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Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry Alford III This fall, NBCC and humble ventures launched a program to award grants to Black-owned bars and restaurants. After careful review, we funded over 50 Black business owners. I’ve written below about the program and what we’ll do next with the knowledge gained. Why In June, the...
By Julianne Malveaux Economic recovery will be a long time coming. The Federal Reserve Bank says our corona recession will last into 2021, and perhaps even into 2022. If a vaccine is developed, a distribution plan still needs to be worked out, and there is still so much we don’t...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford III Video Highlights, Top Takeaways, and Resources The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities has become apparent as U.S. Black-owned small businesses were twice as likely to close during the early months than small businesses nationally. Additionally, there is a funding gap — only...
By Julianne Malveaux No matter what the outcome of the 2020 election, there remains much work to do. Our economy is wrong-sided, and we have to right-side it. Our tax code rewards the wealthy and penalizes others. Our regulatory system protects corporations, not people. Almost a hundred environmental regulations from the...
Nation’s diversity not represented in its courts By Charlene Crowell One of the most consequential decisions that presidents make are lifetime federal judicial appointments at every level: circuit, appellate and the U.S. Supreme Court. The independent federal judiciary is charged with ensuring that the nation’s courts are fair to all people....
By Julianne Malveaux For the sixth year in a row, Essence Magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have surveyed Black women about the issues that concern them most. Melanie Campbell, convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable and president and CEO of the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation, summarizes the...

Deadly Serious

By Oscar H. Blayton Black folks’ struggle to exist in America is no game. It is deadly serious. The bloody opposition to our survival in this white dominated society is a daunting challenge for all people of color. Since arriving in the Americas as captive and enslaved human chattel, Black folk...
By Vernon A. Williams Twenty-five years ago this weekend, I was in Washington, D.C., with Mark Powers, Eric Johnson and about 999,999 other brothers for the heralded “Million Man March.” I remember spending the night before at the home of Kappa brother Dennis C. Hayes, who then was Corporate Counsel for...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow The pandemic and economic crisis that ensued has closed thousands of businesses and deepened the economic distress of people who were already struggling. Despite Black entrepreneurs having lost over 61 percent of their businesses, we are focused on rising like a...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow Few across the U.S. have escaped the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Over the past five months there have been dramatic shifts in the way we live our lives with many suffering great loss, both of lives and of livelihoods. This...