Black Women You Should Know
3/22/2018 8:35:23 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded future. The future must always be greater than the present, or there has been no progress. And, in the words of Frederick Douglas, “progress concedes nothing without a demand.” I spend much of Women’s History Month thinking of those who have come before me; I stand on their shoulders.  I claim Women’s...

President Trump’s 2019 Budget Hurts Blacks
3/22/2018 8:32:51 PM

By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus   If you want to know how a president feels about your community, then all you need to do is look at his or her budget, because it reflects their values—both what they value and what they don’t. If you look at President Trump’s FY 2019 budget, it’s clear that he doesn’t value low-income and black and brown communities because he cuts programs that these communities disproportionately rely on, including the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (food stamp...

Millions Expected to Participate in Anti-Gun-Violence Marches Saturday
3/22/2018 8:28:01 PM

By Jennifer Peltz   Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot last month expect more than 1 million participants in upcoming marches in Washington and elsewhere calling for gun regulations, students said Monday. More than 800 March for Our Lives demonstrations are planned around the world Saturday, sparked by the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida. Locally, the public is invited to attend a march called March for Our Lives Aiken on Saturday, starting in front of the Aiken County courthouse at 10 a.m. Interested participants will meet in...

Trump Inspects Border Wall Prototypes in California
3/22/2018 8:25:43 PM

By Jill Colvin and Julie Watson   SAN DIEGO—President Donald Trump on Tuesday eagerly inspected prototypes on display in California for his “big beautiful border wall” amid peaceful protests but growing tensions between his administration and the state over immigration enforcement. Chanting “No ban! No wall!” demonstrators were cheered on by honking cars and buses at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, the nation’s busiest border crossing. Trump appeared engaged as he was briefed on eight towering prototypes, including one...

Tuskegee Airman Floyd Carter Sr. dies; he was 95
3/22/2018 8:12:18 PM

Floyd Carter Sr., a Tuskegee Airman who was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, has died at the age of 95, according to the New York Police Department. In addition to his service with the fabled Tuskegee Airmen, Carter spent 27 years with the NYPD, where his duties included guarding visiting heads of state, including Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Soviet head Nikita Khrushchev, the Daily News reports. The native of Yorktown, Virginia rose to the rank of Air Force lieutenant colonel years after joining the group of African-American pilots at Tuskegee, according to the Daily News. It...

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...

California to Get First Female and First LGBT Senate Leader
3/22/2018 8:05:54 PM

By Jonathan J. Cooper   SACRAMENTO—San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history today when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job. A former Assembly speaker, Atkins is taking over the post of Senate president pro tem from fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon as the chamber gears up for election season and faces a number of thorny challenges, including a reckoning over sexual misconduct, a loss of the Democratic supermajority and an icy relationship with the state Assembly. Atkins, whose colleagues describe her as...

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...

NAACP Critical of Ben Carson’s Move to Change HUD’s Mission Statement
3/22/2018 8:02:25 PM

The NAACP is deeply concerned by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s move to dilute the agency’s long-standing mission. The Department of Housing and Urban Development Act, which established HUD as a cabinet-level agency, declared a purpose: “[T]o provide for full and appropriate consideration, at the national level, of the needs and interests of the Nation’s communities and of the people who live and work in them.” This purpose is sustained through the agency’s mission to “build inclusive and sustainable communities free...

'Black Panther' Puts Spotlight on Question of Connection
3/22/2018 7:56:57 PM

By Deepti Hajela   When Jennifer Emejulu went to see “Black Panther,” the New Jersey resident didn't feel like wearing any of the traditional Nigerian clothing she routinely wears for family parties. She enjoyed seeing photos of those who did come out to see the global blockbuster about the superhero leader of a fictional African nation dressed in their African-inspired outfits, but Emejulu found it a little ironic, too. “Growing up, we used to get made fun of for being African” by Black Americans, says the 36-year-old physical therapist who...