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.
By far the best new feature Apple added to OS X was the ability to make and take phone calls from a connected iPhone. Taking a call is magic but dialing a number is a pain. Enter DockPhone. The $.99 app fixes Yosemite. This little OS X app is simply a phone dialer. Type a name or number into the dialog box and the app calls up Facetime in the background, connects to your iPhone and dials… Read More
In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More
I’m reluctant to cite what I’m about to cite. It’s scathing. It’s scurrilous. It’s caustic criticism that seems often overblown and, in some cases, deliberately devoid of context. It’s the New York Times Magazine‘s condensation of Nicholas Carlson’s book about Marissa Mayer, which is clearly an attempt to do to her what Hatching Twitter did to… Read More
Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.
The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features. Read More
Skytap is a service that aims to help dev and test teams in the enterprise work more efficiently (and test their code more often). The company today announced that it has raised a $35 million funding round led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from all of the company’s previous investors, including OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group,… Read More
Chatous, a social messaging app that has been around since November 2012, is today closing a $2.1 million seed round led by General Catalyst, with participation from XSeed Capital and Slow Ventures. General Catalyst’s Kevin Colleran will join the board.
The whole idea behind Chatous is that folks want to talk about what they’re interested in, whenever they’re interested in it. Read More
Fancred, the social networking app for sports fans, released an update today that enables fans to set up detailed profile pages with an album for each team they support. Fancred will even pull related team material fans have posted on community and team pages into appropriate team albums automatically.
Fancred aspires to be the LinkedIn of sports, but instead of tracking professional… Read More
Ride-sharing platform Carpooling has been helping connect drivers and passenger together for more than a decade in Europe. Now the company is ready to bring its service to the U.S., providing a platform for sharing long-distance rides together. Read More
The former Florida governor says he will release about 250,000 emails from his time in office. …read more
Databases are the spine of the tech industry: unsung, invisible, but critical–and beyond disastrous when they break or are deformed. This makes database people cautious. For years, only the Big Three–Oracle, IBM’s DB2, and (maybe) SQL Server–were serious options. Then the open-source alternatives–MySQL, PostgreSQL–became viable. …And then, over the last… Read More