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Black Press of America Awards Courageous Leaders

The 2019 honorees are the Honorable Karen Bass, U.S. Representative (D-CA); the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, U.S. Representative (D-MD); the Honorable Bobby Scott, U.S. Representative (D-VA); the Honorable Bennie Thompson, U.S. Representative (D-MS); Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculture (UAW); Shani W. Hosten, Vice President Multicultural Leadership, AARP; Dr. Kim Smith-Whitley, Clinical Director of Hematology and Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); and Crystal Windham, Director, Cadillac Interior Design, General Motors.

IN MEMORIAM: Baxter Leach, a Soldier for Labor

Mr. Leach and fellow sanitation workers rose up and in unison shouted to the world, “I AM A MAN.” They marched against the powers that be, earning a hard-won victory in a fight that brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, where he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. On Tuesday (Aug. 27), Mr. Leach died after what longtime friend Calvin Taylor said was a bout with cancer. He was 79.

Do Black Kids Deserve This Treatment in School?

After the incident Pearland ISD Board of Trustees member Mikael Floyd stated, "It's no secret that racism, whether intentional or not, has crept into the code. The administration has made it clear that they are aware of the Board's stance that provisions which are rooted in cultural or racial inequalities must be changed, and anything less will be unacceptable in my opinion."

Portland ‘Blackout’: Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week Returns

Originally, Portland resident Bertha Pearl brought the first iteration of ‘Black Restaurant Days’ to Portland after reading about a similar initiative underway in San Francisco. After expanding to a full week in recent years, the land of the not so humble foodies has more time to squeeze in the nearly 100 listed restaurants and food carts.

Pull quote: “We should move past the hashtags and truly help to keep us active by supporting us 365 days a year.”

Experiencing the Desert’s Hidden Gems

After a long work week, it was a great time to get away from the Los Angeles city life and tour the desert to see some of the desert’s “hidden gems.” The destination was Palm Springs, CA. 107 miles east of Los Angeles gave a good amount of time to sight see and put Chevy’s 2019 Bolt EV all-electric car to use.

COMMENTARY: Do Americans believe the polls?

“In 2016, the poll numbers were wrong and many of the political experts don’t believe President Donald Trump is 13 per cent behind the Democrats in the numbers in 2019. White people love President Trump and when he speaks the place is sold out. The economy is good, and the president can blow his horn.”

OP-ED: Why I’m Visiting the Border

“I shook hands with a 13 year-old-boy whose mother told him to make eye contact and shake hands firmly. Even in the midst of horrific living conditions and imprisonment, children at the facility are still being taught to treat people with respect, while being treated less than human…” 

COMMENTARY: Who Cares About Fair Elections?

People are organizing and attempting to overcome interference by mobilizing the Democratic base of voters. Barbara Arnwine, founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition gathered dozens of activists to participate in a day-long strategy session on voting rights on August 7, fifty-four years after the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965.

Reform Alternative Business Lending Practices to Protect Small-Business Owners

Lenders have been requiring their small business borrowers, as a condition of receiving any short-term loans from them, to sign confessions of judgement that waive borrowers’ legal rights in any dispute with the lenders. Small business borrowers in other states have no right of notice if their assets are seized in New York under confessions of judgement and may not even realize if a New York judgement has been entered against them until their banks have seized their assets.

See You in the Funny Papers at the Beale Memorial Library

Strawberry Shortcake and Spiderman, or at least people dressed as them, among others attired in wild costumes all rubbed shoulders in in a book-lined setting this past weekend. Well over a thousand people of all shapes and ages crammed the usually staid and dignified Beale Memorial Library in downtown Bakersfield in their best superhero finery for the second Beale Mini Con.