Author: Sheryl Estrada

Fashion Police Attack Black Hair on Oscars Red Carpet

By Sheryl Estrada Updated Feb. 28, 2015 Wednesday afternoon viasocial mediaactress Zendaya Coleman responded to the host of E!’s Fashion Police Guiliana Rancic’son-air apologyissued Tuesday.On an episode of the showthat aired Monday,Rancic mocked Coleman’s dreadlocked hairstyle, which she wore to the Academy Awards: “I feel that she smells like patchouli…

Judge Rules Against Florist for Refusing to Serve Same-Gender Couple

By Sheryl Estrada Photo by Shutterstock A Benton County judge ruled Wednesday that a Washington state florist violated anti-discrimination and consumer-protection laws in refusing to sell flower arrangements for a same-gender wedding, which she claims she did for religious reasons. Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in eastern Washington, hadservedRobert…

A Successful Education Model for Black Males

By Sheryl Estrada Program Manager Jerome Gourdine with MDP student Jolondo. Photo is from the report “The Black Sonrise.” An initiative in Oakland, Calif., to specifically support the academic life of Black males in middle and high schools is receiving high marks. In 2010, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)…

Famed Donut Chain Promotes ‘KKK Wednesday’

Publicity for decorating Krispy Kreme’s sweet doughnuts turned sour when a store inHull, England, used the abbreviation “KKK” to promote Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesday, to be held this week. The choice of abbreviation drew comparisons to the U.S. white-supremacist organization the Ku Klux Klan. After it was posted on the…

Latino Enrollment at Hispanic-Serving Institutions Exceeds 1 Million

Feb. 13, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada On Wednesday, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Excelencia in Education released an analysis of the progress of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The data offer that in 2013, 409 institutions met the federal enrollment criterion to be classified as an HSI, enrolling…

Racial-Terror Lynching More Widespread in South Than Thought

The report is focused on the 12 most active lynching states in the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The researchers, who participated in five years of research, distinguished “racial-terror lynchings” from hangings and mob violence that followed some…

#BlackLivesMatter Takes Center Stage at Grammys

By Sheryl Estrada Chart-topping performers incorporated tributes to the #BlackLivesMatter movement during the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday. Pharrell Williams and his backup dancers, who wore black hoodies, held up their hands for a moment during a performance of his Grammy Award-winning song, “Happy.” The well-known “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”…

Immigration Court Cases Will Be Heard Before 2019

By Sheryl Estrada Immigrants seeking legalization were informed in January by U.S. courts that their hearings were cancelled and would not be resolved until 2019 or later. Apparently, that’s not the case. A federal office that schedules immigration-court dates issued the same hearing date for thousands of immigrants: Nov. 29,…