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The Digital Divide Is a Human Rights Issue: Advancing Social Inclusion Through Social Work Advocacy

Journal of Human Rights and Social Work volume 6, pages 130–143 (2021) The role of technology and importance of access to high-speed broadband has become glaringly obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic. High-speed Internet is a tool people rely upon to conduct the

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How Vulnerable Is Your Personal Information? Four Essential Reads

When you enter your personal information or credit card number into a website, do you have a moment of hesitation? A nagging sense of vulnerability prompted by the parade of headlines about data breaches and hacks? If so, you probably

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Independent Commissions Can Ditch Partisanship and Make Redistricting Fairer to Voters

States across the U.S. are drawing new electoral districts for the next decade in a process called redistricting. In some states, districts are drawn by the state legislature; in others, by an independent redistricting commission. By federal law, congressional districts

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Quitting Your Job or Thinking About Joining the ‘Great Resignation’? Here’s What an Employment Lawyer Advises

Record numbers of Americans have quit their jobs in recent months, with more than 4.4 million submitting their resignation in September alone. Millions more may be preparing to follow them to the exits – one survey found that around a

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President Biden Sounds Warning on Omicron Variant

President Joe Biden cautioned Americans not to panic as omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant, threatens to further stall recovery from the nearly two-year-old pandemic. The President called the variant a cause for concern but panic. “We have the best vaccine

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IN MEMORIAM: Pioneering Black Golf Champ Lee Elder Dies at 87

Lee Elder, a golfing pioneer, and the first Black player to compete in the Masters has died at 87. “It’s remarkable to look back on Lee’s life and career and realize the hardships he endured and the sacrifices he made

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Severe Obsession’ is Driving Bill Cosby Prosecutor to Appeal Comedian’s Freedom to U.S. Supreme Court

When Kevin Steele ran for Montgomery County District Attorney in 2015, much of his campaign centered on one theme: prosecute Bill Cosby. Many, including his opponent and former District Attorney Bruce Castor, called the centerpiece theme unethical. Steele did win

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Star Athlete Quits Prestigious New York Prep School over Racist Remarks

Student protests have continued at one of New York’s premier college preparatory schools after an assistant athletic director made a derogatory comment to a 16-year-old African American student-athlete that caused him to withdraw from the Roman Catholic-headed academy. Tony Humphrey,

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Offers an Opportunity To Make a Healthy Shift in Body Ideals

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life for many people in both trivial and profound ways. Embracing pants without a waistband, trying out creative baking – and perhaps spending a great deal of time sitting, whether for virtual meetings or

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Stereotypes About Girls Dissuade Many From Careers in Computer Science

Stereotypes about what boys and girls supposedly like aren’t hard to find. Toy advertisements send signals that science and electronic toys are intended for boys rather than girls. Computer scientists and engineers on television shows and movies are often white

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Spotty Data and Media Bias Delay Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

No one knows just how many Indigenous girls or women go missing each year. There are estimates. In 2019, 8,162 Indigenous youth and 2,285 Indigenous adults were reported missing to the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, out of a

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Justice in America; It’s Complicated – In America Race Colors How the System Views Crime

According to civil rights leader Dr. William Barber, the outcome of two racially tinged trials in America with divergent outcomes is, well to say it simply, “complicated.” Barber was referring to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict in Kenosha WI, and the

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“The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” by Nikole Hannah-Jones

 Editorial Reviews Review “[A] groundbreaking compendium . . . These bracing and urgent works, by multidisciplinary visionaries ranging from Barry Jenkins to Jesmyn Ward, build on the existing scholarship of The 1619 Project, exploring how the nation’s original sin continues to

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Ancestry.com Led Me to My Father and Brother — And the Biggest Surprise of My Life | Chosen Family

When my cousin suggested I test my DNA, I thought it would be fun if not especially illuminating. The results rocked my world. Until two years ago, I had no doubt about the identity of my biological parents. None. Of

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“White Space, Black Hood” A System of American Residential Caste Based on Race

Cashin shows how government created “ghettos” and affluent white space and entrenched a system of American residential caste that is the linchpin of US inequality—and issues a call for abolition. The iconic Black hood, like slavery and Jim Crow, is

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The Hunt for Coronavirus Variants: How the New One Was Found and What We Know So Far

Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2. This was a valuable tool to understand better how the virus spread. In late 2020, the network detected a new

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Founder of Black-Owned Stationery Brand Lands Deal With Target; Fulfills Dream of Late Husband

Daveia Odoi, owner/ illustrator of Black-owned stationery brand, The DynaSmiles by DNT, has launched 3 of her designer journals in Target stores online. Each journal features artwork that celebrates the beauty and joy of Black women. The announcement comes a

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Meet Jessica Watkins, the 1st Black Woman Astronaut to Live and Work on the International Space Station

Jessica Watkins, a 33-year old female astronaut from Lafayette, Colorado, will make history in April 2022 when she becomes the first Black woman to live and work on the International Space Station. Watkins will serve as a mission specialist on

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President Biden Touts Holiday Surprise: Jobless Claims Hit Record Low

President Joe Biden headed into the holiday weekend with two pieces of economic good news he claimed underscores that recovery has continued at a historic pace. The new jobless claims report released on Wednesday, November 24, indicates that the President

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After Guilty Verdicts, Civil Rights Leaders Exhort Black America to ‘Never Stop Running for Ahmaud’

After nearly two years of pain, suffering, and wondering if the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery would pay for their heinous crime, the 25-year-old’s family finally received justice. A Glynn County, Georgia, convicted Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan

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The Thousands of Vulnerable People Harmed by Facebook and Instagram Are Lost in Meta’s ‘Average User’ Data

Fall 2021 has been filled with a steady stream of media coverage arguing that Meta’s Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram social media platforms pose a threat to users’ mental health and well-being, radicalize, polarize users and spread misinformation. Are these technologies

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Doing Your Holiday Shopping Online? Here Are 10 Tips for Avoiding Scams

Online shopping is already booming this holiday season. While last year’s big increase in holiday e-commerce due to the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to be repeated this time around, November and December online shopping is projected to top US$200 billion

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Groveland Four Cleared of 1949 False Rape Allegations

A judge in Florida has finally exonerated the “Groveland Four,” the African American men falsely accused of raping a white teenager in 1949. “Wow, it’s been a long time coming,” Gerald Threat, the nephew of Walter Irvin, stated in a

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Malcolm X Daughter, Malikah Shabazz, Found Dead in New York

Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of cultural and civil rights icon Malcolm X, was found dead inside her Brooklyn home on Monday, November 22. Authorities said they found Shabazz, 56, unconscious and unresponsive inside her home on East 28th Street in

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Jury Begins Deliberating the Case of the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

In the trial of the three white men involved in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who seemingly jogged innocently through a predominately Caucasian neighborhood in February 2020, the chief prosecutor provided jurors with a dynamic closing

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A Black Happy Thanksgiving 2021

African Americans and other communities of color across the United States of America will spend the traditional Thanksgiving holidays this year with multiple perspectives ranging from gratefulness of having life itself to increasing feelings of speculation about our future destinies

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Oil & Natural Gas Industry Engineering Successful Opportunities for People of Color and Women

Amanda Eversole spent 13 years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where she cemented a legacy of leadership and innovation before joining JP Morgan Chase, where she created a framework for the firm’s philanthropic approach. Now, as

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New N’COBRA Study Finds Genetic Damage from Historical Racism Linked to Poor Health and Transgenerational Trauma in Black Americans

New N’COBRA Study Finds Genetic Damage from Historical Racism Linked to Poor Health and Transgenerational Trauma in Black Americans “The wounds inflicted by the legacy of slavery linger heavily in this nation.” — U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) CHICAGO

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NCDP Welcomes President Biden and First Lady Biden to Fort Bragg

North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement on President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden’s visit to Fort Bragg, North Carolina today for an early Thanksgiving celebration with service members and military families as part

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Rittenhouse Verdict Flies in the Face of Legal Standards for Self-defense

In a two-week trial that reignited debate over self-defense laws across the nation, a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting three people, two fatally, during a racial justice protest in Kenosha. The Wisconsin jury believed Rittenhouse’s claims that he

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Entrepreneurship Classes Aren’t Just for Business Majors

Colleges are returning to normal operations, and many have begun to offer in-person classes once again. But are they prepared to teach students how to navigate post-pandemic life? Or how to get a job in an economy fundamentally changed by

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Local NNPA Members Are Poised to Reap Benefits after House Passes Build Back Better Act

After four years of an administration that warred against the media, news outlets stand to benefit significantly in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. For media and newspapers like the many in the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the Build

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Kamala Harris Becomes First Woman With Presidential Powers in U.S. History as Biden Gets Colonoscopy

Call her Madam President. Vice President Kamala Harris received presidential powers on Friday to occupy the commander-in-chief role while President Joe Biden underwent a colonoscopy. Because the procedure requires anesthesia, the transfer of powers was deemed necessary. White House Press

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty of All Charges

Kyle Rittenhouse escaped punishment in the shooting deaths of two men during the unrest that followed the 2020 police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The jury deliberated for about four days, before issuing unanimous verdicts on all counts.

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Conspiracies About a ‘Catastrophic Takeover’ by Jews Have Long Been an American Problem

“Jews will not replace us,” demonstrators chanted at the “Unite the Right” rally organized by armed white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, to stop the removal of a statue dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Heather D.

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Gerrymandering Surges as States Redraw Maps for House Seats

North Carolina Republicans are well positioned to pick up at least two House seats in next year’s election — but it’s not because the state is getting redder. The state remains a perennial battleground, closely split between Democrats and Republicans

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Group Aims to Ensure Racial Equity by Expanding Internet Access

Billionaire Robert F. Smith and Other Corporate Leaders Mount Campaign to Close the Digital Divide Lawmakers need to make sure that they include a broadband policy that guarantees no American is stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide.

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Investigators Exonerate Men Convicted in the 1965 Assassination of Malcolm X

Two of the men found guilty of the assassination of Malcolm X are expected to have their convictions thrown out on Thursday, the Manhattan district attorney, and lawyers for the two men said, according to the New York Times. The

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Oklahoma Governor Commutes Julius Jones’ Death Sentence

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a last-minute decision to commute the death sentence of Julius Jones, a condemned inmate whom Kim Kardashian and others had advocated for clemency. “After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this

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Congressman Al Green, Senator Elizabeth Warren Reintroduce Slavery Remembrance Day Resolution

Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have introduced a joint resolution to designate August 20th as Slavery Remembrance Day. “I am privileged and proud to cosponsor this resolution with the Honorable Senator Elizabeth Warren,” Congressman Green

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Hosea Helps Partners with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. To Feed Families This Thanksgiving Holiday

Hosea Helps, Inc. announced this year’s holiday events would be another historic first for the organization battling against the Covid-19 pandemic. Hosea Helps will hold the annual Thanksgiving food distributions one week before the holiday to better provide for families

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Local HBCU Students Participate in Inaugural Black News Channel HBCU Program

Local HBCU students from Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University and North Carolina A & T State University who were nominated by their Journalism programs to participate in Black News Channel’s first ever BNC + BNC GO HBCU Journalism

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Novant Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center are kicking off a series of Community Conversations – You’re Invited! 


We want to hear from you! Novant Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center are kicking off a series of Community Conversations to share our vision for two new Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinics in the Wilmington Community. The purpose

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Black Educator From Maryland Wins $1M Global Teacher Prize

Keishia Thorpe, a high school teacher from PG County, Maryland, is the winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in 2021 mainly for her work in opening up college education for students who are underprivileged. The award was given

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Black Woman CEO Celebrates Having Helped Firms Secure More than $47M in Funding

Tiffany C. Wright, founder of The Resourceful CEO, LLC, has now helped tens of companies secure more than $47 million in funding. This milestone is a major move forward for Tiffany and her company on its mission to help companies

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Emmy-Award Winning Journalist From Flint, Michigan Takes Storytelling of Black America on the Road

Flint, MI — Jiquanda Johnson has teamed up with Facebook to be an independent creator for their new publishing and subscription platform called Bulletin which supports a diverse group of independent writers like Johnson. Johnson’s partnership with Facebook helped her

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PGA of America Offers Short-Term Employment Opportunities in Support of 2022 Major Championships through PGA JobMatch

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2021) – The PGA of America is inviting talent from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in working to support the PGA’s high-profile 2022 Major Championships to apply now through PGA JobMatch. Individuals can register

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Kyle Rittenhouse Chooses by Lottery Jurors Who Will Decide His Fate

Ensuring that his permanent mark would long find itself associated with the case, Wisconsin Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder again went against convention and allowed Kyle Rittenhouse to select the 12 jurors who would decide his fate. Rittenhouse, who faces five

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Report Reveals Federal Prison Workers Committing the Most Heinous Crimes

Federal prisons are filled with those accused and convicted of crimes like drug smuggling, sexual abuse, and murder. But a comprehensive new report revealed that those crimes also are associated with those who work in the prisons, including wardens. The

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