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Our Black Women and Girls Have Gone Missing but Few Seem to Care
2/25/2019 12:00:45 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Victoria Shaw, a Black girl approximately 15 years old, went missing Monday, Feb. 11, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Teandah Slater, Black and also only 15 years old, was reported missing on Thursday, Feb. 7, from Noble Square in Chicago. Areall Murchinson, a 16-year old Black girl, was last seen near the 200 block of West 111th Place, according to a community alert from Chicago police. The three are the most recent to make the dubious and heart-breaking list of missing Black girls—particularly teens. It’s a list that’s quite long...

Cleaning Routine Shows Promise in Curbing Superbug Infection
2/25/2019 11:04:33 AM

By Marilynn Marchione   Think of it as decontaminating yourself. Hospitalized patients who harbor certain superbugs can cut their risk of developing full-blown infections if they swab medicated goo in their nose and use special soap and mouthwash for six months after going home, a study found. It's a low-tech approach to a big problem: About 5 percent of patients have MRSA—antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria—lurking on their skin or in their noses, putting them at high risk of developing an infection while recovering from an illness or an operation. These can...

JIM, I CAN’T FIND THE HED BUT IT’S USUALLY PRETTY WORDY
2/13/2019 10:21:29 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   The Right Reverend William Barber has revived Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. He has reminded us that the triple evils of an age were racism, militarism, and poverty. But he has advanced the struggle for social and economic justice by including ecological devastation and the intersection between religion and morality. Dr. King indicated that one of the evils could not exist without another. Racism, militarism, and poverty were intertwined. Moving it forward, capitalism, militarism, and racism have been responsible for much of...

CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History
2/13/2019 10:19:39 AM

By Charlene Crowell   Each February, Black History Month commemorates the unique American experience of Blacks in America. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown, Virginia arrival of captured and shackled Africans. In the ensuing years, as slavery grew, so did the wealth of those who claimed our forefathers as ‘property’. By April 12-13, 1861, the wealth built on slave labor was forcefully protected with the Battle of Fort Sumter, considered by historians to be the start of the Civil War that lasted until 1865 and the war’s end. Slavery’s...

‘Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo’
2/13/2019 10:16:39 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “If the justice system does not change incarceration will continue to be as arbitrary as a game of eeny, meeny, miny, mo, with Black kids and Black men hoping to avoid being ‘IT.’” Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo is the title of this series of paintings by Nashville native Omari Booker, a visual artist who has spent a lot of time thinking about race and mass incarceration in America. He explains that many people may not realize the familiar children’s rhyme the title is based on (eeny, meeny, miny, mo, catch a tiger by the toe, if...

Black Millennial Voices: Stop the Torture of U.S. Prison Inmates
2/13/2019 10:14:51 AM

By Malika Elmengad   We are so proud of the thousands of young people who stood for hours and days in blistering cold weather outside the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York to raise their fists and voices in protest over the poor treatment of inmates and terrible conditions in the jail. Hundreds of thousands of additional millennials across the nation joined in solidarity with the Brooklyn protesters via social media. The disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color in America continues to grow. It is bad enough to be confined and locked up in...

There’s A Brown Girl in The Ring
2/13/2019 9:43:17 AM

The wit, philosophy and activism of Beah Richards, acclaimed actress, poet and playwright, are captured in There’s A Brown Girl In The Ring, a concert reading of her personal essays. In this last work Richards, who passed in 2000, reveals her intuitive views on human rights, the creative process, healing, race, the status of women, the artist’s role, language, loving and aging. Written with, and adapted to the stage, by writer, actor and filmmaker S. Pearl Sharp. Performed by Glynn Turman, Emily Yancy, Ozioma Akagha and Art Evans.   Nate Holden Performing Arts Center,...

Estefans to Be Awarded Gershwin Prize
2/6/2019 7:07:58 AM

By Staff Reports   Gloria Estefan didn't think she'd get married. Her focus was on attending the Sorbonne in Paris. But Emilio Estefan “landed in her lap,” and music became her career. The native Cubans will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in May. They are the first married couple (together 40 years) and musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor. The couple met when Emilio saw her sing in church. Six months later, he was playing a wedding she was at and he asked her to join the band for a...

Rep. Maxine Waters Makes History
1/9/2019 5:01:48 PM

First Black, First Woman to Chair House Financial Services Committee By Charlene Crowell   As 2019 begins, there is also a new Congress with leadership in the House of Representatives that makes history for people of color and women alike. Long-time California Representative Nancy Pelosi returns as Speaker of the House—the first time in 50 years that a Member of Congress has achieved this feat. On a gender note, Speaker Pelosi becomes the most powerful woman on Capitol Hill and the only female in the nation’s history to do so. There’s also another key...

A More Diverse Congress, a More Perfect Union?
1/9/2019 5:00:49 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   The 116th Congress, sworn in on January 3, is the most diverse our nation has ever seen. There are more women—102—than ever before. More members of the Congressional Black Caucus—55—than ever before. Indeed, a former Congressional Black Caucus intern, Lauren Underwood (D-IL) is part of the incoming first-year class. At 32, she is the youngest Black woman to serve. This Congress includes the first Native American woman, two Muslim women, openly gay representatives, and others. Much of this diversity was displayed at the ceremonial...