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Which is healthier: Organic foods or conventional foods?

A few months ago I sat down with a group of local farmers and inquired about organic fruits and vegetables vs. non-organic. I asked them if they'd grown anything organic and, if so, whether they were selling them in local stores and markets. I was surprised to learn that the farmers were indeed growing organic fruits and vegetables and selling them throughout the region.

My next question was about organic labeling or tags on produce. They explained that smaller farmers weren't able to afford the organic certification label that you'd find on organic produce.


Healthcare Industry: Big business for small, ‘minority’ businesses

by Tarrin McGhee
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Forty-five percent of healthcare systems throughout the country plan on spending more money in capital investment this year than what was spent in the past five years – a move that will present tremendous new business opportunities for minority and women vendors and service providers, according to Gary Shorb.


Do what is required to stay healthy; don’t overeat

The obesity rate in America is at an all-time high, costing too many lives and threatening others on the periphery of weight gain. To put it plainly, obesity is not just unhealthy, it's life threatening. We as a people, as a nation, are digging our own grave with relative ease and less thought about survival. Who is to blame for this run-away health problem? The tens of thousands who refuse to take obesity seriously.


Spare me the ‘we built it’ rhetoric

The Republican National Convention's theme was, "We Built This." One of the speakers was Sher Valenzuela, a Delaware businesswoman who happens to be Latina. She touted the success of her upholstery business and implied it thrived because of her hard work.

That's only partly true. She also thrived because she started out with $2 million loan from the Small Business Administration, and got another $15 million in non-competitive government contracts.


Illegitimate views on rape

by Jamala Rogers

I felt the spirit of Dr. Aaronnette White guiding my fingers for this column. A couple of weeks ago, Aaronnette died suddenly at the premature age of 51 years. A rape survivor and a respected psychology professor, she was a fierce warrior for the reproductive rights of women, particularly African-American women.

During her brief stint in St. Louis during the 1980s, she organized black women (and some black men) to take out a full-page ad in The St. Louis American condemning rape in the black community.


Urban League way off on Lebron, Nike

by Raynard Jackson

Has Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, lost his mind? He is one of the few media-appointed leaders of black folk that I actually have some level of respect for. But his recent attack on Nike and basketball player LeBron James has greatly diminished my respect for him.

Last week, Morial issued a press release criticizing Nike and James for introducing their latest LeBron tennis shoe, LeBron X, at a cost of $ 315.


Vegan crab cakes fare well on D.C. road trip

If you're curious about what vegans eat, then you need to get my newest cookbook, "Vegans Eat What?" It's hot off the press and filled with scrumptious recipes that you can make effortlessly at home. And on top of that, the recipes are not just good and tasty, they're just as healthy.

During a recent book signing in Washington, D.C., I autographed some books and prepared my famous vegan crab cakes.


Obama’s mixed record on appointing judges

Many speakers at this week's Republican convention in Tampa have focused on the economy and unemployment as they sought to contrast the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket with the record of President Barack Obama. But there is another battle underway that is receiving less attention but is at least equally import – the fight to appoint federal judges.

For several decades, Republicans have made judicial appointments a top priority. It is still a priority for the GOP and should be one for Democrats


Pre-K is prerequisite for student, community success

by Tarrin McGhee
Special to the Tri-State Defender

Around the world, a quality education is viewed as the golden ticket to a bright future.

Local achievement rates reveal an urgent need to ensure that more students are being adequately prepared to cash in.

Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) reported that the city of Memphis is leading the state with the highest number of low performing schools.


Condi Rice blazes trail at Augusta

Condoleezza-Rice-Augusta-Naby Deron Snyder

Condoleezza Rice doesn't mind being among the best in her field, and she hasn't been shy about being first, either, whether it was the first African-American woman to serve as national security adviser, secretary of state or Stanford University provost.

Now she can add another precedent to her list: the first African-American woman to become a member at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters.


My crime: wanting a good education for my girls

kelley-williams-bolarAs a parent, what lengths would you take to ensure that your child had an opportunity to achieve the American Dream?

If you love your child as much as I love my two daughters, the limits to your sacrifice are endless.

Marian Wright Edelman once said, "Education is a precondition to survival in America today." I believe this to be true. Despite my family's socio-economic status, I knew that a quality education would blaze a trail to a better life for my daughters and allow them to reach their God-given potential.


Dump Biden talk is just that: talk

obama-bidenby Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines turned faux rapper when he thumped out a rhythmic message to the press vehemently denying that there have been any meetings, back room deals, or nervous talk at the White House about dumping Joe Biden and replacing him with Hillary.

Reines had to move quickly to squelch the incessant media chatter about a Biden exit for two simple reasons. One it's not going to happen.


And you thought Ryan had a bad budget plan

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been carefully trying to put some distance between him and running mate Paul Ryan's radical budget proposal but he has a major problem – his plan would make even deeper cuts than the Ryan plan.

A careful analysis of Romney's plan by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) observed: "Governor Mitt Romney's proposals to cap total federal spending, boost defense spending, cut taxes, and balance the budget would require extraordinarily large cuts in other programs, both entitlements and discretionary programs.