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Journalists Blast Facebook’s Zuckerberg for ‘Free Expression’ Speech
11/13/2019 9:37:40 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Approximately 7,200 jobs in the news industry were lost in the past year. Journalism in America is facing an existential threat from the monopolistic control of tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple. A growing group of publishers, news gatherers, journalists, photographers, and other professionals, the Save Journalism Project’s is to educate and activate journalists across the country to tell the story of big tech's threat to journalism. The leadership at the Save Journalism Project scoffed at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent...

America’s Veterans Deserve Better from For-Profit Colleges
11/13/2019 9:22:11 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Every year, the 11th day of the 11th month is observed as Veterans Day. It’s a time to honor the 18.2 million men and women still living who served in at least one war. Though observances vary across the nation, each celebrates the American ideal of service to country. It’s also a time to remember that our nation makes promises to these patriots that must be kept. From health care to home loans and educational benefits, our nation supports the well-being and financial security of those who have served and their families. For example, VA...

Remembering Congressman Elijah Cummings and the Journey Still Ahead
11/6/2019 2:43:00 PM

By Charlene Crowell   The nationally televised October 25 funeral services for the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, paused partisan debates and revealed how a son of Baltimore worked tirelessly for his constituents and for this nation. In the days since his home-going, I have marveled at how his life’s work somehow brought together officials who held firm to their stark political divides but united to honor a man who believed that everyone deserved a fair chance at all America had to offer. Even in death he broke yet another barrier by becoming the first Black Member...

Twins’ Superhero Party at Knock Knock Museum Gives Lessons, Toys to Others
11/6/2019 2:30:28 PM

By Michelle McCalope   Diamond Sherrod and husband, Dr. Rome Sherrod hosted a birthday party with a cause for their 5-year-old twin sons, Rome and Paten. Diamond Sherrod rented the Knock Knock Children’s Museum Saturday, Sept. 28, and invited 50 of their friends, but the boys did not receive gifts. All of the gifts that their party guests brought were given to homeless children at St. Vincent de Paul. “I want to foster a spirit of empathy, gratitude and giving back in my kids and others, while bringing awareness to the difference between the socio-economic...

John Conyers Dies at 90
11/2/2019 2:38:58 PM

By Stacy M.Brown   Former U.S. Congressman John Conyers, whose 15-year fight to pass legislation that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday, has died. He was 90. The longtime Michigan Democrat represented what is now the state’s 13th Congressional District (which includes parts of western Detroit) for more than 50 years. Conyers resigned in 2017. Conyers was born in Detroit in 1929. He was elected to Congress in 1965 and immediately became a forceful voice in the Civil Rights Movement, co-sponsoring the Voting Rights Act of that same...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black & Brown Students
11/2/2019 2:36:21 PM

By Ron Rice Senior Director, Government Relations at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools   I have been a Black student, education policymaker, and now an advocate for providing the best educational opportunities for all our children. One reality that I’ve had to face and embrace through each of these stages in my life and career is that the prevalence of leaders of color like me is a major contributor to educational success and whose lack thereof stifles that potential. As a student of color, those examples helped me thrive; and today they inform my...

Congressman Elijah Cummings Dies at 68
10/23/2019 10:20:22 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   The Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and a titan of the U.S. Congress, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), died early Thursday morning. He was 68. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the congressman's wife and chairman of the Maryland Democratic Committee, said Cummings died at 2:45 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mrs. Cummings said her husband's death resulted from complications concerning longstanding health challenges. In recent years, Cummings had been in and out of the hospital. "Dr. Elijah Saunders and I took care of...

Opinion Polls vs. Debates—Democrats in Battle Over Voter Influence
10/23/2019 10:14:20 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   The symbiotic nature of debates and public opinion polls was on full display this week in Ohio, stated Krista Jenkins, a political science professor at Farleigh Dickinson University and the school’s poll director. “[Former Vice President Joe] Biden stood for incrementalism, and those who flanked him – Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – pushed hard for a vision that’s anything but incremental,” Jenkins said in a recap of the debate for Advance Local Media in New Jersey. Nowhere was this more evident in the debate...

Compton College’s Campus Community Mirrors Population It Serves
10/17/2019 1:30:35 PM

By Dr. Keith Curry Compton College President/CEO   Compton College’s population of students, faculty and staff reflects the diversity of the residents that live within the Compton Community College District (CCCD) service area, which encompasses 12 cities including the communities of Compton, Lynwood, Paramount and Willowbrook, as well as portions of Athens, Bellflower, Carson, Downey, Dominguez, Lakewood, Long Beach, and South Gate. While the current employees of the Compton Community College District closely mirror the same population, Compton College has an Equal...

Poll of Likely Voters Shows Rising Student Debt Problems: Weakened Borrower Protections
10/17/2019 1:26:33 PM

By Charlene Crowell   When likely voters across the country were recently asked their opinions about student loan borrowing, 82% agreed that the still-growing $1.5 trillion debt is a national crisis. Even when partisan affiliations were included, the solid concern for this unsustainable financial burden held strong: 74% of Republicans, 80% of independents, and 90% of Democrats. When asked further about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s reduced efforts to protect students from abusive student loans and student loan services, those most concerned were Blacks,...