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The People's First Lady in the 21st Century

MichelleIn a famous cartoon from the early 20th century era, a coal miner looks up from his tedious work to cry out, "For gosh sakes, here comes Mrs. Roosevelt." Because she was so often seen out amongst the people, Eleanor Roosevelt, was known as "The People's First Lady."

Michelle Obama's community building efforts echo the ethics of Eleanor Roosevelt, as she continues to make her mark as the The People's First lady in the 21st Century.

The current President and his First Lady face many of the same obstacles as their predecessors, in a bleakly depressed society in need of socioeconomic reform. A similar op-ad could be scripted for Michelle Obama's "21st Century People's First Lady" featuring a harried discount chain associate looking up from...

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Is Race a Valid Campaign Platform?

Obma-Romney 2The current struggle among the Republican Party can best be titled, "The White Man's Struggle". For sometime now, panic has been forming in conservative circles over the issue of power and how control of the nation has been ebbing away from the white man. As a result, there have been massive push backs against women's rights, social services, voter access laws and Internet neutrality laws from the Republican Party. Their intention is to undercut the Democratic fringe's ability to support the...

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The Curious Case of Dr. Anna Pou: Hell and High Water

katrinadrNew Orleans is known for its sizzling jazz clubs, world-class restaurants and winning sports teams. But in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005, the Big Easy became the site of a mass murder at the hands of a doctor who "involuntarily euthanized" dozens of patients, most of whom were black.

How did this happen, and why hasn't there been justice for the victims?

The picturesque city of New Orleans sits in a bowl, eight to 12 feet below sea level in some places, with Lake...

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Leading the Way: NAACP Summit Prepares Game Changers for Battle

NAACP-Roslyn-Brock1For many Americans, the euphoria of an Inauguration Day that changed the course of U.S. presidential history withered under the glare of economic realities. The hope for greater change gave way to struggles for survival as foreclosures, bankruptcies and unemployment rocked the nation.

In "Foreclosed: The State of the Dream 2008",  mortgage lenders are blamed for costing people of color more than $200 billion dollars by selling them on subprime loans. The National Association for the...

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Turning the Tables: Diversity in the New Media Age

http_redCharles Whitaker, professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism believes the magazine publishing industry still only plays lip service when dealing with the lack of diversity within the profession.

Despite years of knocking on the doors of major US publishing houses, Whittaker, an adviser on issues of diversity to the Magazine Publishers of America, believes the root of the problem lies in the lack of multiculturalism behind the scenes in the magazine publishing...

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Joining Forces: America's Leading Moms Campaign for Military Families

MichelleJillFinalThe month of May gives Americans two special days to honor the service of men and women who serve and have served in the nation’s military. Armed Forces Day is observed on May 21st is to show appreciation for all service members and Memorial Day, a federal holiday is observed on the last Monday of May when the country pays tribute to those who gave their lives in U.S. wars.

First Lady Michelle Obama and the Vice President’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, are calling for Americans to do something...

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The 2012 Election: A Conversation with NPR's Michele Norris

President_ObamaMajor fundraisers will kick off this month in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. New buttons, T-shirts and bumper stickers are going out to supporters. The necessary paperwork is on file with the Federal Election Commission. Obama for America 2012 has started the race.

 The commander in chief launched his bid for re-election 25 months after becoming the first man of color in the Oval Office. President Barack Obama announced his intention to run again in an e-mail to grassroots voters...

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Minorities in Entertainment, Has it Gotten Better? SAG’s David White Speaks on Why We Need to Make It Happen

Halle2Sitting in his office overlooking the hills of Hollywood, one would think David White, National Executive Director of the Screen Actors Guild was in a world of his own.  But this deeply committed man thinks way beyond the glitz and the glam of Hollywood. 

Appointed as the National Executive Director in 2009, David fights to ensure the rights of artists and that the industry improves the lives of unrepresented groups in Hollywood. He is a man of civil rights and...

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What Happened to Big Mama?

Black_grandmother_and_children2If you haven't been living under a rock these days you've witnessed a paradigm shift in the cultural concept of what a grandparent used to be.

Culturally worldwide, grandparents, grandmothers in particular, use to fit a certain archtype: benevolent, prideful and most of all, full of advice so wise and valuable that you could trust it blindfolded. But increasingly, especially as we watch the news these days, we see a character that is alien to our familial sensibilities in every way.

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