In Depth Reporting

Crossroads: Threats Against Global and Local Communities

In Depth Reporting
They say communities of color are a crisis people. They gather around little, distracting issues and fail to examine the most critical ones. They do not set an agenda nor do they tackle the most pressing and immediate concerns. Communities of color march in unity against police brutality but not against their staggeringly high unemployment numbers. They are outraged when individuals in leadership roles express racists’ attitudes and opinion, yet do not put in the work necessary to hold leaders responsible. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Travyon Martin, Ray Rice are not the issue. The issue is how did those situations evolve and how did these people become poster men for death and abuse? As more and more of these distracting situations come to light, the more important issues like the upcomi

What the Republican Win in the Midterm Election Means to You

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Post Election Day 2014, the headlines screamed how the Democrats were sent packing by voters. It was a beating not only seen on a National level, but for New York State as well.  Nationally, the Republican Party gained majority control of Congress. They won an additional seven seats in the House and two seats in the Senate. Moreover, these seats were not merely won but were flipped from Democrat to Republican. New York State won the honor of flipping three Congressional seats from Democrat to Republican. More than any other state. On a state level, the New York Legislature is now officially controlled by the majority Republicans. Three Senate seats turned from Democrat to Republican. Jeff Klein is quoted as saying that there is no longer a need for the IDC (Independent Democratic Commi

Independence and Freedom

In Depth Reporting, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
                                                                      Independence and Freedom Recently, I came across a newspaper from another community.  In it I found that there was not one act of violence or crime reported, no discussion of poor academic achievement, inadequate housing, political unawareness or uncertainty.  There were at least three pages of fund raisers for children’s camps and programs with not a hint of a BBQ or cookout event.  Its features section highlighted the accomplishments of their people locally and abroad.  There was no effort to hide the fact that the newspaper promoted the history, culture, religion and heritage of its people.  Advertisements and financial support of the newspaper were widely evident throughout. Examining this newspaper led

Its Time for National Action: Information for Action

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It's Time for National Action: Information for Action   The extraordinary number of press representation at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Annual Convention was enough to cause one to pause. One would think their presence would produce more stories and information. Instead, the number of stories about the content of the various panels was minimal. The amount of shock value stories: those that focus on using the race card and blasting the GOP were those that hit mainstream media. The highlights from these articles dealt with Sharpton as an FBI informant. A day before the conference began, an old news story about Sharpton’s involve-ment with the FBI surfaced. The story put a negative spotlight on Shartpon’s credibility as some stories suggested that he was a drug deale