Saturday, January 20, 2018
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black unemployment rate

It’s Still Obama’s Economy Whether Trump Likes It or Not But Black Job Seekers...

A week after January 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate had remained largely unchanged at 4.1 percent. It further revealed the unemployment rate for Black Americans had fallen...
MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, African-Americans and the Inescapable Terror Within

“Oh yes, Great White Father, you did surprise us with one thing you did … but it wasn’t you killing us, it wasn’t you raping our women or killing our kids or burning our...

As Sessions Restarts Marijuana War, Blacks Could Become Collateral Damage

America is in an uncivil slugfest over weed. In one corner sits the gigantic-yet-aging federal government peering menacingly across a smoky ring, its once-powerful demeanor sagging from the cumulative jabs of its smaller hard-to-hit...

Rwanda Ban on Imported Secondhand Clothing: Who is Ultimately Being Served?

Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. When it comes to Rwanda’s ban on the importation of secondhand clothing, this futile sentiment appears to best describe the East African nation’s current dilemma. Consistent...

Marijuana Legalization Must Address the Price Paid by Black Bodies

Thirty-six-year-old Ingrid Archie recounted the path to her 2004 conviction on marijuana possession charges. “I grew up in foster care, and that is how I learned to sell drugs and basically fend for myself...
Erica Garner dead

Three Deep Breaths for Erica Garner, A Fearless Fighter

The final breath came not long after hers, when we heard the news. We’d been holding it, for the better part of a week, hoping, despite what we’d been told, her status would improve,...
Zimbabwe land reforms

It’s Always Been About Land: In Post-Mugabe-Administration, What Will Come of the Thousands of...

  Long before controversial leader Robert Mugabe’s forced resignation in mid-November, nearly a century before the landlocked southern African nation was known by its current name, two oft-repeated quotes by a pair of powerful men...
School closings

School Closures Threaten Long-Term Prospects for Blacks In Baltimore, Beyond

When it comes to education, it is well known that class size matters. The student-to-teacher ratio significantly impacts the quality of the academic process, as a wide body of research paints the reduction of...
France looting Africa

While the EU Is Busy Fighting Tax Havens, France Is Still Bleeding African Nations...

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” penned Benjamin Franklin, in a November 1789 letter to a French colleague. While this oft-repeated maxim has since gained international...
Carbon Colonialism Uganda

‘This Fraud Must Stop’: How a Green Norwegian Company is Using Climate Change to...

When it comes to our global climate, few would argue that growing more trees is a bad thing. After all, forests naturally soak up greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and other industrial functions, pulling...
video conferencing

Video Visitations Virtually Remove In-Person Contact Between Inmates, Loved Ones

It sounds like a good idea and, in theory, it is. More than 600 correctional institutions across the country now offer inmates and their loved ones the ability to “video visit” through the provision...
Flint Water Crises

Two Years After the Declaration of a State of Emergency In the Flint Water...

Something was in the water. For more than a year and a half after their source of public water was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014, residents of the...
Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Recognition Technology: Programmed Racial Discrimination Looms

You’re walking down a city block at lunchtime and, as you pass by a pizza place, an ad for $1 off of a small pie flashes on your phone. You pause briefly to consider,...
Student Loan

Student Loan Vise: Some States Suspending Licenses of Borrowers Who Default

Depending on context, the words student loans can evoke dreams or nightmares. For millions of Americans who otherwise might not realize their academic aspirations, student loans act as a lifeline to the collegiate experience,...
Marijuana laws

Easing of Marijuana Laws Will Still Create More Black Targets

For African-Americans, the fact that they are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana violations is less than surprising. The Black community has long been aware of ongoing disparities in American criminal justice when it comes...
Black Bookstores

Black Business Matter: Historic Washington Neighborhood Anacostia Getting its First (Black) Bookstore in Two...

The historic Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C., has a lot of stories to tell. Within this predominantly Black community lying east of the Anacostia River, there are foundational stories of how the region...
Digital Divide

Detroit Community Group is Combating the Racial Digital Divide and the Loss of Net...

Detroit, like many other large urban centers across the country, certainly has its share of low-income and underserved communities. And like its big-city peers, there exist numerous pockets of Detroit largely populated by African-Americans...
Racial Terror

A New National Museum and Memorial In Alabama Will Finally Look Back at Racial...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv7njmj239c There is a long-held belief among communities of African descent that when we invoke or remember our ancestors they, in turn, remember us. It is a profound two-way process that moves far beyond mere...
Haitian TPS

Trump Ends Temporary Protective Status for Haitians, Forcing 58,000 to Leave the Country

Baltimore City Councilman Kristerfer Burnett takes issues affecting Haitians in America personally. One would expect nothing less since his wife, Vanessa, is Haitian, and given the couple took in several desperate relatives from the...
African Migrants

African Migrants Encounter Racism, Abuse, Death Along Libyan Path to Europe

On Nov. 9, in an extraordinary move, the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel penned a powerful tribute to over 33,000 strangers, many of them African, by filling the pages of their popular European daily with...
Kidney transplant

Blocking a Black Father from Donating Kidney Raises Questions About the Intersection of Race,...

The fact that 2-year-old AJ Burgess desperately needs a kidney transplant has never been in dispute. Every day, the Atlanta toddler requires 10 hours of dialysis and five bladder treatments, all administered by his...

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