After a weekend in which the Los Angeles Clippers' playoff games were played in the shadow of racially inflammatory remarks attributed to team owner Donald Sterling, the NBA is trying to determine whether Sterling did in fact make the comments — and if he did, what to do about it.
Illinois Public Media News
By The Associated Press
State Farm Insurance Co. is pulling its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers following racist comments that have been attributed to the team's owner.
By Jason Croft
Gwendolyn Brooks is probably best know for her poem “We Real Cool.” Brooks, a Pulitzer Prize Winner and a past Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois, died in 2000. Last fall, the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired her archives. Tonight, at 7:30 at the Lincoln Hall Theater there will be an event serving as an official welcoming of those papers.
By Scott Neuman
The Supreme Court ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturned a lower court decision.
By Bill Chappell
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer.
By Jeff Bossert
One of the recordings now part of the Library of Congress’ national registry is considered the first ‘hit’ song by an African-American. A Champaign-based record label is among those who have worked to preserve it.
By Mark Memmott
By Jeff Bossert
Just two weeks after winning a silver medal at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden is ready for another year of challenges.
By Rina Palta
A new study by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field. Its main finding: private prisons are packed with young people of color.
By Sean Powers
Champaign High School students recently released a video countering negative images of young African-American males in the media.