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  • Starbucks and Stereotypes

    Apr 30, 2018. Written by CBCF

    Written By: BerThaddaeus MP Bailey, MPA, Policy Analyst   When two African American males entered a Philadelphia Starbucks on Thursday, April 12, 2018, they were denied a basic human right; use of the establishment’s public restroom. According to the store’s manager, they were denied this right per company policy that restrooms are reserved for “paying…

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  • Filling the Gap: Why America Needs More Company Buy- In to Build its Apprenticeship Model

    Jan 26, 2017. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Erin Robinson In September, I attended an informational event about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. When I asked what was needed when it comes to STEM education, a panelist responded that the government must incentivize the business community to give students relevant and rigorous opportunities. Students need the…

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  • “When the Levee Breaks”: What Have We Learned about Securing our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure After Natural Disasters?

    Jan 24, 2017. Written by CBCF

    Written by Priscilla Barbour   Securing our nation’s critical infrastructure assets from natural disasters is often overlooked. Historically, the U.S. has been reactive when it comes to guarding against natural disasters. No one understands the potentially devastating impacts of this strategy better than the residents of the Gulf Coast. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927…

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  • Build a Wall in Cyberspace not on the Border

    Jan 10, 2017. Written by CBCF

    By Ronald Madlock Throughout the course of this general election, candidates from neither major party has adequately discussed national cyber security policy. It is time that candidates tell the American people what their plan of action to counter the increasing amount of cyber-attacks on entities, both public and private. The United States have been shown…

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  • Doing Away with Death by Implicit Bias in Healthcare

    Dec 13, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written By: Mia Keys   There are many similarities between the U.S. justice and healthcare systems. For instance, when deciding how to de-escalate a tense or time-sensitive situation, both the justice and healthcare systems use protocols that are profile-reliant. We can recognize such protocols at work in recent media narratives of police fatally shooting or otherwise…

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  • Africa is still rising

    Dec 7, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Abdul Deensie   In May 2000, the Economist labelled Africa the ‘Hopeless Continent.’  The magazine coined this phrase because the continent was marred by civil wars and bad governance in the 1990s.  By 2011, the Economist changed its slogan and started using the term ‘Africa Rising.’   The reason for the change was African countries…

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  • #GivingTuesday: A life changing experience

    Nov 28, 2016. Written by CBCF

    When I received my acceptance letter for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Incorporated’s (CBCF) Communications Internship Program, I knew I was about to embark on a life-changing journey. As a first-generation college student who started her educational career at a community college, I doubted my ability to thrive professionally despite doing well in school. For…

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  • #GivingTuesday: The Impact of CBCF & How I Plan to Give Back

    Nov 14, 2016. Written by CBCF

    The CBCF has given me so much and saying thank you is just not enough. This program has enhanced my networking skills to levels that I couldn’t imagine. You always hear people say that you need to step outside of your comfort zone and speak up. Typically, I was one of the people who heard…

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  • Precision Medicine: Will African Americans be Economically Left Behind?

    Oct 26, 2016. Written by CBCF

    The Precision Medicine Initiative, the Federal Government’s investment in Genomic Medicine, is a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease. It is the next trillion dollar industry President Obama jump started with a $10B Federal research investment ($2B already approved). Based on the awards of the first grants, the…

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  • 2040 – What will America look like?

    Aug 1, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written by Darold L. Hamlin The year 2040 (Projections of the U.S. Population, 2010-2040

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINIONS: Can Transportation be a Bridge to Wealth for African Americans?

    May 10, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written By Richard Ezike, Ph.D (@rcezike) Entrepreneurship and Transportation. The combination has created many a successful business in the last 10 years. Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp worked together to find the ridesharing app Uber in 2009, which currently operates in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide and has propelled Kalanick to a net worth…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINIONS: The Economic Summit II is coming: Why Money Matters in the Black Community

    Apr 18, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Jalen Alexander (@jalen2kool) The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will be hosting its second Economic Summit on May 6, 2016 in Berkeley, California. With the theme of, “Capital Wealth Creation in Business and Technology”, for many folks here at the Foundation money has become a hot topic of conversation. Now, while it’s…

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  • Making Housing More Affordable For DC’s Residents

    Apr 11, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written By: Dana Williams Today, housing in D.C. is not affordable for all of D.C.’s residents. Many minorities and working class adults find it hard to keep up with the ever increasing housing prices in the District. Many minority residents of newly redeveloped neighborhoods are being forced out of D.C. due to skyrocketing housing prices….

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: The inconvenient truth of D.C. and Sex Trafficking

    Apr 4, 2016. Written by CBCF

    Written by: Marc Banks (@DMarcBanks) The District of Columbia is essentially the capitol of the free world. People from around the world know Washington, D.C. as a city that is full of powerful influencers, organizations, and politicians. The decisions that are made on Capitol Hill, at the Supreme Court, or the White House affect millions…

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  • Change: How to Close the Wealth Gap

    Dec 14, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: Jay Jackson @mrjay_jackson Do you have any idea how unequal the wealth is in our society? The percentage of wealth owned by each fifth of the U.S. population is mind-blowing. With the top 20 percent of households owning more than 84 percent of the wealth and the bottom 40 percent a measly 0.3 percent….

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  • How Innovation Must Be Part of the Solution to Address Income Inequality and Racial Tension

    Dec 14, 2015. Written by CBCF

    Few Research & Development (R&D) grants go to Minority Serving Institutions in America. It’s time for that to change as part of a solution to America’s ongoing racial divide.   By Darold Hamlin,  50 years ago in Selma, Alabama African Americans took a stand for social justice that shifted the consciousness of a nation. Today,…

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  • Ending Veteran Homelessness

    Dec 14, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: Melanie Avery America has come a long way in advancing the fight to end homelessness in veterans. Our country has gone from having 200,000 veterans on the streets to having an estimated 41,000 remaining, many of which have at least been identified. In a country that boasts over two million veteran related service organizations,…

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  • CBCF Perspectives: Support CBCF Interns. They Need You.

    Nov 20, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: Clarissa Shah As a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation alumna, I am proud to support CBCF’s #GiveUsA5 campaign. The $5 dollar fundraising initiative will support the CBCF’s efforts to one-day place an intern or fellow in all 535 congressional member offices. When people learn that in 2007 I served as a CBCF congressional intern for a man…

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  • Land of the Free…Stuff?

    Oct 21, 2015. Written by CBCF

    By: CJ Bowers, @_CJBowers These days, we are surrounded by sound bites of the latest speeches coming from presidential candidates on their campaign trail. Within those sound bites lie harsh realities, met with a “promising” future for our country. Recently, GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush received criticism for a comment made as it relates to…

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  • Women, too sing America

    Oct 21, 2015. Written by CBCF

    Soaring women too can rise out of the ashes like the Phoenixes they are. On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation was honored to host the President of the United States and First Lady Michelle Obama at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner.   This year’s theme centered on civil…

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  • A Decade After the Storm: The Pain, the Progress, and the need for so much more

    Sep 29, 2015. Written by Marchaeus Bacon

      By: Marchaeus Bacon, @mbacon1906   I remember Hurricane Katrina just as if she happened yesterday as opposed to hitting Southeast Louisiana August of 2005.  Considering that I was born and raised in the New Orleans Metropolitan region I have been accustomed to hurricane seasons all of my life.  However, when my father said we…

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  • Magic Johnson’s Major Health Milestone

    Sep 29, 2015. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    By: Sharon Jenkins Congratulations Magic! The August issue of Identities Mic led with this, “Magic Johnson Just Hit a Milestone Many Thought Was Impossible 24 Years Ago.”  On August 14, Earvin‘Magic’ Johnson turned 56 years old.   Thank God, Magic is still with us!   With the click of a mouse, I was transported back to…

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  • Women, too sing America

    Sep 29, 2015. Written by Melanie Avery

    By: Melanie Avery @melaniegreentea  Soaring women too can rise out of the ashes like the Phoenixes they are. On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation was honored to host the President of the United States and First Lady Michelle Obama at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner.   This year’s…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION:

    Brown V. Board of Education: 61 years later & the Implications of all Deliberate Speed

    Aug 27, 2015. Written by CBCF

    May 17, 2015 marks the 61st anniversary of the groundbreaking decision rendered in Brown V. Board of Education. The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren overturned the decision in Plessy V. Ferguson (1896), which upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation of public facilities under the doctrine of “separate but equal.” Brown V. Board of Education will always be significant in that it was able to illustrate the meaning of the equal protection clause of 14th amendment and prove that separate was in fact inherently unequal.

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION:

    CBCF Remembers the 61st Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

    Aug 27, 2015. Written by CBCF

    May 17, 2015 marks the 61st anniversary of the groundbreaking decision rendered in Brown V. Board of Education. The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren overturned the decision in Plessy V. Ferguson (1896), which upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation of public facilities under the doctrine of “separate but equal.” Brown V. Board of Education will always be significant in that it was able to illustrate the meaning of the equal protection clause of 14th amendment and prove that separate was in fact inherently unequal.

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION:

    The Issue is Police Brutality, Not Rioting

    Aug 27, 2015. Written by CBCF

    May 17, 2015 marks the 61st anniversary of the groundbreaking decision rendered in Brown V. Board of Education. The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren overturned the decision in Plessy V. Ferguson (1896), which upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation of public facilities under the doctrine of “separate but equal.” Brown V. Board of Education will always be significant in that it was able to illustrate the meaning of the equal protection clause of 14th amendment and prove that separate was in fact inherently unequal.

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  • Fair Housing, Still an important stabilizer in our community today.

    Aug 10, 2015. Written by Marchaeus Bacon

    By: Marchaeus Bacon, @mbacon1906  I tend to be constantly immersed in the news, but I would have to admit that this is one news story that completely got by me. The fact that the Supreme Court was going to hear a case concerning Fair Housing yet again. Most people know it as the Fair Housing…

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  • The Movement Matters

    Jul 31, 2015. Written by Chris Bowers

    By: Chris Bowers, @_CJBowers We are 16 months away from another presidential election; however, the campaign season is nearly in full swing. With over 20 candidates vying to become the next leader of the free world, their words matter as much as our vote matters. Both African-Americans and young adults have been known to make…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Do Not Deny My Intersectionality

    Jul 31, 2015. Written by Lindsay Nicole Richardson

    Written by:  Lindsay Richardson, @Lindsay_Rich The recent twitter uproar that featured popular artists Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj brought forth the disparities in new age or modern feminism. Often we see modern feminism rally around the ideas of equal wage, paid maternity leave, more female leadership or free nipples. While all important in their own…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Black Health Matters

    Jul 22, 2015. Written by RaCia Poston

    Written by:  RaCia Denise Poston,  @raciap_   Here is a typical scene across Black America: it’s the first Sunday of the month and the family gathers for another Sunday dinner. The kitchen and surrounding rooms are weighed down with the mixture of aromas seeping from the pots and pans that are aligned on the stove top…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: True Heritage?

    Jul 21, 2015. Written by Camren Harris

    Written by:  Camren J. Harris IG: @Mr_CHarris As the recent tragedy involving the mass shooting of nine African Americans while attending Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina continues to plague the hearts of millions, the shooter has been in photographs proudly honoring the Confederate Battle Flag. This heartbreaking incident has made Americans examine this flag…

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  • HIV in My Community: Anacostia Gets Tested.

    Jul 16, 2015. Written by kshipley

    Written by:  Kristen Shipley, @perfectlyk The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says African Americans accounted for an estimated 44% of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents (aged 13 years or older) in 2010, despite representing only 12% of the US population. That’s a problem. For National HIV Testing Day (June 27), I volunteered at…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Dear Rachel, You cannot Redefine ‘Blackness’

    Jul 9, 2015. Written by BerThaddaeus

    Written by:  BerThaddaeus Maurice P. Bailey Recently the concept of Blackness was brought to the forefront of trending topics when Rachel Dolezal, a White woman of Czech and German descent and president of Spokane, Washington chapter of NAACP, falsely identified herself as a Black woman. Dolezal obtained her master’s degree at Howard University, a Historically…

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  • America’s Greatest Mental Illness

    Jul 9, 2015. Written by Gabriel

    Thursday, June 18, 2015 is a day Charleston and the nation will never forget. While hosting bible study, Reverend Clementa Pinckney and eight parishioners were gruesomely murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  As the facts of the case are still presenting themselves, one assertion that has been made is that the shooter, Mr. Dylan…

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  • On Charleston…a petition for a remedy of apathy

    Jul 7, 2015. Written by Melanie Avery

    To those who lost their lives we offer our hymns, prayers, and sincere condolences. To those who survived, we pray their comfort by the Savior in wrapping their heads around being left behind?  To those who live in counties and cities all across the nation: I have a literal question. How many more of these…

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  • The Disoriented Trilogy for the Black Male Manhood ~ Masculinity ~ Manliness

    Jul 2, 2015. Written by JayJackson

    Imagine the total number of younger and older black males who lack awareness that the trilogy of manhood, masculinity and manliness even exist. When I was blind, I also struggled with understanding my responsibilities as a male. There are many contributing factors; however, growing up as a fatherless child hinders the foundational establishment of self-awareness….

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse

    Jun 25, 2015. Written by Shuanise Washington

    Written by A. Shuanise Washington   As a South Carolina native, this week’s shooting at Emanuel AME Church affected me profoundly and personally. It reminded me of my upbringing in a state with a deeply entrenched history of slavery and segregation. The murder of nine, innocent black people at Emmanuel AME Church is a window…

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  • Dear Sister Rachel Dolezal

    Jun 23, 2015. Written by Sharnay Hearn

    After watching your interview recently on the Today Show; I wanted to reach out to you in sisterly love; not sisterly love because you identify as “black”, but sisterly love; woman to woman; as an African woman. There were many things that you stated which caused me to have follow up questions for you; such…

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  • Who Will Save our Boys? Public Policy or Personal Ownership?

    Jun 18, 2015. Written by Kerline Jules

    I recently had the amazing opportunity to attend my first Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit in Atlanta, GA, a three-day business event tailored to both established business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. I was overly excited to attend the high-powered sessions on business topics. However, though in the midst of an entrepreneur’s event, I was most excited to…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: CBCF Remembers the 61st Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

    May 14, 2015. Written by guest

                                                            Written by Tim Pulliam In May, the CBCF takes a moment to acknowledge the historic Brown v. Board ruling that ended the legal foundation for discrimination on May 17, 1954. For more than six decades, African Americans have made significant strides as a result of the court decision. Today, we are afforded…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: The Issue is Police Brutality, Not Rioting

    May 5, 2015. Written by guest

                                                            Written by Kelsea Wilkerson The African-American body is undervalued and unappreciated in America. Even more so, the life of the African-American man, as precious as it is, is in constant danger of being eradicated. As I organized my thoughts to write this piece, I had to ask myself: Why exactly are you…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Law Enforcement and Communities of Color: Why Loretta Lynch Needs to be Confirmed

    Apr 23, 2015. Written by guest

                                                            Written by Kenya Metters Every 28 hours a black man, woman, or child is killed by police or vigilante law enforcement. News accounts about this startling statistic have forced a national dialogue on the ongoing tension between law enforcement and communities of color. The emotional outburst that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri after…

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  • A Reflection on Ferguson’s Shame

    Apr 21, 2015. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    I’ve reviewed the detailed report by the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that was released on March 4, 2015. It’s not just the facts of the encounter between 18-year-old Michael Brown and 28-year-old Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson that are disturbing.  As the report states, DOJ investigators found that during their 90-second encounter, Officer Wilson acted within the law to…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Our Children do not Deserve to be the Fodder of the Criminal Justice System

    Apr 6, 2015. Written by guest

    Written by Rashod Woods When we talk about our children, we should be invigorated and hopeful knowing that they are in good care under institutions such as the Education and Criminal Justice systems than burdened with terror, fear, despair and hopelessness.  It must be made clear that the Cradle-To-Career pipeline cannot be created when our…

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  • “CBCF Perspectives” The Millennial Generation: Tolerant or Pessimistic

    Mar 24, 2015. Written by guest

    Written by Bethel Domfeh A few weeks ago, a video surfaced showing University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity members chanting racial slurs on a bus. This video has gone viral during a sensitive time in racial tensions resulting from national dissension over police brutality. The slurs roared by the SAE fraternity contradict the…

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  • Top Ten Black Inventors (You Didn’t Know About)

    Feb 27, 2015. Written by Lindsay Gary

      From ancient Kemet to the contemporary United States, people of the African Diaspora have been responsible for some of the world’s most innovative and useful creations. Although we are familiar with the inventions of Madam C.J. Walker and George Washington Carver, there are a myriad of inventions that are unbeknownst to many. The following…

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  • Conservatives’ War on Obamacare Continues Unabated

    Feb 26, 2015. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    It’s Black History Month and as you’re reading these words, more than  7 million Americans have purchased health insurance, in recent weeks, as the deadline to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was set to expire on Sunday, February 15. Several Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have tried to enact national, affordable health care…

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  • Ten To-Dos for Parents on the 100th Day of School

    Feb 9, 2015. Written by KendraPierson

      In classrooms all over the nation, elementary school students will soon be celebrating the 100th Day of School! By the 100th day of school, students are 100 days smarter, 100 days older and have learned (hopefully) more than 100 new things. As parents, here are 10 things you should have done  within the first 100…

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  • Pockets of Prestige

    Feb 5, 2015. Written by rachaelruffin

    At the closeout of January 2015, Forbes published an article listing the Top 10 Cities for African Americans.  Looking at America’s 52 largest metropolitan areas, rankings were based upon home ownership, entrepreneurship, median household income, and demographic trends. Although listing 10 different cities, the areas listed only covered seven states: Georgia, North Carolina, the District…

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  • Black Voices Weigh in on the President’s State of the Union Address

    Jan 29, 2015. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    Official White House Photo by Pete Souza “…But tonight, we turn the page. Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.  Our employment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before. …

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  • Improving Learning and Development Outcomes: The Importance of Family Involvement

    Jan 26, 2015. Written by jbrown

      Three decades of research has demonstrated that quality family involvement coupled with high expectations improves student learning, behavioral and developmental outcomes. Dr. Ronald Ferguson found that families of color are most successful at promoting school success when they encourage reading at home, review materials with their children in a way that inspires a love…

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  • Mixed With a Bowl of Emotions: The Ferguson Indictment Announcement

    Dec 22, 2014. Written by Kerline Jules

    Once I heard the grand jury came to a decision on whether or not they would indict Officer Wilson for the shooting death of Mike Brown, I had no desire to watch the announcement because I have seen this scenario play out before and had no expectation that it would be anything different this time…

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  • The Truth about Sympathy, Empathy & Race in America: A Black Man’s Perspective

    Dec 15, 2014. Written by juneaurobbins

    “I have no need for your sympathy, I welcome your empathy, yet require neither to grow into the highest version of human being the Creator would intend me to become.” –Dr Juneau Robbins I am an optimist by nature, the blessed second son of a father who was humbly raised in a small African Canadian…

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  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot … The St. Louis Rams

    Dec 11, 2014. Written by Harry Colbert

    Prior to Sunday’s (Nov. 30) St. Louis Rams game against the Oakland Raiders, I had a Facebook status in my head all ready to go basically saying that if the Rams move to L.A., which is widely speculated, that I would disown them the same way I did the Arizona Cardinals. My saying was going…

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  • A Michael Brown Decision and Ferguson Burns: A Faith Leader’s Reflection

    Dec 8, 2014. Written by Sharon Jenkins

      “It’s sad but it’s not new. My personal expectation was for the outcome to be what it turned out to be. As long as the people making policy don’t look like us, they have no incentive to create a system that represents all the citizens of Ferguson, especially those from Michael Brown’s community.”  — Rev….

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  • Honoring Leadership with the Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

    Dec 8, 2014. Written by Karima Mariama-Arthur

    On Monday, November 24th, President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom to eighteen recipients at the White House. Among the eighteen recipients were actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. Composer Stephen Sondheim, the nineteenth recipient, was unable to attend, but will receive his award at the 2015 event. Six of the eighteen…

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  • World AIDS Day: Statistics Show Increase in HIV/AIDS Infection Rates Among African Americans

    Dec 1, 2014. Written by KendraPierson

    During a recent moment of reflection, I realized there are certain shared memories for every generation. One milestone in the 90’s was definitely Magic Johnson’s announcement that he was diagnosed with HIV on November 7, 1991. In the 23 years since his announcement, we have made some progress in promoting awareness of the disease but…

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  • Sensing Change: How Proposed Changes to Race and Ethnicity Questions Will Impact the 2020 Census

    Nov 20, 2014. Written by Karima Mariama-Arthur

    Does the current version of the Census Bureau’s race and ethnicity questions accurately reflect our rapidly changing population? That’s what civil rights stakeholders want to know.  Each decade the Census Bureau reviews these questions to assess their impact on civil rights policies. This begs the obvious question: Why the need? A new report entitled “Race…

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  • 2014 Midterm Elections: You May Have Lost the Battle, But it Does Not Mean You Lost the War

    Nov 13, 2014. Written by Kerline Jules

    Like so many others around the country on the evening of November 4, 2014, I was glued to my TV screen flipping in between the different major news networks for the results of the 2014 midterm elections. As the news networks continued making their projections on the different major races, the more anxious I became,…

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  • Online Voting: The Wave of the Future?

    Nov 10, 2014. Written by jhockett

    It was a crisp fall day in 2008, when students all over the University of Memphis campus boarded buses heading to local voting facilities to cast their votes in a landmark, meritorious presidential election.  Just 50 years earlier in 1968, students known as the Memphis State Eight, rallied and protested for voting rights on the…

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  • Making Election Day a Family Affair

    Oct 30, 2014. Written by KendraPierson

    I am very proud to say that Election Day is a huge event for my family. Ever since my boys were born, I have taken them to vote with me in each primary, runoff, midterm and general election. Both have the distinct honor of touching the screen to vote for President Obama before they were…

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  • Payton, a Rightful Life Borne of a Wrongful Act

    Oct 30, 2014. Written by michelletalbert

    A Wrongful Life? During my first year of law school, my Torts professor and I had a tense exchange over the concept of ‘wrongful life.’ I was a 30-year-old recent college grad and divorced mom with two elementary school-aged children and a bundle of frazzled law student nerves. We were discussing cases about lawsuits brought…

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  • The Village Lost a Child

    Oct 20, 2014. Written by rachaelruffin

    Silence. The beeps are no longer heard, the monitors are no longer on, and the peaks and valleys that represent life now display a flat line.  The smallest medical equipment is removed, the lamps turned off, and a mother and father attempt to absorb the unthinkable.  Into the world early and gone far too soon,…

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  • If We Don’t Celebrate Our Brothers…Who Will?

    Oct 16, 2014. Written by Kerline Jules

    Village Blogger Kerline Jules Honors South Florida’s Emerging African-American Male Business & Community Leaders While Bringing Awareness to Local Boys and Men of Color Initiatives Roughly two years ago, after recent gun violence incident in South Florida, a local community group hosted a much needed “Stop the Gun Violence” town hall. Victims of gun violence,…

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  • Two Faith Leaders on Youth Violence and Solutions – Part 2 of 2

    Oct 16, 2014. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    “America’s schools were not designed to do what we’re asking them to do…there has to be a collaborative effort between church, schools and community. Kids need something different…Our kairos moment is now.” — Rev. Dr. Velma Union  Thoughtful words from a scholar and faith leader who has spent much of her life in Los Angeles as a…

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  • Two Faith Leaders on Youth Violence and Solutions – Part 1 of 2

    Oct 16, 2014. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” African proverb Since the death of Michael Brown, our nation has heard from diverse parts of Brown’s Ferguson, Missouri community, as well as thoughtful political and legal analysis from noted experts. I’ve reported on this incident in three previous ‘village’ reports. But what about the children? What about the…

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  • 44th Annual Legislative Conference – HIV/AIDS Braintrust

    Oct 7, 2014. Written by rachaelruffin

    HIV is having a greater impact on the African-American community than on any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rate of HIV infection in African Americans is eight times that of whites. Although African Americans represent only 12 percent of the…

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  • 44th Annual Legislative Conference – Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts

    Oct 7, 2014. Written by Karima Mariama-Arthur

    “Through the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, the CBCF and the CBC Spouses pay homage to those whose creative bodies of work convey the rich and diverse African-American experience. CBCF is proud to support the next generation of great artists with scholarships to pursue their education and hone their crafts, ” said A….

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  • 44th Annual Legislative Conference Highlights – Sept. 27

    Sep 29, 2014. Written by michelletalbert

    In a room filled beyond capacity, attendees cried, laughed and said from the heart, “I love you.” At the My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall panelists shared stories of trial and triumph, hope, and, most importantly, the blueprint for a plan of action. As Reverend Al Sharpton says, “President Obama started the [My Brother’s Keeper] program…

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  • 44th Annual Legislative Conference Highlights – Sept. 26

    Sep 26, 2014. Written by Lindsay Gary

    In a sort of rites of passage, members of the Congressional Black Caucus set the tone for the remainder of today’s Emerging Leaders Series sessions during the National Town Hall by urging us to take an active stand against the injustices we face today. Young people were applauded for attending and for taking the early…

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  • 44th Annual Legislative Conference Highlights – Sept. 25

    Sep 25, 2014. Written by michelletalbert

    Speaking to a standing room only crowd during the 2014 Emerging Leaders Town Hall, Songstress and Activist Ledisi stated emphatically, “We have to tap into our collective power.” This sentiment perfectly summarizes the energy emanating and overflow of a call to action from every session I have participated in thus far as I walked the…

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  • What Would I Say if I Were Janay (Rice)?

    Sep 22, 2014. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    For the last several weeks like much of the world, I have witnessed what has happened and is happening in, with and to the NFL. While many think and believe that the image of the league is or should be the primary concern, it is not. Nor can it be. What brought it to the…

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  • A Tale of Two Elevators: Mind Your Business…Maaaan

    Sep 18, 2014. Written by michelletalbert

    Two elevators, two incidents, two marriages, one heap of public scrutiny. Do we as the public only support marriages if they purport to match our idea of what a “healthy” marriage looks like—publicly? After the Met Gala earlier this year, footage was leaked showing an out of control Solange physically attacking Jay-Z, her sister’s husband….

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  • Talking With Your Children About Ferguson and Mike Brown

    Sep 15, 2014. Written by KendraPierson

    While the world has watched the events in Ferguson unfold, one of the questions many parents are struggling with is, “How do I talk with my children about what happened in Ferguson?” During a conversation with Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, a professor of race relations and president of Black Men at Penn School of Social…

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  • Is Ferguson, Missouri Today’s Selma?

    Sep 4, 2014. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    Since the death of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 19, another African American man, Kajieme Powell, was killed by Ferguson police only days later. This time the alleged crime was stealing juice and pastries from a convenience store. Powell, described by police officers and witnesses as brandishing a knife and behaving erratically, was shot by police and…

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  • Considering Black Women at the Intersection of Race, Gender and State Violence

    Aug 25, 2014. Written by Christine Slaughter

    The unfortunate death of Mike Brown has resurfaced a growing frustration with the mistreatment of people of color, especially African Americans, by law enforcement. Mike Brown’s lifeless body lying on the street in Ferguson, Missouri seems as the crucible moment in the contemporary, yet enduring, appeal for dignity of African Americans. The fatal result of…

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  • Speaking Truth to Power in a Time of Tragedy

    Aug 25, 2014. Written by Sharon Jenkins

    As a junior in college, I changed my major from business to journalism because of my love of writing.  That love of writing became a professional passion because of the transcendent words of a powerful black woman who many scholars credit with creating the field of investigative journalism. Ida B. Wells-Barnett was described as a…

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  • Michael Brown: Addressing the Root of Historical Parallels and Patterns

    Aug 21, 2014. Written by Lindsay Gary

    Johnny Robinson, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, and now Michael Brown.  Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the monumental legislation intended to outlaw discrimination and segregation based on race, America has yet to live up to its promises. Fifty years later, race can and will be used against a black…

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  • Gun Violence: Millennials Deserve Peace

    Aug 18, 2014. Written by Sharon Jenkins

     “I don’t feel like, as a resident in an apartment complex, you should be paying basically for your grave site,” he said. “You shouldn’t be paying to be killed or murdered in your own house.” Brave words from 19-year-old Ravon Jordan who, last July, found the courage, to address the Fayetteville, North Carolina City Council…

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  • How Many More Michael Browns Have to Die?

    Aug 14, 2014. Written by Harry Colbert

    “The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as…

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  • Why we Must Reform the NCAA

    Aug 11, 2014. Written by Anthony Hales

    On college campuses across America this month, familiar sights and sounds have started up again as the college football world is now into thrust of fall camp.  It is a time where hungry freshmen and sophomores seek to dethrone their upperclassmen teammates on the depth charts and battle-tested seniors look to cement their legacy. Over…

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  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 – Reflections of a Generation Xer

    Aug 7, 2014. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    I was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1973. My parents were immigrants from Guyana, a small Caribbean country on the northern coast of South America and they always believed in the American reality: that working hard, being a good person and staying conscientious were virtues with guaranteed dividends. They believed in the morality of American…

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  • Bridging the Intercontinental Leadership Divide: African Energy Association to Host Inaugural Dinner

    Aug 4, 2014. Written by Karima Mariama-Arthur

    “Africa is the untold story, and could be the big story, of the next decade” says Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola. And, he couldn’t be more correct. On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 The African Energy Association will take its place on the world stage by hosting its inaugural African-US leadership awards dinner at the Willard…

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  • Connecting Youth With Opportunities to Influence Social Change

    Jul 10, 2014. Written by awilson

    I recently took a road trip through several of the states that were fraught with injustice during the Civil Rights Movement. One of our pit stops was Birmingham, Alabama where we visited Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the site of one of the most horrific bombings of that time period and the adjacent Ingram Park, a…

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  • Fifty Years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Progress, Problems and the Way Forward

    Jul 3, 2014. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    In July 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson would enact Public Law 88-352, an act cited by Congress as the “Civil Rights Act of 1964.” This act would outlaw discrimination in hiring and discharging, and more generally, in many forms and outlets based on race, color, religion sex or national origin.  The desegregation of public education…

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  • Lessons from Freedom Summer: Creating Pathways to Early Learning Success

    Jun 30, 2014. Written by jbrown

    The Supreme Court rendered its historic decision to end de-jure segregation in public schools 60 years ago. Yet, de-facto segregation persists. According to a study conducted by the Brookings Institute, high-performing schools are located in communities with homes costing 2.4 times more than homes in communities with low-performing schools. With strong correlations between low performing…

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  • Lessons From The 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project

    Jun 26, 2014. Written by Cmotley

    Fifty years ago, a coalition of organizations initiated the Mississippi Freedom Project, more popularly known as Freedom Summer. In the summer of 1964, hundreds of organizers descended on the South from cities in the North and bubbled up from local communities to engage in what would become a massive, multi-year effort to expand the vote…

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  • What Makes a High-Quality Early Learning Program?

    Jun 23, 2014. Written by jbrown

    Much of a child’s brain development occurs during the earliest years of life, setting the stage for future cognitive, social, and emotional development. Research shows that supportive, high quality, early learning programs prepare children for success. Yet,  only 60 percent of public schools offer early learning programs and program quality varies widely. African American children…

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  • Juneteenth

    Jun 19, 2014. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    Slavery has always been a contradiction in the American cultural matrix. As the United States affirmed its independence and sovereignty, the humanists that were involved in constructing the Declaration of Independence asserted our collective human-centered prerogatives. As such, the Declaration of Independence reads in part that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all…

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  • Reclaiming Father’s Day

    Jun 16, 2014. Written by tharris

    While Father’s Day for many is a highly anticipated holiday when fathers everywhere are recognized by their kids for providing unconditional love and support, this day has evoked many painful memories for me. I have encountered a lifetime of distressing experiences with a man I view as everything but a father, instead I remember him…

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  • Reflections of the “I, Too, Am” Campaign

    Jun 9, 2014. Written by jbrown

    As a doctoral student at Berkeley committed to addressing issues affecting minorities on our campus and in the broader community, I recently participated in the “I, Too, Am Berkeley” campaign. The campaign was a fragment of a nationwide “I, Too, Am” campaign, which has been widely discussed for its unique approach to acknowledging, challenging, and…

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  • Larger Than Life: Golden Words of Dr. Maya Angelou

    Jun 6, 2014. Written by jhockett

    A very special conversation took place eight years ago between Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle after his unexpected departure from his show on Comedy Central. I would’ve never expected this union, but the message still resonates today that Maya Angelou was a woman of words who could and would appease the soul of anyone in…

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  • Poetry and Politics: Remembering Maya Angelou

    Jun 2, 2014. Written by Cmotley

    In so many ways, African-American art and culture has influenced politics in this country. Think back to early spirituals that printed the lives of Africans under the torment of chattel slavery. Remember the sounds of the Harlem Renaissance as those like Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday began to free themselves from the fears of a…

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  • A Letter to Nigeria: An Apology, Lamentation, Reassurance

    May 29, 2014. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    My Dear Nigerian Sisters: Let me begin with my deepest apologies for not having written to you sooner. Until this moment, I did not know what to do, what to say, nor how to say it. Yet on this day, May 29, 2014 almost 8 weeks after your abduction, I have done away with my…

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  • Social Media: The New Revolutionary Forefront

    May 19, 2014. Written by tharris

    My friends and I have long joked about how social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become our go-to “news sources.” It was through social media that we learned about and grieved the loss of black music icons—Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Heavy D. It was my through my timeline on Facebook, that I…

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  • 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education: The Resegregation of Public Education

    May 15, 2014. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    On May 17, 1954, the US Supreme Court offered a decision on the case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. What you may not know, however, is that the case known as Brown v. Board of Education actually encompassed five cases that were to be argued before the US Supreme Court concerning the…

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  • Brown 60 Years Later: Segregation Academies in the Deep South

    May 15, 2014. Written by rmoorer

    In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas that segregated schools were unconstitutional. This ruling overturned the long held standard of “separate but equal” that was established by the Court in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). In theory, the Brown ruling also eliminated segregated educational facilities. Sixty…

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  • In Lieu of Gifts: What Many Mothers Really Need This Mother’s Day

    May 8, 2014. Written by rmoorer

    As Mother’s Day approaches, I cannot help but think of two women, Mildred and Claudine. Mildred, of course, is my mother. Claudine is Diahann Carroll’s character from the 1974 movie “Claudine”, and she is the fictional depiction of my mother and so many other mothers in the U.S. today. Claudine is a single mother of…

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  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank You For Lighting The Way

    May 8, 2014. Written by Cmotley

    In a time when talk of education often elicits dispassionate commentary about state and federal government agencies, or contrarily,  full-throated displays seen on big city streets – what is often lost in much of the media stir in political discourse, is the fact that teachers and local education professionals still serve as the back bone…

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  • Broken Foster Care Systems Are Leaving Our Youth Lost In Transition

    May 5, 2014. Written by Harry Colbert

    Just recently, I attended a Kentucky Derby themed party full of all the pomp and pageantry one might expect from such a highbrow affair. There were the purposely-audacious hats, the colorful suits, delightful finger foods (the chilled shrimp was to die for), casino games and mint juleps a plenty. There was a mini fashion show,…

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  • Should More Affluent Careers Be Spotlighted on Television?

    Apr 28, 2014. Written by jhockett

     There are a plethora of young people in the world today that have an undying passion to do something great.  However, too often, the shows we watch on television portray careers that primarily focus on one reward – obtaining work is money, and money by any means necessary.  For example, becoming a “Reality TV Star”…

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  • Can you Count to 57 million? The Importance of Global Education to a Global Future

    Apr 24, 2014. Written by awilson

    Around the world 57 million children of primary school age are being left out of the world’s classrooms and at least 250 million primary-aged children, are let in only to leave in a few years, not able to read a single sentence. Recently, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, convened a massive group…

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  • Live or Die: We Decide

    Apr 18, 2014. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    Do you want to live? Or, do you want to die? This is how I open all of my community talks about health and eating well. The response to this question varies and usually garners gasps, hard stares, rolled eyes and even neck rolls. Many people answer this question immediately with an automatic, and instinctive,…

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  • It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

    Apr 11, 2014. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    Recently, I attended an open school night event at a public school in Brooklyn, NY as a favor to a friend who is a single mother. I can remember back when open school night was the moment of dread; my parents would meet with our teachers to discuss me – and oh boy, would they…

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  • African American Children and Obesity: 4 Steps to Break the Obesity Cycle

    Mar 27, 2014. Written by pstclair

    This weekend, it was a warm 60 degrees outside, so I laced up my sneakers and took to the neighborhood trail for a workout. I jogged pass the playground and was surprised by the additional weight most children carried. Let’s Move, a national initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama, to address childhood obesity reports…

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  • Paul Ryan and the Language of the Disaffected

    Mar 19, 2014. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    So, for some reason, Representative Paul Ryan has spurred a lively national debate about race, racism and poverty. Some people have labeled his comments as racist; some people have labeled him as an unfortunate truth-teller. Last week, Paul Ryan was a guest on Bill Bennett’s radio show “Morning in America” where he discussed, among other…

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  • The Lessons of Lupita: Word, Sound & Power

    Mar 10, 2014. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    For the last few months the world has been enamored by and enchanted with the now Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. From her skin color to her acting abilities; from her fashion trends to her inspiring speeches; the interviews she has given, her Ivy League education at Yale University and even the tears that she…

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  • A Walk Down Memory Lane

    Mar 4, 2014. Written by mross

    “We are going back to that beautiful history and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements,” said Carter G. Woodson, creator of Negro Achievement Week. On Saturday, Feb. 22, in celebration of Black History Month, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) collaborated with Instagram to co-host an InstaMeet. The Spring 2014 CBCF intern…

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  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Hosts First-Ever Black History Month #CBCFInstaMeet

    Feb 21, 2014. Written by mross

    Hashtag: #CBCFInstaMeet As the weather slowly gets warmer, we are eager to take advantage of this Saturday’s 64-degree forecast to capture the rich history of African-American sites during a tour along the U Street Corridor. In celebration of Black History Month, our first-ever InstaMeet tour will feature three significant, African-American historical sites: Ben’s Chili Bowl,…

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  • Back to Christmas Basics

    Dec 16, 2013. Written by Anthony Hales

    When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. When I was a child, I loved Christmas, I yearned for Christmas, I adored Christmas: but when I became a man, I realized that…

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  • What do today’s youth know about Nelson Mandela?

    Dec 9, 2013. Written by Cheryl Curtis

    Even though I was a young child, I remember it as if it was yesterday. The family was gathered in the living room about to take part in what was considered a daily ritual—gathering around the television to watch the evening news. We watched news during a time when the anchors and reporters provided only…

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  • Can Higher Education Help Solve our Problem with Gun Violence?

    Dec 5, 2013. Written by Terrol Graham

    A few weeks ago I read an essay, “Why I hate being a black man”. There isn’t much in it that I could relate to but there was one thing that forced me to reflect. The author gave examples of his presence as 6 ft tall black man arousing fear in people: “…I finally became…

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  • Can We Finally Kill the N-word?

    Nov 25, 2013. Written by Harry Colbert

    Want proof that the zombiepocalypse is real, then how about this not-so-divine resurrection? On June 9, 2007, a grand funeral was held, but the entity in the casket (I’m sad to say) is alive and well. Buried on that day was the “N-word.” The NAACP held the mock services during its annual convention, but nearly…

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  • Is the Man in Blue Still a Friend to You?

    Nov 21, 2013. Written by Cheryl Curtis

    Recently, a colleague of mine shared an article on the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. D.A.R.E was developed in 1983 in Los Angeles as a means to foster positive relationships between area elementary school students and local law enforcement—specifically, the police. Once a week, local law enforcement agents would spend an hour with students…

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  • Profile of the Racially Profiled

    Nov 19, 2013. Written by Terrol Graham

    In the past couple of weeks there has been much news about racial profiling resulting in the unjust accosting and humiliation of movie star Rob Brown seeking to buy a Movado watch for his mother at Macy’s New York, and a black teen being detained under the assumption that he could not afford a high…

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  • I Used to Love H.E.R.

    Nov 14, 2013. Written by Anthony Hales

    I love hip hop. At the same time, I hate hip hop. The truth is, that I really just hate how much I love hip hop. As much as she may irk me at times, I cannot divorce her, she is just as much a part of me as the O+ blood that pumps through…

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  • The Moral Economics of Food Stamps

    Nov 4, 2013. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    On Nov. 1, the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for more than 47 million Americans who receive them. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides assistance to 1 in 7 Americans. According to statistics, more than 85 percent of food stamp recipients live in households with children, the elderly, or people with disabilities…

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  • Generation of Lost Ones: It Takes A Village

    Oct 31, 2013. Written by Ruthe McDonald

    I cannot, nor will I ever forget the lessons that I learned as a child. There are times now—even at the age of 42 (can’t believe I just wrote that!)—when I still hear my grandmother’s, my great grandmother’s, and my mother’s voices instructing me on the right path; especially when I have a major decision…

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  • Poverty: The Silent Community Killer

    Oct 28, 2013. Written by Kerline Jules

    Following a wave of violent crime in South Florida, State Rep. Shevrin Jones and Florida Senator Oscar Braynon II hosted a Choose Peace/Stop Violence community town hall meeting. It was at this meeting that I listened to a mother’s tragic story of the loss of her son to gun violence. This mother was all too…

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  • I’m 43 Years Old and I Still Suffer from “Father Issues”

    Oct 24, 2013. Written by Harry Colbert

    “She has daddy issues” is how we tend to describe women who are either sexually loose or emotionally dysfunctional when it comes to intimacy and relationships. My issues are not of that sort. However, I’ve never married, so maybe there is a bit of dysfunction there. We’ll get back to that, but that’s not really…

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  • It’s Hoodie Weather. Be careful.

    Oct 22, 2013. Written by Cheryl Curtis

    I must admit. I have not lost the momentum that I gained from my attendance at last month’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The sessions, the information, the people—all inspired me to go back to my community and be that catalyst for needed change. Where I live, we have been fortunate enough to enjoy what…

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  • The Republic Holds: Why Hostage Negotiations Don’t Work in America

    Oct 17, 2013. Written by Anthony Hales

    Over the past two months, we have watched a drama play out in the nation’s Capital that left our government shuttered and close to defaulting on its debt obligations. However, even at the most gridlocked moments of this crisis, the press all but predicted how this situation would end. The House Republicans would eventually relent…

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  • The Error with the “Stop & Frisk” Era

    Oct 15, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    In New York City between 2004 and 2012, 4 million New Yorkers were stopped by the NYPD; 84 percent of those stopped were of black and Latino origin. This is commonly known as “stop & frisk,” or “stop, ask & frisk.” As far as the “John Q” public is concerned and can remember, this practice…

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  • America’s Default: The Culture of No Consequences

    Oct 10, 2013. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    The definition of culture, like America, has a storied and contested history. Not only do cultures change over time, (due to the influence of social, cultural, political, economic and intellectual shifts) but the very notion of culture itself is constantly changing as a consequence of, among other factors, over determined human interactions. Whether culture is…

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  • The Role of the Black Church in Creating Change

    Oct 8, 2013. Written by Nicole Tinson

    Historically the black church has been a place for creating individual, systemic, and political change within the black community. From its emergence in the late 18th century to its present day relevance, the black church has and will always serve as a safe haven for African Americans, a place to worship God together, and a…

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  • 50 Shades of Politics: Vote your Conscious or Your Color?

    Oct 3, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    For the last 12 years, New York City or “Gotham City” as I love to call it, has been colored by streaks of yellow, red and white. That would be cowardice yellow, an unrighteous red, cloaked in a very pale white. I refer to NYC this way for its similarities with the fictional city of…

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  • Why We Have to Let Our Babies Teach—A Lesson I Learned From Mr. Johns

    Sep 26, 2013. Written by Cheryl Curtis

    In reference to my recent attendance of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), I have returned to my community ready and eager to do the work I am purposely charged to do. The conference’s sessions fed my passion and evoked a sense of power within me. As a result of…

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  • Crime and Punishment in America

    Sep 24, 2013. Written by Terrol Graham

    This past Thursday through Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend my first Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in its 43rd iteration. This was truly an informative, formative and transformational experience. I learned so much and got to meet others committed to positively impacting American society. Some of the sessions and hearings I…

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  • Holy Healthcare Reform America!: Obamacare Coming to a Community Near You

    Sep 12, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    Last weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 I had the extreme pleasure of attending the “Making Good Health My Reality” town hall meeting held in Brooklyn, New York. This eight-city tour was set to visit communities where health disparities among people of color and low income individuals are the greatest. The tour includes a series…

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  • Is College Too Expensive?

    Sep 9, 2013. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    According to recent data released by the United States Census Bureau, college enrollment by African Americans declined by 108,000 in the year 2012. The noted statistical data, compiled in the report entitled “School Enrollment 2012” also noted that non-Hispanic white enrollment declined by 1.1 million. These declines may be correlated to many factors, but in…

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  • Curbing the Culture of Violence

    Sep 6, 2013. Written by Nicole Tinson

    On March 8, 1998, my brother, Henry Lee Baber III, was shot 14 times by an unknown suspect and died instantly in Los Angeles. He left behind a devastated mother, child, brother, twin sister, and another sister who uses his tragedy to give a sense of urgency about why gun control needs to become next…

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  • Let’s Remember the Dream by Closing the Wealth Gap

    Aug 29, 2013. Written by Anthony Hales

    Yesterday, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in a ceremony that was capped off by the Commander in Chief himself. I watched as speaker after speaker paid homage to the late great civil rights leader and…

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  • The Student Loan Debt Problem

    Aug 26, 2013. Written by Terrol Graham

    On August 23 as I was in transit from Kingston, Jamaica to Orlando, Florida, an interview of President Obama aired on CNN’s New Day. I saw the interview on a 6 a.m flight to JFK as I was returning to Connecticut for the second year of my masters. President Obama’s remarks on the student loan…

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  • A Rite of Passage

    Aug 22, 2013. Written by Ruthe McDonald

    This past Saturday, I had the privilege of praying with one of my younger cousins, as she embarked on a new journey in her life: going away to college. I was so excited for her. I could sense the excitement in her voice, as well as the nerves that were fluttering within her. She is…

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  • The “Dream” in Action: Power Through Youth Activism

    Aug 19, 2013. Written by Nicole Tinson

    Revius O. Ortique, Jr. On Nov. 28, 2012, Dillard University, my home institution, held their 3rd annual Revius Ortique Lecture Series which honors Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr, a pioneering civil rights activist for more than 60 years, and the first African American elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court. For the inaugural lecture in 2010,…

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  • Obamacare – The Problems with Progress

    Aug 15, 2013. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    President Barack Obama believed that all Americans should have quality and affordable healthcare, and as such, the President talked at length at times to the American public about his ideas to make this belief a reality. Consequently, after years of rigorous work, intense socio-political debates and a call to America to see our higher purposes,…

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  • The Assault on Black Men in America

    Aug 12, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    For many years, but especially recent months, I have watched and listened with disbelief, horror and rage at the many things that have happened and are happening to and with our black men, especially our black boys; from sagging pants, wayward, disrespectful, violent behavior; to their nonchalant attitude for human life and the complete disregard…

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  • Turn Your Emotion to Action

    Aug 8, 2013. Written by Kerline Jules

    I was deeply heart broken when I heard the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. So much so that I didn’t want talk about it, yet I could not get my mind off of the number of young black males that are shot, killed and buried every day in our communities. I could not get…

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  • The Black Man Continues to be a Target in America

    Aug 5, 2013. Written by Harry Colbert

    About three weeks ago on July 14, I acknowledged my 43rd birthday. I say acknowledged instead of celebrated because for several years now my birthday has become a time of reflection, not celebration. Birthdays are very special to me, but for the past three years my birthday has been a bit muted. July 14 will…

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  • 10 Years of PEPFAR: The Emergence of Global Health Diplomacy as a Pillar of US Foreign Policy and International development Strategy

    Jul 29, 2013. Written by Terrol Graham

    Passed in 2003,  President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest monetary commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Unfortunately, many Americans here and abroad, including those who are generally well informed, know nothing about PEPFAR. When reauthorized on July 30, 2008, it seemed to be firmly ensconced…

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  • Brothers, We Need To Talk…

    Jul 25, 2013. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    I am tired of us killing each other…just tired. I am tired of us being killed by the other…just tired. After the outrage over Trayvon Martin ceases, we are still left with “Chiraq”. We are still left with “Bucktown” and multiple other cities where we are offing each other in record numbers.  We are left…

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  • Fighting Racial Disparities

    Jul 22, 2013. Written by Ruthe McDonald

    Well before the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, African Americans have been all too aware of disparities in not just the judicial system, but also in healthcare, education, and employment. There is a vast difference in the way in which African Americans are looked upon and treated; especially those of a poorer socioeconomic status. I…

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  • I AM RACHEL JEANTEL!

    Jul 19, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    How Black America Failed Her and Ourselves As a lover of language, a scholar, and a college professor of English Composition and the Humanities for the past 12 years, I GOT IT! I GET IT! I understood EVERY word that Miss Rachel Jeantel spoke while she was on the witness stand two weeks ago and…

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  • The Trial and Conviction of Trayvon Martin

    Jul 15, 2013. Written by Anthony Hales

    One day when I was a mere child sitting in the barbershop and waiting my turn, an elderly gentlemen said to me, “son, there are three things you should never forget. Never forget about God, never forget where you come from, and never forget that you are a black man. If you forget about God,…

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  • Take a Seat at the Table

    Jul 12, 2013. Written by Kerline Jules

    In 2011, I had an opportunity to attend my first ever National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference and what a defining moment that experience was for me. The National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest direct services civil rights organization, provides their affiliates and their volunteer auxiliary, the National Urban League Young Professionals a…

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  • My Open Letter to the Black Community

    Jul 8, 2013. Written by Nicole Tinson

    Dear Black America, My name is Nicole Angela Tinson, and I am from South Central Los Angeles. I am writing you because we are in trouble! Our educational system is terrible, the violence in our communities is horrific, the lack of empowerment disdains, the lack of job/economic opportunities is appalling, the health disparities are sickening,…

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  • The Demise of The Voting Rights Act

    Jul 1, 2013. Written by Bruce Ormond Grant

    Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was unconstitutional, and did so on the grounds that the increased voter registration, voter turnout and increased minority office-holders make preclearance a hindrance on state sovereignty. Analytically, the court asserted that the rationale behind the formula…

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  • The Mean in Paula Deen’s Not So Sweet Cream

    Jun 26, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    (A Direct Address from a Girl Raised Up North) Ms. Deen! Ms. Deen! Ms. Deen!  I was and am wondering how black crow tastes. Or better yet, how is that all time favorite meal, called, “foot in the mouth?” Whether baked, fried, boiled, sautéed or fricasseed; please know and understand that the proverbial jig is…

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  • Reinvesting In Our Communities

    Jun 20, 2013. Written by Ruthe McDonald

    Many of our African-American communities are suffering, lacking the basic necessities to thrive and navigate through tough economic challenges. They’re battling high truancy rates, closing of schools, increase of crime, lack of employment opportunities, and the abandonment of many of its young adults that seek residence in neighborhoods that suit their careers and education. If…

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  • Can Socialnomics Level the Playing Field?

    Jun 17, 2013. Written by Anthony Hales

    Last year while searching for a photographer to take my engagement pictures, I decided to place an ad on the popular web site, Craigslist. Within two hours of posting, I had more than 40 proposals and portfolio links sitting in my inbox. After browsing through about half of the proposals, I opened a portfolio link…

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  • Financing the Pursuit of the American Dream

    Jun 13, 2013. Written by Kerline Jules

    As a proud graduate of a private institution, I understand too well the burden of student loan debt. I remember it like it was yesterday, it was an evening in Spring 2002 that I received my acceptance letter from the University of Miami, my top college choice! You could not have told me anything different,…

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  • The Black Community and Mental Illness: Let’s End the Stigma

    Jun 10, 2013. Written by Harry Colbert

    How are you doing – no, really, how are you doing? I ask the question as I type out this piece while looking out my window on a cold, gloomy day in June. It’s a bit depressing. At the same time, I hear a group of neighborhood kids laughing and playing. The weather doesn’t seem…

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  • The Need for Diversity Experts in a Post-Racial America

    Jun 6, 2013. Written by Cheryl Curtis

    A job description for a position soliciting a diversity and inclusion manager read, “…manager will use expertise and knowledge of best practices in this area to effectively design, develop, and implement initiatives to improve the diversity of the workforce and promote an inclusive culture for all employees.”  The more I read the job description, I…

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  • Undocumented Immigration Close to Home: A Broken System in Need of Fixing

    Jun 3, 2013. Written by Terrol Graham

    Last spring, my mother called me sobbing. My cousin was arrested in an embarrassing and dehumanizing fashion leaving work. His crime was being brought to Florida from Jamaica at eleven years old and having the bad luck of being pulled over a few days earlier for a faulty taillight. I go into shock, and after…

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  • Will you recognize Memorial Day or treat it as another day off?

    May 27, 2013. Written by Pamela Stokes Eggleston

    Many of us couldn’t wait for this weekend. Stressed and overworked, we looked forward to relaxing with family and friends. So we got an extra day off. Now what?  We can pause to reflect on what this day truly symbolizes. Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, is a day to commemorate those who have…

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  • Tech Support: Networking for Blacks in STEM

    May 20, 2013. Written by Kai Dupe

    In 2008, I found myself trying to decide on a problem to study for my doctoral dissertation.  Most of my classmates were studying problems in their workplace.  For most of them this meant studying a problem in education as they were educators.  I, however, was working in the corporate world as a software developer.  A…

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  • Graduating From High School is Not an Option

    May 13, 2013. Written by George Cotton

    The other evening, while responding to a stack of graduation invitations, I noticed that there was not a card in the bunch from any males. Realizing that there was a possibility that I had only received cards from families with female children, I glanced at the names. I immediately recognized that many had brothers, and…

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  • The Origin of Memorial Day

    May 6, 2013. Written by Karen Safo-Barnieh

    According to some historians, Memorial Day originated following the U.S. Civil War as a tradition celebrating the emancipation of former slaves and to honor those who gave their lives for that cause. The significance of Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, has evolved over the years into a general celebration of all soldiers and veterans…

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  • African-American Outreach 101 for the GOP: In the Aftermath of Rand Paul’s Visit to Howard

    Apr 22, 2013. Written by Sean Breeze

    Dear GOP, Since your current strategies targeting minorities aren’t working, as a young African-American male, I’d like to offer some advice. If you want to court black people here are my humble recommendations. Stop mentioning Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves and all the various other accomplishments of the pre-1968 Republican Party. No African American is voting…

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  • El Momento Es Ahora –End the Cuban Embargo Now

    Apr 16, 2013. Written by Jamila A. Brown

    The Carters, rapper/mogul Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé, found themselves caught in an international controversy after vacationing on the communist island of Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary. Rumors and allegations swarmed the couple’s visit as photos were released of the two touring the sites of Old Havana. Were they guests of the Castros? Was…

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  • Be Not Discouraged in the Quest for STEM Education

    Apr 8, 2013. Written by Kai Dupe

    In a 2010 study by The Bayer Corporation, it was reported that many minorities as well as women have been discouraged from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Further, this report identifies the American educational system as the culprit. The Bayer Facts of Science Education XIV survey polled 1,226 female African-American, Hispanic…

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  • Black Teenage Pregnancy Stereotypes…Or Are They?

    Mar 25, 2013. Written by George Cotton

    Recently, my brother called to vent about an NPR report on teen pregnancy. Apparently a brouhaha had developed among some in the black community who saw the report as “racially biased”. They felt it reflected negatively upon African-American and Latino women.  As a Washington D.C. based attorney, my brother tends to approach social issues differently…

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  • GIVE ME BACK MY BLACK: The Two-Faced, Pale Side of Painting and Wearing Black Face

    Mar 18, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    We encounter many people who think it is okay to mock, parody, imitate, mimic, jeer and caricaturize us as a people, as women — specifically, the color of our skin. As a matter of fact, in the last week of February (Black History Month), a French fashion magazine showcased an “African Queen” photo shoot featuring…

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  • Shine the Spotlight on our Health and Wellness

    Mar 11, 2013. Written by Pamela Stokes Eggleston

    March is National Women’s History Month.  This is the perfect time to remind ourselves as black women to reflect and celebrate! We have contributed so much to our nation. With inspiring women like Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama, we should be proud and take this time to commemorate our own achievements….

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  • Women’s History Month: A Celebration of HERstory

    Mar 4, 2013. Written by Jamila A. Brown

    As we exit Black History Month, we march into the celebration of her story – Women’s History Month. First recognized by the United States in 1911, Women’s History Month is a global phenomenon in which billions honor the lives, contributions and accomplishments of women. But what of black women in history, I found myself wondering…

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  • America’s Unique Gun Problem

    Feb 25, 2013. Written by Sean Breeze

    Following the latest mass shooting in Newton, Connecticut, the discussion around gun control has re-emerged. Unfortunately, throughout the discourse, we tend to lump all of America’s issues with guns into one realm. However, that is just not the case. In this country we have two distinct problems with gun violence. For the sake of this…

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  • Lynching Our Own Legacy: Remixing Massa’ in the NEW Hip Hop Generation

    Feb 19, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    In this past week, rappers “Lil Wayne” and “Future” of Epic Records released what is being called by the label an “unauthorized remix” version of a song called “Karate Chop”, where “Lil Wayne” contributes a line stating, “beat that p—y up like Emmett Till” referring to the Chicago teen who was brutally murdered in Mississippi…

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  • Is Black History Month History?

    Feb 11, 2013. Written by Karen Safo-Barnieh

    If history is defined as the study of past events, does this then mean that every February we are celebrating the buried and expired achievements of the black race? The meaning of the word ‘history’ is what i would like us to ponder. Yes, I know that you were expecting your typical blog post of…

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  • On the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide

    Feb 4, 2013. Written by Kai Dupe

    Every day I ask my daughter what she learned in school. This week she informed me that she learned Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. This is simply not the truth. That honor goes to Granville T. Woods. African Americans are shamefully underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Of the…

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  • Healthy New Year, Healthy New You!

    Jan 28, 2013. Written by Deborah Collage Grison

    Every New Year, the number one resolution on everyone’s list is to lose weight. While the beginning of anything always sparks excitement, we could all dig a little deeper and make a stronger commitment to ourselves beyond losing weight to look great. We should commit to being healthy and it should never be for vanity’s…

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  • Why President Obama’s Second Inauguration Means So Much

    Jan 21, 2013. Written by Pamela Stokes Eggleston

    Seeing a black man running the country, seeing his black wife and his black daughters at The White House means something because they look like us in a place and in a position we’ve never been.

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  • Rethinking Violence

    Jan 14, 2013. Written by George Cotton

    Recently, I took time to watch a “Frontline” documentary on gang violence in Chicago, a place I spent time growing up.  Although it has been decades since I was an elementary school student on Chicago’s South Side, my mind conjures up candy-coated recollections that are probably unlike the realities of the times. Those images are…

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  • Like Father Like Son

    Jan 5, 2013. Written by Sean Breeze

    “With a significant amount of African-American boys growing up without fathers, mentorship is an even more important tool in helping African-American boys excel and achieve the highest positions in life.”  Unfortunately, many young African-American boys do not have their father in their lives as a positive influence, which makes mentorship so critical for their development….

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  • Welcome to The Village!

    Jan 4, 2013. Written by CBCF

    Hello and welcome to The Village! We here at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation are very excited to launch our new weekly blog! We hope that you will use it as a resource and a sounding board for issues important to you and your community. Discussion is encouraged so please comment and share the blog!…

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