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In Flint, ‘We Charge Genocide’

In Flint, ‘We Charge Genocide’

Previously, I’ve written about environmental racism and the untold and unpredictable impact it had and will have on communities of color. Common to these episodes have been motives of profit and financial gain. Additionally, there’s been a total disregard for the welfare and humanity of affected communities. You are probably aware of the callous and […]

Microcosm, micro-aggression, and the ‘offended generation’

Microcosm, micro-aggression, and the ‘offended generation’

ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS NNPA COLUMNIST Scores of dead White men glared back at them from the walls of the college dorm. The thought that some of these esteemed alumni could have actually owned their ancestors have apparently haunted the dreams of some of the privileged, elite students at Yale so much that they took to the […]

The return of the ‘happy slave’

The return of the ‘happy slave’

Despite the obviously cruel nature of chattel slavery and the well-documented atrocities used to maintain it, the much-loved White American fantasy of the “happy slave” is periodically resurrected. This sick propaganda has two important functions. It trivializes any demand, complaint or expression of anger from Black people as being insignificant. It also gives White people […]

Emptying Black city centers is a bipartisan affair

Emptying Black city centers is a bipartisan affair

It has taken the poisoning of an entire city of 100,000 people – 52 percent of them Black – to draw national attention to the human effects of systematic corporatization of the public sphere under neoliberal U.S. capitalism. Republican Governor Rick Synder promises to “fix” the ruined water infrastructure of Flint, Mich., now hopelessly corroded […]

Black women underrepresented in public office

Black women underrepresented in public office

Report cities low numbers in key local, state and national positions BY JAMES WRIGHT TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Despite the high-profiled Black women office holders like Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) and the women of the Congressional Black Caucus, Black women hold few elected positions, particularly in statewide offices, […]

‘Period of uncertainty’ about Iran deal

‘Period of uncertainty’ about Iran deal

BY SARAH PARVINI LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS LOS ANGELES — Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed dreams of hopping on a plane from John F. Kennedy International Airport straight to Iran, where she would spend weeks learning about her roots. It is, for the 22-year-old, one of the simple, hoped-for fruits of a nuclear accord with Iran. Roozbeh […]

Hoverboards under review amid safety concerns

Hoverboards under review amid safety concerns

BY ED BLAZINA PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE PITTSBURGH — Hoverboards went from virtually unknown in the United States a year ago to the hottest gadget around this past Christmas. Estimates are that manufacturers, most of them in China, have sold millions of the two-wheel, battery-operated vehicles here in the past year for prices ranging […]

Florida’s Finest – January 29, 2016

Florida’s Finest – January 29, 2016

Quarterback Cam Newton, 26, will lead the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 in California. A University of Florida Gator in 2007 and 2008, he earned his bachelor’s degree last year from Auburn University.  (JEFF SINER/CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS) Toni Braxton is making headlines this month as a movie about her life gained rave […]

Remembering the Challenger disaster

Remembering the Challenger disaster

Exploring the lessons learned after seven astronauts were killed 30 years ago BY MARCO SANTANA AND KEVIN SPEAR ORLANDO SENTINEL/ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE A little more than a minute after launch and high above Kennedy Space Center, shuttle Challenger was ripped apart after failure of a rubber seal allowed a spurt of rocket flame to […]

What a difference a few years has made for The Weeknd

What a difference a few years has made for The Weeknd

BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE During his 2012 set at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the Weeknd was every bit the fledgling artist. Unsure of himself onstage or in front of thousands of screaming fans, his first showing in the desert didn’t deliver on the hype surrounding his […]