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dailyphoto090421The Women of BET’s “Harlem Heights”
The winds of change are altering the landscape of America as we know it. But unlike past meteorological events, which took centuries to carefully form creations as wondrous as the storied Grand Canyon, this current gale seeks to bring forth a metamorphosis within a single generation. Stirred by the passions of a generation led by a dearly departed Baptist preacher from Georgia, this current wind’s gusts are urged on by the call of another gifted orator — one who now occupies the highest office in the land. And much like Dr. King before him, President Barack Obama is equipped with a coalition of youthful aspirants, all filled to the brim with a desire to positively impact the world through the power of their thoughts, words and deeds. (Continue Reading…)

Civil Rights Groups Criticize Obama Boycott
The nation’s largest civil rights organizations said Monday that they were profoundly disappointed by the Obama administration’s decision to boycott the U.N. conference on racism this week in Geneva. After weeks of discussion, the White House announced Saturday that it would not send a delegation to the Durban Review Conference because of objectionable language in the gathering’s official document. There had been concern that the document and speakers at the conference would be critical of Israel, because at the last race summit in South Africa in 2001, some Middle Eastern states compared Zionism to racism. On Monday, several diplomats walked out of the conference when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Israel is ruled by racists and that the West used the Holocaust as a pretext for aggression against Palestinians. (Continue Reading…)

Mary J. Blige, Big Boi Tackle Foreclosure Crisis
Hip-Hop soul icon Mary J. Blige and Outkast’s Big Boi stopped in Atlanta this past Saturday (April 18) to raise awareness on the nation’s foreclosure crisis. The stars joined the “Bringing the HOPE Home” tour bus, which is currently embarked on a four-city, foreclosure prevention tour. At each stop, the HOPE campaign offers troubled homeowners the option to review their situations with housing counselors and mortgage lenders. (Continue Reading…)

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