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‘Christmas creep’ wants you!

‘Christmas creep’ wants you!

Did you notice that some stores are already touting Christmas sales?  They are encouraging people to start buying for Christmas now.  We’ve been experiencing this “Christmas creep” for years. …

Part of the reason for the Christmas creep is that fourth quarter spending can make or break annual sales for retailers. … Not only will fourth quarter spending influence annual profits, but they will also signal the strength of the economic recovery that only a few are experiencing. …

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This isn’t new—Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers

This isn’t new—Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers

Over the weekend, Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev apologized for calling Venus and Serena Williams “the Williams brothers”—the least funny insult in what for the Williamses has been a career filled with unfunny, sexist and racist insults for the sisterly titans of professional women’s tennis.

Ever since they stepped onto the court in the mid-1990s, the Williams sisters have been bombarded with obnoxious comments that have had absolutely nothing to do with their game. Critics have attacked their race, gender, faces, bodies, personalities and hair.

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Out of My Racial Comfort Zone: Why a Predominantly White College Was Best for Me

Out of My Racial Comfort Zone: Why a Predominantly White College Was Best for Me

Attending a predominantly white institution was not an unusual decision to make in my family. Out of all of my immediate family members, only my grandmother attended an HBCU.

When I was deciding on which institution to attend, my “best fit test” weighted culture and postgraduate opportunities heaviest of all. I had been on many college tours from early on in my high school career and learned that the culture at many PWIs fit my personality better than the cultures at the HBCUs to which I considered applying.

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Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering
The world is rightly on edge over the latest appearance of the lethal Ebola virus. President Obama has committed American troops and millions of American dollars to help those countries in West Africa where it threatens to reach epidemic levels. The diagnosis two weeks ago that Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting relatives and friends in Dallas, was suffering from the virus (he died last week) raised alarm bells throughout the country, prompting government officials and the medical community to check and re-check the multi-faceted preventative “screen” they’ve assembled to defend against the virus.
 
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a nurse who had “extensive contact” with Duncan in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, the first time it has been contracted by someone inside the United States.

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To save our children… beginning right now!

To save our children… beginning right now!

 

(The Rev. Rodney Beard is pastor of The Living Word Community Church in Nashville.)

I had an interesting conversation with the Vice President of our National Action Network of Greater Nashvill

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  • Written by Leah

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

It is the great irony of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, that segregation in our schools has gotten even worse, not better.

Back in 1954, 17 states still had segregated schools and with court order from the highest court in the land, they were forced to desegregate. How successful were they? Not very.

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