Black publishers meet in Windy City
Debate, roundtable highlight agenda
Among the highlights of the National Newspaper Publishers Association conference which kicked off yesterday in Chicago and will continue through Friday, is a debate between Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network and Cornel West, Ph.D., professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton.
They will debate about President Barack Obama and the Black agenda at 12:30 p.m.
That will be followed from 2 - 4 p.m. by a national leaders forum moderated by Harvard Law Professor Charles Olgletree and featuring Sharpton, Chuck Morrison of Ford Motor Co.; Benjamin Chavis, co-founder, president and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at Georgetown University; Rainbow PUSH founder Rev. Jessie L. Jackson Sr.; NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous; and Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at Cal State University, Long Beach and founder of the US organization.
NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell, has also anno-unced that he will not seek re-election, when his tenure concludes during at the end of the conference.
A few years ago the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) was holding its annual board meetings in March in Washington, D. C., then Sen. Barack Obama walked in the room to welcome the publishers to Washington. He also indicated he wanted to share some news with us.
The news was that he was planning on seeking the office of president of the United States of America.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Nate Holden Theater, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., radio station KJLH/Front Page and the Council of Black Political Organizations (COBPO) will sponsor a policy debate between Maulana Karenga, Ph.D., chair of Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach, and David L. Horne, Ph.D., professor of Pan African Studies and Public Policy, California State University, Northridge.
In 2008, the presidential elections cost a record-setting $2.8 billion. To win that election, Barack Obama spent $740.6 million, eclipsing the combined $646.7 that George W. Bush and John Kerry spent four years earlier. Obama’s spending accounted for 44 percent of all the money spent in that campaign.
A Wall Street analyst projects that 2012 spending for ads across all media will easily surpass the $2.8 billion mark.
John Bryson, who got into three minor traffic crashes in San Gabriel and Rosemead earlier this month, when he blacked out because of what he says was a seizure, has resigned as U.S. Secretary of Commerce, President Barack Obama announced today, June 21.
“I want to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to John for his service over the past months, and wish him and his family the very best,” the president said in a statement, adding that he accepted Bryson’s resignation Wednesday night.
After more than a decade in decline, the United States teen pregnancy has been rising in recent years.