It Goes Down on Black Twitter

While Facebook fights to control the fake news swarming its site, PushBlack turns the spotlight on Black Twitter – – which uses its own tactics to ward off imposter profiles. It’s no surprise that #BlackTwitter has been a source of refuge, information and healing for the Black community. Which is why white supremacist groups have tried to infiltrate the collective …

We Have More Black Doctors…Right?

The recent announcement of Dr. Ben Carson as President-elect Trump’s selection for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, despite it’s controversy, got us thinking: where do Black medical professionals stand within our communities, and what impact does history have the growth of this sector? Putting party politics aside, we wanted to shed light on historical underrepresentation of Black medical professionals in the field …

WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON: How to get involved

There’s been much discussion about potential hindrances to protestors gearing up for President-elect Trump’s inauguration. We’re happy to share that as of today, the Women’s March is still on and will begin at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol, at 10:00am on Jan. 21, 2017. The march is led by some phenomenal women …

Incarceration in the United States Costs Over One Trillion Dollars

Despite being “the land of the free,” the United States has the biggest prison population in the world. The U.S. accounts for less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet has about 25 percent of its prisoners. A new study by researchers at Washington University examined the economic toll of mass incarceration in the United States. The research concluded …

10-year-old Black Boy Wrongfully Chased by Shotgun-Toting Newark Police

Legend Preston, a 10-year-old boy, was standing outside his home when Newark police had guns drawn on him. “They tried to shoot me…the cops.” -Legend Preston When neighbors and friends noticed what was occurring, they formed a human shield around Legend to protect him. Newark Police Department was chasing a 20-year-old, 6-foot tall man with locs when they ran into …

Black Male Nonprofit Deposits $1 Million in Nations Largest Black Bank

BMe Community is a Black male led nonprofit that is committed to uplifting the Black community. The nonprofit has moved $1 million into 1st United Bank, which is the largest Black bank in the U.S. “There’s this myth that black people are not financial, so I think a lot of people avoid black banks, or they are afraid of black …

Private Prisons Will Still Thrive Despite Justice Department Cutting Ties

In a recent PushBlack round-up, we reported that the Justice Department will be cutting ties with private prisons. While this decision marks progress, there is much more work to be done as the decision only affects 13 prisons (Black Youth Project). “While this is a significant move given the times we live in, these contracts, with Corrections Corporation of America …

Nationwide Support Group Launches to Support Women Raising Black Boys

A support group called Moms of Black Boys United (MOBB United) has launched in order to provide support to women raising Black sons. Depelsha McGruder, a mother of two Black boys, started the group on Facebook after the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. “If you’re a mother of a Black son, whether it’s a boy or a …

Department of Justice Report Shows Baltimore Officers Committed Civil Rights Violations

A detailed 163-page report by the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that Baltimore Police Department has committed widespread civil rights violations. According to the DOJ report, there were 4 major constitutional violations in Baltimore’s police department: Making unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests. Using enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches, and arrests of …

One Year Later, We Remember the Death of Sandra Bland

Today is the one year anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death. Sandra embodied what it meant to tell her truth. She was a social justice advocate and she regularly posted videos speaking about issues such as police brutality. “If we want change, we can truly make it happen” -Sandra Bland The death of Sandra Bland also reminds us that we must …