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Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across U.S.
7/28/2021 5:14:45 PM

By David Crary   Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it...

I ain’t 16 anymore
7/28/2021 4:48:15 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder I’ve had so many birthdays in my life that I really don’t know how old I am. All I know is that I’m one year older than I was last year. I would not be able to remember when my life began if it wasn’t for paperwork. To many people, numbers are very important, but in my opinion, a number is just a number. As I look forward to another birthday, I would like to go back to being 16 again. Those were the good old days, as they say. When I was 16, I was rather oblivious of things that were happening in the world. We didn't have...

The Moton School Legacy
7/28/2021 3:46:23 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   As a teenager, many of Barbara Johns’s wildest fantasies were about a surprising subject: a new school. “My imagination would run rampant—and I would dream that some mighty man of great wealth built us a new school building or that our parents got together and surprised us with this grand new building and we had a big celebration—and I even imagined that a great storm came through and blew down the main building and splattered the shacks to splinters—and out of this wreckage rose this...

Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies at 57
7/21/2021 7:28:03 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” has died. He was 57. Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been released. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be...

French president honors U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson
7/21/2021 7:14:56 PM

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday made American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson a commander of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, for helping “change the destiny of the United States” and with it, the world. Jackson, 79, who had gallbladder surgery this year and is being treated for Parkinson’s disease, had visible difficulty walking. The founder of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition and two-time U.S. presidential candidate sat beside the podium as Macron spoke at a ceremony in Paris. “He’s a visionary with talent for...

Racial diversity in children’s books grows, but slowly
7/21/2021 6:41:17 PM

By Christine Fernando   CHICAGO—In the world of children’s books, villagers can protect their water from a black snake, dark skin is as beautiful as the night sky, and a little girl’s two puffs of hair can make her feel like she’s floating above the clouds. Kids are seeing more of these possibilities in the books they read as authors make a bigger push to reflect the diversity around them. Racial diversity in children’s books has been picking up since 2014, reversing a 25-year plateau, according to Kathleen T. Horning, director of the...

Millennial Money: Changing the face of the cannabis industry
7/21/2021 6:39:08 PM

By Sean Piles   Cannabis businesses have transformed from clandestine ventures to glossy lifestyle brands in a matter of years, thanks to an evolving regulatory and business landscape. The majority of states now have some form of legalized cannabis, whether for medical or recreational use. The 2021 U.S. cannabis market is valued at $33 billion , according to an analysis by market research firm Grand View Research. That number is forecast to balloon to $84 billion by 2028. These trends indicate a fertile environment for seeding a new cannabis venture. But while the...

7/21/2021 6:25:01 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   You may be hurting or afraid. Show up. We’ll gather healing on the way. Show up. We will be strong, we will be brave. Show up. Dream of the world we will create. Show up. – Joe Davis   Joe Davis is an artist, educator, and speaker “committed to activism and compelled to create work that celebrates social transformation, healing, and liberation,” and he is presenting his poem “Show Up” during the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s annual...

The blossoming flower whisperer
7/21/2021 5:35:02 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   When it comes to flowers, I am the epitome of naivety. I have no expertise whatsoever in the plant world. All I see are red, blue and yellow. Don't get me wrong here; I enjoy flowers. However, when it comes to names, I am off the planet. I don't need to know the name of a flower to really enjoy that flower. Instead, I enjoy the fragrance and the optics of a row of flowers. If I had to take care of flowers, they wouldn't last more than 24 hours. Just because you like something doesn't mean you know how to take care of...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Marcio Jose Sanchez finds inspiration in Lynwood upbringing
7/14/2021 2:50:34 PM

LYNWOOD— Long before photographer Marcio Jose Sanchez made history last month as the first native of Honduras to win a Pulitzer Prize, he had a deep history with Lynwood where he discovered a passion that guided him to the ultimate career achievement. Sanchez, who graduated from Lynwood High School in 1988, still remembers the inspiration of LHS educators who encouraged him to pick up a camera that would ultimately change his life. Sanchez is a member of a 10- person group of Associated Press photographers who were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in June for Breaking News Photography...