Rep. Jefferson Indicted, Fox Footage Shows…Conyers?!

by Andre Banks on June 5 2007, 8:29AM

tnews is out: Black Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson has been indicted today on 16 counts of public corruption for decades of bribery and shady business dealings in Africa. With an attorney general under serious fire for his own misdeeds, the…

Topics: Media, Politics

A street named Sonny

by Malena Amusa on June 4 2007, 9:41AM

Keith Boykin talks about a community’s struggle to have a New York street named after a controversial Black activist, Sonny Carson. Check out this good read: For several years now, I have lived in Harlem near Malcolm X Boulevard, also…

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Barack Offers Plan for “Universal” Health Care

by Andre Banks on May 31 2007, 1:59PM

In a rare moment of reporting actual news, recently covered the public intro of Barack’s “universal” health care plan. Here are the details:Obama’s plan retains the private insurance system but injects additional money to pay for expanding coverage. Those…

Topics: Politics

The Cost of Greening NYCity

by Guest Columnist on May 30 2007, 10:23AM

by Mafruza Khan (NYC Mayor Michael Boomberg) PlaNYC is an ambitious plan New York Mayor Michael Bloomblerg announced last month to make our air, water, energy, land, and transport more environmentally friendly. While everybody loves Bloomberg, his mayoral acumen and…

Topics: Politics

Supreme Court? Supreme Problem

by Tammy Johnson on April 26 2007, 12:18PM

When I was a community organizer in Milwaukee, crafting the campaign plan was straightforward. Do the groundwork of going door-to-door, to churches and community events to educate people on the issue. Then mobilize them to move our target —testifying at…

Topics: Immigration, News Items, Politics, Schools & Youth

Apologies Stand in Place of Remedies

by Terry Keleher on April 25 2007, 2:05PM

The Alabama House and Senate approved resolutions apologizing for slavery on Tuesday, following similar moves by legislatures in North Carolina earlier this month and Virginia in February. The day before, the state celebrated its official Confederate Memorial Day. Hmmm….

Topics: Politics

Trouble with Hospitals and their Poor

by Guest Columnist on February 27 2007, 2:34PM

The other day one of my friends told me that he was thinking about incorporating his business as a non-profit to avoid paying taxes. The scary thing is, hospitals have been doing this for years—but at the cost of poor…

Topics: Politics

Rich Country, Poor Healthcare

by Kai Wright on October 11 2006, 5:04PM

by Kai Wright They say money can’t buy happiness, but apparently it can’t buy America quality healthcare either. Two new studies add to a building mound of evidence that our wildly expensive, market-based healthcare system is deathly ill. The U.S….

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A Double Dose of Outrage.

by Andre Banks on August 29 2006, 9:00AM

Check out this gem of a post from Daily Kos (via Crooks & Liars) about the near unbelievable torrent of racist remarks (many from elected officials) across the last few weeks. The racism isn’t a huge surprise, but the…

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Explosive Growth in Communities of Color

by Andre Banks on August 23 2006, 11:00AM

This week, the press has been focused on the new immigration numbers coming out of the Census Bureau's mid-decade update. But they've ignored the other racial news beyond immigration embedded in that data. The a Applied Research Center analyzed the…

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