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Cubans looking for freedom increasingly land in Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama – For Yordany Castillo Leyva, the decision to leave Cuba was a question of life and death. As a former forensic medical examiner, Castillo had seen his share of dead bodies. Two years into his job at a Havana hospital, he said he noticed something strange about some of the victims brought…
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Story of school policing rooted in fights for civil rights, education equality

Since the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, there has been a wave of advocacy that has successfully removed police officers from public schools. But Floyd’s murder did not start the movement. It added fuel to a fire that has burned for decades in communities of color.  The story of school policing is…
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What was lost in Brown v. Board of Education

In most schools, the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education is taught as a major victory for reaching equality in education. The 1954 decision desegregated schools and united Black and white students under one roof.  What they don’t mention is what the nation lost after Brown versus Board of Education, and how it…
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Ahead of ‘public charge’ change, advocates struggle to keep Hispanic families enrolled in benefits

By Anthony Wallace, Daja Henry and Luke Simmons/Special for Cronkite News PHOENIX – Cynthia Aragon stands in an elementary school library in south Phoenix, facing a group of parents not so different from her own – 11 Latinas, some in the country legally and some not. One mother is talking about her third grader, who…
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High-Profile Cases Sparking New Debate Over Old Legal Concept of Felony Murder

Longstanding rule comes under fresh attack as critics say it is often applied unfairly on the young and minorities An Ohio teenager whose boyfriend was killed in a robbery gone wrong. A Florida man who lent his car to a friend, who then used it to commit a felony. A pregnant Alabama woman whose fetus…
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Gallery honors fallen Phoenix artist

Local artist David Bessent’s first show packed more than 50 people in a downtown Phoenix gallery, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. But one person was missing. The artist himself. Bessent, 41, and his friend and co-worker Zachary Walter, 24, were shot and killed in a robbery in 2018 after finishing their shifts at Jobot Coffee…
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Howard University Speaks Out Against Dec. 4 Vote On ‘East End Act’

Originally posted on The Hilltop in my position as News Editor. Less than a month after celebrating its 150th anniversary, Howard University’s College of Medicine is in danger. A D.C. council vote on Dec. 4 may finalize approval of a bill that would jeopardize the future of Howard University Hospital as well as the medical,…
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Morris Brown: ‘We’re still here.’

View story on The Atlanta Voice. Published June 29, 2018. Collaborated on story and shot photos.

‘Stink Bombs’ On Main Campus Spark Conversation On Campus Facilities

Originally on Howard University’s student newspaper, The Hilltop  in my position as News Editor. By Chanté Russell, Managing Editor and Daja E. Henry, News Editor A disruption of classes on Howard University’s main campus sparked conversation about the current conditions of facilities. Many students noticed a peculiar rotten smell around campus on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 28. The stench, which…
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Howard University Football Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Originally posted on The Hilltop, in my position as News Editor. By Daja E. Henry As the Homecoming football game approached, alumni of the football team, former cheerleaders, coaches and friends of the Howard University Athletic department gathered on Thursday to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the football program with the opening of the “Legends…
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