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Protecting and Advancing Florida’s Position as a Technology Leader

By David Grain, Founder and Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC In the aftermath of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historic vote on net neutrality, policymakers in Washington will continue to debate how to protect the openness and vitality of the transformative medium called the Internet. A broad consensus has emerged over the need for new […]

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A Black U.S. Senator from Maryland?

Sen. Edwards, Sen. Cummings, Sen. Alsobrooks, Sen. Blake or Sen. Brown? With today’s announcement from Senator Barbara Mikuski (D-MD) that she will retire in 2016, there is a wide open opportunity for a Black Democrat in a very blue state to be elected to the U.S. Senate.  In a year where Hillary Clinton is likely to […]

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Losing 2016: Republicans Change Nothing on Immigration

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said it all pretty clearly in January 2013.  Clearly some in the Republican party were not listening.  Instead, Republicans appear to be “strategizing” to make Hispanic voters a even bigger more committed voting bloc. Regarding the GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Project, an outreach effort to minorities, announced by Priebus […]

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Lowest Ratings Since 2009: Did the Selma Oscar 2015 Boycott Work?

Not One Dime in November 2014.  Not One Viewer in February 2015.  Black buying power has always been written about and talked about.  But now, it’s actually being demonstrated in living color and in front of everyone who is paying any attention. It was the energy of the BlackLivesMatter movement after the shooting death of […]

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Shelby Steele Gets Owned By Ta-Nehisi Coates on National TV

Shelby Steele Gets Owned By Ta-Nehisi Coates on National TV.  Few TV talking head moments are worth watching again and again and again.  But here is a winner from last week’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos where asleep apologist for racism Shelby Steele “debates” or rather, gets owned, by The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Steele has a […]


 
 

 
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Rep. Greg Meeks: Rudy Giuliani’s Bigotry Familiar From Time as Mayor

New York Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY), who represents Queens, issued the following statement on comments made by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani last week at a GOP fundraising event. What Giuliani said can be read here. &#...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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The ‘Bad Role Model’ Argument Against Beyonce is BS

Last month, former Arkansas Governor, former Fox News host, and potential 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was on a number of day and nighttime talk shows to discuss comments he made about Beyoncé in his new book, Go...
by Brandon Patterson
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Lamar Davis Balances Public Interest in Role at Arkansas PSC

On January 6, 2015, outgoing Democratic Governor Mike Beebe appointed Lamar Davis to replace Colette Honorable on the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Davis, who served as the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for eight...
by Kristal High
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#AABEPolicySummit Seeks to Increase Black Participation Energy Sector

Thirty-seven years ago, the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) was created to make sure that people of color were positioned to make meaningful inputs on a variety of energy policy issues, like the development of e...
by Kristal High
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An Open Letter from a Black Man to the Muslim Community

Dear Muslim Americans, I stand with you. I hear you and I stand with you because I know. I know what it’s like to feel rejected, to be hated.  I know what it’s like to feel unsafe, like a target.  To wonder if you or some...
by Brandon Patterson
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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
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Rudy Giuliani: The Right’s Latest Poster Boy for Racist Exceptionalism

If Republicans want to shed the marks of extremism and hate that taint their brand, they’ve got a lot of work to do with people like Rudy Giuliani running their mouths. During a fundraising dinner for potential 2016 president...
by Brandon Patterson
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NOBEL Women Asks “How Do You _____ Like A Girl?”

A recent Always ad during this year’s SuperBowl caused quite a stir. It asked viewers, “How do you run like a girl?” Featuring kids and adults of all ages, the commercial sought to shatter modern-day assumptions about a g...
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Obama administration pursuing an emergency stay to move ahead with immigration executive action

Earlier this week a Texas judge issued an injunction that blocked the implementation of the Obama administration’s executive action on immigration that would prevent an estimated five million undocumented immigrants from ...
by Adriana Maestas
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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
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Meet Robert Kenney, Missouri’s Regulator in Chief

In our sound byte culture, where our knowledge of political leaders and policymakers tends to be limited to the “it” figure of the day, whatever personality is being the most polarizing or driving the most controver...
by Kristal High
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Redlining in Sight with Google, AT&T Fiber Rollout?

Google made headlines when, in late January, it announced that it was rolling out gigabit Internet to Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Nashville. Eighteen cities across these metro areas will join Kansas City, Provo, and ...
by Kristal High
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Duke Energy Spearheading Solar Expansion in North, South Carolina

The Southeast is rapidly becoming a hot bed for solar expansion, and Duke Energy is leading the charge.  The company already owns or purchases 600 MW of solar capacity in North Carolina, and today announced that it is seeking ...
by Charlyn Stanberry
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Internet Taxation: Why It Matter in the Open Internet Debate

TAXATION – the one word that makes the average American cringe at its mention.  There’s income taxes, corporate taxes, Social Security taxes, property taxes and sales taxes to name a few. However, how would you feel if...
by Charlyn Stanberry
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#BlackLivesMatter Doesn’t Mean that All Lives Don’t

Many critics of the Black Lives Matter Movement have tried to paint the movement as anti-police and anti-White-people. Many have called the phrase “Black lives matter” racist and exclusionary.  According to them, it says t...
by Brandon Patterson
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Kamala Harris continues to pile up endorsements in California Senate race

Although she is the only declared candidate, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has been racking up endorsements in the race to become the next U.S. Senator from the Golden State. The other major Democratic would-be cand...
by Adriana Maestas
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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
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Even Kendrick Lamar’s View of Black Respectability is Problematic

Let me preface this by saying Kendrick Lamar is incredibly talented and is easily one of the realest dudes in hip hop right now. That said, I’m still not here for his respectability politics on “The Blacker the Berr...
by Brandon Patterson
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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
 

 

 
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Last Meeting: 611 Days Ago. Black Caucus To Meet #Obama

611 Days. Their last meeting was June 9, 2013 — and that was after a 790 day break from the last meeting before that.  Not that I’m counting or anything.  Group meetings between the Black Caucus and President Oba...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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