There was a refrain that was heard in almost every speech this week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington: We are on the verge of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
That wasn't a statement that could be made 30 years ago when the pandemic was first identified. It wasn't a statement that would be uttered at the last International AIDS Conference I attended two years ago in Vienna.
by Stephanie Jones
Much was made of what Mitt Romney said and didn't say during his recent speech to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston. His boo-evoking swipe at "Obamacare" got most of the coverage, while his failure to address voter ID laws was also widely noted.
But another omission got little play, even though it is a topic of great importance to that audience in particular and the nation as a whole: Affirmative Action. Romney's avoidance of the topic in his NAACP speech is not surprising because he has rarely mentioned it during his public life.
by Dexter Wimbish
NNPA News Service
I was born a year after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assignation in Memphis but grew up in an era where as the walls of Jim Crow fell, the dreams of African-Americans soared. Americans both black and white were proud of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization he co-founded on Feb. 14, 1957 with Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Josephy Lowery, and other great religious leaders of our time.
WASHINGTON – If the African-American voter turnout reverts to the level it was before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States in 2008, the nation's first African American elected president will have a difficult time winning a second term in the White House, concludes a National Urban League report.
The report, "The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African-Americans in 2012," was written by Madura Wijewarden and Valerie Wilson of the National Urban League Policy Institute based in Washington.
If you're a vegan like I am and rely solely on a plant-based diet for good health, you may have been approached with this question: "Where do you get your protein if you're not eating meat?"
We are a nation of animal lovers. We raise them as pets, and others we eat as food. If you think about it for a moment, it sounds gross for someone to eat a carcass. Can a pig or hog be someone's pet?
by Raynard Jackson
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
As anyone who has followed me knows, I have been extremely critical of President Obama's non-engagement with the black community. Obama has deliberately ignored the plight of the black community while giving preferential treatment to the homosexual and Hispanic communities.
But I can't in good conscious criticize Obama and then give the Republicans a pass when they display similar behavior towards the black community. I can't excoriate black Democrats for following Obama blindly and then remain silent when black Republicans do the same towards Romney.
Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and City of Memphis Attorney Herman Morris pulled a proverbial rabbit out of the hat this week with a legal opinion that the newly established city of Memphis photo library cards would meet the standard for the new voter identification law established by the Tennessee General Assembly.
The luster and magic of the act had short-term appeal as State Election Coordinator Mark Goins quickly issued a statement of clarification, stating that the library cards were NOT acceptable as identification for Memphis, Shelby County or State of Tennessee voters.