Like everyone else, I am processing the November election results. I will write more about that later, but there was a radio exchange that I heard the night prior to the election that really got me thinking.
On my way home from Baltimore, where I had been doing some electoral work, I found myself listening to a radio program that was addressing the upcoming election. The focus of the program was the Maryland governor’s race, which pitted African American, Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown against Larry Hogan, a White Republican who eventually won the race.
Last week’s midterm elections were historic. Republicans regained control of the U.S. Senate, increased their majority in the House, and expanded their majority among governors. While these gains were historic and impressive, there was a bigger story that no one is talking about.
According to early polling figures, black participation in this year’s midterm was 12 percent, down slightly from 13 percent in 2010. Eighty-nine percent of blacks voted for Democratic congressional candidates and 10 percent voted for Republicans. This year’s figures match the 2010 midterm figures for Democrats and represents a slight increase in support for Republicans, up from 9 percent in 2010 to 10 percent in 2014.
Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young Black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life. But in fact, it’s the brainchild of writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”), who knows her way around a romantic drama.
Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle), a singer, has been driven to superstardom by her overbearing stage mother Macy Jean (Minnie Driver), who must have taken lessons in emotional abuse from Michael Jackson’s dad. As a kid, Macy shamed her daughter when she came in second at talent contests. She’d make her throw the runner-up trophy away. Noni, would retreat, put an emotional wall up around herself and sing her favorite song, “Blackbird,” the tortured-soul Nina Simone version.
WASHINGTON — Last month’s African-American unemployment rate (10.9 percent) was more than twice the white unemployment rate (4.8 percent), but when it comes to key measures in the labor market, African Americans and Latinos have experienced greater gains than whites over the past year, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Valerie Wilson, the director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at EPI, a nonpartisan think tank working to improve economic conditions for low- and middle-income families, said that not only have the unemployment rates for people of color declined faster than the jobless rate for whites over the last year, the labor force participation, the measure of people that have jobs or currently looking for work, has also increased, pulling more people into the labor market.
As the nation pauses this Veteran’s Day to honor past and present members of our fighting forces, a brief review of the long list of African-American men and women in the military reveals faith in country, courage within and outside of battle, and above all personal strength and spiritual conviction.
The list of these African-American military leaders has not always been a staple of high school history courses. Yet, the following individuals past and present are among those that have been an inspiration to Black America for more than a century:
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