What’s Trending: Black News Recap

July 9, 2019 / By Vanessa Mbonu



CNN: Cameron Boyce’s last interview paid tribute to his African-American heritage

In what was reportedly his last interview, the 20-year-old talked to Haute Living about his diverse heritage which included a Jewish mother, an African-American father and grandmother who became one of the symbols of the civil rights movement. The actor’s grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, was one of the “Clinton 12,” a group of black students who made history after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which ordered Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee, to desegregate.


NPR: Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff Continues Sensational Wimbledon Run

Cori “Coco” Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis player who defeated Venus Williams in her first-round match, has now advanced to the round of 16 at Wimbledon. She is the youngest player to advance this far in the tournament since 1991, when Jennifer Capriati made the semifinals as a 15-year-old.


People: Freeform Claps Back at Critics of Halle Bailey’s Little Mermaid Casting in Scathing Open Letter

When Disney announced its casting of Chloe x Halle singer Halle Bailey as Ariel in their live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, some internet commenters lashed out against the idea of a black woman in the role.


Washington Post: Museum awarded grant to protect African American artifacts

Maryland’s Banneker-Douglass Museum has received a $50,000 grant to preserve African American artifacts. The Governor’s Office on Community Initiatives announced the grant Monday from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


The Crisis Magazine: NAACP Legislative Report Card

The NAACP Legislative Report Card has served as a presentation of key civil rights votes taken in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives since 1914. It allows NAACP members the opportunity to view the civil rights voting patterns of their congressional representatives.


Blavity: Dallas Judge Who Received Emails About Her Chosen Hairstyle Turns The Criticism Into A Teaching Moment

A judge in the greater Dallas area is making headlines for her style both in and outside of the courtroom. Recently, Judge Amber Givens-Davis has been at the center of local and national media attention for her involvement in a number of highly publicized cases. Most recently, Givens-Davis presided over the Wesley Mathews trial in which a father was tried and convicted for his role in the death of his young daughter. While most were focused on the trial at hand, others were focused on the judge’s hairdo.