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Expressing their independence

Expressing their independence

The Daytona Destiny Drum Line does its thing at the Fourth of July parade in Daytona Beach. Members of the Tin Lizz Unit of the Bahia Shriners also revved up the parade held on Independence Day. (DUANE C. FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown’s song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.”  Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, “Democrats ain’t loyal.” They ain’t, to borrow the vernacular. Although people of color comprised 45 percent of […]

Debt settlement programs misleading

Debt settlement programs misleading

oweYou’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing. In reality, however, consumers mired in debt may […]

SCOTUS seeks to gut labor unions

SCOTUS seeks to gut labor unions

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris v Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating on their behalf. The Supreme Court’s conservative majority justified this decision purportedly on the basis […]

The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court’s conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about “religious freedom.” In the one case, involving the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and the Conestoga Wagon Specialties company, which makes wood cabinets, the majority ruled that a federal law guaranteeing “religious […]

Plenty of rain, wrecks at the racetrack

Plenty of rain, wrecks at the racetrack

Opinions differ on shortened Coke Zero 400 BY DAVID SCOTT CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/MCT One thing is certain at the conclusion of a rain-shortened race: The winner thinks it was called at the right time, and those who didn’t win wish it could have continued. That was the case Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, where Aric Almirola […]

Report: All students benefit by having minority teachers

Report: All students benefit by having minority teachers

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both Whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress (CAP). “A study of the relationship between the presence of African-American teachers in […]

Possible Black majority at Daytona City Hall

Possible Black majority at Daytona City Hall

Election of  Miller and Moore would create another historic commission for Daytona Beach BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A previous commissioner and a longtime political insider are vying for two open seats on the Daytona Beach City Commission. Steve Miller, who served on the commission from 1993-1995 in Zone 5, is seeking to unseat […]

No repeat of 2009 on Orange Avenue

No repeat of 2009 on Orange Avenue

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “It’s a great day in Daytona Beach and a great day in Zone 6,” Paula Reed, Daytona Beach City Commissioner said last week at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Orange Avenue Reconstruction Project held at James Huger Park on Orange Avenue. The project is more than 20 years in […]

Beaten, branded and abused: Black girls disproportionately victims of trafficking

Beaten, branded and abused: Black girls disproportionately victims of trafficking

Editor’s note:  This is part one of a three-part series on sexual slavery and Black America. It follows a special edition last year that explored the subject. Sex trafficking plagues young Black girls and a growing legion of advocates is working to help rescue children who’ve been pimped out and to prevent others from being […]