Report flags executive wages for government contractors

The CEOs of some private firms that have taken over government functions are earning as much as $8 million a year, according to a new report titled, "Exposed: America’s Highest Paid Government Workers."

Latino groups urge Obama to ease up on deportations

The National Council of La Raza had been one of the few remaining Latino advocacy groups to not openly criticize President Obama’s deportation policy. However, its president, Janet Murguía, now has turned the lens on the president by calling him ...

Harry Belafonte to receive 2014 Living Legend Award today from Museum of African American History

Harry Belafonte will speak to the press at 6pm tonight at the Four Seasons Hotel about receiving the award.

Juvenile solitary confinement blocks education, lawsuit claims

The Obama administration has a message for juvenile detention facilities: All kids — even youth with disabilities held in solitary confinement — are entitled to appropriate public education.

Voting rights advocates push for federal oversight

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, activists are turning again to the courts: ...

Emily Dickinson’s poems reflect specter of slavery

Human trafficking and slavery were so pervasive to the imagination during her time that it became the metaphorical, or actual, subject of many of Emily Dickinson’s poems — proof that those distant from the slave states were changed by a ...

Black unemployment rises to double national rate

The black unemployment rate increased from 11.9 percent in December to 12.1 percent in January, according the Department of Labor’s latest monthly report.

Expats participate in Venezuelan protests in Boston

Twice in the last two weeks, Venezuelan national Cristina Aguilera has taken to the streets of Boston to show support for the anti-government protesters back in her native country.

Minimum wage backers get boost from Obama

Political support for a hike in minimum wage is high, with President Obama, Massachusetts lawmakers and political leaders across the country proffering different versions of wage hikes for the nation’s lowest-paid workers.

Attorney Gen. asks states to restore felon voting right

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently called for the restoration of voting rights for felons who have served their sentences, said the restriction has a disparate effect on African Americans. Felony-voter disenfranchisement began after Reconstruction so whites could diminish ...

Florida jury acquits man of murder of unarmed teenager

Michael Dunn, the Florida man who pumped nine shots into a car in Jacksonville, Fla., killing a teenager allegedly for playing music too loud, is facing a sentence anywhere between 20 and 60 years in jail for multiple counts of ...

Stanford’s athletic diversity is unmatched by top schools

Add to Stanford University’s reputation for strong academics another distinction, this one in athletics. The elite private school’s record of coaching diversity in major sports over the last 25 years is hard to match.

Children’s fashion website scores with used couture

The quickest and most convenient way to start a business these days seems to be to do it online. This notion proved successful for Los Angeles-based fashionista and socialite CeCe Hendriks, founder of SPOILED! Fashionz, a high-end children’s clothing boutique, ...

Shani Davis skates for his legacy, Olympic history

Speed skater Shani Davis will go down in history for his succession of Winter Olympic firsts, most notably as the first African American athlete to win an individual gold at the Winter Games. But in his own sport, he is ...

The PTSD crisis ignored: Americans wounded at home

Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries. So when researchers started screening patients there for post-traumatic stress disorder in 2011, ...