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Paula Dance is North Carolina's First Black Female Sheriff

Even with this win, North Carolina's law enforcement agencies are still predominantly white and male.

Paula Dance has become the first Black female sheriff in North Carolina's history.


She was sworn in this past Monday surrounded by colleagues, family and friends. Her 28-year tenure is impressive, considering the state's notoriously racist history. Dance was appointed the position after she won an election for the coveted position. There are only five Black female sheriffs in the entire nation, including Dance.

Attorney Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, weighed in on the lack of diversity within this nation's sheriffs department. Specifically, she focused on racial and gender diversity.

Clarke even expressed her concern at what appears to be a case of voter suppression of Black and Native American votes distinctively in North Carolina. Her concerns are valid, given that in every aspect of the state's government agencies, there is an incredibly higher percentage of white representation among people in these positions even in predominantly Black cities like Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Charlotte.

Dance's election is an important win though. She covets the first Black female sheriff to be elected in the state. The true irony is that Dance is the first Black sheriff EVER to be elected in Pitt County.

The county's Black population is roughly 34 percent of the people who live there. Her campaign for the position was comprised of obtaining body cameras for the sheriff's office, tackling the opioid epidemic with rehab programs and school safety. Hopefully, her strategy is to bring equality and justice in a fair and unbiased way so that all members of the community can have access to being treated equally by law enforcement in the county.

Pitt County has had its fair share of complaints regarding racial profiling and brutality in the department.

Hopefully, this will make the dawn of a new era in the county's law enforcement practices.

Sen. Kamala Harris Pays Homage to Shirley Chisholm

"Like Shirley, I believe that to restore confidence and trust in our institutions and leaders, we need to speak truth," Harris said of Chisholm.

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Kamala Harris' announcement on "Good Morning America" on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a stark reminder of what happened 47 years ago this week in a race for the presidency.

Harris is standing on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president, and 10 other Black women.

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Black Former NFL Player Defends His Daughter Against White Predator​

"I caught him at the apartment over there and we just had a good conversation," ex-NFL player Tony Beckham said.

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Former NFL player for the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions, Tony Beckham, caught a white man fondling himself outside of his daughter's window at 6:40 a.m. Monday (she had just exited the shower to get dressed), and runs outside, tackles him, his wife calls the police, and the man is arrested.

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Louisville to Rename Airport After Muhammad Ali

Though air travel once terrified Ali, he faced his fears to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to rename the city's airport after "The Greatest" — Muhammad Ali. The new name is Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

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Honorary Titles Revoked From DNA Pioneer James Watson Over Racist Views

Nobel Prize recipient, James Watson, still maintained debunked notions of Blacks and inferiority.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York State has revoked every title and honor given to 90-year-old DNA pioneer, James Watson.

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Chief Meteorologist Fired After Using Racial Slur in Reference to MLK

Jeremy Kappell claims it was a mistake. "Unfortunately, I spoke a little too fast when I was referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," he said.

During a Friday night broadcast, meteorologist Jeremy Kappell referred to a park in downtown Rochester, N.Y., named after slain civil rights hero Martin Luther King as "Martin Luther Coon Park."

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Black Parents on Obama Cradling Their Newborn: 'The Most Pivotal Moment' of Our Lives

In the midst of separation and hate in the current administration, the 44th president shows that the people of this country are what presidents should stay connected to.

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A newborn baby started out her new year with an expected greeting from former President Barack Obama.

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