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Vantage Point: State of Black America Report • Reflections on the Founding of a Black Political Party

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio August 31, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Marc Morial and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Ph.D. Topics National Urban League’s State of Black America Report Reflections on the Founding of the National Black Independent Political Party The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League, New York, NY Dr. Gwen Zohorah Simmons,…

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Former vice president Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a community event in Iowa, 2019.

Joe Biden’s Campaign Is Making It Very Clear: They Will Push Austerity in the White House

By Commentaries/Opinions

By David Sirota, Jacobin — Almost no one noticed it, but earlier this month, a top Joe Biden advisor indicated that the entire agenda Biden is campaigning on won’t be pursued once he’s in the White House. Instead, Biden’s inner circle appears wedded to the ideology of austerity. he Democratic convention has sucked up all the political oxygen in America — so much so, that most people missed Team Biden…

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is Obama’s natural heir: another moderate child of radical parents

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Will the daughter of outspoken postcolonial progressives adopt their egalitarian vision? By Thomas Meaney and Samuel Moyn, The Guardian— Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as the Democrats’ vice-presidential nominee for 2020 elevated to the pinnacle of national politics the heir of two migrants to the US, both of whom epitomised the political ferment of the global 1960s. Moreover, such a figure has been entrusted with the party’s future for the second…

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Vantage Point: Black Women in the Suffrage Movement and the Founding of a Black Political Party

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Vantage Point Radio August 24, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. E. Faye Williams and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Ph.D. Topics The Untold Story of Black Women in the Suffrage Movement Reflections on the Founding of a Black Political Party  The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President/CEO, National Congress of Black Women,…

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Vantage Point: Will Kamala Harris Help or Hurt the Biden Ticket?

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio August 17, 2020 — On this Marcus Garvey Universal African Flag Day edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Rev. Mark Thompson and Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Topics Will Kamala Harris Help or Hurt the Biden Ticket? Fly the Red, Black and Green Flag August 17th, Marcus Garvey’s Birthday The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Rev. Mark Thompson Host, Make…

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Kamala Harris

The Hoopla Over the Kamala Harris VP Selection Obscures the Many Young People of Color Who Are Winning Offices Nationally

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Sonali Kolhatkar, Independent Media Institute — Joe Biden’s pick of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket has generated strong responses. While many Democrats are elated at the idea of seeing a brown-skinned woman of Indian and Jamaican heritage in such a position, progressives are debating one another about Harris’ mixed record on bread-and-butter issues such as criminal justice reform, foreign policy,…

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Will young, Black Americans turn out to vote in November?

Young Black Americans not sold on Biden, the Democrats or voting

By News & Current Affairs

Will young, Black Americans turn out to vote in November? By David C. Barker and Sam Fulwood – Most political analysts define “swing voters” as those who swing their support from one party to the other between election cycles – determining winners and losers in the process. According to this conventional wisdom, the “swingiest” voters are working-class whites in the Midwest, who supposedly hold the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, by contrast,…

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Left to right: New York congressional candidiate Mondaire Jones, Louisiana Senate candidate Adrian Perkins, and New York congressional candidate Ritchie Torres.

Black millennial men aim to bring new guard to Congress

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These young politicians are following in the footsteps of a shortlist of Black Americans elected to the United States Capitol. By Kelsey Minor, The Grio — You may not know the name Hiram Revels but 150 years ago he became the first Black member of the United States Congress. A Black Republican from Mississippi, Revels was sworn into office although there were heavy objections from the southern White men who…

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Trump

Despite Everything Biden Still Can’t Pry Some Blacks Loose from Trump

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Since George Floyd was slain there have been ten national live voter polls taken. The polls predictably show that Biden has a whopping lead over Trump among Black voters. But they also show that a lot of Blacks still aren’t buying Biden. They’re buying Trump. There are just enough of them to raise the question why and to raise the worry that they could cause…

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Steven Perry as Henry Temple in “The Big Tall Wish,” a Season 1 episode of The Twilight Zone

Tele-visionary Blackness

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By Brandy Monk-Payton, Public Books — I. CHANNELING FREEDOM DREAMS A Black boy presses his forehead and cheek against the television. He shuts his eyes, clasps his hands together, and mutters fervently. It is a scene from “The Big Tall Wish,” a Season 1 episode of The Twilight Zone. The episode, which was released in 1960, follows Bolie Jackson (Ivan Dixon), a washed-up prizefighter who has lost all confidence in his…

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