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Black Women Murdered by Men Are More Likely Killed by Someone They Know with a Gun

Each year the VPC releases this report in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October; following the February 2019 expiration of the federal Violence Against Women Act.

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11th Annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music Event October 9 in Los Angeles

Artist/Songwriter Victoria Monét, Roc Nation’s Shari Bryant and Capitol Records’ Britney Davis to Be Recognized Annual Event Presented by ASCAP

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Mental Health and Wellness for Students of Color: Transitioning to College

Many college students of color report mental health issues–including depression, anxiety and, among some groups, increased risk for suicide–that are not well understood…

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Fayetteville State University Tackles the World of Fraud Informatics

Increasingly, abuse and fraudulent activities proliferate the cyber world. To address this growing concern, Fayetteville State University will host a Fraud Informatics Symposium…

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Ahead of Senate Hearing, Journalism is at the Center of the Big Tech Antitrust Conversation

We are at a crucial time to ensure that big tech’s power is checked and the institutions whose job it is to provide oversight are monitored as well. Without the continued support…

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At The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center

Can you ever really live the life you envisioned? In a mixed race family, a teenaged daughter and her dads are all trying to find happiness. Eisa wants to be the next Lauryn Hill and is struggling to break free…

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How Congress Turns Citizens’ Voices into Data Points

No matter why or how people contact their elected officials, they all want one basic thing: They want someone to listen. But what actually happens is something different. As one staffer explained to me…

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‘When We Fight, We Win’ – Protesting Wages, 50,000 Auto Workers On Strike

Demanding fair wages, decent healthcare benefits, and their share of General Motors’ “record-level profits,” nearly 50,000 United Auto members went on strike…

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Modern Medicine Can Cure Diseases Even When the Treatments Aren’t Profitable

Strides in medicine have contributed to a dramatic increase in life expectancy over the last century. Diseases like HIV and cervical cancer that were essentially death sentences…

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Civic Engagement

Educate, Organize, Mobilize.

N.C. House Completes Bipartisan Redistricting Process to Approve Randomly Selected Computer Generated Maps

The state House approved its own maps on Friday by a bipartisan supermajority vote of 68-42 for 13 of 14 county groupings, and a 60-50 vote on a single grouping considered in a separate vote.

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Federal Court Blocks Tennessee Law That Restricts Voter Registration Efforts

Judge Aleta A. Trauger issued an opinion granting a preliminary injunction in Tennessee N.A.A.C.P v. Hargett, enjoining a new Tennessee law that threatens criminal and civil penalties on civic engagement organizations that conduct voter registration drives, both informal and formal, at local community events.

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NCCU PACE Committee Leading the Way With: “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive, Vol. II, Part XXIII

Students are being orientated not only to the importance of voting, and that many of the issues of today do, in fact, affect them, but that they also have a voting precinct on campus…

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Divine Nine Groups to Register Student Voters at Football Games – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part XXIII

  When the Eagles of North Carolina Central University face off in their home opener against the Vikings of Elizabeth

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KEMBA Center Leader Endorses “A Call to Colors” Civic Engagement – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part XXII

Rev. Connors indicated that he was already planning to reach out to the pastors of larger church facilities affiliated with KEMBA Center in those districts, about allowing the NC Board of Elections to conduct training sessions…

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After Over 24 Years Imprisoned, Dontae Sharpe Freed

A black man, wrongly tried and convicted at age 19 of a murder 25 years ago he did not commit, was finally released from prison two weeks ago, thanks to the tireless efforts of his mother…

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17 Million Voters Purged Nationwide Between 2016 and 2018

A Brennan Center analysis has found that at least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, similar to the numbers discovered between 2014 and 2016.

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Pastor Jay on “A Call to Colors” – “We’re in it Together” – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part XXI

What role would faith-based community institutions like mosques, temples and churches play in nonpartisan “A Call to Colors” civic engagement strategies to empower the African American community…

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There’s Cause for Both Concern and Optimism When it Comes to Democracy

What strikes me most about this discussion of a global decline in democratic norms and values, however, is how little coverage has gone to places where democracy remains robust.

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Economic Equity

Expanding Equal Access

We need to Revitalize the Great 8a Business Development Program

The 8(a) Business Development program was the brainchild of the late, great Parren J. Mitchell while he was the Chair of the House Small Business Committee and his staff – led by NBCC Board Member Anthony W. Robinson.

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Mixtroz Wins Women’s Business Enterprise Council South Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Awards recognize those newer woman-owned companies that evidence a strong growth trajectory, but also have a proven track record of innovation, extraordinary service provision…

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Reform Alternative Business Lending Practices to Protect Small-Business Owners

In my three decades representing parts of New York City in the House of Representatives, expanding economic opportunities for underserved

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Books of Knowledge

Education for the Masses.

“Child of the Dream — a Memoir of 1963” by Daughter of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson

By Sharon Robinson
“Sharon, I cannot promise you that the passage of any law will eliminate hate. But the laws will give Negroes full citizenship and bring us closer to equality.” Legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson…

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“How to Be an Antiracist” Understanding Racism and Inequality in Our Society

By Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step…

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Historian Anne C. Bailey Discusses Slave Auctions and Her Involvement in NY Times’ 1619 Project

An auction took place on March 2 and 3, 1859, at the Ten Broeck Racetrack, where slaves were housed in the stables. The auction resulted in the sale of 436 slaves for more than $300,000…

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