• Late night drama: Senate Republicans failed to pass their paired down Affordable Care Act repeal in the early hours of this morning on a dramatic vote of 49 to 51. Three Republicans joined the Democrats to help defeat the bill. This is a stinging defeat to Donald Trump who made the repeal a cornerstone of his presidential campaign.
• The Trump administration appears to now be targeting those in the LGBTQ community.
Thursday’s ban on transgenders serving in the military was announced on the same day Trump’s Department of Justice filed a court brief arguing discrimination against sexual orientation is not covered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
• Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to be publicly flogged by Trump and there are new reports the president is looking into ways to install a new AG once Sessions leaves the job.
• Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay is celebrating the passage of the African American Civil Rights Network Act.
Under the act, the Secretary of Interior will identify and create a national network of historic sites, stories, research facilities and education programs connected to the modern African American civil rights movement.
• An Oklahoma sheriff and five others have been charged in connection with the death of an inmate who was restrained in a chair.
• #MelaninIllustrated: The women of Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated at Florida A&M University decided to celebrate ten years with the organization, and the results are amazing.
The 56 members of the sorority’s Spring 2007 line conducted a “Melanin Illustrated” photo shoot during a three-day trip to Costa Rica.
• When it comes to grooming a daughter’s hair, some Black fathers haven’t been shy about stepping up to the plate. That labor of love is the subject of a new animated short film called “Hair Love,” by writer and director Matthew Cherry.
• African Americans are gracing the covers of the August issues of your favorite magazines. Check out this lineup of magazines featuring some of our best and brightest stars
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast