The NAACP has joined the ranks of those opposed to New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary sodas. The organization’s New York chapter claimed in court on Wednesday that while obesity is a significant problem in the black and Latino community but the ban would “would disproportionately hurt minority-owned small businesses, which faced competition from larger convenience stores like 7-Eleven that would be exempt from the soda restrictions because of a quirk in New York’s regulatory structure.” Continue reading
My grandfather used to say ‘the land don’t know no color, the land never mistreated anybody. It’s the people here.” ~Dr. John Boyd
There are several notable things about the Shirley Sherrod incident worth acknowledging, most involve how much this incident is not about the woman in question. The African American Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture was forced to resign of from her position after conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a highly edited video of Sherrod’s address at a March 2010 NAACP event to his website that made her look like she engaged in discriminatory practices towards whites. Continue reading
The battle of the acronyms is on, this time it’s KFC vs. PETA. Kentucky Fried Chicken has recently released a new atomic chicken sandwich. This one may be more deadly than the ones dripping in melted parm at your local bodega or pizza joint. This KFC sandwich is called the Double Down and it consists of two fried chicken fillets with a filling of two slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese, two slices of bacon, and sauce, with no bun.
I’ve never heard anyone say anything good about this sandwich since its debut on April 12th and adding to the bad response is PETA. In this case PETA does not stand for People Eating Tasty Animals because they are catching fits over this sandwich. Continue reading
Van Jones is an American treasure…Van’s vision, in short, is a vision for America restored to its place as the definitive world economic leader. ~Benjamin Todd Jealous”
This Friday the NAACP is holding their 41st Image Awards. Slated to receive the President’s Award from NAACP from its president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is The Great Van Jones. That’s him in the pic above caressing a solar panel.
It seems there is no better move for this organization to make than to support the green jobs promoter who is still under attack by right wingers and Fox News. Continue reading
Talk show host Tavis Smiley has decided to end his annual State of the Black Union Conference. In 2005 the conference spawned the book “Covenant with Black America,” about issues in black community.
In more recent times the conference took a very critical tone towards President Barack Obama.
“[The State of the Black Union] doesn’t have the premium that it used to have – and that’s a good thing,” Tavis Smiley, The Associated Press.
Seems to me Obama as the first Black president was such a game changer conference regulars weren’t sure how to react. Which is fine because many of us didn’t, but I find their harsh tone is suspicious. As a nightly half-hour talk show host on PBS Smiley has facilitated many conversations about President Obama not being Black enough, acknowledging Black people, and not standing up for Black people enough.
I think the last criticism is valid because Continue reading
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently passed a historic resolution addressing climate change for the first time in it’s history at its 100th annual convention in New York.
Here are my thoughts on the NAACP: Continue reading