January Special!
Remembering Lucy Durr Hackney
1/17/2019 9:48:50 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   When Lucy Durr married Sheldon Hackney in 1957, the custom alterations to her beautiful gown were done for her by a family friend—Mrs. Rosa Parks. This wonderful detail opens a small window into my dear friend and former Children’s Defense Fund board and volunteer staff member Lucy Durr Hackney’s extraordinary life. Lucy, who passed away last October at age 81, was the daughter of civil rights activists Virginia and Clifford Durr and niece of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. She followed her family’s staunch commitment...

Award-winning actress Regina King speaks her mind about sleeper hit ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
1/17/2019 9:47:30 PM

Written by Stacy M. Brown   At 7 p.m. Central time last Wednesday, I was in full-listen mode as King – fresh from her Golden-Globe winning evening – talked about her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” with more than a thousand faith leaders, community activists, sororities and fraternities and African-American news outlets on the line. Regina King makes it easy to say “yes” to an assignment editor’s request for a reporter to join in on a national conference call and listen to an actress talk about her role in a movie. I had...

Trump Attorney General nominee Bill Barr: Swamp master or destroyer?
1/17/2019 9:42:54 PM

By Richard Manning   As originally published at Foxnews.com.   Will Democrats find a way to obstruct his confirmation or will it be smooth sailing? GOP strategist Chris Turner weighs in.   The Senate Judiciary Committee opens its confirmation hearing Tuesday for former Attorney General William Barr to become attorney general again.   Is there no one eligible to become the next attorney general who doesn't have a more than 25-year personal relationship with Special Counsel Robert Mueller?   Mueller is investigating whether...

L.A.’s Hughley Brings ‘the Funny’ to IMPROV
12/31/2018 3:52:06 PM

By M.P. Stone   D.L. Hughley truly did “bring it” this past weekend at the Addison Improv and he brought four more of the funniest men on the planet with him. It was non-stop, wall to wall, head-shaking, hands in the air, gut-busting laughter in the house from the moment the first “warm-up” comedian stepped onto the stage until Hughley stepped off. The set started off with Aziz Ansari, who tag-teamed with Clint Cooley, Jay Phillips and then Bo Dacious as they each took turns priming up the audience’s funny bone to receive the incomparable,...

After a Decade of Dormancy, Chaka Khan Blooms Again
12/31/2018 3:50:38 PM

By Mike Cidoni Lennox   PASADENA (AP)—If Chaka Khan were a flower, she'd be a perennial. “Because I go dormant and then I...” Khan stops and gracefully lifts her arms together, then slowly brings her hands apart, like a tulip emerging in spring. “I've done it many, many times,” explained the singer, perhaps best known for her multimillion selling 1984 cover of Prince's “I Feel For You.” On the brink of her first new album in a decade, and, on New Year's Day, serving as grand marshal at the Rose Parade, Chaka...

Nielsen Visits Texas Border After Second Child's Death
12/31/2018 3:49:31 PM

By Staff Reports   EL PASO, Texas—Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday visited the Texas border city where an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy was detained with his father before dying in government custody. DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said earlier in the week that Nielsen was scheduled to tour multiple stations and substations and was also scheduled to meet with emergency medical technicians and medical professionals, as well as local officials. Nielsen then was scheduled to go to Yuma, Arizona, on Saturday. DHS did not immediately release more...

Report Squashes Hopes for California-Backed Marijuana Bank
12/31/2018 3:47:46 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO—California would likely lose money and face insurmountable federal hurdles if it tried to create a state-backed bank for the marijuana industry, according to a report released Thursday by the state treasurer. The report puts an end for now to hopes California could find a way to get around banking hurdles for marijuana businesses as the state's recreational market concludes its first year in operation. A working group launched by state Treasurer John Chiang commissioned the study by a San Diego-based firm in January. State...

Listen—A 2019 Challenge in Memory of Robby Gregg
12/31/2018 3:45:35 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   I'm leaving 2018 behind, with its myriad trials and tribulations. For me, many of the challenges revolved around the unhealthy atmosphere in Washington, D.C., and that's not likely to change. But many of the challenges, joys, and sorrows were also personal. One of them was the loss of Robby Gregg, Jr., a diversity expert and consultant at Cook Ross, a diversity and inclusion firm in the DC area that was founded by my dear friend Howard Ross. Robby died unexpectedly at 58, just a week before Christmas. Alarmed at not having heard from him, a...

Will a New Consumer Bureau Director Heed the Agency’s Mission?
12/24/2018 11:41:17 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In her first news conference as a Senate-confirmed Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathleen Kraninger’s remarks sounded a lot like Mick Mulvaney, her former boss at the Office of Budget and Management (OMB). On December 11, just one day into a five-year term of office, Kraninger told reporters she would continue the business-friendly work begun by Mulvaney. Days earlier on December 6, Kraninger was confirmed to the position by a 50-49 party line vote. However, a broad and diverse coalition comprised of national and...

Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer, Dies at 81
12/24/2018 11:19:46 AM

By Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie   Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81. Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from...