The Big Payback: Let’s ‘Takeover The Polls’
5/10/2018 10:12:10 AM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   If there ever was a time that Black people needed to fully understand the power of their Black dollar, as well as the need to emphasize the importance of putting their money where their true influence is, that time is now. The upcoming November 2018 elections are by far one of the most important election cycles in the history of the United States. More importantly, it is one that the Black community can’t afford to ignore. African Americans make up roughly 13 percent of the overall population in the U.S., and have a buying power so strong that it...

Destroying Forests Unleashes New Diseases
5/10/2018 10:01:11 AM

By Dr. Rob Cohen Every minute, logging companies and farmers cut down or burn about 30 football fields' worth of forest in developing nations. That's not just an environmental tragedy. By forcing animals from their habitats and bringing them into closer contact with humans, deforestation accelerates the spread of dangerous animal-borne diseases like Ebola, Zika, Lyme, and the plague. In other words, deforestation doesn't just kill trees and animals—it kills people. Leaders worldwide must start treating it as a public health crisis, in addition to an environmental one....

USC Receives $12.5 Million Gift for Lung Disease Research
5/3/2018 9:22:02 PM

LOS ANGELES—USC scientists developing new treatments and cures for lung disease have received a $12.5 million donation from the Hastings Foundation, the university announced Friday. The gift renews the foundation's commitment to the USC Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, which it established in 2014 with a $7.5 million donation. Researchers at the center seek breakthroughs in the laboratory that can be translated into new and promising approaches for lung injury, repair and regeneration. "This generous support will enhance our research on serious pulmonary diseases...

Difficult Positions: The Death Penalty and the Parkland Killer
5/3/2018 2:47:52 AM

By Laura Finley   Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately, and about the importance of holding positions that are particularly difficult. I live not 30 minutes from Parkland, Florida, where Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day. Cruz left 17 others wounded and devastated not just the school but the entire community....

Only the Truth Will Set Us Free Marian Wright Edelman
5/3/2018 2:47:10 AM

We want to tell the truth, because we believe in truth and reconciliation but we know that truth and reconciliation are sequential. We can’t get to where we’re trying to go if we don’t tell the truth first. —Bryan Stevenson   On April 26 I was deeply honored to participate in the opening summit of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. These profoundly moving new landmarks are the vision of Bryan Stevenson, the brilliant founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Bryan has spent his...

Martin Luther King Jr. Wanted Equal Treatment for Blacks, Not Special Treatment
5/3/2018 2:42:01 AM

By Derrick Johnson President and CEO, NAACP As the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I reflected upon the legacy of the iconic civil rights leader, I was reminded of two columns I wrote years ago in the form of poems. Yes, I do have a poetic side that most of the public has not seen unless they have read my book, “Writing Wrongs:  My Political Journey in Black and Write.” The first column was written in January of 2005 titled, “Letter to Dr. King.” Please remember the context in which...

Facebook has Failed the Black Community One Too Many Times
5/3/2018 2:38:09 AM

By Derrick Johnson President and CEO, NAACP   “Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” That was a question Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posed to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing in which the latter responded with an awkward “no.” It is likely that Mr. Zuckerberg found this question too intrusive, yet when 87 million users lost their privacy under Facebook’s neglectful watch; its CEO doesn’t bat an eye, offering only an insubstantial,...

NO TURNING BACK
4/29/2018 7:41:42 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last month, “K-12 Education: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities,” reminds us once again that suspensions and expulsions continue at high rates and offer grave risks to students. The report by this federal monitoring agency reviews data from the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline trends across the country, provides a more in-depth look at discipline approaches and challenges faced in five states,...

How to Trick Summer into Coming Early
4/29/2018 7:39:01 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Just when you think summer has come, winter giggles and sticks her icy nose into my life. Not being much of a fan of winter I can stand it for so long, but not as long as it’s been this year. Either I’m getting old and cannot remember or this has been a very long winter. Shivering is not my favorite activity, although it’s the only activity I get to do lately. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were talking; rather she was talking and I was listening. That is what makes us a great pair. She talks, I listen and our world goes...

Wells Fargo Increases Its Commitment to Black Homebuyers
4/29/2018 7:38:02 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   In 2017, Wells Fargo announced a commitment to create 250,000 African American homeowners by 2027. In addition to lending $60 billion for home purchases over that 10-year period, the banking giant has committed to increase the diversity of its sales team, particularly African American home mortgage consultants. Further, bank officials said they’ve dedicated $15 million for initiatives focused on homebuyer education and counseling for Black families. This commitment is only part of the evidence that Wells Fargo has made over the past year to show...