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Wendy’s Window: The Legacy of Family History
February 18, 2021
I have had a love for history for as long as I can remember. I often wonder why I did not make it my major in college. Family history is interesting to me, especially due to the complexity of my heritage. My mother’s family is from Germany and my father is from Texas. ... read more »
Words of the Week: American Tribalism – The Labyrinth
February 17, 2021
When King Minos imprisoned Daedalus and Icarus in the labyrinth, it was impossible to escape by foot, and the sea was guarded. Daedalus was the master craftsman, ... read more »
Black Clergy Leader, Rev. Dr. Sylvester Beaman, Delivers Historic Inaugural Benediction
January 28, 2021
“We need a president who is after the heart of God,” Rev. Dr. Sylvester Beaman, of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, told NBC News. “In these terrible times, if anybody can bring healing and reconciliation to a divided country, if we give him room to work, Joe Biden can be that person,” Rev. Beaman continued. ... read more »
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Is Removing Confederate Monuments, Changing Sports Teams Names Just A Distraction?
January 21, 2021
Protests and unrest in 2020 sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, shined an even brighter spotlight on police brutality against African Americans.  ... read more »
OneTen, a Coalition of Major Corporations, Vows to Hire 1 Million African Americans in High-Paying Jobs
December 25, 2020
"This is a moment in time for Americans to move past our divisions to come together and reach our full potential as a nation," Ken Frazier, the chairman and CEO of Merck and a OneTen founder stated. "Our country's workforce of the future will be an increasingly diverse one," Frazier proclaimed. ... read more »
The Future of Education is at stake in the 2020 Election
October 29, 2020
Karen Gross, a former college president who once served as a senior policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, told BlackPressUSA that the election's impact on education would be profound across the early childhood – adult education pipeline. ... read more »
My Plan to Lift Every Voice in Black America
October 22, 2020
President Trump wants to paper over the living wound of racism. He’s issued Executive Orders and established a new national commission designed to whitewash our history—and deny the daily reality of being Black in America. He actively appeals to white supremacists and fans the flames of hatred and division in our country, because he thinks it benefits him politically. He ignores the most basic job of every president: the duty to care for all of us, not just those who voted for him. ... read more »
Mayor Eric Garcetti launches Racial Equity & Newly Empowered Workplaces (RENEW) Task Force
October 5, 2020
Monday, October 5th, the City of Los Angeles received notification of the Racial Equity & Newly Empowered Workplaces (RENEW) Task Force launch; it looks to expand the reconstruction of diversity within the workforce and private sectors. ... read more »
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OP-ED: Black Americans and COVID-19 Clinical Trials
September 10, 2020
Black Americans have to be involved at all levels of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot afford to be silent, detached, denied, or prevented from being at the decision-making tables in terms of COVID-19 public health policies, research, clinical trials, remedies, and vaccine development. Our lives and future are at stake. ... read more »
Report: COVID-19 Now is The Third Leading Cause of Death Among Black People
September 3, 2020
“In 2020, more Black Americans will die of COVID-19 than will succumb to diabetes, strokes, accidents, or pneumonia. In fact, COVID-19 is currently the third leading cause of death for African Americans,” concluded Trevon Logan, professor of economics at the Ohio State University and Bradley L. Hardy of the American University in Northwest, Washington D.C. Logan and Hardy are co-authors of a new report from the Brookings Institution, “The Hamilton Project, Racial Economic Inequality Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.” ... read more »
Black Riders Matter
August 27, 2020
A court in California just issued a temporary “stay” on restricting rideshare operations in the state over the independent contractor issue. The court ruling should be made permanent while civil rights and business leaders work together to undo the unjust and unfair rideshare regulations that may negatively impact millions of people throughout America. ... read more »
Our Battle to Protect Democracy’s Greatest Tool: It’s on us to honor the legacy of Representative John Lewis
August 20, 2020
Even in the darkest of times, we can hear our friend and mentor John Lewis: "Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part." ... read more »
Black Automotive Media Group (BAMG) Hosts Discussions with Nation’s Automakers Over Lack of Inclusion
August 6, 2020
The BAMG feels that addressing these pillars is crucial to reversing decades of exclusion that Black automotive journalists have faced. As a result of the letter, all manufacturers responded, and a series of video calls were executed. The conversations were informative and sometimes uncomfortable, and souls on both sides of the discussions were bared. “We need to be an adequate part of the solution,” said one automaker. “We need a strategic corporate reset,” said another. ... read more »
Los Angeles has escalated to ‘Level Orange,’ COVID-19 reaching Severe Spikes in Younger Demographics
July 8, 2020
The necessities for flattening the curve was emphasized, there has been a temporarily closure of indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, card rooms, zoos, aquariums and museums.  L.A. County officials continue to stress wearing face coverings, hand washing, and social distancing. The numbers reflect hospitalization is on the rise, the pressure to prevent increased measurements of COVID-19 continues to grow. The city is now in level orange and if it shifts to red, there will be a mandated safer at home order put in place. ... read more »
Build A Movement
June 11, 2020
Racism is America’s original sin. Racism that built this nation using the free labor of enslaved Africans. Racism embedded in our original Constitution, claiming that my Black ancestors held only 3/5 of value compared to a white person. Racism that led to racial segregation and discriminatory laws in education, housing and employment. Racism that created a system of law enforcement designed to disproportionately incarcerate Black Americans. For over 400 years, America has used racism to build a wall around Black Americans. This wall has kept Black Americans excluded from opportunities to learn, to work and to vote.    ... read more »
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