Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday reignited controversy about his role in the birther movement after he refused “again to acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States,” writes The New York Times. The move prompted his campaign, not Trump, to release a statement saying the candidate believes the president was indeed born in the United States. Trump, who has been trying to give the appearance of courting Black voters in his quest to win White moderates, appeared at a brief conference Friday to address the issue. In what appeared to be nothing more than a promotion for his new hotel, he gave a brief statement, saying,“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period,” Mr. Trump said at his new Trump International Hotel. Read more.
Colin Kaepernik’s Protest Gaining Momentum
Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a Black St. Louis lawmaker, said she is joining San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his National Anthem protest. “I love America, but I want to support a brother who is shining a light on injustice,” the Democrat told the Post-Dispatch Tuesday. Read more.
Clinton Speaks Before Black Women’s Group
“You are proof that #BlackGirlMagic is real,” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Friday in a televised speech at The Black Women’s Agenda’s 39th Annual Symposium Workshop & Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. With just under two months before the election, Clinton is making a push to win Black women voters, an important demographic needed to win the general election, particularly in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Did Trump Scare Little Miss Flint?
Trump showed up in Flint, Michigan earlier this week to visit the water plant central in the lead water crisis, and a Black church, important in his efforts to lure White moderates to vote for him in November. He met Little Miss Flint, the young girl whose letter prompted President Obama to visit the city in May. A photo of the encounter went viral:
My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall Meeting
My Brother’s Keeper held a town hall meeting Friday to examine how its programs are changing lives, according to a White House news release.
Florida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is scheduled to serve as the honorary host of the town hall, produced in partnership with TV One, at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference this week in Washington, D.C.
The forum will examine best practices from around the nation. Participants will include the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network; Broderick Johnson, assistant to the president, secretary of the cabinet and chair of the MBK Task Force at the White House; actor and producer Malik Yoba, star of TV One’s Bad Dad Rehab and Justice By Any Means; and Rickey Smiley, nationally syndicated radio personality and star of TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real.
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