Sam Smith, Brittany Smith and their daughter Erelah outside their Charlotte home. The Smiths moved to Charlotte looking for change and opportunity. They are part of an influx of African Americans to Mecklenburg County, where the African American population has ballooned by 64% since 2000.
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President Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday. His summer was marked by tweeting insults about black Americans who criticize him and praise for black celebrities who back him.
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Ifeolu Claytor, 23, (right) and Gabrielle Jackson, 28, (far left) check out a social media voting video on Esosa Osa's phone. All three are members of the Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats.
Workers pull pipes from an oil well in 2016 near Crescent, Okla. The oil industry wants to attract a new, more diverse generation of workers, but a history of racism and sexism makes that difficult.
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Phillip Thompson is a Gulf War veteran and a lawyer with his own practice. When he moved to his exclusive Leesburg, Va., enclave more than a decade ago, many of his mostly white neighbors assumed he had to be a professional athlete to afford his home.
One of Twitty's projects is his "Southern Discomfort Tour" — a journey through the "forgotten little Africa" of the Old South. He picks cotton, chops wood, works in rice fields and cooks for audiences in plantation kitchens while dressed in slave clothing to recreate what his ancestors had to endure.
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New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and endure stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.
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The perception of universal success among Asian-Americans is being wielded to downplay racism's role in the persistent struggles of other minority groups, especially black Americans.