Obama tears up thanking campaign staff

With his public speeches, soaring oratory and all-business public persona, it’s easy to think of Barack Obama— or any president, for that matter — as a mythic figure of sorts. Generally, a nation’s leader is detached in our minds from personal relationships, quiet intimate moments and the unscripted, un-calculated interactions that make the rest of us […]

Mitt Romney’s Team Publishes Victory Website

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has a team of misfits and mishandlers. Apparently, the web team published his victory website complete with the seal of the president-elect, inauguration information and an affirmation to put Americans back to work. Not sure if this was truly a mistake or not, but the homepage went live in spite […]

Election night 2012: Who will speak for the poor and incarcerated?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but how many times did “the poor” or “lower class” populations come up during the presidential campaigns, and what does this mean for those who make up that population especially those who, inadvertently or consequently, lost their rights including the right to vote? I’m speaking of those who are entangled […]

Election Day 2012: Young mothers speak

With few hours left in the presidential election, many of those in the inner-city complex as well as suburban areas feel strongly about their role in electing the right candidate. What is the common thread among both groups? It reaches deeper than healthcare issues or foreign policies. A generational legacy is being created when you […]

Best Election 2012 Watch Parties in Houston

The greatest election of this century is underway and everyone will be awaiting the fate of the nation. To make sure that you are not alone on this momentous night we have compiled the best watch parties in Houston for you to cheer on your favorite candidate.

Black and Latino Congress Members in Swing States

It should come as no surprise that Latino and black congress members are severely underrepresented in  the seven states listed by The Cook Political Report as “toss-ups.” It should also come as no surprise that there are a projected 2 million fewer black registered voters this election cycle than in 2008, which presents a challenge […]

Melanie Campbell, Barbara Arnwine: Black Women’s Roundtable at Presidential Conventions

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable led a groundbreaking effort at this year’s presidential nominating conventions – the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, N.C., – to make black women’s issues a top priority and to remind current and potential elected […]

Activist and Writer Kevin Powell Says We Must Vote, Pens New Book

Despite the fact that he isn’t occupying the New York seat in the U. S. Congress, after running in 2008 and 2010, activist, writer, entrepreneur and cultural influencer Kevin Powell still hears his mother’s instruction. She commanded, “When you turn 18, you have to vote and vote for the rest of your life.” A longtime […]

Civil Rights Lawyer Barbara Arnwine Urges Voter Awareness of New Restrictive Laws

Attorney Barbara Arnwine is ardently committed to protecting voters. The president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is educating voters on how to navigate the restrictive voter ID laws that have been passed throughout the U.S. in the wake of the upcoming presidential election, and to maintain control of […]

Warren Ballentine Speaks Out Against Voter ID Laws

Attorney, syndicated radio personality and the self-proclaimed No. 1 truthfighter Warren Ballentine  makes it clear the voting rights of disenfranchised Americans are under attack. The recent change and/or passage of Voter ID Laws – laws that require state-issued identification to vote at the polls – in various states across the U.S., have ruffled quite a […]

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Shares Why We Must Occupy the Vote

White collar and sneakers in tow, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, joined a panel of community influencers during the “Occupy the Vote”a plenary session at the 2012 National Urban League Conference in New Orleans. The Louisiana native who along with being a minister, is also a community activist and […]

Millions Still Believe Obama Is a Muslim

Despite President Obama’s adamant denials, and after more than three-and-a-half years into his historic presidency, the President is still believed to be a Muslim by a surprising number of Americans. Some 17 percent of registered voters still believe this fallacy, while almost a third claim they don’t know. According to a poll released Thursday by […]