Jet, the pioneering African-American weekly magazine that rose to prominence covering the civil rights movement, is expected to announce Wednesday morning that it will no longer publish a regular print edition, the latest in a growing list of periodicals avoiding print in favor of digital publications. Its owner, Johnson Publishing Company, will move Jet to a largely digital format starting in June, delivered through its website and a paid subscription app. Last year, to cut costs, Jet reduced the weekly publication schedule of the digest-size magazine to every three weeks. Now there will only be an annual “best of Jet” print issue. Read more.
Federal officials sent a letter Tuesday to colleges as well as elementary, middle and high schools advising them that despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, they can still use affirmative action programs as long as their state doesn’t ban such programs explicitly. “We are writing to confirm that the decision of the United States Supreme Court issued on April 22, 2014 in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, et al., leaves intact the Court’s prior holdings recognizing that institutions of higher education and elementary and secondary schools may use all legally permissible methods to achieve their diversity goals,” reads the letter from two officials from the U.S. Department of Education and an official from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Read more.
Kevin Durant has plenty of NBA scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy to go with them. The Oklahoma City Thunder star received the league’s top individual honor on Tuesday, earning 119 first-place votes. Miami’s LeBron James, who won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was third. Read more.
Michael Jordan’s name may be etched in history as the greatest basketball player of all time, but the sports legend had to overcome several challenges on his journey. In a new book entitled “Michael Jordan: The Life,” Jordan shared his struggle with racism growing up in a North Carolina community where the Ku Klux Klan was heavily active. During an interview with Sports Illustrated, author Ronald Lazenby said his research revealed how powerful the Klan was at the time. Read more.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nida plead guilty to charges of mail, wire and bank fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Nida’s crimes could send him to prison for up to 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million on top of restitution for an estimated $2.3 million he allegedly defrauded various individuals, financial institutions and government agencies. Judge Charles Pannell has set the sentencing hearing for July 8 at 2 p.m. Read more.
“Millions of Americans counted in the 2000 census changed their race or Hispanic-origin categories when they filled out their 2010 census forms, according to new research presented at the annual Population Association of America meeting last week,” D’Vera Cohn wrote Monday for the Pew Research Center. “Hispanics, Americans of mixed race, American Indians and Pacific Islanders were among those most likely to check different boxes from one census to the next.
“The researchers, who included university and government population scientists, analyzed census forms for 168 million Americans, and found that more than 10 million of them checked different race or Hispanic-origin boxes in the 2010 census than they had in the 2000 count. Smaller-scale studies have shown that people sometimes change the way they describe their race or Hispanic identity, but the new research is the first to use data from the census of all Americans to look at how these selections may vary on a wide scale. Read more.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D), a former Republican, said racism is a “big reason” why he left the GOP. Crist told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos the GOP is now seen as “anti-women, anti-minority, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment,” saying he left the Republican Party because leadership “went off a cliff.” When Ramos suggested “the moment” Crist decided to leave the Republican party was when he realized he’d lose to now-Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the 2010 Senate race, Crist denied the claim, blaming the GOP’s attitude toward working with President Barack Obama instead. Read more.