Sandra Bland’s family settles wrongful death suit for $1.9 million

The family of Sandra Bland reached a $1.9 million settlement in their wrongful death civil suit, their lawyer said. Attorney Cannon Lambert made the announcement Wednesday. Officials said Bland, 28, killed herself in 2015 in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell after her arrest on a traffic violation. A grand jury later decided no one […]

Fire that led to fatal Texas fertilizer explosion set on purpose

The fire that led to a deadly explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant three years ago was intentionally set, authorities said Wednesday. The blast devastated the Texas town of West in April 2013 and killed 15 people — including 12 first responders. Texas blast leaves nearly 100-foot crater Investigators determined someone started the fire […]

First lady aims to get more students to continue education

Michelle Obama is unveiling a new phase of her initiative encouraging students to continue education after high school, a public awareness campaign and matching website to provide practical information and space to share stories, backed by more than 20 media, business and nonprofit groups. will be a place for students ages 14-19 to get […]

Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at age 4 found alive in Mexico

An Austin, girl abducted 12 years ago has been found in Mexico, law enforcement officials say. The girl, Sabrina Allen, was located with her mother in a town south of Mexico City by a Texas-based rescue team that included state and federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals office and Mexican police. Officials arrested the […]

Freeing Minds and opening doors to higher education in Austin

Tasha McMillion recently graduated from The Free Minds Project, a program offering free courses in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to higher education. A proud single mother of a son named Miles, McMillion started college years ago, but found herself unable to finish due to various circumstances. “Free Minds has not only provided […]

Joyce Adejumo, gallery owner who helped victims of DWI, dies

Joyce Elizabeth Adejumo (Hunt) was born to Mary Elizabeth Sales and Johnny Willie White in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Dec. 24, 1959. She grew up in Durham North Carolina, where as a child, she demonstrated exceptional skills in mathematics, music, and visual and performance arts. In June 1983 she became the first African American […]

Havana Nights Gala

Hispanic Physicians Association (HPA) will hold its Cuban themed Havana Nights Gala on Saturday, May 25th at the Mexican American Cultural Center.  The 5th annual event will commence at 6:30 PM with Senator Barrientos as the Master of Ceremonies and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as speaker. The Brew will entertain attendees with Latin Jazz tunes. Proceeds from the […]

Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business Awards

The Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce honored Austin’s small business leaders, local corporations, diversity champions and leading entrepreneurs at the 2013 Small Business Awards Gala on February 22, 2013 before a crowd of over 300 at the Westin Domain. The annual event recognizes the creation, growth and expansion of African-American businesses and leadership […]

Austin bag ban supporters protest state lawmaker’s anti-ban bill

Strolling the hallways with cloth sacks in hand, a group of young demonstrators unexpectedly arrived inside the Capitol office of a North Texas state lawmaker Wednesday to drop off a few armloads of reusable shopping bags. The tongue in cheek protest came complete with a man covered in disposable plastic sacks, purporting to support HB […]

The B+ Foundation Drive for a good cause at Circuit of The Americas!

The B+ Foundation came to Austin to race at Circuit of The Americas, second round of the 2013 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.  B+ Racing drivers, cancer survivor Al Carter and Hugh Plumb are among the top favorites to win at COTA.  B+ Foundation “Fighting Childhood Cancer Tour” has been created to help increase awareness […]

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