Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Kamala Harris discusses her stance on healthcare

In an interview with NBC News's Kasie Hunt U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) explained her position on healthcare saying "it should not be a privilege, it should be a right." Watch that segment below.

UNCF Celebrates 75 Years of Lighting the Way to Better Futures

For 75 years, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) has supported hundreds of thousands of deserving students, private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and advocated for minority higher education. As it marks this important milestone, UNCF will celebrate all year long via its fundraising events across the country including the San Francisco UNCF “A Mind Is…” Gala set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. Culminating a weekend collaboration with the Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE), close to 1,200 attendees are expected to attend the annual signature fundraiser including keynote speaker and author Kevin Powell; evening host and reporter for KPIX Channel 5 Christin Ayers; and Black-ish actor and event co-host Allen Maldonado. Entertainment will be provided by Grammy®-nominated artists Musiq Soulchild and Martin Luther, former member of The Roots and a UNCF-member institution Morehouse College alumnus.
“UNCF has strived to change the HBCU narrative across the nation,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “By partnering with the CBE to raise awareness of our mission, we are equipping more students of color with the resources necessary to transition into college, graduate and ultimately expand and diversify America’s highly educated workforce.”
During the CBE’s two-day summit, UNCF will also lead a thought-provoking discussion on “Education, Social Impact and the Importance of Giving Back” at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.
For the first time, UNCF and the CBE will be co-hosting the signature black-tie gala which includes live music, an Ebay-sponsored silent auction and a moveable feast designed by award-winning Chef Chauncy. Benefitting HBCUs and students of color, events like the San Francisco “A Mind Is…” Gala helped UNCF gain resources to provide more than $450,000 in scholarships last year to students from San Francisco.
The economic benefits of HBCUs extend beyond the students they educate. Generating $14.8 billion in total economic impact annually, HBCUs are equally important to the communities they have served for more 100 years.
“UNCF is committed to providing our students with the necessary tools to succeed,” said Monica Sudduth, regional development director, UNCF. “Whether attending one of our member HBCUs or local institutions such as the University of California, our goal is to help as many students as we can get to and through college successfully. A highly educated workforce is vital to ensuring better futures for our students and all Americans.”
For being beacons of hope and supporters of UNCF’s mission, UNCF will honor Dr. Doris “Lucki” Allen, one of two women inducted in the U.S. Armed Forces Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and a Tuskegee University alumna; and the Intel Corporation. Event sponsors include presenting sponsor CBE, Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Union Bank and Wells Fargo, Albertsons, PG&E, Chevron, Bank of America, Oracle, McDonald’s Black Operators and the Golden State Warriors.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit UNCF.org/SanFrancisco or contact the local San Francisco UNCF office at 415.956.1018. Follow this event on social media @UNCF #UNCFSanFrancisco #UNCF.
About UNCF 
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

Bennett College leaders make plea to have accreditation reinstated after raising $9.5 million

School leaders from Bennett College were in Atlanta on Monday to fight to save one of the nation's only historically black colleges for women.

The Greensboro institution presented its case to an appeals panel in an attempt to keep the college's accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges after raising more than $9 million in recent weeks.

On Dec. 11, 2018, Bennett was removed from SACSCOC membership strictly for financial reasons. Bennett did not receive any sanctions against its academics, faculty, leadership or students.

Bennett immediately appealed the SACSCOC decision and remains accredited throughout the appeal process.

Accreditation officials are expected to make a decision by next Monday.

Bennett College President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins said she is confident that Bennett presented a strong case for continuing its membership in the Association, which would restore its accreditation.

"We presented our case to SACSCOC officials this morning, buoyed by our successful #StandWithBennett fundraising campaign, which to date has raised $9.5 million," Dawkins said. "We not only discussed our recent fundraising efforts but also presented a path forward for the college. SACSCOC must notify us of their decision within a week, by Feb. 25, and we are hopeful for a favorable outcome."


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Why I wanted to believe Jussie Smollet's story

BY George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com.

Jussie Smollet claims to have been beaten, doused with bleach, and having a noose placed around his neck by two individuals shouting, "This is MAGA Country!" because he was both black and gay.

Initially I believed him. As a black man who grew up in the United States, I know that black man have been and are physically assaulted because of racism. As one who has LBGT family members and friends, I know too that others can be beaten or even killed because of their sexual orientation.

In plain English, I had no reason to doubt Smollet's story.

As more and more details emerged about the attack including details that the attack may have been staged that belief changed to a want to believe Smollet.

You see, it would have been horrible if Smollet had indeed been beaten, but it would be far worse if he were lying about the entire incident. If he were lying, it would make it that much harder for the next black or gay person assaulted to be taken seriously. That would endanger just not one person but millions.

Those who are genuinely racist will use Smollet's lies as a smokescreen to cover their violent deeds knowing a seed of doubt has now been planted in America's collective mind. Law enforcement may become more hesitant in believing the victims and start investigations that look more at the victims hat the alleged accusers.

Some conservatives are already using Smollet's alleged lies to attack the left and those who believed him. They will once again claim that racist attacks in the United States are isolated incidents and make it okay to question the victim's validity.

I still want to believe Jussie but in light of everything that's coming out, I no longer can. His story doesn't add up.

I don't know what Jussie Smollet was thinking or what he set out to do by lying about being attacked, but I do know that whatever his intentions he has only made things worse.

George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Breakfast Club Hosts Defend Kamala Harris Against Fox News "Tupac/Snoop Dog Lie”

MSNBC interviewed the host of the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club”. The radio show hosts responded to a Fox News attack on Sen. Kamala Harris for a moment from an interview with her, when she discussed smoking pot in college and what type of rap she listens to now. DJ Envy tells MSNBC anchor Ari Melber that the right wing attacks on Harris’s comments were “absolutely, positively lies.” Cohost Charlamagne Tha God adds, “The ‘Black Twitter’ people that you see going in on Kamala” for her remarks in the interview are “doing the work of Fox News.” Watch that interview below.