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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is putting the pressure on contender John Kasich to drop out of the presidential race. Trump claims that if the Ohio governor were to quit, then that would put him in a better position to win. “If I didn’t have Kasich, I automatically win,” said Trump during a visit in Wisconsin on Sunday. So far Gov. Kasich has only won his state’s primary. Despite the negativity from Trump, he plans on continuing his campaign run with high hopes of being at the GOP convention, which is slated to take place in Cleveland in July. “Since he thinks it’s such a good idea, we look forward to Trump dropping out before the convention,” said Chris Schrimpf, Gov. Kasich’s spokesman. He is aware that catching up in the delegate race is out of the question, however he believes the convention in July will be his shot at winning the race. Read more.


New York to Implement Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Program

In 2014, President Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” program as an avenue to keep at-risk Black and Latino male youth on the right path. The program was designed to prevent these young men from ending up behind bars by putting focus on professional growth, education, and community involvement. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that he will allocate $20 million of the state’s budget to implement the program in New York. Many local leaders, who grew up facing the same circumstances that those in the program are confronted with, showed support for the plan. “I was born and raised in the Bronx and I have seen firsthand the challenges that so many boys and young men of color face every day,” said Carl Heastie, New York’s first African American Assembly speaker. “With this funding we are taking some meaningful steps toward a more holistic and comprehensive approach to improving the prospects of all our children, especially those who need our support the most.” Read more.


RNC Appoints New Director of Black Initiatives

The Republican National Committee has appointed a new person to tackle their black political involvement goals. On Friday the RNC announced that Telly Lovelace, a well-known GOP communications strategist, will take on the role. “The Republican party and the RNC have already made good strides post-2012 so I want to continue to build on that,” said Lovelace. “I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines this cycle and then look back come the day after the general election and say maybe I should have gone to the RNC and helped. I really want to focus on getting the Republican message into urban America and urban communities.” One of the things on the RNC’s agenda is a new initiative that will offer paid internships for HBCU students in efforts to get them involved in the Republican Party. Lovelace will start his new position on Monday. Read more.


Indian Leader Joe Medicine Crow Dies

Joe Medicine Crow, the last living Plains Indian war chief, has died. According to reports, Crow died in a hospice facility located in Big Horn County. “Today, Lisa and I join Montanans to pay respect and celebrate the rich life of Dr. Joe Medicine Crow,” said Big Horn County coroner Terry Bullis in a statement on Sunday afternoon. “Joe was a Crow War Chief, veteran, elder, historian, author, and educator. His legacy will forever serve as an inspiration for all Native Americans — and all Montanans.” Crow, who was known for wearing war paint under his Word War II uniform, saw many successes during WWII. After serving in the army, he became a tribal historian. In 2009, Crow was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. He was 102. Read more.

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