WATCH: Former President Barack Obama makes first public remarks

"What's been going on while I've been gone?" Obama jokes at University of Chicago.

Earth Day 2017:

How can you do your bit for the environment?

‘NO DO-OVERS’ on 2020 Census

With everything from voting districts to federal aid relying on an accurate count, advocates fear federal budget cuts could mean an undercount that would hit minority communities especially hard.

Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

Facebook announces review for reporting harmful content.

Black women in D.C. bring to life the untold stories of overlooked Black women in Civil War history

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) established in 2005 in association with African American Civil War Museum.

Study: Racial discrimination still plays role in lack of black educators

White teachers hired at a disproportionately higher rate, study shows.

The worst states for fighting lung cancer (Where is yours on the list?)

Even with the ongoing print and TV advertisements pointing out the obvious affects of cigarettes, lung cancer still continues to be one of the highest cancer killers across the U.S.

Parental engagement key to success for Every Student Succeeds Act

According to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), President Barack Obama’s education law, states and local school districts are required to intervene in the lowest-performing schools, including those that serve low-income children and minorities.

NY becomes 1st state to OK free tuition at public colleges for eligible students

You get a degree! Everybody gets a degree! New York just cleared the way to become the first state in the United States to make tuition free for middle- and low-income students at two- and four-year public colleges.

5 things you need to know about U.S. strike on Syria

The attack marks a shift in Trump's and the United State's stance toward Syria which has been engaged in a devastating civil war for almost seven years now.

A conspiracy theorist’s guide to the US Attack on Syria

When your POTUS has given you no reason to believe anything he says or does . . . you get mad and cuss a lot, like Stephen A. Crockett of The Root.

New Jersey teen has big decision to make after being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools

Ifeoma White-Thorpe thought she’d be headed to Harvard — until seven other letters rolled in.


Barber says moral agenda, persistence can help bring social justice.

America's fattest cities (2017 edition)

Memphis ranks in the top 3 fattest cities.

Black Lives Matter activists shift focus to state capitols

According to organizers, people who wish to become more politically involved can have more influence at the state level.