by Jim Clingman
"Talk is cheap!" "Talkin' loud and sayin' nothin'!" Black folks do a lot of talking, rappin', espousing, pontificating, and philosophizin'. No matter the subject, we seem to know all about it and are more than willing to get engaged on any topic at hand. God gave us only one mouth, but He gave us two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, and two hands; we should get the hint that talking should not be the dominant of the five senses.
By Benjamin Todd Jealous
On July 4th, 1889, my great-great grandfather Burl Todd, who was born a slave, held his son Jerome Todd Sr. for the first time.
And just last week, I had the same incredible experience, cradling my newborn son Jackson, born on the 4th of July just like his ancestor before him.
I never met Jerome Todd Sr., but as I held Jackson I recalled a conversation with my grandfather, Jerome's son.
As the nation eagerly awaited the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, all eyes were focused on Anthony M. Kennedy, a staunch conservative who occasionally supplies the lone swing vote that tilts the court's narrow 5-4 rulings in one direction or the other.
But this time, to the surprise of arch-conservatives who had championed his cause, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. sided with the liberal bloc on the Supreme Court, giving President Obama an unexpected clear victory in his signature legislative accomplishment.
Before the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act on June 28, the President's detractors – particularly the combative and unyielding Republicans – made it clear that they deem their verbal jabs and incendiary remarks warranted because the president, in their opinion, is taking the country too far to the left into a dangerous, fiscal abyss.
The landmark decision came as a surprise to some and a disappointment to others. There was praise for the president, laughter from his supporters, and no doubt a few tears from his combatants and the right-wingers who vowed at one time to make Obama a one-term president.
By Tarrin McGhee
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
It's the first day of kindergarten – is your child ready to learn?
That's the question The Urban Child Institute is aiming to help parents address with the release of their new "Kindergarten Readiness Begins at Birth" handbook.
In it, the organization summarizes best practices to promote optimal brain development during early childhood, and outlines ways parents can work to ensure their child develops basic mental, emotional, and social skills needed to succeed in school.
by Raynard Jackson
Special toThe New Tri-State Defender
As we celebrated Independence Day here in the U.S., I wondered when the black community is going to learn the true meaning of this day when it comes to politics.
Independence Day, or Fourth of July, is about freedom to think, be, imagine and to live. In the U.S., July 4, 1776 was the day we celebrate our freedom from Great Britain. Even though the adoption of the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 2, 1776, it is celebrated on the 4th.
by Keesha Gaskins
New America Media
With the 2012 election just a few months away, organizers and voters are working in earnest to support ballot issues, community concerns, and political campaigns.
This year there is a great deal of chaos and confusion regarding what is happening with the unprecedented wave of restrictive voting laws that has swept the nation since 2010. Understanding which laws are in effect and what it will mean for the November 2012 election is crucial.