WASHINGTON – Republican K. Carl Smith is African-American and he knows that the GOP's racial reckoning won't come from 100-page reports from party headquarters with carefully worded prescriptions about "outreach" to "demographic partners."
Instead, the type of sea change needed to shake the GOP's image as a party of old, white and culturally-insulated men will require the type of profound grassroots shakeup that might make some in the GOP uneasy."
"You got your establishment Republicans who want to keep things the same," said Smith, an Army veteran who grew up in Alabama during the Civil Rights era. "The status quo needs to go through some, I won't say diversity classes, but I'll say liberty classes and learn about helping people on the bottom of the ladder."
A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that African-American teen abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average.
According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000 women among 15-19-year olds. The African-American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women among that age group, which is four times higher than non-Hispanic whites abortion rate at 10 per 1,000 and twice as high for Hispanics at 20 per 1,000.
The Guttmacher Institute revealed in a recent study that African-American women account for 30 percent of all abortions and African Americans make up only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.
The Millennial Generation were just pre-teens when The Black Women's Expo (TBWE) kicked off in 1994. Janet Jackson was hot on the pop charts and Disney had just released "the Lion King" movie. The term "smart phone" had yet to be coined and texting was not the ubiquitous occurrence it is today.
Fast forward to 2013 and the Expo is still offering relevant content, not just to those who first turned out 19 years ago, but also to Millennials who will likely be attending with their daughters. Merry Green, owner of MGPG Events, Inc., and the creator of the Expo, talks to The Chicago Defender about the highlights of the 2013 event slated for April 5-7 at Chicago's McCormick Place and what we can expect this year.
The Chicago Defender: To what do you attribute the longevity of The Black Women's Expo (TBWE)?
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which historically submits alternatives to budgets proposed by both Republican and Democratic presidents and House majorities, has released its alternative for fiscal year 2014.
According to the CBC, its alternative reduces the deficit and alleviates harm inflicted by austerity measures in a responsible and fiscally sound manner. The CBC FY 2014 alternative also is pitched as increasing economic opportunities by investing in education, infrastructure, housing, job training and through modernization of our military.
In addition, the CBC says its budget protects and enhances the social safety net that "continues to save millions from poverty." It calls for significant investments in these functions to "accelerate our economic recovery and to ensure our recovery is felt in every community in America."
OXON HILL, Maryland – Dr. Benjamin Carson, the neurosurgeon who made headlines in February for making political statements during his address at the National Prayer Breakfast, said Saturday he was leaving medicine and pursuing other opportunities, which could include politics.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, Carson said he was ending his medical career "while I'm on top," making the comparison to airplane pilots who retire before crashing.
"There are so many more things that can be done," Carson said, pointing to his educational foundation Carson's Scholars.
The idea of "wearable robots" may seem like something out of a movie, but this technology is already being used in real life.
Started as a project for the military, the exoskeleton has transformed from a device designed to allow soldiers to lift heavy loads and walk further to one that enables people with disabilities to step out of wheelchairs and stand upright.
The "Ekso" is a bionic exoskeleton developed by Ekso Bionics that gives paraplegics upright mobility. While the commercial version of the Ekso has recently been made available to hospitals and rehabilitation centers, the company hopes to make the technology more accessible so that people can use it at home and in their everyday lives, with a personal version releasing in 2014.
Plenty of questions arose after a 12-year-old girl reportedly handed cash out to her classmates in a Taylor, Mich. school.
ABC affiliate WXYZ reports the girl took $20,000 in cash to school in a backpack on Monday (March 11.)
The girl reportedly gave $200 to one student and $500 to another. That's when school officials found out about the money and the school principal called police.