The facts say it all. About 17% of American children ages 2-19 are obese. Obese children are more likely than other children to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. They are also more likely to be obese as adults. Add in the fact that obesity rates have tripled in the past [...]
Journalist discusses his ouster from the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute and the ‘crisis of followship.’
Homeboy Industries founder talks about dealing with the realities of gang life and what he hopes the takeaway will be for readers of his book.
Political theorist and president-director of CivWorld at Demos weighs in on financial regulation, bipartisanship and the role of diplomacy.
New House Ways and Means committee chair discusses the plan for financial reform and the importance of the healthcare reform bill.
When you read about the unemployment rate in this country, which has been hovering around 10% for a while now, it’s easy to forget that the rate is different depending on where you live in the country, whether you are a man or a woman and whether you are Black, Latino or white. The Joint [...]
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan Monday on an unannounced visit and warned of hard days ahead as the U.S. implements a surge of 30,000 troops through the summer. The U.S. military has been in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion and there are no plans to leave anytime soon, even as the U.S. [...]
When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you probably think of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But what do you think about his “Beyond Vietnam” speech? What’s that? You’ve never heard of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech? Well, you’re not alone. On Wednesday, March 31, the second installment of Tavis Smiley [...]
There has been discussion recently among black leaders and scholars about how President Obama, this nation’s first African American president, is handling race. What do you think? Has President Obama done “enough” for African Americans? And what is “enough?” Has the president been too tepid on race? Please share your thoughts and opinions below, and [...]
This post was first published at www.masonsays.com. Haiti, unfortunately, is no different from the others. Tragedy strikes and the media arrives in full occupying force. It’s the story of the moment. Everyone cares. The information and images take up temporary residence in our collective conscience. Our hearts go out. But, invariably, so do the lights. The [...]