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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Survey: African Americans Divided Over Cornel West, Obama Debate

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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?

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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

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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

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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 […]

Yvette Carnell: Is Al Sharpton Owned by Corporate America?

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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 […]

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 […]

NAACP Sponsor Wells Fargo Target of Justice Department Probe for Discriminatory Lending

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. The United States Justice Department is preparing to launch an investigation against Wells Fargo, a company that serves as the largest home mortgage lender in the country.  The company is being accused of taking advantage of minority consumers by selling them loans that were overpriced and more likely to lead to […]

NAACP Calls for an End to the War on Drugs

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CALIFORNIA — The NAACP passed an historic resolution calling to an end the war on drugs with a majority vote at the 102nd NAACP Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA. The resolution outlines key details of the war on drugs, which the organization notes are crucial failings; the U.S. spends $40 billion annually on the […]

NAACP President Says Voter ID Laws are Like Jim Crow Reincarnated

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Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World The president of the NAACP, Benjamin Jealous, does not support the new photo ID requirements being enacted by state governments. According to Reuters, he “compare[s] photo ID laws to poll taxes and other past restrictions — since struck down by the courts — designed to keep blacks from voting in the segregated […]

Cornel West Tells the New York Times that He’s “Funeral Ready”

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What’s with the black suit, white shirt, black tie outfit you always wear? Do you have anything else in your closet? I’ve got four black suits that I circulate, and they are my cemetery clothes — my uniform that keeps me ready for battle. Your cemetery clothes? It’s ready to die, brother. If I drop […]

Yvette Carnell: Chess and Checkers Have Nothing to do with Debt and Deficit

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Forget about raising the debt ceiling, one trillion here, two trillion there; it’s all small change right? At least that’s the impression I get when I overhear such ruminations from people within the black community. In the span of two plus years, run of the mill African-Americans have declared themselves members of the political pundit […]

President Obama, the Debt Ceiling and Greedy Republicans: Why the People Can’t Win

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. In early 2001, America’s economic future was rosy: Our government was sitting on a massive budget surplus, and the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the next 10 years would carry our nation down the path of seemingly endless prosperity. This was a good time for President George W. Bush to push […]

Debt-Ceiling Talks Reaching Critical Stage for Obama and the Democrats

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Your Black World reports. The debt-ceiling deadline is fast-approaching, with leadership from both the Democratic and Republican parties bickering over the final arrangements.  The Democrats rejected a Republican proposal to raise the ceiling in a two-step process, but both sides are concerned about a negative reaction in Asian markets if a deal is not reached […]

Dr. Boyce: Let’s Include Black Women in Meetings with the President

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I recently wrote about the scheduled meeting today between President Barack Obama and the presidents of the NAACP and Urban League. Marc Morial and Ben Jealous got together with the president in a situation that is eerily similar to the meeting the three had with Rev. Al Sharpton not so long ago. Any meeting which serves […]

Black Women are Heated Over Being Excluded from Civil Rights Meetings with Obama

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It is hot as hell in DC. It is even hotter under the collars of some African American women who are asking: Are we not civil rights leaders? The women were set off by the news that President Obama was scheduled to meet with the leaders of two civil rights organizations – National Urban League President […]

Dr. Boyce: President Obama Set to Meet with Marc Morial and Ben Jealous, But Why?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. I received an email today from the White House stating that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with NAACP President Ben Jealous and Urban League President Marc Morial.   President Obama’s schedule (which can be seen here) shows that the meeting will be roughly 25 minutes, giving these three important […]

Jon Stewart Makes Fun of GOP’s Obsession with President Obama (Video)

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In this video, the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart goes out of his way to ridicule Republicans, who claim that President Obama is obsessed over raising taxes on the rich.  He also talks about how the Republicans are afraid to use the word “rich,” instead attempting to falsely claim that most of the nation’s wealthy are […]

GOP Leaders Defy President Obama’s Order on a Deadline

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By JasmineHughes House Republican leaders have missed a 36-hour deadline set by President Obama during a Thursday meeting for lawmakers to give him a plan to avert a national default. The deadline came and went Saturday morning without a response from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Instead, Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) plan […]

Happy Birthday Nelson: The Top 10 Quotes from Nelson Mandela

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South Africa is celebrating the 93rd birthday today of its most prized national figure, anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Close to 12 million students sang “Happy Birthday” to Mandela before school began today. But one of the many things African students — and people all across the world can look towards to for inspiration — are […]