Lessons from the African-American vote in Alabama
12/28/2017 6:48:45 PM

By Dr. John Warren The African Americans who have convinced themselves that one vote doesn’t matter, should take a very close look at what happened during the recent special election in Alabama. In spite of the endorsement of President Donald Trump and the extremely conservative White voters who supported Roy Moore, Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate won the for the United States Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones was the first Democrat elected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate in 25 years. How he won is very important to African Americans across...

Congress still needed to bolster Trump effort to end Obama’s war on coal
12/28/2017 6:35:33 PM

By Robert Romano “Congress has abandoned much of its responsibility to legislate and has instead given unelected regulators extraordinary power to control the lives of others.” That was President Donald Trump on Dec. 14 letting the American people know specifically why his administration has had to spend much of its first year in office taking apart the administrative state in Washington, D.C., where it is bureaucrats who make law, not Congress. “This excessive regulation does not just threaten our economy, it threatens our entire constitutional system,”...

Five tips to stress-free homeownership from the experts
12/27/2017 7:41:42 PM

By Christopher G. Cox For most people, the decision to purchase a home is the single biggest financial commitment they will make in a lifetime of decision-making. The decision to buy a home, especially a first home, involves so many competing factors, that it can cause high levels of stress and anxiety. As stress-inducing as a home purchase can be, there are things that a prospective homeowner can do to minimize potential headaches. Ruth Hudspeth, branch manager for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, says the number one thing homebuyers need to do is be...

New enrichment program for Black girls transforms lives
12/17/2017 10:06:37 PM

By Candace J. Semien At a time when many messages for young girls seem to be conflicting, Baton Rouge teens are experiencing an influx of organizations and programs designed to show them how amazing and powerful they are in the world. From Black Girls Rock on a national scale to the local Womanhood101 initiative and the TransfHERmation program, the brilliance of teen girls are being magnified and strengthened. “I believe girls are a special gift from God and they should be nurtured as such,” said Quintina Ricks, founder of TransfHERmation, an enrichment program for...

Who will become the next president of South Africa?
12/17/2017 9:49:42 PM

By Stacy M. Brown The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing social democratic political party once led by the late Nelson Mandela, faces perhaps its most contentious and controversial election yet. On Dec. 18, the party will vote for its next president, a contest that puts former health minister Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma against Deputy Prime Minister Cyril Ramaphosa and three others including Lindiwe Sisulu, the nation’s minister of Defense and Military Veterans. “South Africa is governed by the Tripartate Alliance of the ANC, South...

President draws protests while honoring civil rights heroes
12/17/2017 9:41:34 PM

By Darlene Superville President Donald Trump has honored figures of the civil rights movement, some famous, some not, at a ceremony that exposed stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy. Trump on Saturday toured the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the adjacent Museum of Mississippi, both in Jackson. Outside, demonstrators protested his presence, some holding signs that said “Make America Civil Again” and “Lock Him Up” and others shouting “No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA.” During the opening ceremony, about...

Anita Hill says Thomas, Weinstein part of arc toward justice
12/14/2017 11:39:17 AM

By Sandy Cohen Anita Hill told a room full of entertainment industry professionals that her 1991 testimony about Clarence Thomas and the flood of sexual harassment allegations surfacing now are part of “an arc that had been bending toward justice.” Hill and National Women's Law Center President Fatima Goss Graves spoke to Hollywood actors and executives Friday about how to parlay the momentum generated by the Harvey Weinstein revelations into lasting social change. Actresses Alyssa Milano and Frances Fisher and documentarian Kirby Dick were among the more than...

Why America may go to hell!
12/2/2017 4:48:10 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman I hope you will speak up loudly and do whatever else is necessary to stop Congress’ hugely unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that rewards billionaires at the expense of poor babies and corporations at the expense of vulnerable children. Millions of America’s children today are suffering from hunger, homelessness and hopelessness. Nearly 13.2 million children are poor – almost one in five. About 70 percent of them are children of color who will be a majority of our children by 2020. More than 1.2 million are homeless. About 14.8 million children...

Jeff Sessions fighting gun crimes when Obama refused
12/2/2017 4:44:32 AM

By Natalia Castro Republicans and Democrats alike can agree that safety must be a priority for the American people, but while Republicans believe in gun ownership, Democrats favor abolition of the 2nd Amendment. None the less, the two sides have come together on one element of the gun freedom debate- violent felons should not be permitted to carry weapons. To ensure the safety of the American people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made getting illegally acquired guns off the streets a priority of his agenda. Making the only question- why hasn’t this always been a...

Should the President be leery of the intelligence community?
12/2/2017 4:41:58 AM

By Printus LeBlanc Since President Trump took office, there have been multiple reports of friction between the President and the Intelligence Community (IC). This is disconcerting because the President needs the community especially in the tough times we are currently facing, North Korea, Iran, and terrorism. If the people of the IC would take a minute and put themselves in the shoes of the President, they might see why there is friction and that the friction can be fixed. Most Presidents have either served in the military or were elected officials before becoming the President,...