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U.S. Minorities to Become Majority Faster than Predicted

U.S. Minorities to Become Majority Faster than Predicted

The United States is on pace to become a minority-majority nation even faster than previously predicted, according to Census Bureau statistics on race and ethnicity released June 13. The percentage of non-Hispanic Whites in the U.S. population reached an all-time low of 63 percent during the year ending July 1. Numerically, that means there are […]

The Power of Urban Radio Begins Registration for October Forum in D.C.

The Power of Urban Radio Begins Registration for October Forum in D.C.

Registration is now open and space is filling fast for the 13th Power of Urban Radio Forum on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Westin City Center in Washington, DC. This will be an exceptional forum of CEOs and global marketers to discuss the strategic importance of the $900 billion African American consumer market as […]

Latest Census Bureau Report Shows African-Americans Lead Ethnic Internet Users

Latest Census Bureau Report Shows African-Americans Lead Ethnic Internet Users

According to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Black households continue to outnumber all ethnic (non-White) households that reported using the Internet. The study says 56.9 percent of all Black homes – or 15.3 million – reported online access and usage in 2011. Among Hispanic households, 14.2 million reported usage, and 4.7 million […]

Sulfur Emissions from Exxon Mobil Leak Harmful to Human Health

Sulfur Emissions from Exxon Mobil Leak Harmful to Human Health

 A leak in one of Exxon Mobil’s sulfur recovery units in Baton Rouge, La. last month resulted in the release of various chemicals harmful to human health, including benzene, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide, claims Exxon’s report to the National Response Center. The Advocate reported that employees rerouted the May 22 gas leak into an […]

A Shameful Parade

A Shameful Parade

It’s hard for me to overlook the shameful parade of sons of celebrated leaders who are in jail or on the way to jail for confessed crimes ranging from bribery, embezzlement and just plain thievery. Their crimes go beyond mere law-breaking. The sons have dishonored a legacy of public service that their fathers helped to […]

Trial to Secure Justice for Trayvon Martin Begins

Trial to Secure Justice for Trayvon Martin Begins

“I believe that’s Trayvon Martin, that’s my baby’s voice. Every mother knows their child, and that’s his voice.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin On Monday of last week, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, finally got underway. The surface facts of the case are not in […]

LBJ’s War On Poverty Still Only Partly Won

LBJ’s War On Poverty Still Only Partly Won

Fifty years ago this week, Medgar Evers, the NAACP regional secretary in Mississippi, was murdered by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Evers’ death received national attention, serving only to strengthen the movement for civil rights. Two years later, President Lyndon Johnson delivered a historic commencement address at Howard University, laying out progress made […]

Government Surveillance: What Goes Around Comes Around

Government Surveillance: What Goes Around Comes Around

  When reading about the knashing of teeth about government surveillance by members of the press in the AP and James Rosen cases and of Americans in general by the National Security Agency my first reaction is, “What goes around comes around.” I don’t recall any overwrought weeping and wailing from the press or the […]

If You Don’t Like Disparities, Try Equality

If You Don’t Like Disparities, Try Equality

Last week I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly established center at George Washington University that is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, DC. This is an important effort, because Washington, DC is such a divided city. “East of the River”, Wards 7 and 8, are the […]

Medgar Evers Would Be Proud

Medgar Evers Would Be Proud

  Fifty years after the NAACP field secretary was assassinated for his work to expand the vote, a new report reaffirms that his sacrifice was not in vain. For the first time in history, African Americans voted at a higher rate (66.2 percent) than non-Hispanic Whites (64.1 percent). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, black […]