Black celebrities we lost in 2019

Rising rap renegade Juice WRLD reminded us again about the fragility of life and the hazards of abusing powerful prescription medication. WRLD, who was born Jarad Anthony Higgins, passed away suddenly at a Chicago airport on Dec. 8, 2019, after reportedly ingesting a lethal amount of opioids. One of the most shocking and surprising deaths […]

Civil rights icon John Conyers has died at 90

Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers has passed away at age 90. The legendary congressman had a career in politics that lasted over 50 years, making him the longest Black person to serve in the U.S. Congress. A native of Detroit, Conyers worked to establish a national holiday for Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Conyers introduced […]

John Conyers to retire from Congress over misconduct

Today, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) made the announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2018 after a series of sexual misconduct allegations. Conyers is one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus and also the longest-serving member of Congress, having been elected in 1964. Allegations of improper behavior came out recently after […]

Black lawmakers wonder why Conyers has to go but not Franken over harassment

There seems to be a double standard existing within the halls of Congress, and Black legislators have taken umbrage at the conspicuous discrepancy. Two major members of Congress are currently embroiled in sexual harassment and/or assault scandals – Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, and Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan. But there seems to be much greater momentum […]

Rep. John Conyers’ accuser speaks up about alleged sexual harassment

The woman who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, and who Conyers allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars to keep quiet, came forward on Nov. 30, 2017, to say the powerful politician “violated my body” and wanted her to “satisfy him sexually.” Former staffer Marion Brown completed a decades-long term […]

Rep. John Conyers rushed to the hospital

Congressman John Conyers, D-Michigan, the longest running member in the House of Representatives, was admitted to the hospital with an unknown ailment. Conyers, 88, is at the center of sexual harassment claims. Conyers was in the Detroit area at the time he was taken to the hospital, CNN reports but details about his medical condition […]

12 former female employees defend Rep. John Conyers’ treatment of women

When John Conyers, 88, began serving in the U.S. Congress, Lyndon B. Johnson was the president, the Vietnam War was in full swing, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis were marching in Selma, Alabama, to pass the Voting Rights Act, the cost of gas was 31 cents and NASA had yet to put a […]

Rep. John Conyers resigns from powerful House committee amid sex scandal

The era of women (and men) speaking out against sexual harassment began as a trickle when several powerful Hollywood actresses exposed the monster Harvey Weinstein, a former movie producing mogul, earlier this year. And then the floodgates were eventually blasted open and began gushing in torrents over the American landscape after one powerful movie figure […]

Michigan state Sen. Ian Conyers on the importance of voting in local elections

Ian Conyers, who just so happens to be the great nephew of U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr., made history as the youngest elected state senator in Michigan. Elected at 27 years old, the Democrat represents the 4th District of Michigan. Currently, he serves 265K Detroit residents and is continuing to make history by introducing amendments to […]

Maxine Waters inspires Black women and millennials to stand tall

Photo credit: Porsha Monique for Steed Media Congresswoman Maxine Waters has established a stellar legacy. Known for her unwavering courage, she has championed countless domestic and international causes. Her tenure of almost 40 years in public service is not an accident. She has purposely broken barriers with her no-nonsense, no-holds-barred style, and despite disparaging remarks […]

Missing son of Congressman John Conyers found after disappearance

Federal law enforcement had become involved in the mysterious disappearance of Congressman John Conyers’ son. Authorities and friends stated that Carl Conyers, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Houston, had been missing for more than 24 hours. Before his disappearance, his roommate stated that Conyers was acting erratically and sent strange messages to friends and […]