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Monthly Archives: November 2014

#BlackLivesMatter: Shifting Financial Responsibility from Taxpayers to Police Officers

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When the Michael Brown killing initially happened, those of us in Los Angeles had no idea that in the following days, more men of color, would die at the hands of law enforcement officials.  The senseless deaths of Ezell Ford Jr. and Omar Abrego showed that killing of people of color, at the hands of police, […]


Betty Pleasant’s Weekly Soulvine Column

SOULVINE By Betty Pleasant Originally published 11/10/2014


Betty Pleasant’s Weekly Soulvine Column

SOULVINE By Betty Pleasant 11/24/2014


Washington D.C. #MayorforLife Marion Barry Jr. dies at 78

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Former 4 time Mayor of Washington D.C. Marion Barry Jr. dies at age  78.


Court rules Michigan has NO responsibility to provide quality public education

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My fellow African-Americans children are under attack, especially in the State of Michigan.  Americans, nationwide, were outraged by the water shut offs, that many African-American’s were victim of.  Now their children’s education is in jeopardy.


Pearson Education Foundation forced to shut down

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The Pearson Foundation paid a fine, in 2013, in the amount of $7.7 million due to their breaking state law to pay for travel expenses, of potential clients, to educational conferences.    The educational conferences were for Common Core related development.  Who are the potential clients?  Local school districts are.   As a direct result o […]


Louisiana Purchased Series: One Year Later

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This month marks the one year anniversary of the highly successful investigative news series titled “Louisiana Purchased”.  The Times-Picayune Newspaper, partnered with FOX 8 news, to conduct a four-month long investigation, which originally aired in November 2013.  The #LAPurchased series explored the power of the money behind campaign contributions, to elected officials and what donors […]


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