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State AGs to DeVos: Work with, Not Against, State Law Enforcement
July 26, 2018
Starting last summer, student loan servicers like Navient have been lobbying DeVos to shield them from liability for their practices. And it’s worked. Despite objections from a bi-partisan group of Attorneys General (AGs), the National Association of Governors, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, DeVos and the Department of Education have increasingly made it more difficult for state and federal law enforcement agencies to do their jobs by retracting information sharing agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and instructing servicers not share student loan information with state law enforcement and banking supervisors. ... read more »
Black Workers Need “Real” Not “Fake” Paid Family Leave
July 19, 2018
When Dorcas, a home health aide living in New York, learned of her mother's illness, she used most of her vacation time to fly home and care for her. After a few weeks her leave was exhausted and tragically she could no longer afford to be with her mother in the final days of her illness. In the end, Dorcas was forced to take unpaid leave, and return to Florida, arriving just hours before her mother passed away.  ... read more »
Prominent Civil Rights Leader John Mack Remembered
July 12, 2018
A prominent leader wherever he went, Mack was well known for his transformative work with the Los Angeles Urban League, which he revitalized and used to aid 100,000 people annually. He made a tremendous impact on the Los Angeles community and others around the nation. His legacy stretches from Washington, D.C. to Michigan, from Atlanta to North Carolina. Mack’s activism and dedication to improving the livelihood of others was mentioned throughout the service.  ... read more »
Our Children Are at Risk
July 5, 2018
A few years ago, his Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, studied school discipline data and came to a troubling conclusion: African American students in the 2011-12 school year had been suspended or expelled at a rate three times higher than White students. ... read more »
Dancer’s Solo on Black History Takes Him to U.S. Capitol
June 28, 2018
Akuchu, who started break-dancing when he was a teenager, says "hip-hop's history is embedded in its movement.'' You can't separate that history from the moves themselves. ... read more »
‘eSi Pitch’ Event Held on LA84 Campus
May 31, 2018
In an effort to bridge the opportunity gap in the tech sector, local company eSportsInstruction.com hosted an event to help urban innovators and resources connect. Utilizing Skype, CEO’s from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Canada convened on Saturday, May 20,on the LA84 campus in South L.A. ... read more »
School Choice Not the Right Choice for All Students
May 31, 2018
The Trump Administration has proposed to decrease funding to authorized investments for public schools while increasing funding opportunities for school choice programs and private school vouchers. Ninety percent of children in America attend public schools. Increased funding to school choice programs, while reducing funding to public schools is a strategy that leaves behind our most vulnerable students ... read more »
Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018
May 17, 2018
There is an old African proverb that says, “What you seek, you will surely find.”  We live in a world where the news cycle continues to decrease, because of innovations in communications technology.  Yes, we are living in the fast-paced digital age. The high-velocity delivery and transmission of news and information, however, may or may not produce authentic or accurate facts or simply the truth. ... read more »
Southland Athletes in the 2018 NFL Draft
April 26, 2018
Athletes born or bred in Southern California made brilliant strides in the NFL during the 2017-18 season. ... read more »
Dorsey HS Launches Local ‘March For Our Lives’ Chapter
April 26, 2018
Both Bradford and Bass will continue working together to help the students at Dorsey High School connect with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Parkland, Fl. To continue their efforts, the group has plans to work with the Los Angeles School Police Association to organize a student exchange journey with the high school founders of the March For Our Lives and the #NeverAgain movements.  ... read more »
New museum is a stunning achievement
October 5, 2016
It reminds us that slavery ended barely more than 150 years ago, the span of two long lives ... read more »
Is D.C. Still The Chocolate City?
April 21, 2016
“I feel like D.C. is no longer the Chocolate City, because of the amount of gentrification and the demographics are changing,” says Kobi Marshall, 22, who was born in Washington. ... read more »
Court fight seen by African-Americans as affront to Obama
March 2, 2016
Watching the fight unfold between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over who should choose the next Supreme Court justice, Michael A. Bowden got angry at what he saw at the latest affront to the first black president. ... read more »
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