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The Time is Now to Help Prevent Gun Violence in Urban Neighborhoods

“One of the things that I have done over the last 10 years – with the exception of 2018 – is host a dinner for the mothers of deceased children in my old hood in Queens, New York. The deceased children all died because of senseless gun violence. The recent dinners have had mostly the same mothers because Life Camp, the program that I support, and the residents have held the violence to a minimum. This year was very, very different…”

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.

OP-ED: DJ Envy’s Wisdom

My path to becoming a Discover the Unexpected ambassador started when I made the decision to go to Hampton University. My mother stressed education and emphasized the importance of getting a degree at a Black institution. She instilled a sense of pride in our household about Historically Black Colleges and Universities so that when it came time for me to apply for school, going to an HBCU felt like the natural thing to do.

OP-ED: Flying While Black: Stop the U.S. Congress from Raising Air Travel Taxes

“The tax, known as the passenger facility charge, is a locally enforced but federally authorized fee that every passenger must pay at U.S. commercial airports. Nearly every airport in America charges it. The fee is currently set at $4.50 per person per leg of a trip. Legislation has been introduced that would remove that cap, allowing airports to charge any amount they want.”

The Tamron Hall Show Debuts

“One of the ways Hall is shaping her show is by insisting the makeup of the crew reflect her audience. Despite having veteran executive producer Bill Geddie at the helm, Hall insisted that more women be hired because she wants to empower people like her – a self-described country girl from Luling, Texas who has made it to the upper echelons of television and news.”

AT&T Foundation Makes $300,000 Contribution to George W. Bush Institute

"We applaud the George W. Bush Institute for being visionaries in education, and for their steadfast advocacy for smart policies that keep us accountable to our next generation,” said Texas State Rep. Morgan Meyer, who serves on the Texas House Committee on Public Education. “There's no doubt that leaders across our state and our nation should make providing quality education for every child a legacy because it's an issue that impacts our families, our communities and our future." 

NAREB Urges Black Americans Not to Defer Their Dream of Homeownership

“Statistics show that there are 1.7 million Black millennials making $100,000 or more and could improve their financial futures with homeownership or participation in real estate investment opportunities. NAREB is determined to reach them with messages that rebut, yet improve, some of their current lifestyle choices,” says Donnell Williams, the newly installed president of NAREB. What’s more, he adds, homeownership is critical. “One clear message to millennials: Think about a house before you buy the car.”

LAFC AND CHEVRON UNVEIL NEW FUTSAL COURT IN THE BAKERSFIELD COMMUNITY

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Chevron), today announced the dedication of a new futsal court at Bakersfield Police Activities League. The refurbished facility will revitalize the nonprofit’s after-school youth soccer programming. As LAFC’s official energy partner, this serves as the second soccer facility refurbishment Chevron has completed in partnership with LAFC, highlighting Chevron’s commitment to local communities throughout the Southern California region.

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

HUD proposed a new rule that would expand the disparate impact rule into a five-step process that would shift the burden of proving discrimination nearly exclusively to plaintiffs. By proposing that third parties test practices against algorithms to determine fairness, defendants in fair housing cases could later move for dismissal and/or be shielded from liability.