Here's a look at African American issues and people making headlines throughout the country.
Eric Guster, an Alabama lawyer is making headlines, but it's not just because of what he does in the courtroom. Guster hosts his own weeknight radio show. He still practices law full-time but once he is off, he goes to job number two. On the show he talks about social issues, current events, business, and gives advice to those who call in. Guster's show can be heard on the radio, and a live stream can be viewed on the Internet at www.ericguster.com
Newton Marshall is a Jamaican dog musher who arrived in Alaska recently to make a name for himself as the first Jamaican Iditarod racer and, hopefully, winner. He is planning to embark on a three-month training program put together by three-time champion Lance Mackey, who has also agreed to lend Marshall the winning lead dog from last year. There is already conversation about turning his incredible journey into a movie called "Underdog."
Mr. and Mrs. Soul Train (Luciana Bell and Daryl Khalid) have combined their years of experience on Soul Train, dance training, and fitness to create a junior dance team in Glendale. The team will consist of elementary school and junior high school youth. Previous team members have been featured in television, movies and in local and national shows.
Titus III, a Christian band, will put on a Haiti relief concert this Saturday March 13, 2010, from 6 -9 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $5 and all proceeds will go to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, which is currently in Haiti helping the victims of the earthquake.
Three White teachers from Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School are still on administrative leave after they allegedly mocked Black History Month by giving their classes pictures of Dennis Rodman, O.J. Simpson, and RuPaul to carry in the Black History Parade. The NAACP and the Superintendent of the LAUSD Ramon Cortines are livid about the incident. The teachers will remain on leave until the investigation of the matter is completed.
Colorado legislature has introduced a bill that protects victims of discrimination. According to the bill, if an employee files a discrimination case, the employer, should they lose, will be responsible for compensation for the victim, and the employer will be subject to punitive damages.
District of Columbia
The White House released a document recently entitled "Expanding Opportunities for African-American Families" to the Black Leadership Forum. Its purpose is to provide African Americans with the extra assistance that they need to succeed in a time when unemployment among Blacks is the highest in the country. The program has outlined $301 billion to create jobs, support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and assist in providing child care.
Miami City Commissioner Richard P. Dunn has announced that he is considering running to keep his seat as commissioner. The controversy is that he is holding the seat because the previous commissioner, Michelle Spence-Jones, was suspended after being indicted on bribery charges. The seat should have gone to replacement Francis Suarez, but he offered it to Dunn, based on the stipulation that he would not try to keep the seat when the next election came, and Dunn agreed. He is now stating that if the people of the city want him to remain in office, if they are pleased with his service, he will consider running to keep the seat. No laws or rules say that he can't run, but there is still debate over whether he should. Suarez has declined to comment but is waiting to see how things unfold.