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Chicago Homicide Rate Surpasses 200

THE HUFFINGTON POST 3 Hours Ago by Kim Bellware The Windy City reached a grim milestone over the long Fourth of July weekend as the city’s homicide rate surpassed 200. The city logged its 200th homicide of the year on Saturday when a 24-year-old man was shot to death in the 1000 block of West … Continue reading

The Power of Mornings: Why Successful Entrepreneurs Get up Early

ENTREPRENEUR 8 Hours Ago by Lisa Evans Sign up and receive the hottesth stories of the week. When running a business, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Tapping into the power of mornings, a time of day when there are less demands, might be the key to increasing your … Continue reading

Rep. John Lewis reacts to the Supreme Court’s decision to strip key provisions from the 1965 Voting Rights Act, expressing his disappointment. Lewis calls the decision a “major setback” and says, “I call on my colleagues in Congress to get it right.” Georgia Congressman Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights leader for the last five decades, sharply criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to strip a key enforcement mechanism from the Voting Rights Act, enacted nearly a half century ago to protect minority voters. “What the Supreme Court did today is stab the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in its very heart,” Lewis told Mitchell Tuesday, calling the 5-4 decision to strike down the formula Congress used to determine which districts require federal oversight of voting rules “a major step back.” “We may not have people being beaten today, maybe they are not being denied the right to participate or to register to vote, they’re not being chased by police dogs or trampled by horses. But in the 11 states of the old Confederacy and even in some of the states outside of the South, there’s been a systematic, deliberate attempt to take us back to another period. These men that voted to strip the Voting Rights Act of its power, they never stood in unmovable lines. They never had to pass a so-called literacy test. It took us almost a hundred years to get where we are today. So will it take another hundred years to fix it, to change it?” Lewis witnessed President Johnson signing the historic Voting Rights Act into law nearly 50 years ago and still has a pen Johnson used to ink its permanence. “I didn’t think that on that day when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, that I would live to see five members of the United States Supreme Court undoing what President Johnson did with those pens,” Lewis said. “My message to the members of the United States Supreme Court is remember. Don’t forget our recent history. Walk in our shoes. Come and walk in our shoes. Come and walk in the shoes of those three young men that died in Mississippi. Come and walk in the shoes of those of us who walked across that bridge on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965.

Rep. John Lewis reacts to the Supreme Court’s decision to strip key provisions from the 1965 Voting Rights Act, expressing his disappointment. Lewis calls the decision a “major setback” and says, “I call on my colleagues in Congress to get it right.” Georgia Congressman Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights leader for the last five … Continue reading

Paula Deen Dropped By Smithfield Foods

ABC NEWS 54 Minutes Ago Monica Morgan/WireImage/Getty Images More trouble for Paula Deen: the celebrity chef has been dropped by Smithfield Foods, the global pork producing company. “Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen,” the company based in Smithfield, … Continue reading

Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream

i ASSOCIATED PRESS “We want all of our rights!” Martin Luther King, Jr. told a throng of people gathered in and around Detroit’s Cobo Arena on June 23, 1963. He was speaking at what he called the largest and greatest demonstration for freedom ever held in the United States. “We want them here, and we … Continue reading

WNBA star pleads guilty to assault on ex-girlfriend

AJC.COM 13 Hours Ago The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded guilty Friday to assaulting her ex-girlfriend, the Fulton County District Attorney said. Holdsclaw, 35, of Smyrna, pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage in the first degree, two counts of criminal damage in … Continue reading

Warren Ballentine returns to the air

– Black Talkers has learned that Warren Ballentine has returned to the air on WAGF-AM in Dothan, WJBE-AM in Knoxville, WOWE-AM in Flint, WJMG-AM in Hattiesburg and WPUL-AM in Daytona Beach. His show can be heard at his normal time slot, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST via the Empowerment Radio Network. You can … Continue reading

1963: the defining year of the civil rights movement

On 28 August, in the shadow of Lincoln’s monument, Martin Luther King announced to the March on Washington during his famous “I have a dream” speech that “1963 is not an end, but a beginning”. For legal segregation, it would turn out to be the beginning of the end. The year started with Alabama governor … Continue reading

Baseball Creates Committee to Study Decline of Blacks in the Majors

NEW YORK TIMES 9 Hours Ago by Tyler Kepner Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that he was creating a 17-member diversity task force to study and address the issue of on-field participation by African-Americans in Major League Baseball. “I don’t want to miss any opportunity here,” Selig said in a telephone interview from his office … Continue reading

Leadership Qualities Teachers Want in a Principal

ECOLOGYOFEDUCATION.NET 1 Day Ago by Paul Warren Every year in the United States, an estimated 500,000 teachers leave their schools, with only 16% of the departures the result of retirement. The bulk of teachers leave for a variety of other reasons, including whether or not they perceive their school’s leadership to be effective. Without strong … Continue reading

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