Obama Nominates Charlotte Mayor as Transportation Secretary

The President tries to counter criticism that his Cabinet is not diverse enough.

By Dara Sharif


President Obama made a diversity pick of his own when he nominated the Mayor of Charlotte to be the nation's next Secretary of Transportation.

Mayor Anthony Foxx is the first Black person the President has selected to join his Cabinet in his second term. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Foxx will replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Obama has faced criticism for the relative lack of women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians among his closest advisers during his last term in office. Attorney General Eric Holder is the only other Black member of Obama's Cabinet.

Despite the nation's decision to reelect its first Black president, Politico notes that Black lawmakers overall have fared relatively poorly when it comes to winning offices requiring statewide support. Only two Blacks serve in the U.S. Senate (Tim Scott of South Carolina and Mo Cowan of Massachusetts), and both of them were appointed. The country has only one Black Governor, Massachusetts's Deval Patrick, who leaves office after this year.

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Beyoncé Brings Black Pride to Coachella

The superstar made African American culture the star of the show.

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has carved a place in Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival history as the first Black woman to headline the event. The traditionally hipster/bohemian festival took a journey into Black America with Queen Bey at the helm.

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John Lewis, Barack Obama Share MLK's Legacy with Young Leaders

"It was a very sad and dark time for me. He was my leader, he was my inspiration," Lewis said of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination 50 years ago.

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"Fifty years ago today, I was with Robert Kennedy in Indianapolis when we heard that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed," Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) wrote in a message released Wednesday morning.

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Fifty Years After King's Death, Civil Rights Leaders Lament Trump's Rise

"They were afraid to show their ugly heads in a prominent way. Now, Trump has given them a voice and created a climate where they are not afraid to show their ugly heads," said a former King associate.

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(Reuters) — A half century after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders say they are fearful President Donald Trump could reverse progress made on civil rights in the United States since King's death.

The racism that King's leadership helped subdue has returned, said E. Lynn Brown, a former associate of King's who is bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church near Memphis, Tenn., pointing to a resurgence of white supremacists since Trump launched his campaign for president.

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Obamas Handwritten Note: Parkland Survivors Have 'Helped Awaken the Conscience of the Nation'

"We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy," the Obamas wrote.

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Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama expressed their support for the survivors-turned-activists hailing from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

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In December 1942, a year after the U.S. had joined World War II, Millie Dunn Veasey saw posters urging women to join the U.S. Army, but they all featured white women in uniform.

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Barack Obama in Talks to Create Shows for Netflix

Obama will not use his Netflix shows to respond to President Donald Trump or conservative critics, and has instead talked about producing shows highlighting inspirational stories, according to the New York Times.

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(Reuters) — Former President Barack Obama is in advanced talks with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Only 'Because He's a Black Guy' Michael Steele was Elected GOP Leader, Says CPAC Official

Steele was the last person on the planet thinking he was anything more than a token for a political party that has embraced white supremacy and bigotry to appeal to its dying of old age base.

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Former GOP leader Michael Steele was stunned when Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Communications Director Ian Walters said Steele was only elected because he's Black.

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