March 20 - April 2, 2014


NAACP Airs Dirty Laundry at UN

long voting linesThe NAACP participated in a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Committee that reviewed human rights issues in the United States. In the delegation was ex-convict Desmond Meade, who now is two months away from graduating law school at Florida International University. Yet, he is one of more than 1.54 million Floridians that Florida disfranchises. Florida forces ex-cons to wait either five or seven years after the completion of their sentences and monetary remittance before even allowing them to apply to have their voting rights reinstated. Also part of the delegation was POH Cover model Kemba Smith-Prada.

The NAACP recommended that the:

U.S. Department of Justice vigorously enforce all provisions of federal voting rights laws, including the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.

Federal government actively speak out against restrictive voting laws, including detailing the impact of such laws on minority and other voters and encourage state governments to reform restrictive voting laws.

Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons take administrative steps immediately to provide information to incarcerated individuals regarding voting rights restoration upon release and return to their home state. The Democracy Restoration Act would require similar reforms.

Department of Justice require federal prosecutors to provide notice to defendants in federal criminal cases regarding the loss of their right to vote as a result of a plea agreement to a felony or a felony conviction.


Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Harlem Churches Rebound After Explosion

Bethel Gospel Assembly and Spanish Christian Church suffered heavily in the apparent natural-gas explosion last week. The churches held their first services since the blast on Sunday reported the Wall Street Journal. The explosion and subsequent building collapse claimed the lives of eight people and left more than 60 people injured.

Women and Retirement

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) created a new short documentary I am not Margaret Mead. The video explains why women are twice as likely to retire in poverty than men through interviews with retirement security experts, advocates, and working women. It also calls for solutions.

From POH Snippets Archives:  More Social Security In Your Future?

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Meet Oumar Dioume of Senegal

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Though Dr. Oumar Dioume is a retired engineering professor, he is still kindling his passion for world African history. Much of his focus has been on documenting the achievements of Blacks in the sciences with an emphasis on including Blacks born outside the United States.

“The first Blacks in critical numbers to be involved in much of the western world were Black Americans,” reasoned Dioume on why Black American achievements dominate so much of the current Black history literature. However, in his book, Lumieres Noires Del L’Humanite (Black Lights of Humanity), he also highlights non-scientists such as Haitian Olympian Silvio Cator.

Lumieres Noires Del L’Humanite and his other book, Inventeurs et Héros Noirs, (Black Inventors and Heroes) are available through the Library of Congress

Michelle Obama in China

 first family with grandma
Three generations of native Chicago South Siders will travel to China:  The first lady, her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, the 76-year-old First Grandma Marian Robinson.  Mrs. Obama will travel March 19-26, spending several days in the capital of Beijing that will include a meeting with Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Liyuan is a popular folk singer.

While in China, Mrs. Obama will focus on the power and importance of education, including in her own life, during visits to a high school and a university in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu.

Before leaving the USA, Mrs. Obama is encouraging American students to follow her trip on social media, including Instagram, and the White House website, where she will post a daily travel blog.

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Quvenzhané Wallis to Star as Annie – Racists Go Crazy

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Racist barbs were delivered via social media as news broke that Oscar nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis (pictured left) will star in the remake of Annie. Wallis, who is of African descent, starred in Beast of the Southern Wild.  Also starring in Annie will be Oscar winner Jamie Fox as Benjamin Stacks, the new-age Daddy Warbucks and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hanigan.  

Bum Farto wrote on Twitter, “Annie was a freckled face redhead, not a nappy head parasite infected #nigger shitbag! #niggers ruin everything!!” 

He also got his share of “retweets” and “favorites.”

Coming this Christmas: Watch the trailer, Annie (she's now from Harlem!).

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

  Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part journey through the universe and beyond, kicked off Sunday, March 9 (9 p.m. ET/PT) on 10 networks, led by Fox and National Geographic Channel, with an introduction by President Obama.

Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the series. Full Episodes are also online.

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