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Midterm Elections: What do black women want?


Making sense of high-profile House, Senate and gubernatorial races this tight will mean breaking down every voting bloc into the microscopic bits of data to parse through in the postmortem. And of all the big mysteries that will be closely watched and dissected on Nov. 4, few will be as anxiously anticipated as the exit polling for women voters—since they were 53 percent of the electorate in 2012. Commentators, strategists and campaign managers walking that last electoral mile will be looking for answers to one of the more vexing questions of the 2014 midterms: What do women voters care about?

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Black Dollar Project gathers for re-creation of historic Black Wall Street photo

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This past Saturday (Oct. 18) was a sight to remember, as members of the Black Dollar Project gathered together on the steps of the historic St. John MBC on Dowling to re-create the Black Wall Street photo. The same spirit and unity captured on the faces of the individuals in the Black Wall Street photo could only be emulated by a like-minded movement with people who embodies the same spirit as those in the photo – that movement is the Black Dollar Project.

The Black Dollar Project was created to address the need for stronger business relationships and alliances through commerce in the African American community between business owners and consumers that spearheads steady economic growth and empowerment. Studies show that when a community chooses to participate in a conscientious initiative to support businesses in their own community by purposefully spending money with those businesses and stimulating economic growth, then the community is positively affected.

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School Choice Equals Parental Choice


While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or be able to afford to send their children to the private school of their choosing that meets their needs. Unfortunately, we don’t live in perfect world and many parents, based on their zip code alone, must send their children to failing and underperforming schools.

In 2004, while serving as member of the Louisiana State Senate in New Orleans, my constituents were calling and visiting my Senate office begging me to do something to help their children. The public school system was in turmoil. Many of the schools were failing academically and parents considered them unsafe.

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Roundup: News briefs


Tenn. able to set hours for adult stores

NASHVILLE (AP) – Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in his first legal opinion since taking office that Tennessee can continue to restrict hours for adult-oriented establishments.

The opinion released Monday relies on a 1998 ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld restrictions on the hours of Knox County adult bookstore as being in the "substantial government interest" of reducing crime and solicitation of sex, and in seeking to preserve the "aesthetic and commercial character" of surrounding neighborhoods.

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Citing capacity concerns, KIPP, Freedom Prep pull out of ASD takeover process

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Two charter operators on Monday pulled out of the state’s efforts to take over some of its worst-performing schools next year.

KIPP Memphis officials said they would not take over South Side Middle School and Freedom Prep officials said they would not take over Florida-Kansas and A.B. Hill elementary schools next year, as the state-run Achievement School District had planned.

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