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Senate Confirms Lisa Cook As First Black Woman To Serve On Federal Reserve

Photo: Getty Images By Zuri Anderson, Black Information Network The U.S. Senate confirmed Lisa DeNell Cook, an established economist and researcher, to the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors Tuesday night (May 10), per NBC News. This makes her the first Black woman to serve on the panel in its 108-year history. Vice President Kamala Harris was reportedly the tie-breaker after senators voted 50-50 along party lines. "As President Biden said today, addressing inflation remains a top...

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Denny’s Board Chair Brenda Lauderback Receives the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from The White House

Denny's is pleased to announce The White House awarded Brenda Lauderback, Chair of Denny's Board of Directors, its President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Lauderback is receiving this presidential recognition for her decades-long commitment to building stronger communities through volunteerism. This is the highest civil volunteerism award that's presented by the President of the United States. Congressman James E. Clyburn (D.-S.C.) and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg attended and Dr. Kim Cliett Long presented the award on behalf of the...

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Karine Jean-Pierre Selected as First Black White House Press Secretary

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Karine Jean-Pierre, whose long career in Democratic communications led her to the podium last year as the second Black woman to hold a White House daily briefing, will regularly host those news conferences. On Thursday, May 5, President Joe Biden announced that he has selected the Martinique native as his next White House press secretary. “Karine not only brings the...

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Biden Pardons First-Ever Black Secret Service Agent

Photo: Getty Images Black Information Network The first Black Secret Service agent, who served under John F. Kennedy, became one of the first pardons Joe Biden granted as president on Tuesday (April 26).  Abraham Bolden Sr., the first Black agent to work on a presidential detail, along with two others, were granted pardons amid Clemency and Second Chance Month. Bolden, now 86-years-old, was accused of selling a copy of a Secret Service file...

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Bessie Coleman, First Black Woman Pilot, To Appear On 2023 Quarter

The US Mint announced the next five women to be featured on the nation's quarters on Tuesday (April 5), among them is one Black and Native American woman who took flight and changed history forever. Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman pilot, will be featured on US quarters in 2023 as part of the American Women Quarters Program. Alongside Coleman are journalist–activist Jovita Idár, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, ballerina Maria Tallchief,...

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CROWN Act Passes In The House, Banning Race-Based Hair Discrimination

By Cherranda Smith, Black Information Network In a landmark vote Friday (March 18), lawmakers in the House passed the CROWN Act, which prohibits race-based hair discrimination in the workplace, school, and more. The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act passed in a 235-189 vote, with only 14 Republicans supporting the legislation. The bill failed last month after Democrats put the legislation on a fast-track vote typically used for pieces of legislation not...

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