Posts From the monthly archives: "December 2017"

By Anita Estell Filmmaker Nancy Buirski has produced a compelling and historically relevant documentary profiling rape survivor Recy Taylor and the intervention of civil rights activist Rosa Parks. In 1944, Taylor, a young married black woman walking home from church, was gang raped by a group of white adolescents in Abbeville, Alabama.   The NAACP learned…(Read More)

Approximately 800,000 to 1 million Dreamers face an uncertain future in the United States going into the new year. The US Senate is scheduled to return and be in session on January 3, 2018. The US House of Representatives returns the following week. To the disappointment of many, the body failed to resolve questions…(Read More)

By Anita Estell As we do our end-of-the-year and post-holiday accounting and recapitulation, let us not forget the relevance of Black women. A report released by Nielsen in September 2017 confirms again what many of us know: Black women are universally awesome. And, we spend a lot of money that help…(Read More)

By XXTRA Team The 1,100-year-old bones of a woman received a proper burial this week in Fort Worth, Texas. Discovered by construction workers digging a trench in March 2016, authorities estimate the woman was about 30 years old when she died. Consistent with federal law, a small group of Native American leaders…(Read More)

By Anita Estell, Esq. Recent reports have exposed the sexual harassment challenges many professional women face as journalists, actors, congressional staffers and in other areas. A group sometimes overlooked, but which is particularly vulnerable, includes working women with limited education and skills. Data published above by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that WOC…(Read More)

It is no secret. Puerto Rico and its people are suffering and struggling to recover from the devastation attributable to two hurricanes, and mound of pre-existing debt, totaling $70 billion. The recent passage of the GOP tax legislation will make it even more difficult for the island and its people to recover. Under the…(Read More)

Manage Your Mind: Don’t Let Your Mind Manage You! By Keyera Mitchell Editor’s Note: This article is dedicated in memory of Rita Estell, a Black American woman loved by many, and others who have thought about, attempted and committed suicide. Mental illness–which has been deemed as “the white man’s disease” by…(Read More)

By Keyera Mitchel Tis the season; Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza are upon us.  This is a great time to support small business, particularly those owned by women and persons of color. The combined purchasing power of women of color in the US exceeds $1 trillion.  Before and after the holidays provide an important opportunity to…(Read More)

Philp Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, recently spent two weeks in the US researching extreme poverty.  He visited Alabama, California, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.  The findings are disturbing and challenge whether the US really is the greatest nation in terms of how it treats the…(Read More)