Monday, July 27
The Gloucester County Branch of the NAACP ACT-SO program competed in the “City of Brotherly Love” for the 2015 NAACP ACT-SO National Competition. The competition was held at the Sheraton Hotel and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City, Philadelphia.
Men of color would earn $170 billion more a year, if they reached the same education level as White men, according to a new White House report.
Renée Powell, a pioneering African-American golfer who often fielded racism during her years on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, recently made history by becoming one of the first female members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which is considered the birthplace of the sport.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died on July 26, surrounded by family. She was 22.
The best defense for heat-related illness is prevention.
Democracy cannot breathe, and will die, if those enjoined to protect and uphold the law snuff it out unjustly and without consequence.
Sunday, July 26
Car lending is on the rise, and rising with it is a hidden, unfair, abusive and discriminatory practice: car dealer interest rate markups. Surveys show that at least two-thirds of Americans have no idea it happens.
It's an anniversary few New Jerseyans are celebrating----it's been 1,000 days since Superstorm Sandy pummeled New Jersey.
New Jersey senator Cory Booker, last week in Washington, says it is time to make some big changes to the trucking industry by abolishing an antiquated federal law that essentially mandates trucking companies pay their drivers by the mile instead of an hourly wage—a measure that enables the long haulers to earn more money, yet jeopardizes the safety of the motorists and the truck drivers.
Thursday, July 23
According to a recent analysis of network series by The Associated Press, “ABC, NBC and Fox now have a higher percentage of blacks in prime time than their percentage in the general U.S. population, a significant increase over a decade ago.” That diversity was on full display when the 2015 Emmy nominations were announced on July 16.
Monday, July 20
$32 Billion in Funding Could Raise Awareness
Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic and often debilitating autoimmune disease that impacts more than 1.5 million Americans. Characterized by intense fatigue, exhaustion, joint pain, and memory problems, lupus is three times more common among the Black female populations than any other group.
In the wake of the mass murder of nine Black church members in Charleston, S.C. and the rash of unsolved fires at Black churches in the South, a coalition of Black groups are calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to establish a “reparatory justice” commission.
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has had an interesting week. Days after signing a four-year, $80 million contract which would have made him the new face of the Dallas Mavericks, Jordan backed out of the contract and re-signed with the Clippers.
Racism is flaring its ugly head again on the island of Hispaniola, a Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
My best friend and college roommate grew up without her mother. She was raised by her father and they had a very close relationship. She shared with me that her mother left because of some unfortunate circumstances but has never gone into detail.
On May 2, one of the most anticipated fights in history went down between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Lawmakers have thrown a lifeline to Atlantic City by approving millions of dollars of tax credit incentives to a company that will relocate to the struggling beach town and provide more than 300 full time jobs to displaced area workers, officials announced.
In an effort to eliminate the moniker as the most dangerous city in the country, New Jersey Gov., and presidential hopeful Chris Christie called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system recently during a campaign speech in Camden.
Misty Copeland has conquered ballet. Now, the history making dancer is preparing to take on the bright lights of Broadway.
Car lending is on the rise, and rising with it is a hidden, unfair, abusive and discriminatory practice: car dealer interest rate markups.
President Barack Obama addresses the 2015 NAACP National Convention.
Saturday, July 11
When American Ballet Theatre recently announced the promotion of Misty Copeland to principal ballerina , the highest rank in the company and the highest ever achieved by an African-American dancer with one of this country’s elite ballet companies, she told reporters at a press conference, “I’m just so extremely honored to be a principal dancer, to be an African-American and to be in this position.”
This month marks what would have been the 107th birthday of the late United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Given our long struggle for equal justice in America and the need to continue to press forward to ensure freedom, justice and equality for all, it is important to reflect on the key principles upon which Thurgood Marshall achieved his monumental success.
I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than in the aftermath of the terroristic murders of nine Black Christians.
The recent election of Bishop Michael Curry as the 27th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church – the first African American to hold the denomination’s highest office – to succeed the church’s first female presiding bishop is expected to help atone for the church’s failure to take a more active role opposing slavery and Jim Crow laws.
Job prospects for Black women improved in June, as they recorded better employment numbers than the other major adult groups, the latest jobs report by the Labor Department shows.
I recently wrote that several extraordinary developments of June – the tragedy at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church and its aftermath, and the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare – marked it as one in which momentous history was being made.
Nothing says summer like flip-flops, bathing suits, ice-cream cones and concerts in the park. After Spring Break, kids along with teachers and administrators start the countdown to summer vacation. In contrast, parents are stressed out trying to figure out what they will do with those kids for 10-11 weeks and they are secretly wishing school was in session year round.
Thursday, July 9
Shawn Prez isn’t your typical CEO. He also isn’t the average business owner.
Monday, July 6
On July 8-12, six Gloucester County high school students will be heading to Philadelphia to compete in the 2015 NAACP ACT-SO National Competition.
Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer, has been elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers.
Sunday, July 5
The church shooting in Charleston, S.C. once again showed us the connection of guns and race. Statistics of inner city gun violence always showed the connection. In this context, the National Rifle Association actually believes in gun control. “Nothing” says the NRA should infringe on the right of “law abiding citizens to bear arms.” So, everybody not “law abiding” gets controlled.
President Barack Obama will address the 106th NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
A long-awaited decision by the United States Supreme Court led to a June 25 ruling that preserves the usage of 'disparate impact', an important legal principle sometimes known as the discriminatory effects standard. The majority opinion held that housing discrimination under the nation's 1968 Fair Housing Act (FHA) occurs by effect -- as well as by intent.
As students slip into their summer vacations, it’s up to families to make sure they don’t slip into academic amnesia. Usually, in what is called the summer slide, students forget up to six months of math and reading instruction when they’re not engaged in academic activities between school years.
A Dominican Republic court order threatens to force more than 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians from their homes in an effort that many human rights watchers have called modern-day ethnic cleansing.
I recently decided to digitize my old photos and ran across a ton of family pictures of my first husband as a baby and while he was growing up, along with his family.
On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is “dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is guilty of rewriting history instead of preserving it.
During a South Carolina gubernatorial debate last year, when the topic of the Confederate battle flag on the State Capitol grounds came up, Gov. Haley insisted there was no need to remove the flag.
Less than one week after formally tossing his hat into the race for the 2016 presidency, New Jersey governor Chris Christie says the Republican Party desperately needs to foster and improve relations with the Latino community, not only in New Jersey, but across the country.
Thursday, July 2
One of the first things we are taught as youngsters is to protect ourselves against the cruelty of others who would try to wound us with their words. I recall the childish chant “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”, and how I and other children would use it when our friends, siblings or school yard bullies were being unkind with their words toward us.
Wednesday, July 1
This month Americans celebrate Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, with family picnics, patriotic themed parades, and dazzling fireworks.
As I viewed what was happening in Baltimore on television, I asked myself, several questions; why did this happen, was this the correct strategy to obtain justice, can this happen again somewhere else in America, and why has not something similar occurred given all that blacks have had to endure.
NeNe Leakes has left the building – “bloop.”