Solomon Jones

In his early 30s, in 1993, Byron Allen syndicated the low-budget interview-format Entertainers with Byron Allen to television stations. Allen interviewing stars as they promoted their movies — that the comedian assembled a Hollywood empire of 43 syndicated television series, eight cable networks, Weather Channel, and a movie studio that distributed Chappaquiddick and shark thriller […]

It would take “something dramatic” in the coming days to persuade President Trump not to close the U.S.-Mexico border, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president’s threat “certainly isn’t a bluff.” The two senior staffers, appearing separately on Sunday morning talk shows, also […]

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging Facebook with housing discrimination, alleging its targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing” unlawful discrimination by restricting who can view housing ads. The charges caught Facebook off guard, coming one week after the social media giant agreed in a sweeping […]

The lawsuit, filed by local civil rights attorney David Rudovsky in partnership with Berger Montague, a national class-action law firm based in Philadelphia, seeks unspecified compensation and damages for boys who were abused as students at the Glen Mills Schools, the oldest existing U.S. reform school. The attorneys also are asking the court to compel […]

One day after all criminal charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett, many people are left with questions about the puzzling case — but will those be answered anytime soon? CBS Chicago received the redacted Chicago Police Department reports through a Freedom of Information Act Request, which offer some new insights into the criminal investigation. Detectives […]

A shock push by the Trump administration to invalidate the whole of Obamacare appeared to hand Democrats a major opening even as the President celebrated the end of the Mueller investigation. Donald Trump and his supporters spent Monday hailing the end of the Russia probe and lashing out at the media as part of a […]

Federal prosecutors in New York and California have charged celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. In the New York case, Avenatti was charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million in payments from Nike by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational […]

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted 420-0 in favor of making […]

The Mueller report was supposed to give us that gotcha moment—the moment when we would all finally see for ourselves just how corrupt Donald Trump really is. It almost happened, too. Mueller got indictments, convictions or guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies, including Trump’s lawyer, campaign manager and national security advisor. He even […]

Hip-hop luminary Dr. Dre took to Instagram on Sunday to celebrate his daughter’s acceptance to the University of Southern California and throw shade at other rich families caught up in a national admissions scandal. The rapper, whose real name is Andre Young, posted a picture with his daughter, Truly Young, and her acceptance letter to […]

A group of more than 100 protesters gathered in Rittenhouse Square late Saturday afternoon to speak out against the acquittal of a former East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II after a traffic stop last summer. The protest — joined by a diverse group, mostly people in their 20s and […]

Not only are developers kicking black people out of Philly’s gentrifying communities. They’re teaming up with big shots to open drug houses for mostly white addicts. Former Mayor Ed Rendell is getting a free lease from a major developer to open a city-sanctioned drug house at Kensington and Allegheny. Mayor Jim Kenney and DA Larry […]