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Remembering Senator Edward Brooke III

By Nicholas Buford Just a few short days after the start of 2015, a political giant was called from work on Earth. Edward Brooke, the first Black United States Senator since Reconstruction, passed away in his Florida home. Brooke, a Republican from Massachusetts, would break down barriers and open the door for opportunity to many future lawmakers during […]

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Republican Senator Drops “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Committee Name

Just Another Moment in GOP Growth and Opportunity. Just in case anyone is wondering how the new Republican controlled Senate will deal with civil rights issues, wonder no more.  There’s a new Republican Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and he is making moves.  And the Republican Chairman’s […]

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Only African American on St. Louis Board of Elections Removed

“When you have a county that has at least 45 percent minority population you would hope that would be reflected on the St. Louis County Board of Elections. As of right now every single member of the St. Louis County Board of Elections is white.” Senator Chappelle-Nadal added. Ferguson? Michael Who? For those who believe “voting doesn’t […]

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Positive Vibes From Ferguson Activists After Dinner With Black Caucus

Youth Movement.  ”Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The names Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice — and countless more.  Too many more. That is the […]

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Eight Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

FERGUSON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.  Think that Ferguson related legislation can’t pass the Republican controlled House and Senate? Think again. What is the one issue that congressional Republicans and Democrats have found rare agreement on? Criminal justice reform.   The passage of the Death in Custody Reporting Act through the Republican controlled House in 2013 demonstrated that.  The […]


 
 

 
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2,000 Dead: Black Caucus Chair Comments on #BokoHaram Massacre

Nigerian Massacre. As the mainstream media focuses on the news of twelve journalists being murdered in Paris, the story of a massacre in Nigeria is almost completely ignored.  News reports out of Nigeria indicate that over 2,...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#NewsOneNow on Blowup: @RolandSMartin’s Show Doubles Audience, #1 with Blacks

Roland Martin Show Blowing Up. In television’s super-competitive world of getting people to pay attention, Roland Martin’s daily news and entertainment TV show is blowing up on TVOne. Roland Martin’s daily s...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Butterfield: New Black Caucus Chair Talks Black Agenda + Strategy

If you were the new Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) beginning your time as Chairman when the first Black President of the United States was in his last two years, what would your plan be? If you were Chair at a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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President Obama to propose plans for 2 years of free community college

President Obama announced on Thursday that he is proposing a program that would pay the community college tuition of students who are making steady progress toward degree completion. According to the White House, the program wo...
by Adriana Maestas
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That Part of the New CBC Chair’s Speech That Ran the Stats on Black America

The current stats of Black America.  ”Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office,” said President Obama at a December 19, 2014 press conference. Th...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Sabio software developer program trains women & minorities for careers in tech

Right before the holidays I had the opportunity to watch a cohort of seven adults, six Latinos and one African American, graduate from Los Angeles-based Sabio software developer bootcamp. This 13 week bootcamp program is unique...
by Adriana Maestas
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Bruce Allen Confirms Redskins Fans Worst Fears at Annual Presser

Winning Off the Field. In a press conference layered with emotional detachment and evasive non-answers on key issues, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen proceeded to tick off and disappoint fans, reporters, and anyone else wa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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DA Who Failed to Indict Cop Who Killed Eric Garner to Run for Congress

New York Republican and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is set to run for the seat of soon-to-be-former Rep. Michael Grimm (D-NY).  Grimm is about to formally resign from Congress at the start of the 114th Congres...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Cedric Richmond Plays Olivia Pope for Steve Scalise

Who Needs Olivia Pope? Rep. Cedric Richmond Continues Steve Scalise Rehabilitation Tour.  Fellow Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) was out of the gate before Speaker John Boehner to assist embattled House Republ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Mia Love to Join Congressional Black Caucus

Rep.-Elect Mia Love will join the Congressional Black Caucus according to sources close to the situation. The last Republican member to join the Black Caucus was former Rep. Allen West of Florida. During his time in Congress,...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Are Cameras the Answer to Police Brutality?

THEROOT.COM: “I can’t believe that in the 21st century in the United States of America, we can’t get a simple indictment for a murder of a man that was caught on videotape,” said New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke hou...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Pelosi Merges Steve Scalise with GOP Views on Voting Rights

Actions Speak Louder Than Whatever Happened in 2002.  In a statement that merges conservatives views, Steve Scalise’s 2002 address to a white extremist group, and policy important to minorities, House Democratic Leader ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Cedric Richmond Helps Out Steve Scalise

Today it was revealed by blogger Lamar White that, in 2002, the third most powerful Republican in the House addressed a white supremacist group founded by David Duke.  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), spoke to the European-Amer...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Autopsy Reveals Ezell Ford Was Shot in the Back, Rep. Karen Bass Comments

  Ezell Ford was shot dead by police in California two days after Mike Brown was killed by former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Missouri.  Both were unarmed.  Ford’s case happened in the time frame as the ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#Selma’s Holds Many Unintended Lessons

  The movie Selma, which debuted on Christmas Day, is an eerily timely film detailing a history not taught in American schools shown in a long time. There’s the obvious truth we already knew:  That Dr. Martin Luther...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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The Fight for a Microphone and Leadership

President Obama invited Ferguson’s leaders into the Oval Office on December 1, but could they get an invite to speak on a bandstand on the very issue they pushed into the news around the world? Nah.  Speech, press confe...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Why Charles Ramsey is a Interesting Choice for a Task Force on New Policing

Yesterday, President Obama named Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey as a co-chair of a Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  That’s an interesting choice since Ramsey has had a career that reflects a more ol...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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The Movement and the Plan After the March

We’ve seen it before: The injustice, the reactions, the non-stop talking and tweeting after yet another headline grabbing tragedy.  We’ve seen the hours of commentary, the “think pieces,” the marches, t...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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57 Dems Have No Business Asking Anyone Why They Don’t Vote

57 Democrats. ”Protesters I’ve talked to, they’re not interested in politics, they don’t think that it works for them and they don’t think they should be part of the system.  I think while we ta...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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ITFA Lives to Fight Another Day

As the holiday gift that keeps on giving, the Cromnibus, passed in the final hours of the 113th Congress, once again extended the moratorium on Internet access taxes for another year.  Though a permanent solution has yet to be...
by Kristal High
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