‘She spoke up’: Lawmakers wear ‘Recy’ pins in honor of Recy Taylor

Many lawmakers wore black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night and some congressional members also adorned their clothes with pins in honor of Recy Taylor.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democratic Caucus wore red “Recy” pins, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., who organized the tribute, told NBCBLK in an email Tuesday evening that Taylor’s story “represents that of many marginalized women who have spoken up, spoken out and have long been ignored.”

‘She spoke up’: Lawmakers wear ‘Recy’ pins in honor of Recy Taylor

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Why black women voters showed up for Doug Jones

For the first time in 25 years, Alabama elected a Democrat to the Senate and many say African-American women are to thank for that.

Democrat Doug Jones’ win over Republican Roy Moore was a stunning upset in a contentious and closely watched election for the deep-red state. Even more surprising for some was the high voter turnout of African-Americans. NBC News exit polls show 96 percent of black voters supported Jones, with 98 percent of black women and 93 percent of black men backing him.

Read more: Why black women voters showed up for Doug Jones

Black lawmakers meet with FBI Director over ‘Black Identity Extremists’ report

Black lawmakers met with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Capitol Hill on Wednesday over concerns about a bureau report targeting “Black Identity Extremists.”

In what was described as a “open and serious meeting,” Congressional Black Caucus members, including Reps. Val Demings, Karen Bass, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and others spoke with Wray for nearly two hours regarding the bureau’s internal assessment “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” that was written in August and posted online.

CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., called the meeting a “good first step.”

Read more: Black lawmakers meet with FBI Director over ‘Black Identity Extremists’ report

Kamala Harris, Booker are early 2020 favs among black leaders

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris is the potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate generating the most excitement among the black political elite, according to participants at this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation policy forum in Washington.

It’s still way too soon for endorsements — none of the major potential candidates are even in the race yet and elected officials say they’re more focused on the 2018 mid-terms than the next presidential contest — but Harris, a California Democrat who is in her first year in the Senate, has emerged at the center of attention.

Read more: Kamala Harris, Booker are early 2020 favs among black leaders

Comey hearing watchers pub hop, toast testimony

The drinks were flowing and news coverage streaming at bars in Washington D.C. and other cities as political watchers tuned in and raised a glass to fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

In the nation’s capital, several bars opened as early as 9:30 a.m. and offered such drinks as $5 Russian vodkas and the “The Comey Hearing Covfefe” cocktail in honor of the befuddling word mistakenly invented by President Donald Trump in a midnight tweet.

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Franchesca Ramsey Heads to Comedy Central With New Pilot

The world of late night comedy is getting another dose of blackness.

Comedian and actress Franchesca Ramsey is heading back to Comedy Central, but this time she is calling the shots. Tuesday, Comedy Central announced that a yet-to-be-named late night comedy pilot will be executive produced and hosted by Ramsey as part of its 2017-2018 line-up of development shows.

Read more: www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/franchesca-ramsey-heads-comedy-central-new-pilot-n748096

Georgetown Apologizes, Renames Halls After Slaves

In a somber remembrance ceremony filled with prayer and song, Georgetown University asked for forgiveness and took new steps to right a nearly two-hundred-year-old wrong on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of the school’s founding fathers, Rev. Timothy Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, began the morning service offering reconciliation to the descendants of 272 women, men, and children sold into slavery to pay off school debts and keep the school afloat in 1838.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/georgetown-apologizes-renames-halls-after-slaves-n747976

NFL Players Testify About Improving Community and Police Relations

Anquan Boldin, a NFL free agent who’s played with the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens, is young, rich and famous. Yet, as a black man in America, he’s keenly aware of the tensions that can exist between communities of color and law enforcement.

Today on Capitol Hill, Boldin shared with members of Congress how his family was devastated after a cousin, Corey Jones, was fatally shot during a 2015 police encounter.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/nfl-players-testify-about-improving-community-police-relations-n740761

Trump, Bill Clinton Laugh It Up in Newly Released Photos

It wasn’t always politics between Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

Despite the heated rhetoric between the Republican presidential nominee and the Clintons on the campaign trail, newly released archive photos suggest Trump and the former president were once comfortable palling around.

The Clinton Presidential Library made nearly two dozen photos public Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by POLITICO. They show Trump and Bill Clinton shaking hands at Trump Tower in New York and also hanging at the U.S. Open on Sept. 8, 2000.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-bill-clinton-laugh-it-newly-released-photos-n645601

Orlando Nightclub Shooting Survivor, Patience Carter: ‘Each Day Is a Struggle’

Two months after the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando took the lives of 49 people and wounded more than 50 others, Patience Carter is still coping.
Carter, one of the young survivors of the shooting spoke with NBC BLK on what life has been like for her since the deadly shooting.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/orlando-nightclub-umassacre/orlando-nightclub-shooting-survivor-patience-carter-each-day-struggle-n642281

Life With Vitiligo Inspires Advocate’s Quest for Broader Acceptance

“Cheetah,” “Leper,” Tanesha Brown has been called it all.
Brown is one of millions of people with the skin disease vitiligo — a condition characterized by white patches that appear on various areas of the body such as the hands, feet, arms and around the mouth and spread across the body over time.
There is not a known cure for it, but there are treatments to even skin tone.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/life-vitiligo-inspires-advocate-s-quest-broader-acceptance-n634726

‘Do Something, or Arrest Us’: NAACP Demands Restoration of Voting Rights Act

After holding a six-hour sit-in on the floor of a southwest Virginia congressman’s district office, NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks was arrested and charged with trespassing by local police on Monday.

About 20 activists, including Roanoke NAACP Chapter President Brenda Hale and members of the NAACP Youth Council, spent the day peacefully waiting for their voices to be heard inside Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Roanoke office.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/do-something-or-arrest-us-naacp-demands-restoration-voting-rights-n625791

Gays Against Guns Call for Gun Lobbyists to ‘Come Out’

A local chapter of Gays Against Guns protested in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, calling for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to “come out” and stop gun lobbying.

Chanting “How many more have to die?” outside the NSSF Firearms Import and Export Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, the group also rallied for the NSSF to stop promoting gun policy that supports the production and sale of military assault weapons.

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/gays-against-guns-call-gun-lobbyists-come-out-n623026

Yale Janitor’s Act of Civil Disobedience a Stand Against Racism

Year after year, as he meticulously swept the dining hall floors at Yale University, Corey Menafee passed beneath the stained glass window depicting African American slaves carrying bales of cotton in a snowy white cotton field.

And year after year, as black students protested the window’s presence and the school refused to remove it, Menafee kept his head down and just kept on sweeping. His job as a maintenance worker in the school’s Calhoun College, named after former Vice President John C. Calhoun who advocated for slavery, depended on it.

Then one day, Menafee said he just decided he couldn’t take it anymore.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/yale-janitor-s-act-civil-disobedience-stand-against-racism-n610416

Congressional Fight Raging Over Best Way to Fund Wildfire Fight

As wildfires burn across the American West, a fight is raging behind closed doors on Capitol Hill as Democrats and Republicans go back and forth on the best funding to battle the blazes.

Democrats want to give the U.S. Forest Service more money and greater flexibility to fight deadly blazes currently ravaging parts of California, Arizona and other states. Republicans agree that more needs to be done, but want the agency to better target its funding as it works to fight fires.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/congressional-fight-raging-over-best-way-fund-wildfire-fight-n602781

Black Women Await More Federal Research Into Fibroids

Uterine discomfort and heavy bleeding has been a constant presence in Renee Brown Small’s life.

“I was in my 20’s and I couldn’t go to the beach with my girlfriends because of the bleeding,” says Small.

Small is one of many African American women who suffer with fibroids— non-cancerous uterine tumors that can grow as large as a cantaloupe and often cause pelvic pain, along with other symptoms.The prevalence of fibroids — especially among African American women, who develop them at a higher rate — was a topic of discussion at the recent White House sponsored United State of Women Summit.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-women-await-more-federal-research-fibroids-n598661

‘A New Way to Fight’: With Sit-In, Democrats Bypass Rules on Way to November

Democrats said their 26-hour sit-in on the House floor was meant to force votes on two gun control measures, but as they made clear themselves Thursday, the real vote they’re targeting is the one on Nov. 8 — Election Day.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, noting that the proposals have already failed in committee, said he had no intention of bringing the measures to the floor for votes. And with Republicans outnumbering Democrats 247 to 188, Democrats know they would almost certainly lose, anyway.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-way-fight-sit-democrats-bypass-rules-way-november-n598056

My menstrual cramps were unbearable. Could this new device help the pain?

Most months my menstrual periods are beyond painful. I can’t walk, my lower back is wracked with unbearable pain and my pelvic area feels like it’s on fire. I’ve tried everything from Percocet to muscle relaxers, getting little to no relief.

When I heard there was a new device on the market promising to instantly ease severe menstrual pain, I had to try it.

http://www.today.com/health/my-menstrual-cramps-were-unbearable-could-new-device-help-pain-t96831