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African Americans: Racial or ethnic group in the United States with African ancestry
African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The term African American generally denotes descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States, while some recent black immigrants or their children may also come to identify as African-American or may identify differently.

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Pope names first African-American as new cardinal [Video]

Pope names first African-American as new cardinal

Pope Francis named 13 new Roman Catholic cardinals on Sunday (October 25) including Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington D.C., who will become the first African-American to hold the rank. Ciara Lee..

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Final debate a chance for Trump to reset race [Video]

Final debate a chance for Trump to reset race

[NFA] Thursday night's face-off may be one of Republican President Donald Trump's last opportunities to sway voters ahead of an election in which polls show him trailing Democratic challenger Joe..

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Howard alumni eager to see Harris in first debate [Video]

Howard alumni eager to see Harris in first debate

[NFA] Fellow Howard University alumnae beam with pride as they discuss Senator Kamala Harris and her historic rise in American politics as she prepares for a high-stakes debate against Vice President..

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Howard alum eager to see Harris in first debate [Video]

Howard alum eager to see Harris in first debate

[NFA] Fellow Howard University alumnae beam with pride as they discuss Senator Kamala Harris and her historic rise in American politics as she prepares for a high-stakes debate against Vice President..

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Trump strategy data leak targets Joe Biden [Video]

Trump strategy data leak targets Joe Biden

Last night Channel 4 News revealed Donald Trump's strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting for Hillary Clinton. Tonight, how white voters are being targeted to be terrified of Joe..

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Louisville anti-racism protesters defy curfew [Video]

Louisville anti-racism protesters defy curfew

[NFA] Demonstrators decried a grand jury decision not to charge three officers for killing Breonna Taylor, marching through the streets of Louisville despite a curfew. This report produced by Zachary..

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Cries of 'Breonna Taylor!' from coast to coast [Video]

Cries of 'Breonna Taylor!' from coast to coast

[NFA] Activists chanted Taylor's name on the streets of Louisville, New York City, Pittsburgh and Oakland, after a grand jury declined to charge police officers for killing the African-American..

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Biden says Black turnout key to winning election [Video]

Biden says Black turnout key to winning election

[NFA] Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday said Black turnout was the linchpin to his hopes of winning the White House in November and said African Americans would only achieve..

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Black Americans Don't Invest As Much As Whites Do, And The Reasons Are Complex [Video]

Black Americans Don't Invest As Much As Whites Do, And The Reasons Are Complex

While the investing gap between black and white Americans is narrowing, it's still significant. What's more, there is no one single reason for discrepancy. In 2015, 67% of black households earning..

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The Black Republican Trump Called 'My African-American' Is Trump's No Longer [Video]

The Black Republican Trump Called 'My African-American' Is Trump's No Longer

In June, 2016, Gregory Cheadle attended a rally by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in Redding, California. Cheadle stood out as a Black Republican, and even more so since Trump referred to him..

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Regina King makes history at the Venice Film Festival [Video]

Regina King makes history at the Venice Film Festival

The Oscar-winning actress became the first African-American woman to direct a film selected for the festival.

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Halle Berry Calls Historic Oscar Win A Heartbreak [Video]

Halle Berry Calls Historic Oscar Win A Heartbreak

Halle Berry made history when she became the first African American to win the best actress Oscar. This was in 2002 for her role in "Monster's Ball", reports CNN. Since then, things haven't exactly..

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Sculptor honors black trailblazers to 'educate' [Video]

Sculptor honors black trailblazers to 'educate'

Empty pedestals, where statues of Confederate soldiers once stood, have stirred debate over who and what should replace them. Black sculptors and historians hope the aftermath will give communities..

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Sunday protests remain mostly calm after nightfall [Video]

Sunday protests remain mostly calm after nightfall

Protests continued Sunday night across the United States but the flare-ups in violence and police clashes were largely absent, though 15 protesters were arrested in Portland. Conway G. Gittens reports.

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Bodycam released of DC police shooting Black man [Video]

Bodycam released of DC police shooting Black man

Video shows the shooting of young Black man Deon Kay, which had sparked protests in the area.

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Local man honors hero with flag run [Video]

Local man honors hero with flag run

Local man honors hero with flag run

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Trump plans visit to Kenosha amid protests [Video]

Trump plans visit to Kenosha amid protests

[NFA] Democratic officials, including Wisconsin's lieutenant governor, accuse Donald Trump of fanning the flames of violence as the president plans to visit a city roiled by protests. This report..

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