deacon1 Culture

Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, […]

scott-booker National

What Partisan Gridlock? Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott Join on LEAP Act

In an era of partisan gridlock two senators from opposing parties have come together with legislation aimed at putting Americans back to work. It becomes more noteworthy that the two senators are the only African-Americans in the United States Senate. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced the Leveraging and Energizing America’s […]

Georgians Go To The Polls During Early Voting Before General Election Culture

Election 2014: Georgia 1+2+3 = Modern Voting Rights Movement #GA123

Last week I participated in #GA123 — one of the most cutting edge civic engagement events this election cycle. This “cross-platform” social media conference attracted over a hundred political leaders from the southeast region including representatives from labor, progressives, civil rights, women, youth and people of color. Featured speakers included AFL-CIO Executive Council member and […]

Voto Latino Power Summit 2014 Voice Your Vote

Voto Latino celebrates 10 year anniversary with Power Summit in NYC

Voto Latino, a civic engagement organization that targets young Latinos, is celebrating its ten year anniversary. For the past two days in New York City, young Latinos have been attending the first of four Power Summits being held throughout the country. The goal of the Power Summit conferences is to educate and empower young people […]

3guys Culture

Rep. Thompson Drops Bill for Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney Gold Medal

Rep. Bennie Thompson filed legislation this week to award three murdered civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, the Congressional Gold Medal.  The fiftieth anniversary of their murders is in June.  The three civil rights’ workers were shot dead at close range in June of 1964 by members of the Ku Klux […]



Local VA Officials to Host 3 Health Care Enrollfest Events Before Deadline

#ENROLLFEST. With only two days to the deadline and 6 million signed up, Rep. Bobby Scott and a group of local elected officials hosted a well attended enrollfest event today in Petersburg, Va.  The event is one of four in Vir...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Mayor of Charlotte Pat Cannon Must Have Missed Ray Nagin Case

Ray Nagin, former Mayor of New Orleans Kwame Kilpatrick, former Mayor of Detroit Jack Johnson, former County Exec of Prince Georges County, Md. Washington DC Council members Michael Brown, Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas… If wha...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Rep. Fattah Asks Obama Admin. to Redirect Toyota Cash to Mentoring

  Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) sent a letter to President Obama asking the Administration to redirect funds from the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation to youth mentoring programs. On March...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Federal Inmates: Immigration Arrests Now Second Only to Drug Busts

When it comes to federal prisoners, immigration offenses is now second only to drug offenses according to data from the Bureau of Prisons.  There are currently 98,554 prisoners in for drug related offenses.  In second place i...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Selma: Oprah to Produce Martin Luther King Biopic, Ava DuVernay to Direct

It was just announced that you’re producing the film “Selma,” about Dr. King’s 1965 voting rights campaign during the civil rights movement. “We just started the process and actually I just closed the deal with Pa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Florida GOP Moves to Block Details of Stand Your Ground Cases

Owned by the NRA? Well it looks as if the Tampa Bay Times’ review of 200 cases Stand Your Ground Cases has hit home.   To say that the law is prosecuted and enforced “unevenly” would be an understatement.  ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke

Cesar Chavez film 2

Cesar Chavez movie provides one dimensional portrayal of a multidimensional man

Last night I had the opportunity to see the Cesar Chavez movie in Orange County, California. I did not have high expectations for the film given director Diego Luna’s limited experience directing high profile projects and...
by Adriana Maestas


Cesar Chavez movie

Cesar Chavez opens today amid high expectations from Latino community

The highly anticipated Cesar Chavez film opens this weekend (I have already seen it listed in theaters for Thursday in Southern California), and Latino serving organizations have been ramping up the publicity for the film. Labo...
by Adriana Maestas


Rev. R.B. Holmes: Standing Ground Against Bad Policy and Moving Black America Forward

Speaking before a standing room only crowd at the National Press Club, the Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes announced the formation of a 40 member National Pastor’s Task Force to have “Stand Your Ground” laws repealed across the coun...
by Kristal High



Bill O’Reilly Wants You to Believe Paul Ryan Isn’t a Race Hustler, But Barbara Lee Is

Remember that it was Rep. Paul Ryan who said this two weeks ago on a radio show: “We have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working, and just generations of men not even thinking ab...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Google Honors Dorothy Height

Today Google honored what would have been the 102nd birthday of civil rights leader Dorothy Height.  Height died in 2010. Height kept her focus on the advancement of African-American women as the long time President of the Nat...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Constituent to Ryan: You Meant What You Said.

NBC News’ Frank Thorpe is reporting that a constituent took Rep. Paul Ryan to task for his “inner city” comments at a listening session in Racine, Wisc. “You said what you meant,” said Alfonso Gardner, a 6...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Was the Netflix-Comcast Deal Inevitable?

Stop me if you’ve been here before; it’s a weeknight, nothing’s on TV, you’ve had a rough day, and it’s time to just relax on the couch.  You turn on Netflix, time to binge watch House of Cards for, oh, say the next ...
by Kristian Ramos



Report: racial disparities in discipline and access to preschool persist

A new report was released on Friday showing that in U.S. public schools are inequitable when it comes to access to preschool and discipline. According to the Los Angeles Times: “Two-fifths of the nation’s public sch...
by Adriana Maestas


Father of Jordan Davis: “Black People Are the Most Forgiving People in the World”

“Black people are the most forgiving people in the world.  We have taken it for years,” said Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis to a group of black pubishers.  Davis was speaking to members of the National News...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



NY Dream Act defeated in NY Senate

A bill that would have provided tuition assistance to college-age undocumented youth died in the New York Senate on Monday, March 17. The bill failed in a 30-29 vote, and all 28 GOP Senators voted against the bill. In the New Y...
by Adriana Maestas


For profit colleges under the spotlight again in California

A recent audit of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, a California agency that oversees nonprofit and for profit educational institutions that provide career and technical training, shows that the bureau is failing ...
by Adriana Maestas



A High-Speed Vision For Our Community

By:  Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable National Coalition on Black Civic Participation         “Solemn or sassy, women have always had something important t...
by Guest Contributor


Black Press Chief: Black Press Disrespected During Obama Years

This morning on NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPA) wire service Editor-in-Chief George Curry said the black press has been disrespected in recent years. “There is a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Florida: Reps. Corrine Brown and Bobby Scott Testify on Stand Your Ground Changes

In Tallahassee, Fla., yesterday, Reps. Corrine Brown (D-FL) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) testified on Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The law received national attention in 2012 after police in Sanford, Fla., rel...
by Lauren Victoria Burke