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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

How can black folks manage inflation?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Between COVID-19 economic challenges, supply-side glitches, pent-up demand (people are finally shopping again), and more, prices are percolating upward in most uncomfortable ways.  In Los Angeles, gas prices are hitting north of $4.50, in some cases nearly $5.00 a gallon.  In some places, the shelves are bare, and staples like milk and bread are at least 5 percent higher than they once were.  Inflation is…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Labor shortage or pay shortfall?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Walking down a busy urban street, one cannot help but notice the number of “help wanted” signs that grace the front of many establishments. Restaurants, grocery stores, and retail establishments all seem to want workers. Many of them indicate their starting pay is “at least” $15 an hour. Some list other benefits in the window, including things like vacation time, employee discounts, and more. Workers…

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Why Won’t Democrats Fight?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Not a day goes by that I don’t get a text or three from the Democratic National Committee asking for contributions. Sometimes they come from Vice President Harris. Sometimes, from President Biden himself. Occasionally, from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or DNC Chair Jaime Harrison Not to mention the texts that come from Congressional candidates all over the country, looking for $10, $17, or $27. I…

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Melvin Van Peebles, Creative Genius

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — One of the first Broadway plays I ever saw was Melvin Van Peeble’s Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death.  A. Robert Phillips, who led the Black Talent Program at Boston College, arranged for a group of us undergraduates to attend the play, have dinner, and enjoy New York City. I was riveted by the powerful play, a series of vignettes performed by a talented ensemble, who…

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Who gets flexibility?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — I had not planned to have a policy conversation when I boarded my connecting flight from Detroit to DC. But the young white woman, totally professionally dressed, seemed to want my ear. She was coming to Washington to do “advocacy,” she said, around workplace flexibility and “reimagining work.” I thought girlie just wanted to hear herself talk, so my responses were minimal – um hum,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Thank You, Black Women

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — When California governor Gavin Newsom woke up on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, I hope he fell to his knees and said, “Thank you, God, thank you, Black women.” To be sure, there are many others to thank, from the energized Chicanx/Latinx community to the Democrats who surged to the polls at the last minute. Some of the more prominent who thronged to his side were…

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Convict Leasing, Forced Labor, Theft of Black Wealth: The Case of the Chattahoochee Brick Company

By Events, News & Current Affairs

Labor Day Weekend 2021, the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and the National African American Reparations Commission premiered a video examining the rampant theft of Black labor during the post-slavery period in the American South. The video focuses on current efforts to memorialize and consecrate the grounds where the Chattahoochee Brick Company in Atlanta, GA, was used as a site for the super exploitation of Black males, mostly…

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The New Multiracial America

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — So you are sitting on a park bench, just enjoying the weather. What is the likelihood that the next person that walks by you is of a different race than you? In 2010 the probability of a different race person walking by was 54.9 percent in 2010, and it rose to61.1 percent by 2020. We are more likely to see people who are different than…

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Vantage Point: The Promissory Note and MLK’s Vision for a New America – Why African Americans Can’t Wait

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

A Special Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Monday, August 23, 2021 Topic The “Bounced Check” The Promissory Note and King’s Vision of a New America Why African Americans Can’t Wait The corporate media has fed the American public a steady diet of the more palatable aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream Speech delivered at the historic 1963 March on Washington.  However, the “promissory note” aspect…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Climate change alert: Tuvalu is sinking

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Tuvalu is a tiny Polynesian island nation located midway between Hawaii and Australia. Home to just 11,000 people, it is just 10 square miles. It is smaller today than it was a decade ago. Thanks to world climate change, Tuvalu is sinking, and the evidence is everywhere. I’d never heard to Tuvalu until I attended COP15, the Copenhagen climate change conference, in 2010. It was…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Rep. Cori Bush Is My Shero

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) was once homeless. She wrote movingly about sleeping with her babies in her car, with no place to go, nowhere to wash except a McDonald’s restroom, nowhere to exhale. She was homeless and working, and among a group that has coined the term “unhoused” to convey the pain of living without a home, belongings stuffed into garbage bags, hot food an elusive…

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