New Obama biography coming in April
A biography of President Barack Obama is coming this spring from New Yorker editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” will be released April 6. Knopf says Remnick conducted “hundreds of on-the-record interviews” for the book, including of Obama himself, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former radical Bill Ayers. “The Bridge” also will include some of Obama’s private correspondence and letters by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. Knopf is an imprint of Random House Inc. and a sister company of the Crown Publishing Group. The latter released Obama’s “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.” (Continue Reading…)

Magic Johnson, Ebony talks off
“I would like to salute Linda Johnson Rice and the Johnson family for pioneering the iconic brand of the Johnson Publishing Company, which we have all come to love and respect. Ebony and Jet have been permanent fixtures on coffee tables in African-American homes for many years. Recently, an affiliate of Magic Johnson Enterprises and Johnson Publishing Company were in advanced discussions to do business together, but unfortunately we were unable to reach a definitive agreement. We will continue to look for opportunities to invest in African-American media.” (Continue Reading…)

Census count crucial for Black community
An accurate census count is a vital national imperative. It not only means critical resources to under-served communities, but also accurate political representation – an underpinning of democracy. African-Americans face great challenges. Our communities are disproportionately impacted by a host of social and economic issues. A correct census profile can help address this by ensuring appropriate funding for government services, strong political representation and civil rights enforcement. The challenges facing African-Americans are many. Examples include: •A quarter of all blacks live below the federal poverty level – about twice the national rate. And more than a third of all black children live in poverty. (Continue Reading…)

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