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Un-conventional political wisdom

Now that both national party conventions have ended, it's time to reflect. Most of the analysis you have seen or heard has been pretty much what was expected. Most of the political pundits live in an echo chamber – they all talk with each other and travel in similar social circles. I found very little fresh, insightful analysis. And that is also the problem with both campaigns. They both have staffed up with recycled consultants, who all have similar worldviews that are out of synch with the public.


Which is healthier: Organic foods or conventional foods?

A few months ago I sat down with a group of local farmers and inquired about organic fruits and vegetables vs. non-organic. I asked them if they'd grown anything organic and, if so, whether they were selling them in local stores and markets. I was surprised to learn that the farmers were indeed growing organic fruits and vegetables and selling them throughout the region.

My next question was about organic labeling or tags on produce. They explained that smaller farmers weren't able to afford the organic certification label that you'd find on organic produce.


Healthcare Industry: Big business for small, ‘minority’ businesses

by Tarrin McGhee
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Forty-five percent of healthcare systems throughout the country plan on spending more money in capital investment this year than what was spent in the past five years – a move that will present tremendous new business opportunities for minority and women vendors and service providers, according to Gary Shorb.


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.