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Sense of Privilege and ‘Right’ Drives College Admission Scandal
9/18/2019 8:45:26 PM

Felicity Huffman says she just wanted to give her daughter "a fair shot" at getting into the college of her choice. That is the reason the Emmy Award-winning actress paid someone to cheat on her daughter’s college entrance exam. Huffman pled guilty in federal court to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT exam answers illicitly corrected by a test proctor. Huffman, who, along with her celebrity husband, William H. Macy, reportedly has a net worth of $45 million, believed that her daughter, Sophia Macy, was educationally disadvantaged because of a learning...

Trump and the Weather
9/18/2019 8:43:38 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   Each week I swear that I will write something other than about Donald Trump. I cannot keep to that promise consistently, particularly when certain events unfold. This week is a prime example. The Washington Post published a story on September 8th that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration backed Trump over its own scientists when Trump—incorrectly—stated and restated that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama. Worse, the NOAA allegedly insisted that its staff stand by the President regardless of the inaccuracies he articulated. This...

The Time is Now to Help Prevent Gun Violence in Urban Neighborhoods
9/18/2019 8:42:12 PM

By Russell Simmons Exclusive to NNPA Newswire   At the beginning of this summer, I wrote an Op-Ed for the National Newspaper Publishers Association. I asked for support for the anti-violence programs around the country and many of you responded. For that, I am grateful. One of the things that I have done over the last 10 years—with the exception of 2018—is host a dinner for the mothers of deceased children in my old hood in Queens, New York. The deceased children all died because of senseless gun violence.   The recent dinners have had mostly the same...

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?
9/18/2019 8:31:22 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Whatever happened to the American Dream of owning a home and giving your children a better life than you experienced as a child? Is this ‘dream’ being deferred or denied? In 2019, these questions are as timely as they are timeless. Beyond rising housing costs for would-be buyers and renters alike, serious doubts are emerging about the nation’s commitment to the letter and spirit of fair housing laws, related enforcement, and regulations supporting both. Today’s Black homeownership rate is 41.1%—lower than it was when the...

Oprah Winfrey Launching Wellness Arena Tour in Early 2020
9/11/2019 10:53:34 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Oprah Winfrey is taking her motivational spirit on the road early next year with an arena tour to promote a healthier lifestyle. The former talk-show host and OWN television network chief announced Wednesday that the “Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” tour will begin Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is working in conjunction with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) to offer a full-day of wellness conversations during the nine-city tour. She made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday. The tour will...

Mental Health Awareness Matters—Cierra’s Interlude
9/4/2019 7:54:25 PM

By Cierra Mayes   With so much going on in the world today, there are many real-world issues that are in need of our focus. One of these issues happens in our everyday lives: mental health. There is so much awareness that needs to be brought to mental health that goes unnoticed. Many of these issues began from trauma caused in one’s life. If we took the time to address these problems, we would be able to avoid many wrong doings of others in our community and around the world. Everyone has that one friend they don’t see eye to eye with sometime. For many people, I...

House Members Rebuke Delay of Payday Loan Rule
9/4/2019 7:53:12 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal. The irony is that many payday loan borrowers who needed just a few hundred dollars wind up owing thousands. And any loan whose accrued interest exceeds the principal borrowed, is truly predatory. In recent days, more than 100 Members...

17 Million Voters Purged Nationwide Between 2016 and 2018
9/4/2019 7:51:45 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   A Brennan Center analysis has found that at least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, similar to the numbers discovered between 2014 and 2016. Using data released by the Federal Election Assistance Commission, the Brennan Center found that counties with a history of voter discrimination have continued purging people from the rolls at high rates. “This phenomenon began after the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, a decision that severely weakened the protections of the Voting Rights Act of...

America’s Racial Wealth Gap Could Cost Economy $1.5 Trillion.
8/29/2019 1:13:34 PM

By Charlene Crowell   America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. Authored by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap, identifies key sources of the nation’s socioeconomic inequity with its accompanying racial and gender dynamics along with family savings, incomes, and community...

Nobel Laureate Economist Robert Solow's Clarion Call to End Child Poverty
8/29/2019 1:12:22 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   August 23 marked the 95th birthday of the great MIT Nobel laureate economist and 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Robert Solow. As family and friends joined him for this milestone, all of us at the Children’s Defense Fund sent our deepest gratitude for his generous sharing of expertise, wisdom and concern for America’s children, especially those left behind in poverty. He bolstered CDF’s repeated calls over the decades to end child poverty with impeccable dollars and cents data. What is it going to take to get our money...