The Congressional Black Caucus was founded to focus on “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation.” The War on Drugs has devasted black and brown communities. U.S. Rep Charles Rangel, who with some others in the CBC initially backed the modern drug war that was launched by President Nixon, should admit he got it wrong and lead the CBC in pushing the Congress to reverse the tragedy.
Churches have the power and responsibility to address institutional racism by transforming the minds of African-American communities.
When the Obama-bashing conservative activist lost his gig as the president of a Christian college, it was just the latest example of how right-wing conservatives pimp evangelical Christians for personal gain.
The church has allowed the world to turn sex — what God intended to be beautiful — into ‘the nasty.’ This is part one in an occasional series on bringing God back into your bedroom.
Editor’s note: Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling. It always breaks my heart a little when the startups with the most radiant potential hit their troughs of disillusionment and then cash out to a deep-pocketed buyer. This is not because I begrudge… Read More
A little more than two years ago, VHX launched a platform that is designed to allow pretty much anyone to begin selling their videos online. Now it’s making that process easier, with an update to the admin consoles of its site, providing the tools independent producers need to successfully sell their wares online. Read More
Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015. According to Ripley MacDonald, Director of Student Programs at Amazon,… Read More
Pinterest is the latest social network to build tools to help businesses get more out of its platform. It’s got the brands on board, it’s got a group of brand-focused Pinterest For Business tools, and now it’s got a new analytics dashboard to help those brands better understand how fans are interacting with their content on Pinterest. Read More
Amazon Studios, the company’s production unit which helps develop feature films and TV series, is expanding its line-up of children’s programming, the company announced this morning. An additional five series are now being greenlit – including three animated shows, and two live-action kids’ pilots. All the shows are again being opened up to customer feedback, which… Read More
HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is more than your average breakout series that had audiences praying for a second season even as the credits on the pilot began to roll. The show has clearly hit a cultural nerve, both inside and outside the tech community. I talk with series co-executive producer and writer Clay Tarver on how — and why — the new hit show gets it right. Read More
Russia sends dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without Kiev’s approval. …read more
Product Hunt on Thursday announced it raised a seed funding round of $880,000 and launched its iOS app. The social network for tech products gained buzz earlier this summer as prominent investors, founders and reporters began to use the website to look out for the next hot startup. In addition to the $120,000 Product Hunt announced it raised from Y Combinator, Product Hunt founder Ryan… Read More