Black Women in the US: Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Dire National Attention and Urgent Action

Contributors to Black Women's Roundtable report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014  stop for a photo during the BWR Summit kick-off at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters. Pictured (L-R):Dr. L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare; Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk;  Melanie L. Campbell, Black Women's Roundtable; Felicia Davis, Building Green Network;   Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D.; and Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families. PHOTO CREDIT: CIT-VISUALS

Washington, DC – A report released recently by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action. The report was released during a legislative [...]

Black Women’s Roundtable to Release Report on the Status of Black Women During BWR Women of Power Summit


Washington, DC – Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), the women’s initiative of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), will release a report reviewing the overall status of Black women during the third annual BWR Women of Power Summit taking place March 27-29 in Washington, DC. The report will be released on [...]

Chris Tucker Kicks Off 2014 “Payback Tour” with Rave Reviews and Sold Out Audiences Across the Country


Atlanta, GA – International Box Office hit actor and comedian Chris Tucker has kicked off his long awaited 2014 ‘PAYBACK TOUR” hitting comedy clubs around the country. Tucker is receiving rave reviews from audiences who are excited to experience him up close and personal and his hilarious new comedy show material. To date every show [...]

Women Play Integral Role in Civil Rights Meeting with President Obama

President Obama meets with African American civil rights leaders to discuss criminal justice reform, income inequality and the Affordable Care Act, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Washington, DC – Earlier this week President Barack Obama; Attorney General Eric Holder; senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; and director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz; met with Black leaders of civil rights organizations at The White House to discuss jobs, income inequality, voter suppression, criminal justice reform and other issues that [...]

Ready for Hillary Black Americans Program Announces 8-City Rollout for Black History Month


The national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary marked Black History Month with the official launch of its Black Americans program, a national effort to engage and mobilize the black community around a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy. The program will build upon many of the successful strategies implemented during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns including [...]

Statement From Dr. Bernice A. King: “My Brothers Want To Sell My Father’s Nobel Peace Prize Medal And His Bible”


Atlanta, GA – On January 20, as we observed my father’s 85th birthday and The King Holiday, my brothers, Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King, III, notified me that they want to sell to a private buyer our father’s most prized possessions, his Nobel Peace Prize Medal and his personal Bible which was used [...]

President Obama to Commute More Drug Sentences


Wall Street Journal (by Andrew Grossman)—The Obama administration is moving toward commuting sentences for more nonviolent drug offenders serving long prison terms, in an effort to reduce racial disparities in criminal sentencing and tame the growing federal prison budget. The decision opens the door for thousands of offenders to apply to get out of jail [...]

R&B/Hip Hop Artist Erika Kayne Discusses Being Locked Behind Bars in New PSA “Think Before You Act”


Cleveland, OH – Although the incarceration of celebrities like Lil Kim, Da Brat, DMX, Lindsay Lohan, and a host of others, have made “serving time” acceptable in today’s culture, formerly incarcerated R&B/Hip Hop songstress, Erika Kayne, is determined to make sure young people know the real deal about the conditions in prison and don’t get [...]

President Obama Endorses Mayor Mitch Landrieu for Re-election


New Orleans, LA – President Barack Obama recently endorsed Mayor Mitch Landrieu for reelection, applauding his efforts uniting New Orleans and progress moving the city forward. President Obama said, “New Orleans has always been a city of bold, resilient forward-looking people who believe in a brighter future and are committed to doing their part to [...]

The documentary film, Leah Chase: Faith, Family and Food


Vincent T. Sylvain shared this exciting and important documentary film project about the beloved Leah Chase. Leah Chase is a mentor, civil rights activists, philanthropist, avid supporter of African-American artists and certainly one of the greatest cultural ambassadors for all things great about New Orleans. Her story is a pivotal piece of New Orleans’ and [...]

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