Friday, July 29, 2011

Dr. Wilmer Leon: Debt Compromise on the Backs of African Americans is Really an Historical Trend


Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

During this debt and deficit debate President Obama has been very clear in stating, “Not only is it not fair if all this is done on the backs of middle-class families,” Obama said, “it doesn’t make sense. … That’s why people from both parties have said the best way to take on our deficit is with a balanced approach … one where wealthy Americans and corporations pay their share, too.”  It appeared as though closing tax loopholes and increased revenues coming from the “…oil company or a corporate jet owner that’s doing so well …” was not a point of compromise.

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Black Student is Internationally-Recognized Chinese Opera Star


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Duchess Harris: The Alienation of Black Women from Feminist Movements

For 20 years I have read how Black women felt alienated by the second wave of feminism, but because I was born during this time period, I never "felt" it until the 2008 Presidential election.
It started with the extremely unpleasant showdown between Gloria Steinem and Melissa Harris Lacewell, (now Perry) surrounding Steinem's NY Times Op Ed about then-Senator Barack Obama.
This was followed by the late Geraldine Ferraro's dismissive comments that Senator Obama was winning the race because he was not White.

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. ...He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."


NAACP Sponsor Wells Fargo Being Sued by Justice Department for Discriminatory Lending


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action

The United States Justice Department is preparing to launch an investigation against Wells Fargo, a company that serves as the largest home mortgage lender in the country.  The company is being accused of taking advantage of minority consumers by selling them loans that were overpriced and more likely to lead to default.

Wells Fargo is not only the fourth-largest bank in the United States, it is also a key sponsor of the annual NAACP Convention.  The organization took criticism last year when they dropped a discrimination lawsuit against the company shortly before announcing that they were set to receive money from the bank.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Jasmine Hughes: Should You Have to Pay for Someone Else’s Birth Control?

By JasmineHughes

There’s a new discussion regarding one of today’s most controversial topics: birth control. In the past it has been questioned why birth control pills are currently not covered by most private insurance plans, but products like Viagra are. It seems change may be coming soon. This week, the non-partisan Institute of Medicine recommended that health insurers reclassify women’s contraceptives as “preventive care” and cover them without requiring a co-payment under the Affordable Care Act.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

JasmineHughes: Summer’s Eve “Talking Vagina” Ad Offends Some Black Women

By JasmineHughes, Your Black World 

When advertisers try to ‘appeal’ to a specific audience on whom they have failed to do their research, the outcome isn’t so great. That was the case once again in a new Summer’s Eve advertisement that many are saying mixes racial stereotypes in a way that is both sexist and tasteless.