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.
Monday, 03 August 2015 11:54
Ahmed Tharwat, Host Arab American TV show BelAhdan
On the job application that I filled out 30 years ago, Arabs and people of Middle-Eastern descent were included in the box under "white."
Lots of Arabs didn't mind that and enjoyed the ride of white privilege at least on paper. In the good old days, that is before the 9/11 tragedy, which changed the Americans' psyche toward Arabs and Muslims forever, Arabs thought of themselves as invisible, and racism and racial profiling were just Black issues, not theirs.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. begins South Carolina manifesto, Medicaid crusade in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina
Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:29
South Carolina (July 28, 2015) — "On July 28, 2015, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., national civil rights leader and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, led a spirited town hall meeting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, calling on Governor Nikki Haley to reconsider her decision to reject nearly $1.2 billion in Medicaid money for the state in 2016. Joined by State Representative John King and Former State Representative James Felder, Rev. Jackson led a full crowd of Rock Hill residents at the Freedom Center in a rousing call for Medicaid expansion.
New robotic-arm assisted technology transforms joint replacement surgery
Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:27
Champions Tour professional golfer Hal Sutton (left) and Dr. Robert Hartman of Twin Cities Orthopedics (right) pose with the Stryker Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology during a free arthritis seminar at the Hilton Minneapolis on July 28, 2015.
The National Bar Association demands the removal of the confederate flag and eradication of systematic racism
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:11
Washington, DC – The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, educators and law students, is calling for an immediate change in the attitude and acceptance of the Confederate flag in this country. The flag is viewed as a symbol of oppression, racial inequality and hatred in the African American community; one that citizens of all races, creeds and color are fighting to be removed from our society. The National Bar Association will not sit quietly and observe the Confederate flag debate from the sidelines. Starting today, the organization will call out any states or companies who support the continued production and hanging of a symbol that offends a large portion of this country and reminds African Americans of a time when they were considered property not people.
Disparities persist in wealth, housing, and education
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:04
BALTIMORE, MD – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) heard from Baltimore clergy, community leaders, and academics on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at a forum to discuss the vast disparities in economic conditions for African Americans and whites.