Spiritually Speaking: Taking It One Day at a Time
4/5/2018 4:20:27 PM

By James Washington   Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, and do I mean often, I get reminded of the power and seductive nature of ego, pride and the need to control. Or, should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is a simple concept to say and dare I say, an easy concept to understand? Yet why is it so hard to do? We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards, yet have no faith. We know Christian control freaks who must have the...

National Geographic Acknowledges Past Racist Coverage
3/22/2018 8:07:55 PM

By Jesse J. Holland   WASHINGTON—National Geographic acknowledged last week that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent. “We had to own our story to move beyond it,” editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg told The Associated Press in an interview about the yellow-bordered magazine's April issue, which is devoted to race. National Geographic first published its magazine in 1888. An investigation conducted...

Compton College Welding Instructor Honored as Teacher of the Year
3/22/2018 8:04:05 PM

By American Welding Society   Dedicated to her trade and passionate about using her teaching talents to pay it forward, Pamela Richardson is helping Compton College students achieve more than they believed they could. “I find that it is most rewarding when some of my students who did not think they could attend and survive college, let alone attain a degree, actually complete these dreams and become employed in high-paying jobs,” said Richardson, a welding instructor at Compton College. Her work was recently recognized and celebrated when the American Welding...

Howard University Students Head to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Recovery
3/9/2018 11:23:12 AM

Students Give Up Spring Break to Help in Recovery Efforts   By Tatyana Hopkins (NNPA Special Correspondent)   When Oluwakanyinsola Adebola signed up to do community service as part of Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break, she knew she wouldn’t be joining her classmates and thousands of other college students who use their week off to party and play in the sun and surf of Jamaica or Aruba or any of a half dozen other Caribbean locations.   Instead, Adebola would be part of the hundreds of Howard students who, each year for more than...

Author, Freedom Fighting Journalist Lerone Bennett Jr. passes
2/19/2018 11:48:48 PM

By Stacy M. Brown Perhaps no other voice—or pen—captured the real life of Africans and African Americans like Lerone Bennett Jr., the former editor of EBONY and Jet magazines who died on Wednesday, February 14 at the age of 89. Chicago Sun-Times reported that, Bennett suffered from vascular dementia. Among his many hard-hitting and compelling works was the exposé, “Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America,” in which Bennett traces Black history from its origins in western Africa, through the transatlantic journey and slavery, the...

2018 Ventura County Fair announces Poster Contest for County Youth
2/19/2018 11:40:43 PM

Fair Theme is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” By Staff Reports The Ventura County Fair has announced that the 9th   annual Fair poster contest will be held for the 2018 Ventura County Fair.  The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 - 12 who reside in Ventura County.  The theme of the 2018 Fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” and will serve as the guideline to the imagery.  Artwork may be created in any medium but may not include the use of glitter, metallic paint, or 3 dimensional objects attached to the...

California science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry
2/14/2018 1:24:31 PM

A Northern California school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science fair, where it drew outrage from some students, parents and staff. The project by a Sacramento high school student enrolled in an elite magnet program, titled “Race and IQ,” questioned whether certain races lack the intelligence for the program's academically challenging coursework. The Sacramento Bee, which published the story, did not speak to the student at C.K. McClatchy High School and is not identifying...

Big Rainbows in the Political Clouds for Children: Some Really, Really Good news
2/14/2018 11:31:18 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   God has sent some huge rainbows in the clouds for vulnerable children amidst a profoundly negative political climate. Good news these days has been few and far between but the Bipartisan Budget Package/Continuing Resolution (CR) signed by the President earlier today offers significant and long overdue hope to children, families and communities. We now must give our immediate attention to extending that good news to the nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers and the other Dreamers not yet in DACA, who face a March 5th...

Smart money moves for Black Americans in financial distress
2/7/2018 9:06:01 PM

By Sean Pyles Record-level credit card debt and fluctuating incomes create financial challenges for many American households, especially those with lower incomes. The effects may be felt especially keenly in Black households, where historic and systemic racial discrimination has led to greater disparities in wealth and debt. But there are moves that families facing such hardships can make to better their finances, including improving their credit profile and seeking alternatives to risky products such as payday loans.   DEEPLY ROOTED DISPARITIES IN DEBT AND...

The State of the Union: Morally Dead and Leaving Vulnerable Children Behind
2/7/2018 8:31:11 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman As I listened to President Trump’s State of the Union Address waiting to hear even a kernel of hope for our country’s most vulnerable children I became more and more distressed and disgusted as these children’s needs were once again left behind along with the values of the America and all great faiths that so many of us love and respect. The President’s address was silent on the shameful problems of homelessness, hunger, the lack of poor quality early childhood and educational opportunities, needed reforms in our child welfare and...