by Kelly Goff
New America Media
That seems to be the topic on everyone's mind as millions of American students head toward graduation this month. And by everyone, I don't mean my classmates, the ones who have scrimped, saved, borrowed and begged to pay for their degrees. I mean the professors, parents and education reporters who just can't stop talking about how bleak the job market is for new graduates.
After President Obama expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage, there has been a robust discussion among African Americans about whether his stance will make African-American voters less likely to support him in November.
By Cheryl Person-McNeil
Special to the Tri-State Defender
November is only six short months away, so the 2012 campaign for the White House is moving full-speed ahead. With more than 274 million Americans connected to the Internet, you probably won't be surprised that we have converged upon the Internet for any and all tidbits surrounding the presidential candidates since the beginning of the year. I think it's fascinating to see which candidates attracted the most visitors to their sites. Don't you? Aw, come on, aren't you a little curious?
It occurred to me the other day that if the clergy is so incensed over President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage, they ought to be just as incensed that many of their parishioners are obese and battling health issues without a clue on how to stave off the inevitable.
by Marc H. Morial
NNPA News Service
An after school and summer camp STEM Academy run by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga has increased students' proficiency in both math and reading by 32 percent. In Central Florida, 70 percent to 80 percent of students who enter the local Urban League's Center for Workforce Innovation Job Training Program graduate with a job at the end of the program.
Of the seven years I was editor of Emerge: Black America's Newsmagazine in the 1990s, I am proudest of our national campaign to win the release of Kemba Smith, a 24-year-old former Hampton University student who was sentenced to a mandatory 24 ½ years in prison for her minor role in a drug ring.
by Akeya Dickson
NNPA News Service
Even if the Affordable Care Act survives U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny, a favorable ruling this summer will not serve as a cure-all for insuring African Americans, according to health professionals and a report in the current issue of Health Affairs.