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African-American women must harness their political power

womenpower 600Fannie Lou Hamer was a poor black woman with a sixth-grade education who spent much of her life working in the cotton fields. Her legacy, however, demonstrates that each of us has an important voice and role to play in our democracy, and as we near the end of Women's History Month, it is a mighty reminder of the real power African-American women have in blazing the path toward true political equity and leadership.

Activist Hamer showed up at the 1964 Democratic National Convention as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, intent on securing voting rights for African-American people. Her formidable presence and insistence that she, too, deserved a seat at the decision-makers' table rattled the likes of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Sen. Hubert Humphrey and threatened their bid to secure the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidential ticket.

Fifty years later, African-American women are among the country's most politically active citizens. In 2012, 70 percent of eligible African-American female voters went to the polls, providing the highest rate of voter turnout for any group. This statistic highlights African-American women's ability to be defining factors in election outcomes. But despite this growing power, African-American women's electoral heft is not translating into legislation and policies that address their concerns.

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African Americans locked out of housing market

Credit 600WASHINGTON – As the housing market recovers a new report by the Urban Institute shows that African-American borrowers "have been disproportionately shut out of the market."

According to the report titled, "Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume," the share of African-American borrowers was 6 percent in 2001 but fell to 4.8 percent in 2012. By contrast, the share of white borrowers increased more than 3 percent from 2001 to 2012 and now account for 71.2 percent of mortgage loans.

From 2001 to 2012, the number of loans that went to African-American borrowers decreased by 55 percent while the number of loans to whites dropped 41 percent, with most of the losses occurring after 2005.

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This Weekend!

weekend 600U Can of Memphis presents 'Let's Rap' panel discussion

U Can of Memphis presents the "Let's Rap" Dream Big Empowerment Panel Discussion at the House of Mtzenzi Museum at 1289 Madison Ave. on Saturday (March 29th).

The goal of "Let's Rap" is to give teens a creative outlet to unplug hidden talents and discuss today's issues.

Saturday's event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be hosted by James Wesby, co-founder/VP Business Development, Blocally.

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Game on – AT&T enhances mobile Internet coverage at FedExForum

fedexforumhands 600When Dayton squares off against Florida on Saturday at the FedExForum a trip to the Final Four will be on the line. Fans rooting for the Flyers and the Gators will be looking for an effective hookup and an enhanced mobile experience when they pull out their wireless devices to share the most exciting moments with friends and family.

No worries. AT&T has expanded its mobile Internet coverage at FedExForum, upgrading its Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the customer experience throughout the facility.

"We are able to attract big time sporting events like the NCAA tournament to Memphis because our facilities enable the full fan experience like handling tens of thousands of simultaneous tweets during games," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. "We want visitors to our city to be able to connect with family and friends and share the highlights from the games and the great atmosphere, entertainment and hospitality that Memphis offers."

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No such thing as too much love

tarrin mcghee_600Is it possible for your baby to become too attached to you?

That's the question many parents may find themselves pondering at some point during their child's first years. Mothers and fathers can often confuse being attentive to a newborn or toddler's needs with smothering or spoiling the child.

There is a widespread sentiment that too much warmth and affection will lead to a child who is too needy or 'clingy'. But according to experts, this notion is false.

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