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Bringing Healthy Foods to Food Deserts

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 12:45 PM

Actor and activist Wendell Pierce is heeding First Lady Michelle Obama's call to prevent food deserts across the nation. Private equity entwined with public dollars are helping to create four new green grocer stores in low income New Orleans' neighborhoods. The action is a result of the Let's Move campaign.

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And a Child Shall Lead Them?

(8) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 4:20 PM

As the White House prepared for the highly anticipated meeting with the President and GOP leader on the budget battle, so did a lone demonstrator outside of the black iron gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. There is a new twist to an old strategy of demonstrating at the White House....

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Cholera in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 12:31 PM

Tuesday the United States transferred 120 million dollars through the World Bank for humanitarian efforts to rebuild Haiti 10 months after the fatal 7.0 earthquake. The country is currently in the grips of a cholera outbreak and rebounding from Hurricane Thomas.

800 people have died from the disease of...

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Barack Obama Responds to 'Shove it' Dem

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 2:51 PM

Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning this week with Rhode Island Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Caprio. The Clinton endorsement comes as Caprio is upset with President Obama for not endorsing him. Caprio Monday retaliated telling President Obama during a radio interview he could "shove it!" President Obama is responding...

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Black Farmers are Tight Lipped After White House Meeting

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 3:42 PM

John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association has not emerged to talk with reporters after a 10:30 am meeting with White House staff Thursday. Before going into the session with Michael Strautmanis, Assistant to the President, Boyd did say he was hopeful to receive a financial settlement like...

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A Pitch for Obama to Come to the City of Cleveland

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 1:46 PM

October 17, 2010, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are making a campaign run together, a first since he became president. This stop is in Ohio, a swing state. Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs contends, "The president was scheduled to be there -- to be in Columbus later that day....

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The Fire Pelosi Bus Tour Rolls On

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 8:48 PM

Michael Steele, the head of the Republican National Committee is in the midst of the third week of his six-week GOP cross country bus tour, entitled "Fire Pelosi". He appropriately is in California, where Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resides. During a phone interview Monday in Los Angeles, Steele says...

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HBCU Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 5:20 PM

President Obama has proclaimed this HBCU Week. The 100 plus Historically Black Colleges and Universities are a single source for propelling blacks into the middle class.

Student funding and retention are key for HBCU's in the bad economy. Dr. Michael Lomax of the United Negro College Fund says over 50...

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President Obama's Sympathy Call to Nelson Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 4:08 PM

President Obama recently made a call to 91-year-old Nelson Mandela. White House Officials contend the Friday morning call was simply an expression of sympathy for the death of Mandela's great granddaughter. Obama Officials say the White House call was relatively short in length.
 
Nelson Mandela's 13-year-old...

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Van Jones on Cleaning Up the Oil Spill

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2010 | 7:45 AM

President Obama will step into a meeting with administration officials and the Chairman of the BP Board next week. Presidential Spokesman Robert Gibbs says, "I don't doubt that a meeting would involve the discussion of the capabilities for hydrocarbon capture and burning at the site of the well; what's being...

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Dr. Dorothy Height in Intensive Care on 98th Birthday

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 4:51 PM

Dr. Dorothy Height is in intensive care in a Washington, D.C. hospital on her 98th Birthday. Former Clinton Labor Secretary Alexis Herman says her "birthday celebration will go on because Dr. Height wanted it." The event has shifted from a party to a birthday filled with prayers for her speedy...

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Pervasive Numbers of Discrimination Complaints at USDA

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 11:29 PM

Discrimination of minority farmers by employees at the United States Department of Agriculture may be more pervasive than originally thought.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack contends Latinos, Native Americans and women have open complaints of discrimination before the Justice Department. The White House and the Department of Agriculture have encouraged the...

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Justice Department Contends Settlement For Black Farmers Nears

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 12:11 PM

The Justice Department has notified the White House that a settlement is near for black farmers discriminated against by the United States Department of Agriculture. The plaintiffs in this case 80 to 90 thousand black farmers. The issue dates back to the late 1990's and the Clinton administration.

President...

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U.S. Haitian Relief Hits 300 Million

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 12:09 PM

The federal government has surpassed the initial dollar amounts President Obama dedicated for Haitian earthquake relief. After the January 12, 2010 devastation, President Obama announced the United States would start the humanitarian response with 100 million dollars. Rob Nabors, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget says, "We've...

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Obama's Budget Proposal: Some Benefits For HBCU's and Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 3:01 PM

President Obama's 2011 budget proposal includes 1.2 trillion dollars in budget cuts over 10 years. The White House contends the plan does not make across the board cuts, but adds money in some areas and cuts others. Within the six percent increase in education funding, there is a 98 million...

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President Obama on the State of Black America

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 10:40 AM

President Obama delivers his first State of the Union Address in the well of the House just a year after taking office. The address will cover domestic and foreign policy during a time of recession and two wars. Terry Edmonds, head speechwriter for then President Bill Clinton, says the message...

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Haitian Donors Conference Set for March in New York City

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 2:20 PM

The Haitian Donors conference is set for March in New York City. The framework of a 10 year Haitian international rebuild plan was set in Montreal, Canada with representatives from the United States, Haiti, Spain, France, Brazil, Canada, and the European Union. The United States leads in donations for Haiti...

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Mayor Ray Nagin Says Haiti Resembles New Orleans

(7) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 12:25 PM

Over 122 people have been rescued from the rubble in Haiti since the 7.0 earthquake more than a week ago. 40 plus of those rescued were saved by American rescue personnel. Those who have traveled to the disaster scene contend there is death and destruction amid a hope for life...

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Interview With President Barack Obama

(293) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 10:13 PM

Q: I'm sitting in the Oval Office with the 44th President, President Barack Obama. Thank you so much for this interview, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's great to see you and Merry Christmas to you and all your listeners.

Q: Well, first of all, let's start off...

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