Brokering the Black Vote
Apr06

Brokering the Black Vote

Ending a bruising battle to the finish, Ronald Reagan, after narrowly losing the Republican nomination in 1976, addressed a crowd of conservatives in Washington, D.C. and delivered this speech:

“The New Republican party I envision is still going to be the party of Lincoln and that means we are going to have to come to grips with what I consider to be a major failing of the party: its failure to attract the majority of black voters.

“It’s time black America and the New Republican party move toward each other and create a situation in which no black vote can be taken for granted.”

 

Clinton Moves To Shore Up Black Vote As Sanders’ Credibility Grows
Feb11

Clinton Moves To Shore Up Black Vote As Sanders’ Credibility Grows

With his steadily increasing credibility and name I.D., a growing list of high profile African American and mainstream endorsements, a tour of historical black colleges—dubbed “Feel The Bern” and led by Cornel West, ads on urban radio stations and personal appearances, Bernie Sanders is looking to take a bite out of the black vote staked out by Hillary Clinton. A vote most believe he can’t win without.

“If the elections were held today, just among the African-American vote, we would lose,” Sanders acknowledged in an interview with NPR last November.

LAUSD's First Black Superintendent Has Big Plans for the District.
Feb03

LAUSD's First Black Superintendent Has Big Plans for the District.

Last month marked a significant moment in the Los Angeles Unified School District. For the first time in its 163-year history, the board selected an African American woman to serve as the new superintendent. After a three-month nationwide search, the board determined Michelle King was the only candidate capable of fixing the nation’s second-largest district. “It is a surreal situation being the first black woman superintendent,” King told L.A. Focus. “I hope to inspire students of all races and backgrounds to pursue their dreams by demonstrating what is possible in L.A. Unified.”

 

Black Pastors Draw fire for trump meeting
Dec07

Black Pastors Draw fire for trump meeting

Depending on who you speak with the meeting Donald Trump had with 100 Black pastors on November 30 was either a huge success or a huge fiasco. Prior to the meeting, the presidential hopeful had announced he was holding a press conference to announce his endorsement by 100 black religious leaders. That, however, wasn’t what the majority of the preachers who turned out to a meeting at Trump Towers in New York had in mind. Instead, they say, they came to listen. To see what the billionaire Republican frontrunner Trump —who cancelled the press conference — said that the subsequent meeting was amazing and fruitful.

 

Another Win for Legal Marijuana As Issue  Still Divides Californians
Nov05

Another Win for Legal Marijuana As Issue Still Divides Californians

In October 9, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills into law establishing what he calls an “overdue” regulating system for the state’s estimated $2.7 billion medical marijuana industry, a number that has grown 74% from $1.5 billion in 2013, according to Arc View Market research. Some onlookers saw the move as one more step in the direction of full legalization of cannabis in the state, although Californians remain deeply divided on the issue.

This year, the Public Policy Institute of California conducted a statewide survey and found 53% of residents support the legalization of marijuana, 45% oppose it, and 2% are undecided. The survey also found 63% of African Americans and 57% of whites support the legalization of marijuana.

Game Changers: Five Blacks Who Are Making Big Moves In The City of Angels
Nov04

Game Changers: Five Blacks Who Are Making Big Moves In The City of Angels

They have made significant strides in terms of leadership, law enforcement, and even entertainment. From Police Commissioner to Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports, Hollywood, local government and the music industry, their moves are shaking this town up and making them key players to watch in the years ahead.

Making groundbreaking moves in entertainment is award winning writer, director Ava DuVernay, who has not only earned accolades for her Oscar-nominated film “Selma”—a biopic about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s led voting rights campaign in 1965, but she’s also redefining how films are being distributed through her recently-formed company called Array, an outgrowth of her African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM).

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