THE MYTH OF MERITOCRACY

William Singer is going to jail. He's the man who masterminded the college cheating scandal, collecting more than $25 million in bribes between 2011 and 2018 for helping the children of millionaires get into college through what he called "the side door." More than 50 people got caught up in his scam, including a couple of well-known actresses, and some not so well known corporate CEOs who were willing to pay big money to get their unqualified children into elite colleges like Yale, Georgetown, and Stanford. Singer's unsavory antics were outrageous – hiring people to take ACT and SAT scores for young people, photo-shopping photos onto athletic bodies, lying about student's background and ath

LET'S CALL THE WHITE TERRORISTS OUT

An Australian white nationalist man who says he hates immigrants acted out his hate by murdering at least 49 people and seriously injuring dozens more. He directed his ire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, after posting a hate-filled manifesto that was replete with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ranting. It is important to know that it was a WHITE man, not a person of color, who perpetrated the most deadly mass shooting in New Zealand. It is essential to call out the WHITE terrorists that too many are too timid to call out by name. They are called nationalist, but when they go on gun-toting rampages, especially in places of worship, this is not nationalism; it is te

LET'S CLAMP DOWN ON TOBACCO AND VAPING PRODUCT ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Nearly half a million people die every year from complications from smoking. About a tenth of them never put a cigarette to their lips – they die from exposure to second-hand smoke. Death from tobacco is, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of preventable death. But too many people, enticed by advertising, think that smoking is so "cool" that they embrace it. And the tobacco industry spent more than $9 billion on smoking advertising, or about a million dollars an hour. For too many, cigarettes are a desperate addiction, encouraged by pernicious advertising. The addiction hits folks of color – Black and brown folks -- hardest. We are more likely to be exposed

THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS: NOT ALWAYS IN HEADLINES, BUT NEVER ON THE SIDELINES

What does the Congressional Black Caucus do? It takes Majority Whip James Clyburn to make it understandable. "It's not only what we make happen, but what we stop from happening," Clyburn told a standing room only crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Black History Month Celebration on February 26. His words are instructive for folks who get their news from sound bites and tweets. The legislative process is rarely fully televised, and those who put brakes on nonsense proposals never make the headlines. The February 26 event made it clear, in celebration, that the Congressional Black Caucus is often effective on the front lines and the sidelines. The 116th Congress includes

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