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It’s time to free Rosa Parks from the bus

It’s time to free Rosa Parks from the bus

In 2011, Rosa Parks was in the news, six years after her death. An excerpt from a breathtaking essay she wrote in the 1950s about a "near rape" by a white man in Alabama was released to the public. Th

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  • Written by Danielle McGuire

Mighty Mississippi engulfed in another crisis

Mighty Mississippi engulfed in another crisis

The area along the northern end of the Mississippi river is facing a drought that rivals the drought of 1989 and is threatening commerce along the river.

The reduced depth of the river is making shipping somewhat prohibitive. Companies in the navigation industry along these rivers are now shipping less material by "light loading" fleets, which make each load less profitable. In addition to the low levels of water, rocks known as pinnacles are emerging through the shallow levels and risking serious damage to the vessels.

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  • Written by Harry C, Alford

Not all public policy is created equal

Discussions of the fiscal cliff also include discussions about ways to change Social Security and Medicare benefits in order to save money. One of the proposals is to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70. After all, some argue, there is nothing magic about 65 or 67, so why not push the rate up to 70?

The difference is the kind of work we do.

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

Don’t be afraid to be healthy

Now that Thanksgiving has ended, all the turkey has been eaten, and your guests have returned to their destinations, now is the time to decide on a new course of action that will be beneficial for your overall health.

While holidays bring a lot of joy with them, they may also bring a lot of pain linked to the way that we feel once they are gone. We must examine ourselves and determine if we've had enough of this emotional-roller-coaster feeling.

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Civil rights hypocrites

I was once told, "Be what you are looking for. If you want friends, go be a friend; if you want love, go love someone and if you want happiness, go make someone happy."

As I have reflected on this simple, but yet profound statement, I have found most of the major black organizations are woefully hypocritical. They refuse to be what they are looking for.

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Time to say ‘S.C.R.A.M.’ to child rape and molestation

H2D Entertainment, with founder, Sylvester McCracklin, and co-founder, Constance McCracklin, is using arts and entertainment to help power a campaign dubbed S.C.R.A.M. – Stop Child Rape And Molestation.

The objective is to build a bridge of awareness and empowerment of victims who have experienced rape and molestation. Victims are encouraged to understand that they can be healed and delivered.

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Enjoy Thanksgiving and avoid the emotional unrest

Thanksgiving is observed each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving is celebrated on Nov. 22 in remembrance of the Pilgrims who left England to escape religious persecution and in order to give thanks for their bounty and good fortunes once they settled in America.

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