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.
Ivy Softworks — a so-called “innovation studio” founded by Napster’s Jordan Ritter in Seattle — is taking the wraps off its first products today. It is launching a contextual information search platform called Atlas; and it’s also unveiling Recall, the first app for the Atlas platform. The launch marks Ivy Softworks’ long-anticipated departure from… Read More
Shazam, founded in 2002, is keeping things fresh today with the launch of a new update, making search results faster than ever. The update also revamps text search so that users can find artists and songs more easily. Shazam is one of the few truly early iPhone apps to have lasted through the decade. The service allows users to discover the music around them by pressing a single button. The… Read More
SportPursuit, the flash sales site for ‘premium’ outdoor and sports gear, has raised £9.5 million in Series C funding. Investors this time around are Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), Grafton Capital, and existing backer Draper Esprit, bringing total funding for the London-based company to just shy of £16 million since launching in 2012. SportPursuit, which currently ships to over… Read More
“There is something more powerful than the brute force of bayonets: it is the idea whose time has come.” And so last weekend I visited the Basic Income Createathon–held, appropriately enough, at Brigade in San Francisco–to witness the early stirrings of a movement whose central goal may seem strange and radical … but which I expect to eventually transform the life… Read More
Some difficult news this week for Jawbone, maker of fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company yesterday laid off around 60 employees, or 15% of staff. It’s a global round of layoffs affecting all areas of the business; and as part of it Jawbone is also closing down its New York office and downsizing satellite operations… Read More
HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel booking app, just launched a new feature called Tonight +1, which lets users add a second night during check-out for an additional discount. Here’s how it works: When available, Tonight +1 will automatically appear during checkout, prompting users to add an extra night to their stay. The second night will only display when the second night’s… Read More
Wearable clothing may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s a real thing and it’s an expanding category with promise in the fitness industry. Athos, one of a handful of startups building out its wearable clothing brand, recently closed on $35 million in Series C financing from a number of investors, including Social+Capital. The startup faces some nominal competition from wearable… Read More
What if you’re a gamer at heart and want a tablet? The latest iPads have been powerful tablets with some great games. But Nvidia has been trying to go one step further with its Shield Tablet, a device specifically made for gamers. The company is updating its Shield Tablet K1 with a new cheaper price tag. Read More
Brilliant Bicycle, the direct-to-consumer bike brand, has today announced kids’ bikes just in time for the holiday shopping season. Brilliant makes bikes in two full-size models, with a simple online purchasing process. With a limited selection, Brilliant only needs a few tidbits of information to determine which bike you should get. Plus, Brilliant Bicycles start at $299 thanks to… Read More
Before the robots replace us we will make love to them. This point is becoming increasingly clear as I wander through the odd world of teledildonics and marvel at the leaps and bounds by which the technology – once in the realm of fantasy – has become a mundane reality. If you are skittish or squeamish about human sexuality I beseech you to click out right now or visit another,… Read More