US Has Become World’s Biggest Jailer
The United States has 2.3 million people behind bars, more than any other country in the world and more than ever before in its history, Human Rights Watch said Friday. The number represents an incarceration rate of 762 per 100,000 residents, compared to 152 per 100,000 in Britain, 108 in Canada, and 91 in France, HRW said in a statement commenting on Justice Department figures also released Friday. “The new incarceration figures confirm the United States as the world’s leading jailer,” said David Fahti, HRW’s US program director. “Americans should ask why the US locks up so many more people than do Canada, Britain, and other democracies,” he added. (Continue Reading…)
Why is the Church Full of Single Black Women?
New movie tries to find the answer SOULMATE IS an award-winning documentary examining why the church is full of single black Christian women. The film is causing a storm in black Christian circles. Soul Stirrings talks to writer, producer and director Andrea Wiley, who has worked on classic US comedies like The Prince of Bel Air and The Parkers. (Continue Reading…)
Can Black America Continue to Believe?
Sen. Barack Obama will accept his nomination as the Democratic candidate for president on Aug. 28, exactly 45 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech at the March on Washington. For those of us fascinated by such things, the occasion suggests less a coincidence than a harmonic convergence of cosmic dimensions. Just think: A brown-skinned American, having been judged according to “the content of his character,” will be taking aim at the nation’s highest office. What’s more, he will be taking the helm of a party that, just a few decades ago, was sorely divided over the mere inclusion of blacks in its ranks. (Continue Reading…)