RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Minnesota company is preparing to conduct exploratory drilling for gold near Silver City in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota while two other companies have withdrawn bids to drill on forest land. The Rapid City Journal reports Forest Service officials are working on an agreement with Big Rock Exploration that would require the company to fund an environmental analysis. Forest Service supervisor Mark Van Every says Big Rock Exploration wants to drill around 40 holes on national forest land. Federal mining statutes prohibit the Forest Service from rejecting an exploratory drilling project. The Forest Service, which oversees the surface rights, is only permitted to evaluate the project and place conditions on it. Gold exploration and mining have taken place in the Black Hills since the 1870s. … [Read more...] about Minnesota company aims to explore gold in Black Hills Forest
Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post Published 2:46 pm PST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 CNN legal analyst Areva Martin thought she was talking to a white man on Tuesday while appearing as a guest on David Webb's SiriusXM radio show. CNN legal analyst Areva Martin thought she was talking to a white man on Tuesday while appearing as a guest on David Webb's SiriusXM radio show. Photo: John Greim/LightRocket Via Getty Images Photo: John Greim/LightRocket Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 CNN legal analyst Areva Martin thought she was talking to a white man on Tuesday while appearing as a guest on David Webb's SiriusXM radio show. CNN legal analyst Areva Martin thought she was talking to a white man on Tuesday while appearing as a guest on David Webb's … [Read more...] about A CNN analyst called out a Fox News contributor for his white privilege. He’s black.
Today would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday. On this day, many flock to the Ebenezer Baptist Church where King was a pastor, and to King’s home—both of which are part of a national park in Atlanta honoring the late civil rights leader. However, both are closed today, due to the government shutdown. “’Because of a lapse in federal appropriations, this National Park facility is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources,’ said several signs on the landmarks run by the National Park Service,” reported the Philadelphia Tribune. Bernice King, MLK’s youngest child, was reportedly upset about the closing. “I feel a little bit of sadness because our main partner in this area, in this district, is the National Park Service … and they are not here with us today. I didn’t expect to cry over this,” she said according to the Philadelphia Tribune. The current shutdown just made the dubious distinction … [Read more...] about MLK Historic Sites Closed Due to the Shutdown; Black America Suffers Its Impact
Kim Kardashian West is being hailed by some as the “Princess of Prison Reform” following her advocacy for the release of Cyntoia Brown, who was recently granted clemency. Celebrities, lawmakers, activists, and reps from the ACLU and Black Lives Matter Nashville urged courts to overturn her life sentence for years. However, Kardashian West played an instrumental role in Brown’s case when she enlisted a top-notch legal team to represent the sex trafficking victim back in 2017. In addition, Kardashian West has played a major role in freeing Alice Marie Johnson, a grandma sentenced to life for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, and Matthew Charles, a former drug dealer-turned-model-inmate. Van Jones has also credited the 38-year-old reality star for helping to pass criminal justice reform bill The First Step Act into law. Now, a number of incarcerated people are flooding the beauty guru with letters requesting her help in their own quest for freedom, … [Read more...] about These Black Women Were Fighting for Social Justice Long Before Kim K. Became the ‘Princess of Prison Reform’
Almost 100 years after Madam C.J. Walker built a 34-room mansion in New York, beauty business guru Richelieu Dennis plans to turn the legendary beauty pioneer’s estate into an incubator for black women in business. Talk about coming full circle! Dennis, the founder of Shea Moisture who started his nearly $1 billion business empire by selling soap in Harlem in the ’90s, purchased the Villa Lewaro estate last summer, reports The Associated Press. He recently told Essence that he plans to convert the 28,000-square-feet residence into a “learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations,” geared to help women entrepreneurs of color. Madam C.J. Walker Madam C.J. Walker (Wikimedia) Born as the daughter of slaves, Walker made a fortune selling haircare products for black women in the 19th and 20th century, becoming one of the first self-made women millionaires in U.S. history. She built her Italianate villa-style mansion … [Read more...] about Shea Moisture Founder Richelieu Dennis to Turn Madam C.J. Walker’s Estate Into a Center for Black Women Entrepreneurs