Open Carry Gun Laws Won’t Work for Black People Until Racial Bias Abates

Earlier this year, video went viral of a 62-year-old Black grandfather being chocked and tackled by three White men in Florida, an open carry gun state, after one of them saw a gun in his waistband and assumed he was a criminal...
by Brandon Patterson


Chair of Obama’s Board of Advisors on #HBCUs: “Disappointed and Saddened”

The State of HBCUs.  On February 4 in Washington, D.C., Hampton University President Dr. William Harvey had a message for Dr. George Cooper, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, and the Obama Admin...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


CBC: Continuing the Legacy of Advocacy and Change

“The CBC was formed in 1971 because its founders understood that Black lives matter.  Black boys matter.  Black girls matter.  The Black family matters.  The Black church matters.  Black America in its totality matters....
by Charlyn Stanberry



Crazy Rudy Strikes Again: “I Do Not Believe That the President Loves America”

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say — but I do not believe that the president loves America,” said former New York City Mayor and failed presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani during a speech a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


President Obama Said to Be Critical of #HBCUs During CBC Meeting

“These are difficult times for our institutions, our students and their families – even more difficult than when we first began this journey together in 2009.”  — Hampton University President William Harvey,...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Cuban Embargo: It was the principle of the matter

Taxes, death, and the Cuban embargo.  Those have been the guarantees of life for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, the hard-line stance of others always precluded fruitful discourse on el bloqueo.  To endorse any notio...
by Matthew Stieglitz



Justice Reform: 2 Democrats + 2 Republicans = Mandatory Minimum Bill

On February 4, two Democrats and two Republicans joined to re-introduce the Justice Safety Valve Act.  The legislation would give federal judges flexibility in sentences carrying mandatory minimums. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Black Unemployment for Jan. 2015: 10.3%

Black unemployment for January 2015 was 10.3%.  It was 10.4% in december 2014 , so not much change.  Lower But Sill Double: Black Unemployment is 10.4%.  Currently the only groups in America with double digit unemployment ar...
by Lauren Victoria Burke