Dr. Boyce Watkins George Kilpatrick Talk about Black Wealth, Debt Ceiling


In this interview (below), Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with George Kilpatrick, host of “New Inspiration for the Nation,” about current events within the African American community.  They discuss the recent debt ceiling, racism in the workplace, black unemployment, whether college athletes should be paid and more.   You can listen to the interview by CLICKING […]

Cutting Deficit will Increase Retirement Gap Between Whites and Minorities

Applicant Dennis Bennett, 60, waits during a job fair at the Southeast LA-Crenshaw WorkSource Center in Los Angeles November 20, 2009. In a depressed neighborhood in the City of Angels, hundreds of good jobs appeared to fall from the sky last week. Young and middle-aged Los Angeles residents, mostly blacks and Hispanics, lined up down the block at an employment office for more than 600 jobs, paying $14 an hour and higher with free healthcare, at new JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels downtown. Picture taken November 20, 2009.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni   (UNITED STATES EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)

New research finds an appalling 20 to one chasm in net worth between white and black Americans, and an 18 to one gap between whites and Hispanics. The Pew Research Center found that the net worth gap has widened during the Great Recession, mainly because the housing bust disproportionately cut into the wealth of African-Americans and […]

The Untold Story of African American Marines


Edwin J. Fizer got off the train to report for training at Montford Point, North Carolina in the summer of 1942. He, like all proud Marines, had to prove his mettle. Except, Fizer had another tough hurdle. He was black, and until then, the U.S. Marine Corps had been all white. But in June, 1941, […]

Dr. Boyce: Racist Reporting Turns Law-Abiding Four Year Old Into a Thug


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action After a recent drive-by shooting involving two teens in Chicago, a CBS affiliate (WBBM) decided to engage in some good old fashioned racist black male stereotyping.  The station interviewed a four year-old boy to ask him what he thought about the violence in the neighborhood, and […]

The House Rejects Senate Debt Limit Deal Three Days Before the Government Default


The Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling Saturday — partisan payback for the Democratic-controlled Senate’s rejection of Speaker John Boehner’s plan Friday night. One hundred seventy-three House members backed the plan while 246 were opposed. Most Democrats supported the measure; every Republican rejected it. […]

Newark Residents Hold a Rally for Jobs and Justice


Newark,N.J.-On Thursday July 21st Newark activists and residents held a small but hard-hitting rally in front of the Prudential Center Arena, demanding new jobs and justice for citizens.  It was co-organized by the office of Southward Councilman Ras Baraka, People’s Organization for Progress (POP), District 1199J,the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, and several other civic groups.  The […]

President Obama Says that a Debt Deal Needs to Get Done by Tuesday


As Congress wrestles with competing plans to raise the $14.3 trillion ceiling and cut federal spending, President Obama said Saturday that Republicans and Democrats “are not that far apart” and need to close the gap quickly to avoid an economically crippling default. A deal is necessary by midnight Tuesday “so that our country will have the […]

Harry Belafonte, Tatyana Ali Speak Up on Negative Black Imagery in Hollywood


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Harry Belafonte, the famed entertainer who is now 84, is concerned about the image of black America in Hollywood films, and he says the industry will “never ever yield to the needs of people of color.” He made these comments on the artists and activism panel at the 102nd annual NAACP […]

Racial Divides Pop Up in How New York Cuts Jobs of Prison Guards


When New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in June that he will close seven state medium and minimum-security prison facilities, he not only put thousands of jobs in peril, he signified the political and racial divide in the state’s correctional facilities. Cuomo spared the state’s maximum-security prisons, which are primarily located in white, rural, […]

Dr. Wilmer Leon: More Compromises on the Backs of Blacks is a Continuation of History


By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III During this debt and deficit debate President Obama has been very clear in stating, “Not only is it not fair if all this is done on the backs of middle-class families,” Obama said, “it doesn’t make sense. … That’s why people from both parties have said the best way to […]

Malcolm X’s Daughter Gets Five Years Probation for Robbing the Elderly


Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World For previous report click here. It is probably safe to say that Malikah Shabazz is not upholding the image of her father, Malcolm X. At the age of 46, X’s youngest daughter has been sentenced to 5 years of probation for stealing $55,000 from an elderly woman by charging on credit cards […]

President Obama Says Time is Running Out on a Debt Plan


With four days remaining until the United States hits its debt limit, President Barack Obama on Friday told deeply divided Republicans and Democrats to stop bickering and find a way “out of this mess.” Obama said a deficit-reduction plan being advanced by the top Republican in Congress would be defeated in the Democratic-led Senate and was simply wasting time. […]

Home Schooling is a Growing Trend for African American Families


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World These days, public schools are not exactly the safest place for children. Little elementary school children get caught with guns in their backpacks. Drugs can run rampant, and kids have even been caught having sex in classrooms. But, these are not the main reasons black families are increasingly moving toward […]

Survey: African Americans Divided Over Cornel West, Obama Debate


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. In a recent survey by YourBlackWorld.com, it was found that African Americans are divided over the comments of Princeton University professor Cornel West, who has critiqued the Obama Administration in the media over the past several weeks.  A mild majority of those who gave a definite answer (44.6%; only 87.2% said […]

Are Black Rappers to Blame When a White Rapper Uses the N-Word?


With criticism growing by the day of a white female rapper’s use of the N-word (V-Nasty), people are beginning to speak out. Andy Milonakis,a white actor, who often imitates hip-hop culture, has decided to defend V-nasty’s use of the N-word. On a clip posted on YouTube by the actor himself, Milonakis said, “My problem is […]

How Prisons are the Latest Form of Slavery


by Rania Khalek There is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately relegated to second-class citizens. They are banned from unionizing, violently silenced […]

Al Sharpton: The Wealth Gap Calls for Immediate Action


While the nation is fixated on a debt ceiling standstill, the number one issue on the minds of Americans — jobs — has largely been ignored. But in addition to experiencing the worst economic downfall since the Great Depression, we are now also officially witnessing the largest ethnic wealth disparity in decades. For those who […]

13-Year Old Boy Shot 8 Times by Chicago Police


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Jimmell Cannon, 13, was shot 8 times in the shoulders, hand, and leg by Chicago Police on Monday in West Humboldt Park neighborhood. While he is at Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, his family is looking for answers. The way they saw the events unfold is not the same thing […]

Yvette Carnell: Is Al Sharpton Owned by Corporate America?


Over the past few days, former MSNBC host and current online host of the “The  Young Turks”, Cenk Uygur, has made his rounds on both television and the net discussing how he was summarily dismissed from his prime time slot at MSNBC. According to Uygur, his style of not treating members of Congress with enough […]

Drug Addicted Moms Can Now Regain Custody of their Children


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World For many who have gotten involved in drugs and had their children taken away from them by the state, it may seem like ever regaining custody of them is hopeless. A law in Illinois, however, is allowing former drug-addict parents that turn their lives around to once again have custody […]

The Crisis Clock is Ticking on the Debt Ceiling Debate: Time for Plan B

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by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Valuable time is ticking away, and there is now less than a week left until the U.S. runs out of money. Government leaders around the world are getting nervous. According to Reuters, a board member of the Bank of Japan stated, “As the world’s biggest economy, the U.S. would have an […]