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Surviving R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby... and Who Else?
3/22/2019 11:28:00 AM

By Joy Doss   As rational, thinking adults, we kinda knew something was amiss with Michael. We subscribed to the Peter Pan and/or asexual fallacy ’cause we needed to. We knew “Aruh Smelly” was stinkin’ no doubt. Hello? Aaliyah. We just didn’t know how funky it was. For me, it took a sec to completely divest (“TP.3 Reloaded,” “Chocolate Factory,” “12 Play”). His music was permissive. It created a space for a spring awakening, let’s say. It worked for us, as my generation was coming of age. At least it...

Continued Cruel Threats to Hungry Families and Children
3/22/2019 11:26:31 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Once again children and families are under attack. After failing in past efforts to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), the Trump administration is taking a new approach to crippling the program millions of families in the United States depend on to survive and alleviate their hunger pangs. Recently the administration proposed regulations to tighten restrictions on access to SNAP benefits for unemployed and underemployed people who can’t document sufficient weekly work hours. This rule...

The Question of the Disappearing Ice Cream
3/22/2019 11:19:16 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   A mystery has developed within the halls of our once peaceful domicile. At first, I did not think too seriously about it. Some things, if left alone usually take care of themselves. Of course, there always are other things, like my socks, that never take care of themselves no matter how hard I wish. A hint of the mystery came my way on Wednesday when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage went to the freezer for a box of ice cream. According to her, this was supposed to be for our dessert after supper. But, if I have all the facts correct, she went to the...

The Tax Surprise
3/6/2019 3:11:29 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   The mainstream news has been covering an interesting story. People who were expecting significant tax refunds are, in very large numbers, either getting a minimal refund, no refund or having to pay the IRS. This, after the man Spike Lee has named “Agent Orange”—Donald Trump—promised a massive tax benefit for middle-income people. When I first starting reading and seeing these stories I wondered why anyone was surprised. After all, in the lead up to Trump’s tax bribe, economists across the board were warning that this was a...

‘Leaving Neverland’ is Michael Jackson’s Pandora’s Box
3/6/2019 3:10:19 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   [Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of BlackPressUSA.com, the Compton Bulletin and the National Newspaper Publishers Association.] “Leaving Neverland and the Twisted Cult of Michael Jackson Truthers.”— The Daily Beast “The Music Stops: Leaving Neverland and the awful truth about Michael Jackson.” — NY Daily News “Leaving Neverland Reveals The Monster We Didn’t Want to See in Michael Jackson” — BuzzFeed Those...

Jean Fairfax Raised the Bar
3/6/2019 3:03:09 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   These words from Jean Fairfax were highlighted in the recent remembrance by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) for their beloved colleague, who passed away in February at age 98. Jean was the founder and director of LDF’s Division of Legal Information and Community Services and served at LDF for twenty years before retiring in 1984. In that role she made a quiet but profound difference. As LDF explained: “Over the course of her 40-year career, Jean Fairfax was a pioneering organizer, a professor, a religious scholar, a missionary, and an...

The Congressional Black Caucus: Not Always in Headlines, but Never on the Sidelines
3/6/2019 3:01:56 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   What does the Congressional Black Caucus do? It takes Majority Whip James Clyburn to make it understandable. "It's not only what we make happen, but what we stop from happening," Clyburn told a standing room only crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Black History Month Celebration on February 26. His words are instructive for folks who get their news from sound bites and tweets. The legislative process is rarely fully televised, and those who put brakes on nonsense proposals never make the headlines. The February 26 event...

Why Are People Still Talking About the Mayor of Holly Springs, Mississippi?
2/25/2019 3:59:32 PM

By Lee Eric Smith   Thirty years ago this year, in 1989, my father, Eddie Lee Smith Jr., made history as the first African American elected mayor of my hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was a pretty big deal at the time, though when you think about it, it shouldn’t have been. I think most people intrinsically know the color of your skin has nothing to do with your qualifications for the job. It certainly doesn’t measure the impact you leave behind. My dad died on Jan. 25, 2001, while serving the final months of his final term. That same year, a health...

Most and Least Ethnically Diverse U.S. Cities Identified
2/25/2019 3:53:58 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   With immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues, suggesting that the U.S. demographic landscape may soon change, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities. To identify the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics: ethno-racial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity. Oakland, California, has the highest racial and ethnic diversity than any other city...

‘I Will Never Forget That Day’
2/25/2019 12:06:02 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman “I was in my 4th period Holocaust history class. We were presenting our projects on hate groups found on college campuses…As we sat at our desks working on our computers after presenting our projects, we began to hear loud pops…I thought I was going to die. As I laid there, I begged God to please make it fast… “My classmates pulled me behind a filing cabinet where I called my mom and my dad and said what I thought would be my last goodbyes. I told them how much I loved them, and asked that they please tell my brothers the same. I...