Thursday, May 23, 2024

President Biden to nominate Judge Embry J. Kidd to federal circuit court

President Biden is announcing his intent to nominate one individual to a federal circuit court and three individuals to federal district courts—all of whom are extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.

Among those nominated is Judge Embry J. Kidd. He is a Nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Judge Embry J. Kidd has been a United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2019. Judge Kidd previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida from 2014 to 2019. From 2009 to 2014, Judge Kidd worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. Judge Kidd served as a law clerk for Judge Roger L. Gregory on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2008 to 2009. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2008 and his B.A. from Emory University in 2005.

Marylin Mosby speaks after sentencing

Watch Marilyn Mosby speak after her sentencing to time served and 12 months of home confinement to be served concurrently with 3 years of supervised release for mortgage fraud and perjury.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL BLACK MUSIC MONTH CELEBRATION

A cultural renaissance thrives on the street where the strings of country music always take center stage, and in the place where the music legends we all know and love live forever - The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) presented by NISSAN, hosts the 2024 leading Black Music Month event. “Celebrating the Sound Makers of All Time” June 1st through June 30th, with a lineup of camps, workshops, music acts, community activities and more.

NMAAM has curated the true essence of African American music history, today’s cultural significance and honoring the timeless impact of the Sound Makers yesterday and today. A thought filled series of events for the whole family to enjoy including but not limited to a music summer camp for secondary students, the Black Country Celebration, the 4th annual "Bridge to Broadway" Block Party, and Hip-Hop Karaoke- Pride edition. Event partners Bridgestone, Fifth & Broadway will help anchor the highly anticipated marquee event, the 4th annual "Bridge to Broadway'' Juneteenth Block Party. Happening on Broadway between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on Sunday, June 16th, 12pm to 8 p.m. For more information visit nmaam.org.

Headliners, the Grammy nominated Hip Hop icons Nappy Roots, will take over the annual Juneteenth celebration along with an all star lineup of artists set to ignite the crowd with unforgettable performances to make all the music charts take notice. Dynamic local talents like Daisha McBride, Billboard’s December 2023 Rookie of the Month and Penthouse Records artist RVSHVD, Tiktok “Country Soul” viral sensation Shae Nycole and more.

June 3rd-7th “Interludes” Summer Camp - Weeklong camp focused on music, literacy and performance standards for secondary students.

June 6th Juke! A Black Country Celebration - A concert to honor Juke-joints impact on present day Honky Tonks and the songwriting talents of Mr. Anthony Smith.

June 5th Nissan Free Wednesday with “Sounds of Cinema” “Purple Rain” AND Mixology Class - Extended museum hours with a monthly movie showing. This June experience will celebrate Prince and offer tickets for a mixology class that includes custom Black Music Month collector's glasses and a DJ paying tribute to Prince.

June 7th “Measures and Melodies” Celebrating 45 years and beyond - Panel discussion in celebration of the founding of Black Music Month and honoring those who had part in the establishment. This will feature the exhibit opening of Ron St. Clair photos.

June 11th Black Music Month Mixology - A mixology class that includes custom Black Music Month collector's glasses and a DJ spinning classics.

June 19th Juneteenth Community Day - Programming to acknowledge and celebrate the Twelve Freedoms Gained. Admission and programming is free and open to the public. A third ticketed mixology class will be offered as a NMAAM day party.

June 20th Hip-Hop Karaoke: Pride Edition - Monthly Hip-Hop Karaoke event.

June 21st The Message: The Revolutionary Power of Ballroom - In partnership with The Legendary King Ebony and Vanderbilt University Screening and panel discussion of "Paris is Burning" during the day to bring awareness to ballroom culture and what the community has given to Black music and culture. The evening will consist of musical and ballroom performances from the LGBTQ+ community.

June 26th Tik Tok Launch Party- NMAAM will host a Tik Tok launch party with performances and posts to celebrate NMAAM joining the Tik Tok community. The last ticketed mixology class will be offered on this day.

The countdown to Black Music Month, the most electrifying time of the year honors the rich and diverse contributions of African American musicians, composers, and performers to the musical landscape for the last 45 years. Originating in the United States, it is observed every June, serving as a tribute to the profound influence of Black music on culture, history, and society. Throughout the month, various events, concerts, and educational programs highlight the achievements of Black artists across genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and more in cities across the U.S.

In addition to a great soundtrack of events planned, NMAAM will showcase many local favorites and Black-owned businesses. All events will honor the legendary musicians and artists, but also showcase the ongoing innovation and creativity of the Black music. Everyone is welcome to take part in the festivities. Learn more at www.nmaam.org.

UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax Receives Honorary Doctorate from Morehouse College

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) proudly announces that Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater, Morehouse College. The degree is bestowed to those who have made outstanding contributions to society through humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

Dr. Lomax was honored on May 19, 2024, during Morehouse's live-streamed 140th commencement ceremony, which featured President Joseph R. Biden as the commencement speaker. This recognition celebrates Dr. Lomax’s dedicated leadership and impactful contributions to promoting higher education in the African American community. The ceremony highlighted Dr. Lomax’s diligent advocacy for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which helped these institutions reach their highest fundraising goals.

“We are immensely proud of Dr. Lomax and his unwavering commitment to educational excellence,” said UNCF Board of Directors Chair Milton H. Jones, Jr. “This honorary doctorate from Morehouse College is a testament to his visionary leadership and tireless advocacy for students of color.”

Upon receiving his honorary degree, Dr. Lomax Dr. Lomax thanked the university for shaping his journey and underscored his commitment to expanding educational opportunities for underprivileged students. He emphasized the importance of giving back to the community and the role of education in transforming lives.


“This was a special personal moment for me, and I am eternally grateful to my alma mater Morehouse College. But more importantly, it was an opportunity for all of us at UNCF to amplify our HBCUs as Morehouse welcomed President Biden to the campus as their commencement speaker and awarded him an honorary degree,” said Dr. Lomax.  

“This was an event that attracted global attention, and it came at a time when US and global colleges and universities have been demonstrating and protesting the war in Gaza and Israel.  At this challenging and heartbreaking time in history, the world cannot easily find common ground.  The combatants cannot find peace, and so many innocent civilians are victims of brutality and violence,” Dr. Lomax said.

“Morehouse did not solve the problem, but they provided an opportunity for the president to address the war and speak directly to students who are going out into a dangerous world and will have to solve the problems that older generations have failed to address.  I cannot tell you how impressed I was by the Morehouse students who expressed their views thoughtfully and powerfully.  They also let the president speak and make the case for the United States' position and approach,” noted Dr. Lomax.

During Morehouse's Baccalaureate services on Saturday, May 18, Dr. Lomax's official portrait was unveiled. This portrait will hang in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel—the world’s most prominent religious memorial honoring the Morehouse alumnus. The picture, displayed in the Morehouse International Hall of Honor, features more than 200 original oil portraits of distinguished leaders in the global, civil, and human rights nonviolent movement.

Since 2004, Dr. Lomax has steered UNCF to become the nation's largest private provider of scholarships and educational support for African American students. Under his leadership, UNCF has raised over $5 billion, providing financial assistance to more than 500,000 students and supporting 37 HBCUs.

Dr. Lomax congratulated the first graduating class of Lomax Scholars who earned need-based scholarships of up to $10,000 for exemplary academic performance at HBCUs.

Dr. Lomax's career spans decades and is marked by notable achievements in academia and public service. Before joining UNCF, he served as president of Dillard University in New Orleans and held positions at Emory University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. Additionally, Dr. Lomax remains a driving force in various civic and educational organizations, including the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools and the KIPP Foundation.

Fani Willis wins Democratic primary in Fulton County DA race

Fani Willis on Tuesday won the Democratic primary in Georgia for her Fulton County District Attorney seat, which she has held since 2020. She won with a higher percentage of the votes than in any of her previous primary races.

Willis won with 89 percent of the vote at the time the Associated Press called the race. Polls closed at 7 p.m. ET and the AP called the race shortly before 7:40 p.m.

"I am just so humbled and so grateful to the citizens of Fulton County who made this possible," Willis told supporters at an election night party Tuesday. "Tonight they delivered a strong and a powerful message. They want a district attorney that believes everyone deserves to be safe, and everyone is entitled to some dignity. And it's a message that's pissing folks off but there is no one above the law in this country."

Willis will now face Republican challenger Courtney Kramer in the general election this fall.