The Thirteenth Amendment: A Brief Overview

On Sunday, rapper, producer, and amateur fashion designer Kanye West made headlines yet again.  While West is no stranger to controversy, his latest comments seemed to set a new standard for himself. Over the weekend, West tweeted a picture of himself in a red “Make America Great Again” hat.  The photo’s caption read: “this represents […]

Traveling While Black: What You Need to Know about the Law

In America, summer is the most popular time to travel.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) predicts that this summer will break records for air travel.  While all passengers dislike long waits, TSA pat downs, and lost luggage, African American travelers face an additional concern: racism.  Recently, African American passengers have accused several travel companies of […]

Supreme Court Decisions on Civil Rights in the 2017-18 Term

The Supreme Court of the United States hears approximately 80 cases each term.   While each of the cases is legally significant, some cases have a wider cultural impact.  This year, the Court decided several cases that will impact the civil rights of African Americans and other people of color.  Below is a summary of Supreme […]

What Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Means for African Americans

  Today, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court next month.  Justice Kennedy, age 81, has served on the Court for 30 years.  So, experts have predicted his retirement for years.  Yet, because justices serve for a lifetime (and some have served well into their eighties), the retirement still […]

Five Areas of the Law that Musicians Should Know

  Each June, America celebrates African American Music Appreciation Month.  The month highlights the contributions of the many famous African American artists who have enriched American culture.  However, artists at all levels -famous or not – must protect themselves legally.  All working musicians and performers need to know to the law to ensure that they […]

What You Need to Know about the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Decision

  Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute.  The case challenged an Ohio law that allows the state to remove (or “purge”) persons who fail to vote from its registered voter list.  In yesterday’s ruling, the Court ruled that the Ohio law did not […]

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