Increased funding to school choice programs
6/14/2018 8:07:30 PM

By Dr. Elizabeth Primas   When the best educators in America traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of events celebrating innovation in the classroom and to share best practices in K-12 education, they let officials at the Department of Education and the White House know exactly how they felt about the Trump Administration’s current push for school choice programs. According to edchoice.org, school choice programs allow, “public education funds to follow students to the schools or services that best fit their needs—whether that’s to a public...

Congresswoman Brownley Announces Local Winner of Congressional Art Competition
5/9/2018 9:47:23 AM

Washington D.C.—Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that Annie Sun, a senior at Newbury Park High School, has won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District. “The level of artistic talent from the Ventura County high school students participating in this year’s competition is truly inspiring,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “This is a great reminder that the arts and creativity play a critical role in young people’s lives and their educational success. Congratulations to everyone...

Dr. James Cone
5/8/2018 11:02:25 PM

By Dr. Marian Wright Edelman   “The lynching tree interprets the cross. It keeps the cross out of the hands of those who are dominant. Nobody who is lynching anybody can understand the cross. That’s why it’s so important to place the cross and the lynching tree together, because the cross, or the crucifixion, was analogous to a first-century lynching. In fact, biblical scholars, when they want to describe what was happening to Jesus, many of them say it was a lynching. “And all I want to suggest is, if American Christians say they want to identify...

Only the Truth Will Set Us Free
5/3/2018 10:53:59 AM

Marian Wright Edelman   We want to tell the truth, because we believe in truth and reconciliation but we know that truth and reconciliation are sequential. We can’t get to where we’re trying to go if we don’t tell the truth first. —Bryan Stevenson   On April 26 I was deeply honored to participate in the opening summit of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. These profoundly moving new landmarks are the vision of Bryan Stevenson, the brilliant founder and executive director of the Equal...

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...