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Where’s the black political conversation on climate change?

 
environment 600President Barack Obama might be the only black person on the planet who cares about climate change.
 
Well, not really, but close – the ill-fated climate-change debate is as white as late-night talk shows. It’s that way for a number of reasons: from who funds either side of the heated climate conversation to allegations that environmentalists routinely dis black perspectives on the topic. Most egregious is a pervasive lack of urgent black political action on the subject.
 
On Monday the administration of the first black president, who is also the first president to seriously tackle climate change, announced ambitious Environmental Protection Agency rules that cut carbon emissions by 30 percent through 2030. That’s huge.

Art mixed with the KKK leaves a bad aftertaste

 
KKK 600I’d gone to Montreal for a conference and, because I fell in love with the city, decided to stay a few more days to explore it. I was with my travel companion, a woman who’s working on a start-up site about art, and she asked me to tag along with her to check out Montreal’s contemporary art scene.
 
At our second stop, a very nice attendant made small talk and asked about our art-hopping plans. Maybe I looked as bored as I was because the attendant asked if I was enjoying the trek. “I like the pretty colors, but ... ,” I said. I’m not that shallow, I swear. I just have a preference for art that is bold and in my face.
 
“What’s next?” the attendant asked. My companion told her we were headed to “Come and See” by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman at DHC/ART.  

Pastor Jamal H. Bryant: ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’

Pastor 600During a sermon full of homophobia, sexism and misogyny, Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Md. told his congregation how he really feels about some women.
 
“These hoes ain’t loyal!” he thundered from the pulpit as the congregation stomped and cheered and co-signed the statement.
 
Bryant pulled the words from the Chris Brown song of the same name.
 
Some of the lyrics are as follows:

Colon cancer education – a grassroots appeal

“It’s gross.”
 
“It’s embarrassing.”
 
Bowden 600“ It’s not exactly dinner table conversation, if you know what I mean…”
 
Those are just a few of the statements I hear when I ask Memphians why our community doesn’t talk about getting a colonoscopy. The truth is this: a colonoscopy isn’t gross. It isn’t embarrassing. It’s discreet, simple, and life-saving. 
 
For twenty years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the grassroots level to educate our city about the importance of a colorectal screening. I’ve personally given over 200 speeches. My small practice has provided colon cancer education at over 1,000 events. I’ve partnered with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Community Health team, local political leaders, dozens of churches and businesses, and countless community leaders. I’ve even released an Emmy-nominated commercial to spread our message. 
 

Reparations for North Carolina sterilization victims

sterile 600Victims who were sterilized in North Carolina between 1929 and 1974 – approximately 7,600 people – have until the end of June to file a claim with the state, according to government officials.
 
This month marks the final push to identify victims and their families, who will receive reparations in June 2015 from a $10 million fund. North Carolina is not the first state to publicly acknowledge this practice, but it will be the first state to offer compensation for it.
 
Currently, the state estimates that close to 3,000 victims, born in or before 1961, may still be alive.