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That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

Two years ago, I had one in a series of engaging and ongoing conversations with the TSD’s Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku about creating fundamental and sustainable change in the quality of life in Memphis, particularly for African-American people.

At the time, I shared with him that I would eventually help 100,000 felons get their voting rights back. I projected personally paying a legal firm to handle each of the 100,000 cases. I envisioned a free YouTube documentary video showing how I (SixFour) – a second-chancer – got my voting rights back. And I openly talked of the collective power that could result.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans

Why More Black Americans Should Run for Elected Office

Why More Black Americans Should Run for Elected Office
On Labor Day in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama gave a rousing speech to supporters in which he accused Republicans of playing political games instead of helping American families. When the crowd started to boo, the president leaned on a quip from his 2012 re-election campaign: “Don’t boo. Vote!”
 
It’s a familiar sentiment, particularly in the black community. From the Reconstruction Era through Jim Crow and into the civil rights movement, voting has been seen as the key to remedying injustice and addressing racial inequality. Today, increased voting is the fallback strategy when the black community searches for a plan to address the latest tragedy. When Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted of murder charges, many figures, from the family’s attorney to national political strategists, argued that the most appropriate response was for black Americans to vote. When Ferguson, Mo., focused the nation’s attention on its racial issues, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called on people to use “voting power to elect officials to respond to their real needs.”

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Why black Americans should invest in art pieces

Why black Americans should invest in art pieces

Black Americans should invest in art.

If you ever had a doubt about the importance of art in the development and maintenance of history, culture and identity of a people, think for a second on why museums are always the first to be raided and looted after the fall of an empire or a nation.

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America’s Unspoken Education Issue: Black Kids Need Black Teachers

 America’s Unspoken Education Issue: Black Kids Need Black Teachers
“Hiring more white teachers is not the best way to improve education for students, particularly students of color.” This recent commentary by a black student from New Orleans in the Washington Post predictably aroused the ire of readers who accused the young man of reverse racism, playing the race card and divisiveness.
 
That’s no surprise. Race is the third rail of education. Touch it and get scorched. But when it comes to the need for more teachers of color—and, conversely, the idea that placing black students with white teachers isn’t a fix-all—overwhelming research and historical evidence say that this is where our attention needs to be.

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Explaining the Underwhelming Reaction When Black Women’s Nudes Are Stolen

Explaining the Underwhelming Reaction When Black Women’s Nudes Are Stolen
The following is a sampling of headlines about the recent theft and illegal release of alleged nude photos of celebrities:
 
“Jennifer Lawrence, Others Aren’t Just Hacking Victims”
 
“Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence’s Hacked Photos to Be in Art Show”
 
“Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lawrence Allegedly Targets of Massive Celebrity Hacking, FBI Has Launched Investigation”
 
Celebrities’ Leaked Nude Photos: Master List Printed, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco, Rihanna, More Names on It

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CBC: The Clueless Black Caucus

CBC: The Clueless Black Caucus
On the very day that Michael Brown, the slain teenager from Ferguson, Mo., was buried, the Congressional Black Caucus made a major announcement.
They sent a letter complaining to President Obama. Yep, you heard correctly. They took the bold move of asking the president to investigate issues of racism and discrimination within local law enforcement nationally by setting up a police czar.
 
Now that you have finished laughing, let’s discuss this a little further.

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