Need I say it again? Show me the money!

by Cloves C. Campbell

Last week I penned an article titled "Show Me The Money." The article questioned whether the "Black Vote" was being taken for granted by the Obama campaign (as evidenced by) the small amount of resources allocated to the Black Press and other black entities.


The ‘Black Vote’ again taken for granted

by Cloves Campbell Jr.

There are less than 100 days until voters throughout the country cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as candidates for U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, state legislatures and city councils. The campaign war chests for President Obama and Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar has been spent in the "Black Press."


Easing colonoscopy fear starts with eating right

Fear of the unknown is an unpleasant emotion – much like walking into a darkened room and not knowing what lurks within. That's the way some people feel about getting a colonoscopy. If you haven't had one, the thought of such an invasive procedure may scare the wits out of you.

The majority of patients do well after a colonoscopy. But there could be serious side effects, if


A word to the right: anti-poverty programs have worked

Conservatives continue to assert that anti-poverty programs have failed when, in fact, they have saved millions of people from plunging into poverty.

"Fox News," the house organ for right-wingers, has led this disinformation campaign. Let's examine what two network contributors said on the same day (July 23, 2012):


President on target with black education focus

by David L. Horne, Ph.D.
NNPA News Service

On Thursday, July 27, in one of the very few programs the Obama administration has specifically targeted and titled for black Americans, President Obama issued an executive order creating the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which will be housed in the secretary of education's office.


Gabriell Douglas’ hair-raising experience

If you don't follow Olympic gymnastics, you may not have heard about Gabrielle Douglas before this year. But the amazing grace of this 16-year-old African American propelled her to Olympic gold last week, and she is the first African American to win an individual medal in gymnastics.

Indeed, her performance toppled the Russians, who have portrayed themselves as unbeatable. So unbeatable, as a matter of fact that the winner of the silver medal, Viktoria Komova, "sobbed uncontrollably" because she so expected to win.


The State of America’s Children 2012

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." When we look at the state of our union and the state of America's children in 2012, his words ring very true.

It's impossible to deny that our nation's economy, professed values of equal opportunity, future, and soul are all in danger right now.


You don’t have to be an Olympian to keep your body in tip-top shape

The 2012 Olympic Games in London are filled with excitement as athletes from around the world compete for gold and the title of "best" in the world. The Games are televised daily with eyes worldwide tuning in to the greatest sporting spectacle known to man. It is a test of superiority and greatness that is seldom matched in the "real" world of average humans.


Crucifying Chick-fil-A’s owner for his beliefs

In an attempt to drum up more business, Chick-fil-A has ads and billboards featuring black-and-white spotted cows – acting in what the company calls their "enlightened self-interest" – urging people to "Eat Mor Chikin."

But that's not what gay rights advocates want in the aftermath of the president of Chick-fil-A expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. They don't want the public to eat less chicken at Chick-fil-A – they don't want consumers to eat any chicken served by the Atlanta-based chain.


Do ‘virtual schools’ work?

by Larry T. Robinson
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

(Larry T. Robinson is an evangelist for the transcendental matrimony of education + technology. His ED+TECH column is designed to create a forum that inspires insightful discussion regarding this pervasive topic.)

Virtual schools are becoming a very popular and cost-effective choice for many school districts. This popularity has been fueled by those participating districts' attempt to reach a broader pool of viable students and create new educational options for students that traditional school models do not offer.


Anti-Obama hate soars on social media

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
New America Media

The legion of web sites, bloggers, talk show jocks, and the occasional GOP official that has teed off on President Obama and at times Michelle Obama with assorted borderline racist digs, taunts, and depictions have been relentless. The offensive remarks quickly evoke a storm of outrage, and the offender gets rebuked. This happens because they are public figures, and their comments are publicly aired. They fly high on the public's radar scope.


Where’s the outrage about Chicago’s kids?

by Raynard Jackson
Special to the Tri-State Defender

From July 20 to July 24, I refused to watch TV or listen to the radio. The 20th was the day the media frenzy began in the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Though my heart goes out to any family that lost a loved one, it's very difficult to justify the around-the-clock media saturation that followed those horrendous shootings. We should value all life, not just when mass murder occurs in the suburbs or some white blond female turns up missing on a sunny island.


Political activists converge on Memphis seeking a different shade of ‘red’

by Jeshua Schuster

Television on-air commentary pundits like sports commentators often simplify politics into two opposing teams, like the LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, or in the political sense Red states vs. Blue states. While few would argue that by most accounts Tennessee is a "Red state," others who want a different type of red state here in the Mid-South are making it known that the volunteer state and the south has a rich radical tradition of its own.

The National Organizing Conference of the Socialist Party U.S.A. will take place in Memphis on Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29)