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Ask the Question: When Are We Going to End Child Poverty in America?
9/25/2019 12:41:44 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “No child living in America today should have to worry about whether they’ll have a place to sleep at night or enough food to eat. But these are daily realities for the 1 in 6 poor children in this country. Children like me.” These are the words of 18-year-old Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota Beat the Odds® scholarship winner Israel Glenn in a petition to add a question about child poverty to an upcoming presidential debate. Israel continues: “Growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis, I know what it means to...

Debt Collectors Target Consumers of Color, People Making Less Than $50K
9/25/2019 12:40:32 PM

By Charlene Crowell   A new survey asked likely voters across the country what they thought of a proposed debt collection rule. The response was strong and broad opposition. Proposed earlier this year by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger, the rule would authorize debt collectors to expand how often consumers could be contacted as well as the ways such contacts could be made: email, text messages, and more. Conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, the poll was jointly commissioned by the Americans for Financial...

‘I’m Afraid You Have Humans’
9/25/2019 12:26:39 PM

by Robert C. Koehler   The irony of this old New Yorker cartoon by Eric Lewis is so precise I haven’t been able to get it out of my head for two years. The speaker is the planet Saturn, clad in doctor’s garb—a stethoscope circling his forehead—giving the bad news to a sick and miserable-looking Earth: “I’m afraid you have humans.” What more can you say? But of course the dystopian irony is intensified by the fact that the artist is human, the reader (me) is human, and the drawing itself portrays Planet Earth with a human face, all of...

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...