Bill Clinton compares voter ID laws to Jim Crow: “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today,” the former president said in a speech to youth activists about GOP efforts to limit same-day voter registration and block some convicted felons from voting.
New terrorism technique: surgically implanting bombs: The FBI and Homeland Security Department are warning airlines that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade security. The organizations sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about “body packing,” describing it as a “criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.”
Black playwrights you should know: Ever heard of Lynn Nottage? How about Katori Hall, or Lydia R. Diamond? Now you have — they’re all on the Atlanta Post’s list of African-American playwrights who deserve your attention.
JPMorgan Chase takes major stake in Ebony, Jet: Johnson Publishing Co., publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, said JPMorgan Chase’s Special Investments Group will become an investor in the company, the first outside investor at the family-owned business. Linda Johnson Rice says that the investment “positions Johnson Publishing for continued growth” by “providing financial resources to take our iconic Ebony and Jet magazines to the next level.”
In other news: Mixed-Race Writers and Artists on the Rise.