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Donald Trump seems intent on undoing every piece of legislation put in place by former President Barack Obama—and because he’s president, the spotlight usually shines on him. But all along, his cohort, Jeff Sessions, has been flying under the radar, doing some critical dismantling on his own. Sessions is also on a mission to destroy the work of his black predecessor, former Attorney General Eric Holder. On Wednesday, Sessions announced he’s rolling back policies Holder and Obama established to insure equality under the law. Basically, Sessions wants to increase racial profiling by bringing back harsher penalties for low level drug…
Every year, an average of 37 children die from being locked inside a hot car in the U.S. Since 1994, 804 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars, according to Kids and Cars, an advocacy center that conducts research on car-related dangers surrounding children. It’s heartbreaking—an unspeakable tragedy that could be avoided. When we hear stories of infants and toddlers dying in their car seats, while parents leave them unattended for hours, we think, “How could anyone possibly forget their child?” Well, as crazy as it sounds, it happens. In approximately 55 percent of cases, the parent was unaware…
Activist Tamika D. Mallory says the organization’s silence illustrates “a disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America.” NewsOne Staff It’s been two weeks since Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on charges related to the death of Philando Castile and several activists are calling out the National Rifle Association for their failure to address the issue, reports CNN. According to the outlet, activist Tamika D. Mallory penned a letter to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Wednesday, criticizing the organization for not publicly defending Castile and his family. “You are responsible for an organization that claims to be…

Being Healthy is to Pursue Happiness

Written by Friday, June 30, 2017
The epic fail, known as the American Care Act, which the GOP drafted in secret, then tried to rush past lawmakers before the July 4th break, is the latest in a series of Trump mishaps since he took office in January. The badly written bill, which would devastate poor, elderly and low income Americans, failed to get enough Senate support, even from Republicans. Conservatives say the attempt at replacing Obamacare didn’t go far enough. Meanwhile, the president threw himself a fundraiser for re-election. Really? Five months on the job, and no major legislation to show for (with the exception of…

Time to Get Movin’

Written by Thursday, June 22, 2017
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big advocate of physical fitness. The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated, especially as one gets older. Exercising is one of those things that often goes under appreciated. The value may not be apparent until you have an injury, come down with an illness or have to run for your life. This is what separates the fit from the unfit. In most cases, the person who has been working out all along will recover quicker from sickness and be able to move faster in an emergency. If you haven’t exercised in a…

Appreciating Father’s Day

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
On Mother’s Day, I overheard a man tell his family as they were leaving the restaurant, “Remember now, I want y’all to do the same thing for me on Father’s Day.” Everyone laughed, but the reality is we are all too familiar with the fact that many men feel cheated when compared to moms. Watch any sporting event, or award show and you’ll hear more shout-outs to mom. To be fair, there are many more absent fathers than mothers, so some of the father snubs are well deserved. But those men who stuck around to help raise their kids—married or…

Celebrating Black Music Month

Written by Friday, June 09, 2017
At the end of the day, there is nothing that makes a black gathering come together better than black music. Second to food, black music provides “magic” that makes every setting special, whether it is R&B, soul, blues, jazz, gospel or hip hop. June is the official time to observe Black Music Month, and like Black History Month, an ideal time to learn and teach others about African American culture. Although popularized by nearly every race and culture, the history of black music in America was born from pain. Gospel and blues are expressions of injustice and oppression, whether it…
It’s no secret that in communities of color, payday loan companies are everywhere. Easy money lenders know Black and Hispanic Americans are paid the least, making it harder for them to make ends meet between paydays. They see us coming. Advocates of this type of predatory lending argue that they are providing a valuable service by offering help to those who could not get access to money in other ways, due to poor credit. But if their intentions are so good, why did Republicans try so hard to protect them from reasonable government regulations. The L.A. Times did an excellent…

My Message to Graduates

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
As this school year comes to a close, graduates will, no doubt, think about the things they can finally leave behind like books, getting up early and going to classes they don’t like. They’ll be glad to ditch the studying—even if only for a summer. If you are a graduate, there will be a lot of emphasis on what you’re graduating from, but there may not be much thought on what you will be graduating to. You may or may not know what’s next. High school, college, graduate school, a job or a year off to figure it out. There…

Can We Say the I-Word Yet?

Written by Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ever since Trump was inaugurated as president in January, political foes have been waiting for his demise. Resistance rose to a new high, stirred in part by disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters. The most immediate proof was the thousands of women’s and anti-Trump rallies that took place the day after President No. 45 was sworn in. Some occurred the day after the election. It didn’t take long, though, for Trump to become his own worst enemy. First there was the failed travel ban on Muslim countries, and hiccups in the healthcare plan. Now, in office barely 4 months, Trump is at…
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