This Week in History

A very short breather from the auction block

Keeping a home was tough for black homeowners even before the subprime lending meltdown. As far back as 2002, black first-time homebuyers had a 50-50 chance of losing their home within the first seven years of their mortgage.

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Kids, Pigs, and a Whole Lot of Fun!

Whoo-ee-pig-sewie! Calling all BBQ lovers! It’s our 22nd year and "We hear rumbling!" Join Carolina Children’s Home for their 22nd Annual BBQ Cook-Off Festival at the SC State Fairgrounds, Gate 11 on May 15th & 16th, 2009.

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Report Card on Obama: B+

This week President Barack Hussein Obama will complete his first 100 days in office. Ever since the crisis ridden presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the first 100 days has been used as a yard stick to measure a president’s effectiveness in implementing the policy agenda and promises made during the campaign. Obviously, pundits and commentators in America and the world are eager to take stock of the first African American to occupy the White House.

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Mother’s Day Around the World

The United States commercial market for Mother’s Day has skyrocketed in recent years. According to the Society of American Florists, 25% of all purchases of fresh flowers and plants are for Mother’s Day; and Hallmark says Mother’s Day is the third largest card selling holiday and second most popular gift-giving holiday after Christmas.

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Judge continues to push S.C. State men’s, women’s teams toward greater achievement

ORANGEBURG – Since taking over as head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams at South Carolina State, Hardeep Judge continues to push each one toward greater achievement, at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)-affiliated school.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Break the Supreme Court Quota: Obama should not fear a Black appointment

Now that Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter has decided to retire speculation is rife over who President Obama will choose to nominate to the high Court. Conventional wisdom has it that the next appointment will likely be Hispanic given the historic absence from the Supreme Court of Latino representation. It is hard to argue against the logic of appointing a Hispanic American, particularly as the population of Hispanics in the United States continues to swell. Still, we would like to counter the popular sentiment around the President’s likely choice, at least for the moment, and boldly suggest that he consider a Black American to replace Souter.

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The Swine Flu or the FDA: Which Is More Dangerous to Your Health?

In a 2005 article in the Village Voice entitled "Capitalizing on the Flu," James Ridgeway predicted that a "flu pandemic would spark enough fear to make it a greed pandemic." As Ridgeway observed, "With a worldwide market estimated at more than $1 billion, there’s big money in a flu plague." In fact, the pharmaceutical industry has gone to great lengths through its lobbying and government contracts to ensure that it will get a good piece of the plague pie. Now with the swine flu set to become a global pandemic, Big Pharma is raking it in.

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