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What If We Had No Voice At All?: Color Of Change Election Day Project

October 23rd, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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We sometimes take our voices for granted, but what would it be like if we had no voice at all? As important as it is to vote–our ancestors fought and died for that right–some of us still feel voting is a waste of time and does no good. What do you believe?

ColorOfChange.org is doing a social experiment called the Election Day Project to show people how much power they give up by not voting and essentially letting someone else make decisions for you. Check the video and see these women find out what happens when others speak for them in a hair salon.

ColorOfChange.org exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice. The goal is to empower our members – Black Americans and our allies – to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone. ColorOfChange.org is comprised of Black folks from every economic class, as well as those of every color who seek to help our voices be heard.

The members are united behind a simple, powerful pledge: we will do all we can to make sure all Americans are represented, served, and protected – regardless of race or class.

Using the Internet, as with this Election Day Project, they enable the members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice. They keep them informed about the most pressing issues for Black people in America and give them ways to act. We lobby elected representatives using email, the telephone, and face-to-face meetings.

Color of Changes brings attention to the needs and concerns of Black folks by holding coordinated events in different parts of the country, running TV and print advertisements, and demanding that the news media cover our issues. They also work with other groups – online efforts and other organizations that are doing related work – to magnify their impact.

Are you planning on voting? Do you always vote?

Politician For A Day: Stars Who Spoke Before Congress

July 4th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Celebrities can hold considerable weight in the public eye when it comes to certain issues and they can even sway a politician’s view about something. These celebrities made their way to Washington D.C. to lend their powerful voice to a cause or issue they believed in, reminding us all the power is in the hands of the people.

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Stephen Colbert

Funnyman Stephen Colbert first got his start in front of a national audience on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Playing a caricatured version of a political pundit, Colbert became so popular he landed his own show where he continued poking fun at staunch conservatives by acting like one. In 2010, he brought that satire to the House Judiciary Subcommittee to talk about working in America’s fields. Showing support to migrant workers, Colbert testified while sitting next to the president of the United Farm Workers, he talked about his “vast experience spending one day as a migrant farm worker,” adding that he was happy to use his star power to help the cause.

‘We’re Not Against That At All:’ Stacey Dash Says Republicans Support Gay Marriage

June 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Stacey Dash just loves talking politics. TMZ recently caught up with the “Clueless” star and she spoke on behalf of Republicans in regard to same-sex marriage. According to Stacey, Republicans are definitely in favor of gay marriage.

“We are for equal marriage,” the 47-year-old actress said. “We’re not against that. We’re not against that at all. We believe everyone should have the same rights.”

Stacey went on to say that she doesn’t get why folks believe that the GOP are against same-sex marriage in the first place.

“That’s just propaganda, that’s not true. That’s just a certain amount of people. You can’t just throw a blanket over everyone because certain people have one opinion.”

Though most naturally roll their eyes when Stacey opens her mouth to discuss politics, we’d have to agree with what she says about making generalizations about everyone in a particular party. However, at the same time, it’s important to note that the official stance of the Republican party on same-sex marriage is that they’re against it. Not to mention that the party’s national platform calls for a ban against it.

As you may recall, last month it was announced that the controversial star would be joining the FOX News team as a regular contributor.

“Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates,” said Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming, in a statement. – See more at: “We’re pleased to have her join Fox News.”

This should be interesting.

 

The Stamp: Diddy Supports Ras Baraka’s Run For Mayor Of Newark

May 12th, 2014 - By Kay Hudson
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Tuesday, May 13, 2o14

Cast Your Vote For Ras J. Baraka

For Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

#BelieveinNewark

“This day, this space, this time and this condition are exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. Leadership is not born out of ambition. It’s born out of time and condition.” – Ras J. Baraka/PolitickerNJ.com

This week, Diddy is doing more than dancing. The media and music mogul is lending his influential voice to support to Newark, New Jersey’s leading mayoral candidate, Ras J. Baraka via his personal Instagram:

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Salute.

Meet politician Ras J. Baraka, the South Ward, Newark, New Jersey native, who is also the son of the late iconic poet and activist, Amiri Baraka. A transparent leader in his own right, Mr. Baraka, who has been a community organizer his entire life is determined to carry Newark on his back for all the right reasons.

The Howard University graduate who majored in both Political Science and History notes that his alliance to Newark stems from his family’s roots which span over 70 years in the hardened ‘Brick City.’ With such a deep legacy,  its no surprise that Ras Baraka is sincerely vested into transforming Newark into space that is economically healthy, academically rich, and community safe.

Truly impressed by his track record and his commitment to reviving Newark, Mommynoire contacted Ras J. Baraka to hear why he believes he is the most prepared to be mayor.

Kay Hudson, the Deputy Editor, shares her notes from her conversation with the busy politician determined to rebuild Newark into a city that is not recognized for its imperfections, but recognized for its power.

Mommynoire: Why should the residents of Newark call you their mayor?

Ras Baraka: I have built a strong grassroots movement of people, schools, businesses, colleges and universities, health care institutions, organized labor and more to work together to rebuild Newark. I know that a mayor can’t change a city all by himself from the top down. I tell people that “when I become mayor, you become mayor”. I ask people to believe in Newark and in their power collectively to transform our city.

Mommynoire: And if you become Mayor, what core changes would you like to see during your tenure?

Ras Baraka: I would like the city to concentrate on redeveloping our neighborhoods, not just downtown, to end the culture of gangs and violence, and to help strengthen our economy to create more jobs. To transform Newark, a mayor must focus on reducing poverty.

Mommynoire: For those who only hear the negative about Newark, shed light on the pulse of the people who make up the city. Who are they? What is their story?

Ras Baraka: Newark is a city of extraordinary people who are struggling to provide the basics for their families. Newarkers respond passionately when asked to get involved in transforming their city. Very few are involved in the crime that dominates the attention of the news media. The people of Newark, many of them recent immigrants, are deeply involved in the life of our communities.

Mommynoire: What is your solution for the gang and gun culture that plagues Newark? Do you want to clear the trouble makers out? Or do you want to empower them through targeted support based programs?

Ras Baraka: My strategy for dealing with the gangs, Project Chill, involves more than just a police crackdown. I will mobilize the full resources of law enforcement, community leaders, our educational and health institutions and city government . We will directly meet with gang members and give them a choice: If you continue a life of crime, you will be shot dead in the street or spend most of your life in jail. But, if you put down your guns, you can rebuild your life. You will be welcomed with job and literacy training and another help you might need. This concept in endorsed by President Obama’s Department of Justice, and has worked successfully in Boston, Compton, and Minneapolis. My opponent calls that “negotiating with gangs.”

Mommynoire: What are your thoughts on the education climate in Newark? Can the school systems be saved? As a principal, what steps did you take to rebuild Central High School and whats steps will you take to build the rest of the endangered school system?

Ras Baraka: At the present, Governor Chris Christie is trying to shut down our neighborhood schools and turn them over to profit-making companies. I am leading the fight to stop him. As the principal of Central High School, I turned around a failing school and eliminated the gang culture and increased the graduation rate from 50% to 80%. We accomplished this by involving parents in the school, creating activities that are more appealing than gang membership. We worked with feeder schools, brought in colleges and universities to help with curriculum and to provide scholarships. We trained  teachers in practices that have proven successful in other urban schools. What we accomplished at Central High School, we can accomplish in all of our schools.

Mommynoire: How has your father’s literary history influenced your life? What core values did he instill in you that you would like to instill into your community?

Ras Baraka: At an early age I was exposed to the arts and to the international struggle for justice and human rights.  I was blessed to grow up in my household. My parents Amina and Amiri Baraka exposed me to riches that were literary and also grounded in the reality of the unfair distribution of power and wealth. My parents taught me that the only way to stop injustice is for people to join together and work collectively. All of my life I have been a community organizer.

Mommynoire: Let’s talk about your competitors. How different are your visions for Newark?

Ras Baraka: Shavar Jeffries is the candidate of Wall Street hedge fund operators and political bosses. They want to privatize our schools. They don’t care about our neighborhoods. They are not from Newark or even from New Jersey for that matter. It is so important for them to control Newark that they are spending nearly five million dollars for Jeffries. Shavar is their lapdog in every way.

Mommynoire: Celebrities from entertainment mogul, Diddy to filmmaker, Spike Lee are supporting you and your mission – why do you think they believe you are the man for the job?

Ras Baraka: The celebrities supporting me are those who devote their lives to fighting injustice and to building a better world for all of us. I have worked with them for years, and they know that I am about bringing people together to create change. Like myself they understand that change is possible only through collective action.

Mommynoire: Let’s reflect back, what was Newark like when you were growing up? How has Newark changed since then?

Ras Baraka: Newark has come long way from the aftermath of the rebellion. But we have a long way to go in rebuilding our city. Minority and immigrant business are growing, the downtown business district has attracted new businesses and our once industrial waterfront is in the process of redevelopment. Newark has made enormous strides for the very wealthy. It’s time to focus on the needs of the rest of us.

Mommynoire: Where do you see Newark 5 years from now?

Ras Baraka: I envision a Newark in which citizens are empowered to do for themselves and for their city. Our neighborhoods will be reborn and our local shopping districts rehabilitated. We will have a stronger economy because we will have helped our small businesses to grow. The culture of gangs will have been replaced by a culture of love of self and community.

Take a peek at some of Ras Baraka’s accomplishments on the next page:

Michelle Obama Insists Her Life Is Nothing Like ‘Scandal’

March 25th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While Shonda Rhimes provides a gripping look into the dark and twisted world of politics with her hit primetime TV show, “Scandal,” and draws us in with her engaging characters and compelling storylines, most Americans can shut off their televisions each Thursday night with the comfort of knowing that the majority of the insanity going on during the show is not happening at the White House. However, as it turns out, Chinese television viewers may have been led to believe that the political thriller is a “true reflection” of what’s happening in our nation’s capital. Thankfully, during a recent trip to the East Asian country, Michelle Obama was able to clear up some of those misconceptions.

The fashion-forward First Lady learned during a chat with Chinese outlet Caixin that Chinese TV viewers are addicted to a “certain American TV series about Washington politics,” and that many of them are “getting their primary impressions of the president and the first lady” from said series. While there are several TV shows out there that focus American politics, naturally, most assumed that “Scandal” was the show the interviewer was referencing. Lady O, however, made it clear that the White House is nothing like what you see on TV.

“I hate to disappoint people, but real life in the White House is nothing like what you see in that television show,” she explained. “In real life, everyone in the White House — my husband and I and every member of our extraordinary staff — is there for one reason: because we love our country and want to serve it.”

“And that’s what we focus on every day: how to give more Americans a chance to fulfill their dreams, to get a good education, get a good job to support their families, and so much more.”

Well put, Lady O. Well put.

Remember The Florida Boycott? Social Injustices And Drama We Went Hard For, And Then Forgot About

March 25th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Are we just letting all of this go?

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Remember When We Were Going to Shut Barneys Down?

Barney’s literally had a dude arrested for shopping while black and the black community was mad as hell…until Jay-Z refused to get on board with the boycott…then we all just sort of let it go.

In The House (Actually, The Senate): America’s Black Senators Gather For Historic Meeting

March 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Sens. Cory Booker (at a NJ hospital) and Tim Scott (at a SC school) went to the historic event. pics via @CoryBooker, @SenatorTimScott

Sens. Cory Booker (at a NJ hospital) and Tim Scott (at a SC school) went to the historic event. pics via @CoryBooker, @SenatorTimScott

An historic event took place and it got buried in the news! Maybe too many folks were worried about the latest RHOA news to notice. In Washington, D.C. at the end of Black History Month (February 25), more than half of the blacks who have ever served in the Senate gathered for a special panel discussion at the Library of Congress to celebrate Black History Month.

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) led the gathering, entitled “Honoring Our Past And Celebrating our Future,” reports The Daily Beast. Five of the seven living black senators attended and spoke of their trailblazing journeys. Scott and Cory Booker (D-NJ) were joined by former senators Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL), Roland Burris (D-IL), and William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA). Former Senator Ed Brooke (D-MA), who is ill, and Barack Obama, who was senator before he was elected president, did not attend.

While these politicians have made history, there is still much more progress to be made. So far only nine blacks have served in the United States Senate.

“In the history of the Republic, we’ve never had this number of African-American Senators in one place—truly an historical event…that is awesome,” said retired Navy Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, the 62nd Chaplin of the Senate (who is also African American), as he opened the session.

The Senators shared how they overcame obstacles. Moseley-Braun, for example, talked about of how gender and racial bias caused so many difficulties she nearly quit the job once due to the stress. “My Senate years were very difficult,” she said. “Why did they want to run me into the ground? Whatever brickbats and reputation damage they did, it was up to me to take it.”

Burris  experienced racism and skepticism. “I had many black people tell me I was crazy or divinely misdirected to think they would elect a black state-wide in Illinois,” said Burris, who in 1978 became the first African-American elected to statewide in Illinois after winning as first as comptroller and then as attorney general.

But Cowan told The Daily Beast “that the American experience would not be complete until both Democrats and Republicans elected blacks to the Senate from every region of the country with frequency and regularity.”

Added Scott, who was elected to finish the term of retiring Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and will have his own election this November, “Our country needs people to represent them based not on what they look like but based on their values and beliefs… I think that in the first 150 years we’ve had four black senators—in the last few decades we’ve had five.”

Building diversity has to happen in the coming elections if the government is truly going to reflect what the nation looks like. Are there any notable politicians in your area? Let everyone know about them in the comments.

Chiara de Blasio, First Daughter of NYC, Gets ‘Teen Vogue’ Spread

December 31st, 2013 - By Rich
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Her brother Dante made headlines this year, but Chiara de Blasio, daughter of New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, will definitely become a star in her own right. She’s already landed herself a feature in the latest issue of Teen Vogue.

The 19-year-old Brooklyn girl got candid with the magazine about wanting to be part of her dad’s plans to change the city and still be her own person. A sophomore at a college in California, she’s inspired both by her dad and mom Chirlane McCray who has also worked in politics. “Seeing my parents be public servants has definitely given me this drive to help fix the planet. I definitely want to be an activist for all the issues I find righteous.”

She started with herself, releasing a really personal video about her struggles with depression and substance abuse. But for tonight, it’s all about dad; she plans to be by her dad’s side when he takes office tonight at 12:01 a.m. I can’t wait to see what else Chiara does. She obviously has a really bright future ahead of her.

‘He Didn’t Unite Us, He Did The Exact Opposite:’ Stacey Dash Says Obama Worsened Race Relations In America

December 17th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Stacey Dash

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Yes, she’s still talking.

By now we’re all pretty aware that Stacey Dash isn’t crazy about President Obama or the Democratic party. She rarely ever passes up an opportunity to let this be known. During a recent interview with Adam Carolla, Stacey expressed that she believes the nation’s first Black President not only failed to help unite us, but he’s actually contributes to division in this country.

“[In 2008] I voted for Obama and I have to say, I got ‘blacked’ into it. I didn’t know anything about him, but I just knew we needed a Black president. I thought, ‘He has a way to unite us in such a profound dynamic.’ But he didn’t [unite us]. He did the exact opposite,” said the former “Single Ladies” actress.

“There’s been more racial conversation over last five years than we’ve ever had before,” Carolla added Carolla. “If Hillary Clinton gets elected … I suspect there’s gonna be four years of feminist talk. It’ll be found in every story.”

Stacey; however, made it clear that she wants no parts of Hillary getting elected in 2016.

“I don’t want it. I hope not,” said Stacey. “There will be a big excuse on this big huge platform to say, ‘You’re doing this because she’s the President. She’s a woman, you don’t like it.”

Despite being ripped to shreds on social media, Dash says she definitely does not regret voting for and endorsing Mitt Romney during the 2012 elections—adding that it’s racist to vote for someone based on the color of their skin.

“I feel like I did the right thing,” she told Carolla. “It’s not a form of racism, it is racism. Racism is racism is racism. You should be able to make a choice based on the content of someone’s character, not the color of their skin.”

She also seemed to imply that Black people should get over racial inequality because that time has passed.

“It’s not 1965,” said Dash. “We’ve won that battle. We should move on.”

Sigh.

Black Republican AlfonZo Rachel Calls Oprah’s Racism Comments “Pathetic and Embarrassing”

November 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Ohhh, we’ve got a live one here, folks! Leave it to our sister site, Bossip to dig up AlfonZo Rachel (no, the capital “z” is not a typo – that’s how he writes his name) and his thoughts on Oprah Winfrey and her comments about racism.

Before we even get to that, it should be noted that Rachel describes himself as a “conservative” and a “republican” so perhaps many of his comments won’t come as a surprise. Yes, as you can see, he’s African-American.

Rachel posted a new video on the “ZoNation” show with his commentary regarding Oprah’s recent comments saying she believes a lot of the disrespect President Barack Obama receives from Congress occurs because he is African-American. While Winfrey has always been a supporter of President Obama, her very blunt comments about racism in the political world took many by surprise.

AlfonZo Rachel first lashed out by saying that Oprah was whining and asked, “How are a bunch of so called ‘racist’ white people making you rich while making Obama fail at the same time? And with all the white people you have as fans, there ain’t enough left over to make a problem for Obama.”

He continued by saying the race card is the card of the cowardly and by calling others racist, it protects them (the cowards) from admitting their failures. Further, he believes it is very racist to call white people racist and makes non-white people think they’re better than white people.

You’ve got to listen to Alfonzo Rachel’s point of view, including him saying that most of his hate mail comes from liberal Democrats and he “guesses” there are “some racist Republicans” but he’s never met them.

Does he have a point or is he just rambling?