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WORDS FROM THE WISE: America’s Oldest Park Ranger Brings Black History to Life
Feb 05, 2013
Photo: Betty Reid-SoskinRICHMOND, Calif.--Betty Reid-Soskin is America’s oldest National Park Ranger and one of the most beautiful people I have met in Richmond, Calif., across the bay from San Francisco. I had the pleasure of meeting her recently as she...
Innovative Nebraska Program Brings Diversity To Highly Segregated Public Schools
Feb 03, 2013
Photo: Fifth graders Alyx and Nolan survey the after-school offerings at the diverse, dynamic Wilson Focus School in Omaha, Nebraska.OMAHA - Fifth-grader Alyx has trouble naming the “absolute coolest” thing about Wilson Focus School, part of an innovative educational model...
Asthmatic Woman Believes LA’s Free Health Care Program is Keeping Her Alive
Jan 27, 2013
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - For years after she lost her job as a telephone operator in 1992, the only health care 57-year-old Nita Thompson received for the severe asthma she developed at the tail-end of her employment was through the...
Newlyweds Searching for Bone Marrow Donor
Jan 24, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. – Just when things were looking up for journalist Kevin Weston -- he had just been offered a prestigious Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University and he and his partner, Lateefah Simon, had less than a year earlier...
Latina Immigrants: The New Ambassadors of Islam
Jan 18, 2013
Tucked away in a quiet rural neighborhood in Somerset, New Jersey is an old brownstone that houses the New Jersey Chapter of the Islamic Center of North America’s (ICNA) WhyIslam Project. Within its confines, in a second floor office decorated...
Health Reform Proving a ‘Lifeline’ for the Uninsurable
Jan 18, 2013
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - After having had private health insurance since he was 24 years old, Doug Ogden noticed in 2009 that his premiums “were spiking at a crazy rate,” pricing him out of the market. That aside, he...
Fight Starts Anew for Violence Against Women Act
Jan 15, 2013
Native American and congressional advocates of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) are frustrated that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., held up a compromise in the waning days of the 112th Congress that would have allowed the legislation to...
Q&A: Byron Hurt and the Dish on 'Soul Food Junkies'
Jan 14, 2013
Writer, activist, lecturer and filmmaker Byron Hurt takes on tough subjects for the right reasons. His previous film “Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” explored the world of Hip-hop and music videos, and its affect on ideas of masculinity among youth and...
Finding and Funding Black Science
Jan 09, 2013
 In many ways, Raynard Kington sees himself as incredibly privileged. After attaining his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, he later completed his M.B.A at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and served in various...
Violence Against Women Act Dies in House
Jan 03, 2013
House Republican leaders failed to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, despite a last-minute intervention by Vice President Joe Biden. The bill, which was approved for reauthorization by the Senate in April, would have extended domestic...
S. Korea’s First Female Leader - Redefining Gender Roles?
Dec 22, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three years ago South Korea introduced a new note into its currency, the first bill to feature the portrait of a woman: acclaimed 16th Century artist Shin Saim-dang. Some saw her appearance on the 50,000 won note...
After Newtown, Teachers Are the New Heroes
Dec 18, 2012
Long ago in my native homeland, Vietnam, I used to bow. As a grade school student, with arms folded, and eyes staring at my sandaled feet, I would mumble, “Thua thay!” – Greetings Teacher! – whenever I'd run into a...
Fate of Coal Plant Sparks Controversy in Navajo Nation
Dec 14, 2012
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part two of a two part series on the environmental impact of Arizona's Navajo Generating Station on the health of local tribes.  Part one can be read here.KAYENTA, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is a sprawling...
Fate of Coal-Fueled Power Plant Sparks Controversy in Navajo Nation
Dec 12, 2012
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part two of a two part series on the environmental impact of Arizona's Navajo Generating Station on the health of local tribes.  Part one can be read here.KAYENTA, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is a sprawling...
Native leaders leave White House conference inspired, rejuvenated, recommitted
Dec 11, 2012
 A large painting titled "Navajos Breaking Camp" hangs on the wall of Secretary Ken Salazar's office at the Department of the Interior.Salazar invited all attendees of yesterday's White House Tribal Nations Conference to accompany him to his sixth-floor office to...
An Energy Revolution on the Navajo Reservation
Dec 10, 2012
KAYENTA, Ariz. –When millions of residents in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Los Angeles flip a light or turn on a faucet, they’re likely unaware of the connection to the Black Mesa coal mine, located on the Navajo Reservation.It’s an...

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