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Vercie Lark, left, Region 7 Great Plains Administrator and Ted James, right, Region 6 South Central Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration  By Vercie Lark and Ted James Being black and walking away from a person who legally owned you became reality on June 17, 1865, when Texas became the last state to implement the Emancipation Proclamation. The day, now known as Juneteenth, has become one of celebration for black Americans.  It was a start. As black Americans, however, we continually must ask the question: “Are we truly emancipated?”   While important to celebrate a

This post was originally published on Seattle Medium Activist and CEO of the Black Future Co-op Fund argues that it is a time to envision what is possible outside of systemic oppression. By T’wina Nobles Opal Lee is the grandmother of Juneteenth. For most of her life, she has advocated to make Juneteenth a national holiday. In 2016, she even walked from her home in Ft. Worth, Texas to Washington, D.C., traveling two and a half miles each day to symbolize the two and a half years Black Texans waited for emancipation. At 94

President Joe Biden has tapped former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to join the White House as a top advisor as upcoming November midterm elections loom over the administration. On Wednesday (June 15), Biden announced Bottoms' appointment as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, per the Washington Post. Bringing Bottoms into the fold will add a needed Black woman's perspective amid a political time that will determine the fate of the rest of Biden's presidency. The former mayor joins Biden's inner circle during a tumultuous time for the administration — with inflation

The failure of Congress to pass legislation like the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act have frustrated African Americans. With new voter suppression laws, the leaked Roe V. Wade opinion, and the assault on many other rights, some question whether the voting bloc that allowed Democrats to take the White House and control both houses of Congress will abandon the polls during the midterm elections. “Black voters are understandably frustrated with the lack of reform around voter rights, but the lack

by Ennis Leon Jacobs, Jr I recently wrote an opinion editorial titled “America’s True Critical Race Theory” in response to the political debate in Florida on this civic controversy. I had ulterior motives because my son is deeply immersed in the topic, and a friend, who is a state leader, was deeply moved by the Florida legislative proposals. The article recalled an experience in high school when, during a band trip, I and a classmate were ushered out of the home of a host student because of our

Photo: Getty Images By Zuri Anderson, Black Information Network The U.S. Senate confirmed Lisa DeNell Cook, an established economist and researcher, to the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors Tuesday night (May 10), per NBC News. This makes her the first Black woman to serve on the panel in its 108-year history. Vice President Kamala Harris was reportedly the tie-breaker after senators voted 50-50 along party lines. "As President [Joe] Biden said today, addressing inflation remains a top priority of the Biden-Harris Administration, as we work to lower costs for hardworking families," a White House official said in

Denny's is pleased to announce The White House awarded Brenda Lauderback, Chair of Denny's Board of Directors, its President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Lauderback is receiving this presidential recognition for her decades-long commitment to building stronger communities through volunteerism. This is the highest civil volunteerism award that's presented by the President of the United States. Congressman James E. Clyburn (D.-S.C.) and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg attended and Dr. Kim Cliett Long presented the award on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Office of the President of the United States. Ms. Lauderback was

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Karine Jean-Pierre, whose long career in Democratic communications led her to the podium last year as the second Black woman to hold a White House daily briefing, will regularly host those news conferences. On Thursday, May 5, President Joe Biden announced that he has selected the Martinique native as his next White House press secretary. “Karine not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the

Photo: Getty Images Black Information Network The first Black Secret Service agent, who served under John F. Kennedy, became one of the first pardons Joe Biden granted as president on Tuesday (April 26).  Abraham Bolden Sr., the first Black agent to work on a presidential detail, along with two others, were granted pardons amid Clemency and Second Chance Month. Bolden, now 86-years-old, was accused of selling a copy of a Secret Service file for $50,000 and charged with federal bribery during the Kennedy administration.  Charges were brought against the former Secret Service agent after he reported

The US Mint announced the next five women to be featured on the nation's quarters on Tuesday (April 5), among them is one Black and Native American woman who took flight and changed history forever. Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman pilot, will be featured on US quarters in 2023 as part of the American Women Quarters Program. Alongside Coleman are journalist–activist Jovita Idár, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, ballerina Maria Tallchief, and hula teacher Edith Kanaka'ole. Coleman blazed trails in the early 1900s, after she was rejected from American aviation schools on the