Washington, DC – This is a monumental, and memorable week for mass incarceration and prison reform. On Monday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders, Wednesday at the 106th NAACP Convention in Philadelphia he announced his support for extensive prison reform, and on Thursday, he became the first seated president to visit a federal prison. For those deeply rooted in the fight to end mass incarceration, these events and announcements provide an encouraging push toward justice, according to Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network's LIVE FREE Campaign,
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 02:15
Commentary by Leslie Fields-Cruz, executive director of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)
Since the terrorist attack in Charleston, S.C. you've watched the news clips, listened to the experts. You've checked your social media sites regularly, liking, sharing and commenting. You've signed online petitions, attended marches and joined prayer circles. You explain to your child – yet again – what systemic racism is about and why someone would shoot innocent people in a church, why a government would disenfranchise 250,000 black Dominicans of Haitian descent, why a police officer would deliberately throw an African-American teenage girl to the ground at a pool party, why another unarmed black man has been shot by the police, and why news agencies avoid reporting on the series of Black church burnings, even when there's a historic precedence that relates such burnings to acts of hate and racism. As the words pour out of your mouth, you recognize this as an age-old conversation had between a Black parent and his or her child – a talk that is at least 400 years old.
Ball-Lacy seeks to launch reality show highlighting Blacks in STEM
Monday, 03 August 2015 16:50
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Let's face it: reality television is not doing Black people any favors.
Often, the prevailing image of Black people in almost every reality show is one of dysfunction, savagery and buffoonery. Seldom are African-Americans shown in a positive light. Even those who have achieved successes prior to television somehow seem cartoonish when shown under the lights of reality TV.
James Garrett, Jr, 4RM+ULA managing partner and architect responded to a question I asked him recently... whether he considered himself Latino or Black. I want to share the full content of his powerful response. Having spent 10 years building my genealogy/family trees on both sides of my family, I learned that I do not have 'Spanish blood' but rather sangre from other european populations and former slave masters in a very similar combination to many of my Afro-Latino friends/family.
Thousands march nearly 900 miles in Journey for justice
Monday, 03 August 2015 13:39
Curtis Bunn, Urban News Service
SELMA, Alabama--The movement that began in a bungalow is traveling nearly 900 miles to the home of Dr. King's "Dream."
A coalition of organizations, led by the NAACP, embarked Saturday on an 860-mile, 40-day, 40-night march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. This initiative recalls the original Civil Rights Movement.
An open letter to Comcast concerning upcoming King "Tut" movie
Monday, 03 August 2015 12:10
Op Ed by Les Lester
I have issued a complaint with the FCC about the blatant racism of the upcoming three-part mini-series "Tut," set to air on Sunday, July 19-21, 2015, on Spike TV a Comcast channel. The FCC's follow-up directive is that I contact you, Comcast, the cable provider about my grievance.
Lawyers ask court to drop Mall of America protest charges
Monday, 03 August 2015 12:03
Lead attorneys Jordan Kushner and Bruce Nestor for the legal team representing 10 of 11 individuals identified as alleged "ringleaders" of the #BlackLivesMatter peaceful demonstration at the Mall of America in December filed motions on July 1 to dismiss all charges. Motions to dismiss charges for another 25 individuals charged as a result of the peaceful demonstration were also filed.