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RepublicansI am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful or insightful post election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to be the same: “Republicans have to find a way to garner more of the Hispanic vote.”

So, if I am to believe these so-called analysts, the Black vote is irrelevant and non-existent. The Black vote is rarely mentioned as being important to either party.

RevJesseJackson(TriceEdneyWire.com) In Cook County jails, prisoners are charged as much as id="mce_marker"5 a call to be in touch with their relatives. The exploitive rates can force families — already struggling with the burdens of having a loved one locked up — to choose between supporting their loved one or paying for heat or food. An Illinois study found that the price of phone calls from prison was one of the two most significant barriers to family contact during incarceration.

Why are the most captive and vulnerable being charged such brutal rates for a phone call?

v47_obama_winnersMost of the misinformed pundits who were unaware of the readiness and enthusiasm of millions of Black Americans to go to the voting polls on November 6, are not acting as if they are shocked by another record voter turnout of the Black American community. We are not surprised at all by the historic contributions of Black American voters to help determine the victory for the re-election of President Barack Obama.

v46_commentaryFrom the time the first slave ship landed in Jamestown, Virginia, life in America has been a rough journey for Black people. Four hundred and fifty-seven years later, statistics indicate that it still is. And if being Black in America isn’t rough enough, try having a felony on your criminal record. It’s like being asked to race Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps with cement shoes. Before you can get a good start, it seems you are already weighed down.

v42_black_consumer_shopper_articleWhen I was in the process of reading and writing about Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s report on African-American buying power for this week’s Black newspapers, I was reminded of how many top companies continue to take advantage of Black consumers while providing little, if anything, in return.

v41_ltaiThere are 47 percent who are with [President Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax. My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney

v39_comment_fiscalBeyond the Rhetoric

Ignorance is not bliss. However, there are too many of us who are ignoring the discussion about a legislative maneuver known as “sequestration.” This is also known by a more descriptive term – “fiscal cliff.” (Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is credited with coining the phrase). Unless this is updated, all financial rules and budgeting will come to a halt on December 31, 2012. Let me tell you about a few of the programs that are at risk.

v38_liarsA leader is defined as a person who manages the process of social influence in which he/she honestly enlists the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. A liar is a person who intentionally delivers a false statement to another person in order to deceive that person. Liars don’t lead, they mislead.

v37_ltaiLast week, we celebrated the 49th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. This historic march on Washington was the beginning of Dr. King’s focus on national economic inequality. Sadly, while progress has been made in the last half-century to advance economic and racial justice, the need for affordable housing and greater economic equality are still obstacles in the path of realizing Dr. King’s dream.

v36_shall_overcomeIt is called the anthem of the civil rights movement, no doubt sang at every major march and rally during the 1960s- including at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963, 49 years ago this week.

A sure sign of progress was when President Lyndon B. Johnson used its words amidst his Voting Rights speech before Congress March 15, 1965: “We Shall Overcome”, he declared to applause. Indeed, it is the clarion declaration of the struggle for equality and justice for African-Americans.

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