Our Vote: More Than A Desire for History, The Very Strides to Make It
11/14/2018 9:59:11 PM

By Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) The midterm election was nothing short of historic and yet again, our community is leading the United States of America towards progress. According to a CNN exit poll, 90% of African Americans voted for a Democrat in Congressional races across the country last Tuesday, propelling the Democratic party to our first majority in the House of Representatives since 2009. In Georgia, 97% of Black women who voted, voted for Stacey Abrams to become the state’s first Black female governor. It wasn’t just our desire to make history in Georgia that...

The Man Behind the “Blue Wave” in Texas
11/14/2018 9:58:06 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Political Analyst The 2018 midterm elections have come and gone here in the great state of Texas, and all across Texas, especially in Harris County and Fort Bend County, Democrats faired extremely well. The results of many of the key county and statewide political races in Texas were a shock to many voters and political observers. Nearly every race that had a Democratic candidate in it was won by a Democrat. African American women faired extremely well as a result of this “blue wave” thanks in large part to a man who generated excitement all across...

Succeeding Against the Odds
11/14/2018 9:50:04 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright After two years of divisive, hateful rhetoric from the highest levels of government, the profoundly inhumane treatment of immigrant families, and the placing of corporate profits ahead of the basic needs of children—the poorest age group in America—the results of Tuesday’s election instilled in many that most precious resource: hope. Change began sweeping across our country this week, bringing a new, diverse set of faces into the halls of Congress, governors’ mansions and statehouses. With them comes a new opportunity to improve the odds for...

The President and the Press: Unhinged Attacks Are Repulsive
11/14/2018 9:48:55 PM

By Julianne Malveaux A cursory look at the win-loss column after last week's mid-term elections suggests that nobody left the table empty-handed. Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, Republican's expanded their control of the Senate, hundreds of state legislative seats flipped from Democratic to Republican, and Democrats gained gubernatorial, Attorney General, and other key positions. But both democracy and the truth took a hit during the midterms, when the President of the United States obfuscated, prevaricated, and just plain lied every chance he got. And...

‘One Mistake Away’ from Homelessness
11/7/2018 8:32:27 PM

By Lee Eric Smith   Admit it: Sometimes you go out of your way to avoid a homeless person.  So do I. I’m not proud to say it, but it’s true. If I can’t cross the street to evade them, I search my brain for my pre-programmed “no” response to their inevitable request for a dollar. “I ain’t got it, bruh,” is my go-to line, which, too often, is simply the truth. It’s not danger that I feel.  If you’re like me, the problem with having even a brief conversation with a homeless person is that you come away feeling...

Reclaiming Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
11/7/2018 8:29:50 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Children continue to be terrorized by the daily reality that there is no safe space in our gun-saturated country. They are filled with fear they will be killed in a school shooting, on the streets of their neighborhoods and even in the sacred places where they and their families worship. A Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. And now the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where worshipers had gathered on Saturday morning for Shabbat...

Week of Trump-Connected Violence Once Again Sets Off Alarms on His Words, Policies
11/7/2018 8:27:42 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   A week that started with President Donald Trump announcing that he is “a nationalist,” to the delight of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, ended with the arrest of a Trump supporter in Florida on charges of attempting to assassinate several of Trump’s political opponents. That supporter, Cesar Sayoc, lived in a van decorated with a collage of images of Trump’s critics, including one of Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton in the crosshairs, attempted to murder two former Democratic presidents and other critics...

Why Did I Ever Grow Up?
11/7/2018 8:20:26 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   At times, I have to do some errands for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. It’s not that I like to do these errands, but I have learned this is one secret to getting along with her. The errand she had for me was to go to the Mall and pick up something she had ordered. In my own way I tried to finagle out of that errand, but the more I finagled the more insistent she was. So, I decided to finagle no more. As the pop song says, “I have a million reasons not to go, give me one reason to go.” I tried to play this on her and her...

I Will Vote! Choosing NOT to Vote Still Impacts You
10/31/2018 10:01:07 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   “I Will Vote!” That is such an empowering statement, when you think about it, especially considering how important voting is for Black people at this critical time in this country. The voting rights of Blacks are being targeted and threatened every day and those threats have become extremely rampant over the course of the last several months leading up to these important midterm elections in a few weeks. Early voting has begun in several states and the shenanigans have also increased. There have been a number of reports coming out across...

Over 53 Million Consumers Unbanked or Underbanked
10/31/2018 9:59:18 PM

By Charlene Crowell One of the most reliable measures of a community’s economic vitality is convenient access to full-service banking. Regardless of whether a community is urban, suburban or rural, both consumers and local businesses rely on brick and mortar bank branches for a wide array of products and services. New research that measures how well banks serve communities found that America’s access to banking expanded from 2015 to 2017 – except when it comes to more than 53 million Black and Latino consumers or others with low incomes or less education. In...