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Do what is required to stay healthy; don’t overeat

The obesity rate in America is at an all-time high, costing too many lives and threatening others on the periphery of weight gain. To put it plainly, obesity is not just unhealthy, it's life threatening. We as a people, as a nation, are digging our own grave with relative ease and less thought about survival. Who is to blame for this run-away health problem? The tens of thousands who refuse to take obesity seriously.


Spare me the ‘we built it’ rhetoric

The Republican National Convention's theme was, "We Built This." One of the speakers was Sher Valenzuela, a Delaware businesswoman who happens to be Latina. She touted the success of her upholstery business and implied it thrived because of her hard work.

That's only partly true. She also thrived because she started out with $2 million loan from the Small Business Administration, and got another $15 million in non-competitive government contracts.


  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

Illegitimate views on rape

by Jamala Rogers

I felt the spirit of Dr. Aaronnette White guiding my fingers for this column. A couple of weeks ago, Aaronnette died suddenly at the premature age of 51 years. A rape survivor and a respected psychology professor, she was a fierce warrior for the reproductive rights of women, particularly African-American women.

During her brief stint in St. Louis during the 1980s, she organized black women (and some black men) to take out a full-page ad in The St. Louis American condemning rape in the black community.


  • Written by NNPA News Service

Urban League way off on Lebron, Nike

by Raynard Jackson

Has Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, lost his mind? He is one of the few media-appointed leaders of black folk that I actually have some level of respect for. But his recent attack on Nike and basketball player LeBron James has greatly diminished my respect for him.

Last week, Morial issued a press release criticizing Nike and James for introducing their latest LeBron tennis shoe, LeBron X, at a cost of $ 315.


Vegan crab cakes fare well on D.C. road trip

Vegan crab cakes fare well on D.C. road trip

If you're curious about what vegans eat, then you need to get my newest cookbook, "Vegans Eat What?" It's hot off the press and filled with scrumptious recipes that you can make effortlessly at home. And on top of that, the recipes are not just good and tasty, they're just as healthy.

During a recent book signing in Washington, D.C., I autographed some books and prepared my famous vegan crab cakes.


Obama’s mixed record on appointing judges

Many speakers at this week's Republican convention in Tampa have focused on the economy and unemployment as they sought to contrast the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket with the record of President Barack Obama. But there is another battle underway that is receiving less attention but is at least equally import – the fight to appoint federal judges.

For several decades, Republicans have made judicial appointments a top priority. It is still a priority for the GOP and should be one for Democrats


  • Written by George Curry

Pre-K is prerequisite for student, community success

by Tarrin McGhee
Special to the Tri-State Defender

Around the world, a quality education is viewed as the golden ticket to a bright future.

Local achievement rates reveal an urgent need to ensure that more students are being adequately prepared to cash in.

Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) reported that the city of Memphis is leading the state with the highest number of low performing schools.