Author: Alex Haynes

Alex Haynes is Editor-At-Large/NYC Editor at Urban Newsroom, Executive Editor at UNR's Black Alerts and the host of Boss Mornings and Unmuted Nation. Alex joined Urban Newsroom in 2010 and contributes regular op-ed and editorial pieces while advising the columnist and contributing staff.

NEW YORK — Brooklyn’s very own Lena Horne will become the first Black woman to have a Broadway theater named after her Tuesday.  BLK ALERTS first told you about this story in June. What We Know: The Brooks Atkinson Theatre will become the Lena Horne Theatre. Horne won a 1981 Tony Award for her one woman show. She was 92 years old when she died in 2010. About Lena Horne Horne was a pioneer who blazed trails across stage and screen for decades.  Over and over again, Lena Horne proved to be no stranger to the title “first.” In 1942, she was…

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(HOUSTON, TX) – An overnight shooting at a Houston bowling alley has left one person dead and two people injured, police said. Authorities confirmed during an early morning news conference that two members of the hip-hop trio Migos — Takeoff, 28, and Quavo, 31 — were at 810 Billiards & Bowling in downtown Houston when the shooting took place, according to NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston. However, police have not confirmed whether either were among the victims. Police said the deceased victim is a Black man in his 20s, KPRC reported. Police responded to the scene at around 2:40 a.m.…

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Brittney Griner has been  found guilty and has been convicted of drug charges in Russia, and sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison. Prosecutors originally sought 9 1/2 year sentence for the WNBA star. What We Know: A Moscow court Thursday sentenced Griner to 9 years in prison for drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 9 1/2 years after closing arguments in a lengthy trial. This trial is happening amidst an active war between Russia and Ukraine; contention between the United States and Russia has fueled speculation that Griner is being used as a political pawn. “I…

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The Brooks Atkinson Theater on West 47th Street will be the first on Broadway named after a Black woman to honor the late Tony Award-winner and civil rights activist. What We Know: The Nederlander Organization announced it will rename the century-old Brooks Atkinson theater after legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, who died in 2010.  The historic move marks the first time a Broadway theater will be named after a Black woman, as the industry continues to grapple with a relative lack of racial diversity. Last year, a group of Black theater leaders known as Black Theater United,…

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President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has named Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary. Jean-Pierre currently serves as principal deputy press secretary. Starting May 13, she will replace departing White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration,” Biden said in a statement. “Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.” What…

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We’re being coy, but it’s important that you stay aware.  While COVID-19 infections are continuing to rise across the country, the fatal impact has been severely diminished by deliberate mitigation efforts: vaccines, and various forms of treatment and therapy. Click here to find a COVID-19 testing location or vaccination location near you. Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to a statement from her press secretary. She “has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence,” according to the statement. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have not…

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Did you know Amazon had a FREE streaming service?  Not many did, so they changed the name. What We Know: Amazon said Wednesday it’s rebranding its free-to-stream, ad-supported service from IMDb TV to Amazon Freevee. The service was launched in 2019 as IMDb Freedive. Ad-based, on-demand offerings are on the rise in a market that’s filled with subscription services.  Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS) has a competing service that’s grown in popularity, Pluto. Amazon jumped into the ad-supported video streaming market three years ago with IMDb TV. Later this month, that product will have a new name. On April 27, IMDb TV will…

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Jonathan Walker, a senior at Rutherford High School in Florida has been accepted to 27 schools, including multiple Ivy League Institutions such as Harvard, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. What We Know: Walker’s 27 schools include Ivy League institutions like Yale, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.  His scholarship offers total more than $4 million. Walker plays football and enjoys creating things; he says in the future he wants to create a device for the blind or deaf. Walker said all of his success is directly attributable to his family. Congrats to Jonathan on this accomplishment!

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WASHINGTON — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to be elevated to the Supreme Court when the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday confirmed President Joe Biden’s pick. The final vote was 53 to 47, with all 50 Democratic caucus members supporting Jackson, joined by Republican Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Mitt Romney, of Utah. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote. Jackson and Biden watched the vote together in the White House. The vote means Jackson will take office at the end of the court’s current term — likely in June or July —…

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The chamber moved Thursday toward a final vote in the afternoon. The judge has the votes necessary for confirmation. WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled Senate was poised to make history on Thursday by confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The Senate voted 53 to 47 to limit debate, setting up a final vote in the afternoon. The total included all 50 Democratic caucus members, along with Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.

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