodent infested" Baltimore..
Reuters - Published

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