BLACK WOMEN WILL RISE DESPITE UNEQUAL TREATMENT

Lots of women’s organizations commemorate Equal Pay Day, which this year was April 5. It meant that women, in general, would have had to work all of 2016, and until April 5, 2017, to earn the same amount of money that a man earned in 2016. Few will recognize July 31, 2017, which is the day by which African American women will have to work to earn the same money a man earned last year – seven extra months! A Latina woman will work until October, or nearly 10 extra months, to earn the same money a man earned. I wonder about our “women’s coalitions” when majority women’s organizations, like the National Organization for Women, are silent for Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Does it matter to th

GET WELL SOON, SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN

I don’t agree with Arizona Senator John McCain about very much, but I was saddened by his recent diagnosis of brain cancer. He says he will be back on the Senate floor soon, sparring with Democrats. I say, “Bring it on, McCain.” McCain is a patriot. He has been a thorn in 45’s side since the 2016 campaign. He has been especially critical of the occupant of the Oval Office on his relationship with Russia. He is a principled Republican, quite a contrast to 45. He has been fierce, feisty, and also gracious. When McCain lost the Presidential election in November 2008, his concession speech was an exceptional acknowledgement of an historic election, and its symbolic importance to African Am

HUGH PRICE’S AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE: LESSONS AND BLESSINGS

Hugh Price was the seventh leader (from 1994 through 2002) of the National Urban League, the civil rights organization founded in 1910 to help African American migrants assimilate into urban life, to provide opportunities for urban migrants, and to eliminate segregation in our nation. Price, an attorney, activist, writer, and foundation executive was well-suited for that work, for which he may be best known, but Urban League work is only part of his legacy. Price is scheduled to share his reflective autobiography This African American Life (Blair, 2017) during the National Urban League convention that begins July 26 in St. Louis. I’m sure that many of his colleagues will enjoy his reflect

ARE YOU BETTER OFF IN A 45 PRESIDENCY?

The man who currently occupies the Oval Office (I call him 45, but y ’all know his name, and we don’t call it because we do not believe in feeding bloated egos), promised to “Make America Great Again”. He said that he would create jobs, generate economic growth, and create a new and better health care environment than the one we got from the Affordable Care Act. Instead, he has found himself stuck in the muddy quicksand of wanting to repeal, but not replace, the legislation that provided health insurance for more than 20 million people. When he was a candidate, 45 claimed that unemployment data was false and manipulated. As President, he has touted the unemployment rate improvement as evi

IS THERE NO DECENCY?

During the 2016 campaign, our 45th President once promised that he would be “so Presidential that it will be boring.” If only. Instead, he has managed to irk even his Republican allies by wallowing in the muck of name-calling, yet again, belittling a woman for her looks. Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski, 45 tweeted, was still “bleeding from her facelift” when he saw her during the New Year’s holiday. He also disparaged Brzezinski’s intelligence and poked fun at her co-host Joe Scarborough. Dozens of Republicans, including leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), have scolded the President on his language in the June 29 tweets. Some have used terms like “civility” and “decency” to d

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