President Barack Obama‘s “Year Of Action” plans have been part of an aggressive push by the administration not to fall into lame-duck status. My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at promoting the success of young men of color, was launched in February. On Friday, the Presidential Task Force for My Brother’s Keeper unveiled a report compiled by suggestions and input from a variety of community leaders, government officials, and other individuals.
The Task Force’s 60-page report is replete with facts, figures, and personal accounts of those who are the target area for My Brother’s Keeper. NewsOne was present for a media call held Thursday, regarding My Brother’s Keeper. Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser; Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of Domestic Policy; and Broderick Johnson, White House cabinet secretary and chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, presented the aims of the.
National HIV Testing Day is less than a month away and the free-testing opportunities in Memphis that day will include one created by a partnership between Walgreens and Greater Than Aids.
Across the country, myriad awareness efforts will be in high gear on National HIV Testing Day, which will be observed on June 27th. The Walgreens-Greater Than AIDS collaboration will yield free HIV testing over a three-day period.
Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson – saying he was "humbled and honored" that the Shelby County Schools board has expressed confidence in his leadership – sat down Wednesday with TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, for a wide-ranging conversation.
Hopson reflected on his first year as superintendent, delving into the challenges and opportunities of the newly merged district, the future of public education and his vision for the district. The exchange reflected his style of leadership and his focus on serving the students and achieving results in the midst of ongoing change.
Asked his thoughts on whether contract extension talks now underway are likely to culminate with a new contract within the next two months and prior to the August 7th school board elections, Hopson said he didn't anticipate any concerns.
Before the VA hospital scandal made its way to Washington, D.C., and landed squarely on the desk of President Barack Obama, the Memphis VA Medical Center was mired in its own scandal in 2012, the year three patients died in the emergency room. An investigation ensued and the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Office of Healthcare Inspections concluded that the deaths resulted from inadequate care.
Widespread problems with the nation's hospitals for veterans – including recent reports of delayed treatments, preventable deaths, and efforts to falsify records – drew a strong rebuke from the president: "I will not stand for it," said Obama, who met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki in the Oval Office last week prior to a news conference.
The VA facility in Phoenix particularly drew the ire of the president and prompted the OIG to investigate. The inspector general announced the department's findings on Wednesday (May 28th): At least 1,700 veterans at the medical center were not registered on the proper waiting lists to see the doctors, thereby causing veterans to be at risk of being forgotten or lost.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 200 African-American men, ranging from a taxi driver to university professors, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to expand his black male initiative to include black girls and women, saying they were "surprised and disappointed" that the president had sought to include only half of the race to tackle community-wide issues.
A copy of the letter to Obama was obtained by the NNPA News Service.
After praising the president for saying that addressing the needs of those left behind is as important as anything else he is undertaking, authors of the letter wrote, "So we were surprised and disappointed that your commitments express empathy to only half of our community – men and boys of color. Simply put, as black men we cannot afford to turn away from the very sense of a shared fate that has been vital to our quest for racial equality across the course of American history."