*As the next round of Democratic primaries approach, Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t taking the African American vote for granted.
En route to his event in Davis, California late last week, Sanders made time to talk by phone with a group of African American journalists from across the state of California. And he didn’t pull any punches when I asked him why the black community in California should support him — and not Hillary Clinton — on June 7th.
“If these were normal times,” Sanders told me, “then I think we’d be OK to say ‘let’s support somebody who’s an establishment candidate. Let’s support establishment economics. No disrespect to Hillary Clinton, who I’ve known for 25 years, but she is an establishment politician, and I think we all know that.”
“I think given the incredible level of wealth disparities and income inequality, given the corrupt campaign finance system that is allowing billionaires to buy elections, given the fact that we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth — and it is much worse in the African American community — I think it is time for real change, ” Sanders charged. “And I think the American people throughout this country are catching on that the establishment is not working for them.”
Sanders got more animated as he answered my question. From his change in tone, it seemed my question had riled him, so I just sat back and experienced — FELT — the Bern. Continue reading →
When we saw John Singleton’s “Rosewood”, for a lot of us, it was the first time the nation was privy to the information that there were free African Americans at the turn of the century, who had an organized, wealthy community that flourished.
Now Baltimore, Maryland’s Morgan State University in association with University of Maryland College Park are researching an area of the Eastern Shore that is historically rich with African-American history, in an effort to find a society the researchers believe pre-dates New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, which is presently recorded as the oldest free African American community, according to Madame Noire. Continue reading →
Henry Louis Gates’ show African American Lives has revealed to a lot of African American celebrities, with the exception of Oprah, that they have family roots that are directly connected to white slave masters, abolitionists, as well as native americans.
In the new version of the Lone Ranger that is presently in theaters, Johnny Depp portrays the dynamic native american sidekick, Tonto. But, ironically, Depp, who has claimed native american heritage in the past, found through Ancestry.com, that he does not have native american roots, but notable African American ancestry, according to the Afro. Continue reading →
Celebrities’ fame and influence often run amuck when fans believe they know them and what they represent when they are merely building an image or persona they use to entertain.
Toby Keith is a country singer who is vocal about his patriotism and his support of the U.S. military. But, it is obvious that his fans are of the redneck persuasion and one Darren Walp, 33, thought he’d leave the concert and have some redneck type of fun. He left the Toby Keith concert at Susquehanna Bank Center in New Jersey, climbed the fence of the, predominantly African American, Royal Court residential complex and began yelling racial slurs and waving the confederate flag, according to the Daily Mail. Continue reading →
As the Supreme Court is deciding the fate of same sex marriage federal marriage benefits and state marriage recognition, a discovery has been made that dates the issue of same sex marriage as far back as the 70s.
The Queer Museum features a photo from circa 1970 of two African American women posed together in a wedding photo after their wedding. The couple were married in Chicago, but a marriage license does not accompany the picture.
The picture features Edna Knowles and Peaches Stevens who were married, not in a chapel, but at a gay bar on the South Side of Chicago called Liz’s Mark III Lounge. The picture was featured in Jet Magazine’s October 15, 1970 issue and said that the wedding took place “before a host of friends and well wishers.” Continue reading →
Oklahoma saw its first governmental upset with the victory that J.C. Watts experienced as representative for the fourth district of Oklahoma in 1994. When he was elected in 1998, to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference, he provided daily counsel to the Speaker of the House, and participated in bi-weekly meetings with the President of the United States.
But according to the Daily Caller, there’s a new sheriff in town. Tahrohon Wayne Shannon, 34, has become Oklahoma’s first African American Speaker of the House. He’s not only their first, but youngest ever, and the “first African American Republican speaker in the country since Reconstruction, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.” Continue reading →
We just saw Mississippi finally emancipate the enslaved by kicking off this year’s Black History Month with the ratification of the 13th Amendment. Now, there is yet another first for a town in the southwest.
Since the establishment of Temple, Texas, 130 years ago, there has never been a mayor or mayoral candidate for the town. But, all that has changed with Lamar Collins throwing his hat in the ring for Mayor, according to KWTX.
Collins is jumping on the opportunity to be mayor of the town since longtime Mayor Bill Jones III will step down in May. But, when he resigns, there is still one more year left in his term which leaves the city council with the unfortunate task of holding a special election to fill his spot. Continue reading →
The city of Detroit has been underwater on their bills for a long time and Kwame Kilpatrick can take a lot of the blame for that. But now, the city is drowning and a life preserver they may not like is set to be thrown to residents.
In a press conference Tuesday, Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon alerted the public that the city is stuck in a financial quagmire “that there is no plan in place to correct…” The declaration made by Dillon’s office was sent to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who in turn declared the city is in a “financial emergency” that can only be remedied by outside assistance …an emergency financial manager, according to MSNBC.
The predominantly African American city faces an assortment of disenfranchisement efforts if this happens. Everything from a major push of gentrification projects to a boost of outside business owners reducing the chance of organic African American entrepreneurial efforts. The former beloved mayor of Detroit, Mayor Coleman Young, long ago prophesied that the city would be sold for a quarter to the highest bidder if certain leaders came in and shook the wrong hands. Continue reading →