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Family picnic attracts a positive-minded ‘mob’


A “mob” descended upon Audubon Park on Sunday (Oct. 19th) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, this “mob” was not a group of violent individuals disturbing the peace but various people gathered together for free food, entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, bouncers for kids, and a good cause.

Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives, (F.F.U.N.) held its fifth annual Multicultural Unity in the Community Picnic. The theme of the picnic was “Celebrating Our Differences.”

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Racial disparities in early childhood education hurts U.S.


WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Though the nation increasingly recognizes the importance of early childhood education, young African Americans and other children of color continue to trail their white counterparts on key measurements, according  to a report by  the Center for American Progress (CAP), an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action

The report, titled, “Investing in Infants and Toddlers to Combat Inequality,” shows that despite being the majority, children of color are generally faring poorly on a number of social and educational metrics. One-in-three toddlers of color lives in poverty. By 5 years old, children from low-income homes have heard millions fewer words than their more affluent peers, a vocabulary deficit known as the word gap. According to an earlier CAP report, even among middle and upper class families, 25 percent of all kindergarteners are not school-ready – they may not know any letters, numbers, or colors, for example.

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Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy


WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, was as much the product of a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between blacks and police, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the nonpartisan think tank and author of the report, said that the long pattern of housing segregation was not an accident.

“It wasn’t because of people’s choices, it wasn’t because African Americans were too poor to live in middle class neighborhoods. It’s because they were purposefully locked into segregated neighborhoods because of federal, state and local policies,” he said.

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Democratic candidates must work harder to lock in African-American voters


It’s hard not to see this coming. Democrats will be popping Tylenols in bed the morning of Nov. 5—only hours after election night returns stream in. And once political junkies sort out the scorched earth, some will not only point to the usually reliable, Democratic-leaning black voters being absent at the polls, but more than a few African Americans actually supporting Republican candidates.

That’s obviously problematic for Democrats. Election watchers will expect relative success from the GOP’s agenda-less tap into the visceral anti-Obama rage of its base. But the real story is that the once solid Democratic coalition of youth, women and people of color has turned for the worst. It is a barely recognizable shell of its former 2008 and 2012 self. No set of GOP-inspired voter-suppression laws will motivate it. No pleas from the president can fire it up. And in the postmortem audit, African-American voters could be shouldering a disproportionate share of the blame if Republicans are running things well into President Barack Obama’s last two years.

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This isn’t new—Venus and Serena have endured nasty insults throughout their careers


Over the weekend, Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev apologized for calling Venus and Serena Williams “the Williams brothers”—the least funny insult in what for the Williamses has been a career filled with unfunny, sexist and racist insults for the sisterly titans of professional women’s tennis.

Ever since they stepped onto the court in the mid-1990s, the Williams sisters have been bombarded with obnoxious comments that have had absolutely nothing to do with their game. Critics have attacked their race, gender, faces, bodies, personalities and hair.

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