By Ben Jealous After four exhausting years of President Donald Trump and four excruciating days of vote counting, the election was called for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Saturday. Hallelujah! Those days of counting felt agonizingly slow to many of us, but the momentum was always on...
By Vernon A. Williams A record 75 million voters are ecstatic over the emphatic change their voices dictate. After four years of indescribable ineptitude, callous indifference, a total void of character and integrity, and the absence of any semblance of competency, America decided enough is enough. The former TV reality show...
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...
By Vernon A. Williams Congratulations to Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris for an impressive campaign culminating a strong, classy showing against a nasty opponent. Election Day did not end the suspense. After a long, bitter battle for the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate, voters went to bed...
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 Kristen Clarke In a year defined by distress and tragedy, no one has felt that chaos more painfully than the Black community. We’ve seen the coronavirus pandemic tear through our neighborhoods at a devastating rate. Job losses have surged, evictions are looming, and economic damage has mounted. And the...
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...
Memories abound in the fog of autumn reflections on childhood school days growing up in Gary. Around this time every school year, summer was but a faint memory as we dove deep into the increasing familiarity of a new school year. It was a time for football at Gilroy Stadium...
By State Representative Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) In these unprecedented times, there is one thing the Gary community can do for its students and teachers, and that is to vote ‘Yes’ in the upcoming referendum for Gary Community Schools this November. As a member of the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (DUAB),...