Obama Has Hope Going into Final State of the Union

Photo by David Elmes via Flickr   Tonight will be President Obama’s final State of the Union address and he plans to take a step back and reflect over his time in office. Despite facing numerous set backs during his presidency, President Obama plans to focus attention on the successes of his administration’s two terms. When asked on the “Today” show what the American …

Bernie Sander’s Black Voter Problem

Photo by Phil Roeder via Flickr Hillary Clinton, seemingly closer to the presidency than ever, has stirred hopes of a female president to new heights. With that in mind, it’s little wonder that so much of the coverage of the Democratic primary has focused on gender, from numerous pieces characterizing Bernie Sanders’ supporters as predominantly male, or even painting them …

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds State Ban on Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court expressed its stance on affirmative action Tuesday, ruling that the decision to consider race in college admissions rests solely in the hands of state legislatures. Following Michigan’s statewide, voter-approved ban on affirmative action in 2006, the 6-2 decision upheld the states’ right to eliminate racial preferences from the college application process. Speaking on behalf of the court …

New School/ Old School Activism

The annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference held this past weekend at the University of California, Santa Cruz ignited dialogue of new age activism. On Sunday, the panel discussion entitled “New School/Old School Activism”  had “old school” activists Dr. Angela Davis and Bobby Seale, and “new school” activists Philip Agnew, Marcel Jones, Ainye Long, and Tiffany Dean Loftin. The discussion opened …

Black Inmates and Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

On January 1st, many recreational marijuana stores opened their doors in Colorado. Amendment 64, a ballot initiative that repealed weed prohibition, made the historical moment possible. Supported by over half of Colorado voters, the law permits the growth, sale, possession, and private use of cannabis by adults 21 and older—within the state’s borders. Decriminalization of marijuana use was a long-awaited …