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Partners Y Compañeros: NNPA And NAHP

May 30, 2016
Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, deputy assistant secretary for Minority Health and director of the Office of Minority Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (l) is introduced by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, NNPA president and CEO (c) to Martha Montoya, NAHP president and Janis L Ware, NNPA executive board member, publisher, The Atlanta Voice at the National Press Club on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Washington D.C. Photo by Roy LewisThis year’s annual Black Press Week (March 9-11, 2016) marked the beginning of what is destined to be a long-term collaboration between the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

Founded 76 years ago, the NNPA serves as the trade organization for 205 member Black publications and media outlets located across the United States from the nation’s capital of Washington, DC to California.
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Artspeak: On Love… Of Humanity

May 30, 2016
canstockphotoToday, February 14, 2016, in the U.S and around the world we celebrate love. Most people associate this ritual with romantic love—the feelings we hold for someone with whom we are intimate or close friends. We also use it as a time to celebrate siblings, relatives, co-workers as people we “love.”

Valentine’s Day, Dia de São Valentim (Brazil), or Dia dos Namorados (Latin America) is believed to be connected to the Roman holiday Lupercalia celebrated to ward off evil spirits and purify the people, bringing good health.
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Remembering Julian Bond (January 14, 1940 – August 15, 2015)

October 19, 2015

bond julian 300On hearing the announcement that Julian Bond had passed on to the ancestors, I knew greatness had left us. The event gave me pause and I tried to remember when I first found myself in the sphere of influence of this great American leader. 


Remembering Julian Bond took me back to my college days. It was there I had t crossed his path and come into his political orbit. He was this great Black leader that my very white college invited to speak on campus as part of the "Program in Practical Political Education."

I was a freshmen, fresh off the bus from inner city Chicago and it's segregated neighborhoods and separate and unequal public schools. And now I was part of a group of 18 Black students, the largest number ever admitted to Grinnell College—the first wave of integration into PWIs (predominately white institutions).
On hearing the announcement that Julian Bond had passed on to the ancestors, I knew greatness had left us. The event gave me pause and I tried to remember when I first found myself in the sphere of influence of this great American leader. 

Remembering Julian Bond took me back to my college days. It was there I had t crossed his path and come into his political orbit. He was this great Black leader that my very white college invited to speak on campus as part of the "Program in Practical Political Education."

I was a freshmen, fresh off the bus from inner city Chicago and it's segregated neighborhoods and separate and unequal public schools. And now I was part of a group of 18 Black students, the largest number ever admitted to Grinnell College—the first wave of integration into PWIs (predominately white institutions).
Original Post: MONDAY, 31 AUGUST 2015 
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Artspeak: A sister on "Sistas The Musical," Off Broadway

October 19, 2015
img 3337Sistahtime--hanging out with my girrrrlfriends--is always quality time. But when I get to hang out with my real sister, it's the bomb—in the words of MasterCard, "priceless." 

From the opening song of "Wade in the Water" to the closing with the Sister Sledge classic "We are Family," "Sistas-the Musical" takes us through an arc of love, conflict, faith, loss of faith, sexual abuse, recovery, being single, interracial relations, coming of age, coming full circle to family (sistas) love and support and the legacy of hope and resilience we have to or hope to pass on.
Original Post: 17 August 2015
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PACs and Politics: Who's your Rich (white) Daddy?

October 19, 2015
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A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ), "Billionaires Put Their Stamp on Campaign," makes it clear that we are watching a new political era in the United States--an era of Big Bucks Politics. If you don't have millions in your coffers, or rich friends, get out of the proverbial political kitchen, because money is the fuel driving political elections today. 


America used to decry the political culture of Latin America that seemed embroiled in the politics of money and family connections, to the point of creating political aristocracies. But reading the WSJ article reveals we can no longer point the finger (of integrity or without impunity) at the idiosyncrasies of other countries' politics. We have our own political aristocracy. 
Original post: ThURSDAY, 13 AUGUST 2015 16:05
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Post July 4th reflections

July 24, 2015
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Frederick Douglass, Image Ownership: Public Domain

..I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. ...
What would Frederick Douglass have to say almost 163 years after delivering his famous public speech in Rochester, New York before then President Millard Fillmore and other illustrious guests on why he could not, in good conscious, celebrate the fourth of July? Would his words still ring true today? If you have not read Douglass' speech, now is a good time to do so because his words resonate as clearly and strongly today in the aftermath of all that we have witnessed over the last six months in Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston and other places that did not make national headlines. And, our collective post-traumatic stress syndrome as Black people extends back almost four hundred years.
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TUESDAY, 21 JULY 2015 15:17, insight news
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