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Black Fact of the Day: Jan. 16, 2020- Brought to you by Black365
January 16, 2020
Samuel J. Battle, the first African American police officer in the NYPD was born in New Bern, NC, 1883. ... read more »
Senator Doug Jones Emphasizes the Importance of the 2020 Black Voter Turnout
January 16, 2020
Jones said voting rights had been under attack since the 2013 Shelby V. Holder decision, which eliminated a lot of voter protections. “It’s not the same as the old Jim Crow laws, but there’s still efforts out there to suppress votes and keep people from having that free access to the booths,” he stated. Jones noted that he’s working to restore “teeth” in the Voting Rights Act but doubts that the current GOP-led Senate and President Trump’s administration would approve. “I don’t see it happening, so it’s all the more important to get out and vote in the 2020 elections.” ... read more »
Black Fact of the Day: Jan. 10, 2020- Brought to you by Black365
January 10, 2020
Jazz drummer, pioneer of bebop, Max Roach, was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, 1924. ... read more »
House Passes Voting Rights Measure to Restore Portions of Law Gutted in 2015
December 12, 2019
The bill would require all states to get federal approval for election changes known to disproportionately affect voters of color. ... read more »
Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students
October 31, 2019
This month, my organization, the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools released its highly-anticipated report, “Identity and Charter School Leadership: Profiles of Leaders of Color Building an Effective Staff” which examined the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture, parent and community relationships, and effective staff. ... read more »
Political Activist and SiriusXM Host Joe Madison on How the Ordinary Person Can Make A Difference
October 31, 2019
Longtime political activist and host of SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show,” Joe Madison has mastered the art of dealing with Russian trolls. “We were targeted by the Russians during the 2016 campaign,” he explains in an interview with LA Sentinel. “We started getting calls from all these Black folks who would try to encourage my audience not to vote. They’d say, ‘if your candidate doesn’t win the primary don't vote. The political party that you are loyal to isn’t loyal to you, so don't vote. The constitution doesn't benefit you as a Black person so don't vote.’ It was a constant barrage.” ... read more »
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. Visits With a ‘Strong Bill Cosby’
October 4, 2019
Chavis noted that mainstream media’s coverage of the trial lacked facts, and the racially and politically-charged atmosphere inside and around the Pennsylvania courthouse may have deprived Cosby of a fair trial. ... read more »
California Charter Stories Bring Hard Data, First-Hand Experience to National School Choice Debate in D.C. at Black Caucus Conference
September 27, 2019
When the emancipation proclamation freed African-American slaves some 32 years later, slave-holding states like North Carolina did not automatically throw out the harsh anti-literacy legislation they had been using to oppress slaves. Those laws, the Jim Crow ones that followed, segregated schools, under-funded school districts – as well as other economic, political and social factors - all played a role in erecting barriers to a quality education for African Americans over the decades that followed. ... read more »
Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?
September 5, 2019
In embracing and expanding the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Revs. Barber and Theoharis have asked Presidential candidates to consider a debate that focuses exclusively on poverty. Many have agreed, but others have not gone on record. With more than one in five African American families living in poverty, and wages relatively stagnant, a national conversation about poverty is more than overdue. ... read more »
102 House Members Rebuke Delay of Payday Loan Rule Waters Led Effort Supported by Many CBC Members
September 5, 2019
Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal.    ... read more »
America’s Racial Wealth Gap Could Cost Economy $1.5 Trillion
August 29, 2019
America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. ... read more »
Time for CFPB to ‘Do the Right Thing’: Enact Payday Loan Rules
August 22, 2019
For most people, life feels better when there is something to look forward to. Whether looking forward to graduation, the arrival of a new baby, or retirement that affords a few years to just enjoy life – these kinds of things make going through challenging times somehow more manageable. ... read more »
Penny Hardaway, Jerry Stackhouse Bring NBA Edge to Tennessee
August 16, 2019
Former NBA stars Penny Hardaway and Jerry Stackhouse have taken on new challenges with both trying to revive a pair of struggling college basketball programs about 200 miles apart along Interstate 40 in Tennessee. ... read more »
NCAA’s Agent Certification Process Draws Concern, Criticism
August 9, 2019
 The measures — which notably now include requiring agents to have a bachelor’s degree — have drawn criticism from an attorney who has worked on numerous NCAA eligibility cases, at least one agent and NBA All-Star LeBron James via Twitter, among others. ... read more »
At Central Library Book Talk, Rochelle Riley, Paula Williams Madison, and T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh Discussed the Residue of Slavery in American Society
August 8, 2019
Author Rochelle Riley appeared at Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium on July 27 to host a discussion on her book, “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery,” a provocative collection of essays on the long-standing effects of America’s original sin. The former Detroit Free Press columnist was accompanied on stage by journalist Paula Madison and actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, who both contributed essays to the book. ... read more »
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