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Glenda Westerfield: So, CNN Thinks that the Face of Welfare is Black?

August 13, 2011 30 comments

glenda westerfield, cnn, welfare, african americans, black politics

by Glenda Westerfield, JD

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New Jeans Help Brothers “Sag” a Little More Efficiently

August 4, 2011 7 comments

Your Black World reports.

Be prepared to witness the “genius” of urban marketing.  New Sagz jeans are built for those men who just don’t want to take the time to pull up their pants, but also want the mobility they would have if they actually did.   The jeans come with built-in boxer shorts that clamp to the waste as tightly as a belt, but still give the world a chance to see your underwear.

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Dems Demand GOP Condemn “Most Racist, Sexist Ad Ever”

June 15, 2011 1 comment

Your Black World Staff

It’s election season, so you know what that means: More racist (and in this case, sexist) ads from the Republican Party! Read more…

Anthony Graves: Another Black Man Almost Executed For A Crime He Didn’t Commit..Where Does It End?

June 15, 2011 1 comment

Elliot Millner, J.D.

Some of you may already be familiar with the story of Anthony Graves, a Black man who spent 18 years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit. While the present prosecutor admits that there wasn’t any evidence linking Graves to the crime he was incarcerated for, that didn’t stop him from being sentenced to death. Just another example (if you still need one) of how easily an innocent person can be wrongly convicted, particularly if that person is poor and Black. Read more…

GOP Budget Plan: Cut Programs for Low-Income Women and Children

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Elliot Millner

In news that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the standard positions of Republican lawmakers, the GOP-controlled House plans to propose large cuts to programs aimed at assisting low-income women and children. This while the House Appropriations Committee plans to pass a measure that will increase the Pentagon’s operating budget (while slightly cutting costs for overseas military operations). Read more…

Republicans Decide to Attack Obama at Debate, Save Each Other for Later

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Elliot Millner

In the first of what will be many debates, the seven Republican candidates present generally avoided taking swipes at each other (and particularly supposed front-runner Mitt Romney), and focused the majority of their energy attacking the polices of President Obama. Read more…

Gucci Lawsuit: Boss Made Jokes About Blacks Being 3/5 of Human Beings

June 14, 2011 2 comments

Elliot Millner

Details relating to the lawsuit filed by a former Gucci attorney alleging racial discrimination continue to emerge. Although the suit initially garnered attention because the company allegedly attempted to swindle more money out of singer Rihanna, now even more disturbing allegations have been revealed. Read more…

Prince George’s County, Maryland: “Most Affluent Black County” Suffering Massive Foreclosures, Other Problems

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Elliot Millner

According to a recent story, Prince George’s County, Maryland, long considered the most affluent Black county in the U.S., is now suffering a foreclosure crisis that is by far the worst in the state of Maryland. Foreclosure sales in the county have jumped from 34 percent in 2009 to 51 percent so far this year. The rise in foreclosures is having a negative impact on other areas of life in the county as well. Read more…

FBI Giving Agents More Powers: Should We Be Concerned?

June 13, 2011 4 comments

Elliot Millner

According to a recent report, updates to a FBI manual (Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide) will provide the FBI’s approximately 14,000 agents with even more authority in searching and keeping surveillance on American citizens. These new powers will include searching organizational databases, expanded usage of lie detector tests, and extra leeway in going through household trash. Read more…

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.: One Of The First “Thrown Under The Bus” Continues To Speak Out

June 13, 2011 2 comments

Elliot Millner

In a sermon given recently at Shorter Community A.M.E Church in Denver, Colorado, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. touched on several issues, particularly those relating to Black men and the various “mess ups” we can find ourselves involved in. Read more…

Supreme Court: Fleeing the Police Is A Violent Felony

June 10, 2011 1 comment

Elliot Millner, J.D.

The Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that fleeing from the police in an automobile constitutes a violent felony. In a 6-3 decision, the majority opinion, drafted by Justice Anthony Kennedy, stated that “the risk of violence is inherent to vehicle flight”. Dissenting to the ruling were Justices Scalia, Kagan, and Ginsburg. Read more…

Global Council on Drug Policy Says What Black People Have Known For Years: “War on Drugs” Is a Failure

June 2, 2011 Leave a comment

 Elliot Millner, J.D.

In a recently released report, the Global Council on Drug Policy (which includes former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, as well as former presidents of Mexico, Brazil, and Columbia) state that the decades long so-called “War on Drugs” has been a complete failure, resulting in almost no progress in decreasing the global demand for illegal drugs, while at the same time helping to destroy entire communities, in the United States and around the globe.

In addition the Council concluded that “arresting and incarcerating tens of millions of these people in recent decades has filled prisons and destroyed lives and families without reducing the availability of illicit drugs or the power of criminal organizations.” The report also references how drug cartels around the globe are thriving off of the profits made supplying illegal drugs to the world’s number one consumer..the United States.

Although the idea may be controversial to some, legalizing various drugs in some fashion should at least be given consideration. Continuing the failed drug policy of the past several decades is not an option. The devastation inflicted on poor Black communities by drugs is unspeakable, and the damage done in the supposed effort to remove the drugs from those communities has been worse. It would be naive to think that simply legalizing drugs will solve all of the problems of impoverished communities; however, alternatives to repressive policing and excessive sentencing must be enacted. The years of blatantly racially and socioeconomically biased drug policy must end.  If a white person in the suburbs receives treatment and support for their drug problem, then so should a Black person from a poor inner-city neighborhood.

Although changes in U.S. drug policy are desperately needed, we must remember this is only one part of a larger picture. The “War on Drugs” was just the most recent excuse used to target communities of color and people of color for excessive arrest and imprisonment (because we definitely aren’t the main drug users, or the main suppliers). Injustice in the criminal justice system as a whole has existed long before the drug war, and won’t simply disappear, even if every drug is legalized.


Oprah’s star filled farewell

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Your Black World reports.            

In case you have been living under a rock and did not know the final episode of  The Oprah Winfrey Show will air on May 25th. 

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Open Letter to President Obama: Let’s Deal with Black Unemployment Right Now

September 13, 2010 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Dear Mr. President,

I write this letter with all due respect to yourself, as well as the office of the presidency. Your historic rise up the political ladder has been nothing short of inspirational, and your extraordinary vision has positioned you as one of the most celebrated leaders in the history of the United States. As a fellow scholar and African American male, I applaud your achievements. I am especially excited about how you, Michelle, and your beautiful daughters present such a magnificent image of the African American family.
While the black community remains inspired by your achievements and overwhelmingly sympathetic to your challenges from conservatives, there are concerns that the economic plight of black Americans has not been a priority for the Obama Administration. To be sure, opinions on this matter are far from unanimous. But the numbers tell a story that needs to be heard.


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State AG Wants to Take Fisk University’s $74M Art Collection

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Dr. Boyce: Why Regina King Is Right About Hollywood Racism

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I recently read an open letter written by Regina King, the famous actress who seems to be in every major black film and TV show I can think of. Ms. King is a black female version of Harrison Ford, the kind of actress who has been in more movies than we can name, yet unappreciated for the magnitude of her gifts to the industry.
Regina King’s recent challenge to those who hand out little meaningless trophies called Emmy Awards was a very telling reminder that racism knows no boundaries. The Hollywood streets and screens that have been traditionally denied to us as a people continue to be granted to others who have exclusive racial access. Just like during the days of slavery, we do much of the work, but get very little credit.


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Black Athletes, Hip Hop and Handguns: What Up with That?

September 3, 2010 1 comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Shaun Rogers, a Defensive Tackle for the Cleveland Browns, was fined $400,000 by the league for violating its personal conduct policy. Rogers was caught carrying a loaded gun inside an airport. The fine represents approximately 1/17th of his $6.9 million salary.
Some would say that Rogers got off easy, since it would have been no surprise to see him either suspended or sent to jail. The player was caught carrying a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on bag at Hopkins International Airport. There’s no indication regarding whether or not he realized that TSA agents actually have the ability to see inside of someone’s luggage with their x-ray machine. It’s hard to imagine what he might have been thinking.

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How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Money?

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Given that our children are likely our greatest expense and greatest love, perhaps it might be helpful to discuss how we teach them about money.  If you raise your kids to be financially responsible, they can be assets to you during retirement.  If they are taught about money in the wrong way, they become horrible economic liabilities that leave you riddled with guilt.  So, although I don’t claim to know everything about child rearing, I thought I’d share some guidelines you might want to consider when it comes to teaching your kids about money.


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Was Eddie Johnson Really Breaking the Law?

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

Eddie Johnson’s actions are par for course in today’s politics

7:58 AM on 08/31/2010

OPINION – But there is a deeper, more relevant question to be asked about the allegations against Eddie Johnson: Even if she broke the rules, is she clearly less ethical than other…


Sharpton, Beck Holding Rallies on the Same Day

August 29, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton Hold Rallies on the Same Day?

Respected Black Journalist Harold Dow Dies

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Respected CBS News correspondent Harold Dow died on Saturday at the age of 62. The death is a shock to all of those who follow black public figures, as Dow was one of the most respected black journalists in America.
Dow leaves behind his wife Kathy and their three children. Dow was with CBS for nearly 40 years, covering some of the leading stories across America. He even covered the kidnapping of Patty Hearst and the release of Nelson Mandela.
Dow is the winner of the prestigious Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award. He was also nearly killed during the falling of the twin towers on September 11,2001. One of his greatest feats was getting the first interview with OJ Simpson after the murders of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.


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Black Athletes Under Siege by the NCAA

August 21, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University Scholarship in Action 

Mark Emmert, the new president of the NCAA, plans to endorse a system for collegiate athletics that disallows players to play one year and head to the NBA. Instead, Emmert wants a system in which the age limit is removed (which is what kept players like Carmelo Anthony from going pro right out of high school) with players being forced to decide whether they wish to declare for the NBA draft or go to college. If they choose to go to college, they are not allowed to play in the NBA for either three years or when they turn 21, whichever comes first. In the face of the new rule, players are pushed to make the decision sooner, and are locked into that decision for at least three years.
Bethlehem Schoals and Tom Ziller of write on the racial dimension of this issue in the following way:


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Dr. Boyce Watkins – Wyclef Can’t Be President: Is that Good or Bad for Haiti?

August 21, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University Scholarship in Action 


I just returned from Haiti, a country that continues to be devastated by the recent earthquakes that rumbled the soil in it’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Haitians lived under an umbrella of tragedy long before the earthquakes took place, and the suffering has only intensified since the media has left its shores. One thing that most of us believe, including myself, is that Wyclef Jean loves Haiti. His candidacy for president of Haiti was met with open arms by some, and folded arms by a few others. The evidence of disdain was presented to me personally when Wyclef had to cancel an appearance on my show due to the number of death threats he’d been receiving.
The mixed response to Jean’s announcement reflects the multitude of perceptions that various stakeholders have when it comes to the idea of Wyclef becoming president. I have spoken privately to friends in hip hop who’ve assured me that Wyclef has an infinite supply of love for his home country and wants to do what’s right. But I’ve also met with friends who feel that Wyclef is a beacon of self-promotion who cares far less for Haiti than for his own bank account.


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Black News: Wyclef Not Eligible to Run for President of Haiti

August 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Wyclef Jean not eligible to run for Haiti presidency

Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean said Friday that he accepts Haiti elections officials’ ruling that he is not eligible to run for president. "I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same," Jean said in a statement. FULL STORY

The Latest from the Atlanta Post – 8/11/10

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Black Economics

How To Permanently Cut High Black Unemployment

Black folks are being naïve to expect that we might have the same unemployment rate as whites in this economy, in this nation, as it exists today. This is what we need to do right now.

Anthony Jerrod


The Curious Case of the Black Tea Party Leaders

I could never fathom an African-American that would support or aspire to be a leader in the Ku Klux Klan. What an extreme thought! But, it appears that there may be a few African-Americans who are walking toward this road…

Yvette Carnell Blog

Politics & Society

Why Is Pro-Black Being Attacked? The Unintended Consequence of Political Correctness

We’ve been forced into a corner where we’re no longer allowed to be pro-black because according to the short-sighted notions of political correctness, to be pro-black is to be anti-white.

Charles Payne Blog

Wall Street Strategies

A Captivating Future?

I still marvel at the thought our economy is going to be pulled out of the doldrums and catapulted into the next decade via solar and wind power.

Obama’s Economic Performance is Not as Bad as His Critics Think

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, The Institute for Black Public Policy

Many conservative pundits are raising Hades over the fact that GDP growth for this quarter was only 2.4 percent, lower than the rates of five percent and 3.73 percent for the last quarter of 2009 and first quarter of 2010, respectively. They’ve tried to hang President Obama to the cross over this one, arguing that we have a “double-dip” recession in store and that the data serve as evidence that his economic policies have failed.

These so-called “pundits” are as wrong as purple shoes with polka dot slacks, and let me tell you why.


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Man Attacks Women with Semen

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

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Man Accused of attacking women with a semen spray bottle – click to read.

Your Black Video – 8/4/10

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Black News from Madame Noire – 8/3/10

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Are All Black Women Angry about Essence White Fashion Editor, or Just One?

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins,

It seems that the world has grown irritated with Essence Magazine for hiring a new white fashion editor. Michaela Angela Davis, a former employee, has blasted the organization for effectively betraying its constituents with the non-traditional hire. She cites mass discrimination that has historically occurred within the fashion industry and seems disappointed that “our space” no longer belongs to us.

I certainly empathize with Davis’ point. Davis is a strong and direct black woman (I had her on my show), one who has very little tolerance for those who deviate from what she perceives as righteous ideology regarding women and minorities. Her passion for the issues that affect us seems to come from a genuine place, like a black woman who has seen enough and refuses to allow herself or anyone like her to be victimized by a clearly racist and sexist society. 


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Black News: 13-Year Old Boy Murdered in Case of Mistaken Identity

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

Theresa Lumpkin was, until yesterday, the mother of 13-year old Robert Freeman Jr. of Chicago. Her tenure as his parent ended with the young boy was shot and killed on the South Side of Chicago in what many believe to be a case of mistaken identity.
Witnesses say that the murder was deliberate, as the gunman shot the young boy multiple times.
"My baby was just lying there,” said Lumpkin. "He tried to get up. He tried to fight for his mama. He tried to fight for his life.”
Neighbors who saw the incident did not want their names to be published.
"I was running out [of] the door to say, ‘Stop shooting that baby,’" one neighbor said.
Robert had 22 bullet holes in his body, according to doctors. The people of the community say that he was apparently targeted because he had the same complexion, height and hairstyle of another boy who was the actual target. Police are investigating whether the shooting was due to a dispute over drugs or money.
This was the fourth teen shooting in the area this week.


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Your Black News – 7/28/10

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Valencia Roner: Is the Black Church a Weapon of Mass Distraction?

July 26, 2010 1 comment

For those who are regular visitors to my blog, you may know the story of how and why I stopped attending traditional church services on Sunday mornings. It was a difficult decision, however, in the end, I found peace in the Lord in such a way I never did before. Of course I love great preaching with a solid message and the angelic sound of choirs. Yet, the cancer of deception, drama, occasional berating and confusion was not worth all the great messages and great choirs on earth.
I was reminded of this when I came across The Lexi Show, which just got cancelled. I had never heard of The Lexi Show which was on The Word Network, a cable gospel network. I found it very entertaining for what it was.
I came across a forum she hosted with one of my favorite human beings, Bishop Carlton Pearson. As many of you may know, Bishop Pearson was formerly denounced by the Council of Bishops for his message on theGospel of Inclusion. A premise that basically says that Christ came for all, all are already saved – no matter who you are – whether one may know it or not. Even more controversial, Pearson has also professed that he believes there is no formal “hell” except for the one we create for ourselves and others.


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Black News for you – 7/25/10

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Congressional Black Caucus Meets with Agriculture Secretary Over Unjust Firing of Shirley Sherrod

July 22, 2010 3 comments
Chairwoman Lee Releases Statement Following Meeting with Agriculture Secretary 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 
Contact : Nicole Y. Williams or J. Jioni Palmer 
Washington D.C. – Today Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the 
Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement following a meeting 
of the Congressional Black Caucus with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack 
regarding the handling of matter resulting in the resignation of Shirley 
“We want to thank Secretary Tom Vilsack for meeting with the Congressional Black 
Caucus today regarding the issues surrounding the resignation of Shirley 
Sherrod. During the meeting we expressed our concern regarding the handling of 
the situation. Secretary Vilsack assured us that there would be a full review of 
the process which led to this unfortunate situation. 
“We appreciate the apology issued today by the Administration and Secretary 
Vilsack personally. He reiterated those same sentiments during our meeting. 
“We expressed to Secretary Vilsack that as the Administration and Department of 
Agriculture begins the process of repairing the damage from this situation, we 
are willing to work with them to ensure an equitable and fair outcome for Ms. 
Sherrod. The meeting also provided an opportunity to openly discuss longstanding 
issues of equity within the U.S. Department of Agriculture such as funding for 
land grant colleges and the Black and Native American Farmers settlement to 
address decades-long discrimination. 
“Shirley Sherrod’s story – the true story she told as evidenced in the full tape 
of her remarks that has now been released – is one that we can use as the 
starting point for a real dialogue on race. 
“As Americans, we need to build a shared understanding of our country's history 
as we work to build a more perfect union. We look forward to continued dialogue 
with Secretary Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” 
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J. Jioni Palmer 
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Congressional Black Caucus 
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PETA Goes After Janet Jackson

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

PETA Targets Janet Jackson

PETA Targets Janet Jackson

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Obama’s Declining Poll Numbers: Not His Fault

July 17, 2010 1 comment


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, The Institute for Black Public Policy

Recent polls are showing that 6 out of 10 Americans are losing faith in President Obama’s ability to run our nation.  This decline in the president’s numbers is in stark contrast to where the numbers were at the start of his presidency.  They are also reflective of the general fact that Americans are losing faith in government.  While 60% of Americans polled say they have little belief in President Obama, 68% said the same thing about Democrats, and 72% said the same about Republicans.

I don’t agree with these assessments, since President Obama has proven time and time again that he is the most qualified candidate for the job.  The broader challenge for the American people is that there are almost never enough good candidates available.  The elitism that leads our officials to only consider Harvard and Yale graduates for the White House or Supreme Court nominations is disturbing, and such a limited set of selections is what causes us to choose incompetent individuals like George W. Bush or Clarence Thomas to run our country.

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The Latest in Black News – 7/16/10

July 16, 2010 1 comment

Listen to the Mel Gibson Rampage – It’s unbelievable

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment


Click here to listen to Mel Gibson’s angry words.  It’s kind of scary. 

Steve Urkel/Jaleel White Accused of Domestic Violence

July 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Jaleel White: 'Family Matters' Star Accused of Domestic Violence


Jaleel White, better known as Steve Urkel from the television show, "Family Matters," was accused of beating his girlfriend, Bridget Hardy, who is also the mother of his 10-month old child.  She reported the abuse to the LAPD, stating that White punched her in her breast implants while they were on the highway driving in their car.

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Boyce Watkins and Chris Metzler Debate Wealth on CNBC

July 10, 2010 Leave a comment


Watch Dr. Boyce Watkins and Christopher Metzler on CNBC – should the rich be taxed more than the poor?  Click here to watch



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Toddler Found Buried Under Concrete

July 10, 2010 Leave a comment


South Carolina toddler Rodricus Williams was found dead when his body was discovered in a trash can buried under 400 pounds of concrete.  As if this is not horrific enough the boys father Roger Williams and his girlfriend Grace Nichole Trotman are suspected to be his killers, both have been charged with homicide by child abuse.


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