Archive for April, 2009

Ida Odinga Lucy Kibaki   Key women’s organizations in Kenya, including the Women’s Development Organization, Federation of Women Lawyers, Caucus for Women’s Leadership, and Maendeleo ya Wanawake (a network of rural women’s groups), have launched a campaign to ban sex in the country for one week — they’re even willing to pay commercial sex workers to […]

Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was a passionate activist, fighting against slavery and for women’s rights in the 19th century. She died 126 years ago in Battle Creek, Mich. Yesterday, Sojourner Truth became the first African-American woman to be memorialized with a bust in the U.S. Capitol. The ceremony at Emancipation Hall was led by […]

African-American figurative painter Ernie Barnes died Monday from a rare blood disorder. The former professional football player was 70. As an artist, Barnes was famous for painting elongated figures of African Americans in various environments. His most famous work, “Sugar Shack,” which showed people dancing, appeared on the cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” album and […]

FICO, the company that determines credit-worthiness through a special scoring methodology, has developed a new web site, just this month, to help Americans understand new guidelines for mortgage refinancing and modification. Visit for more information. Keep your home.

Harvard-educated writer Colson Whitehead went to private school in Manhattan, spent summers in Sag Harbor — the black section — and “learned” about being black from friends. His story in his newest book, Sag Harbor, is airy, yet insightful…and fun to read. Check it out. Speak your peace.

The U.S. Supreme Court once again held hearings today on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At issue: a provision that prevents discriminatory voting practices in several states, where these practices were once common, and requires these states to get approval from the Justice Department before changing any voting procedures, especially those that could suppress voting among people of […]

According to the New York Times: The off-again-on-again civil war in Burundi that killed more than 200,000 people officially came to an end on Wednesday as the last of its rebel groups formally became a political party. According to the African Union, which has led peace efforts, 3,500 members of the rebel group, the National […]