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We Are Not Trapped To Repeat The Sins Of Katrina Recovery

A recent FEMA Advisory Committee Report, based on a Rice University study, found that federal recovery funding after a disaster disproportionally benefits white entrepreneurs. When major disasters strike and significant federal resources are invested, there is an increase in white net worth and a corresponding decrease in net worth for Black people.

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Religion

Greater New Bethel To Celebrate 57th Church Anniversary

Greater New Bethel MBC will celebrate their 57th Anniversary on Sunday, October 10 at 11:00 am.

The Dynamic And Inclusive Dr. Sharon Higginbothan

Dr. Higginbothan will be working with The Mount Zion Women's Ministry in the future, and you will probably not want to miss out on her interesting, high-energy, thought-provoking programs.

Perfect Power For Your Biggest Weakness

It is not unusual for new Christians to come under attack by old friends. It is also not unusual for new Christians to come under the attack of the world, since it is in the world where Satan has power.

Mount Zion Housing Development Board

Mary Cunningham Hopkins, President of Mount Zion Women's Ministry and member of the Mount Zion Housing Development Board is working diligently on pre-construction projects for a new 61-unit low-income senior housing building, located on 19th Ave.

Mount Zion Baptist Church Scholarship Recipient Lyric Harris

Lyric A.L. Harris recently completed her sophomore year in the School of Nursing and Health Care at Georgetown University. She received a scholarship from Mount Zion Baptist Church, supported by the Women’s Ministry.

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Podcasts

Podcast: Unvaccinated Promoter‘s Battle With COVID

Rhythm & News interview with Anthony Tibbs, a local promoter/marketer in Seattle, about his battle with COVID. Tibbs was undecided about getting vaccinated at the time he contracted the deadly virus.

Podcast: Black Coffee Shop Victimized By Vandalism, Burglary And Harassment

Interview with Darnesha Weary, owner of Black Coffee Northwest in Shoreline, about vandalism, burglaries and harassment of their business/employees that she believes are racially motivated.

Podcast: Black Philanthropy Month

Interview with T'wina Nobles, President of the Tacoma Urban League and one of the architects of the Black Future Coop Fund, about Black Philanthropy Month and the virtual events that they have planned.

Podcast: Eviction Moratoriums

Interview with Linda Taylor, Housing Director for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, about the federal and state eviction moratoriums and options that are available to both renters and landlords/homeowners.

Podcast: Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell

Rhythm & News interview with Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell.

Business

Cox And Former NFL Star Partner On Digital Equity Initiative

Malcolm Mitchell, an author, Super Bowl-champion and founder of the Share the Magic Foundation, will partner with Cox to amplify the need for internet access among students, particularly in multicultural areas, as the critical foundation for education, training, and the jobs of tomorrow. Malcolm will help drive awareness and adoption of the Connect2Compete program among eligible customers, all while promoting a cause that carries immense personal meaning to the author and athlete himself, as he once worked off the field to achieve his literacy goals.

U.S. Inflation Eased In August, But America’s Not Out Of The Woods Yet

For the month of August alone, consumer prices rose 0.3% adjusted for seasonal swings. It was the second straight month in which the inflation rate fell slightly. Without food and energy, prices rose 0.1% for the month, the smallest increase since February.

Beyoncé And Jay-Z Team With Tiffany & Co. For HBCU Scholarships

The Carters are bringing some love to five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Microsoft Abandons Plan To Reopen U.S. Offices Amid Covid Worries

Microsoft announced Thursday that it's scrapping plans to fully reopen U.S. offices early next month because of concerns about the Delta variant.

Minority Equality Opportunities Acquisition Inc. Becomes First Minority-Led SPAC Traded On NASDAQ

Led by Mr. Shawn Rochester, Minority Equality Opportunities Acquisition Inc.’s Chairman and CEO, and Ms. Robin Watkins, its Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, the blank check company will focus its business combination search and transactions on historically undercapitalized minority-owned/controlled businesses in various industry sectors across the country.

Health

Award-Winning D.C. Pediatrician Says Vaccines And Masks Are Like Airbags And Seat-belts

In one of the nation’s capital’s poorest and most traumatized communities, Dr. Lewis-Ragland has gained the kind of trust and respect from residents that other physicians often find elusive.

King County To Mandate Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test To Help Address The Spread Of COVID-19

During a press conference held last week, Constantine emphasized the critical point that the state of Washington finds itself in as the fall and winter months approach and how important vaccinations are as a shield against COVID and its variants.

Pfizer Vaccine For Children 5 To 11 Is Safe With Robust Antibody Response

These are the first such results released for this age group for a US Covid-19 vaccine. Pfizer said it plans to submit to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization soon.

FDA’s Vaccine Advisers Meet To Decide Whether Americans Need Boosters

Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started meeting Friday morning to discuss whether many Americans need to start getting booster doses of coronavirus vaccine.

Child Covid-19 Cases Increased Nearly 240% Since July, Pediatricians’ Group Says

Covid-19 infections have risen "exponentially" among children in the US since July, according to data published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Empowerment Series

Using Life Insurance To Build Generational Wealth

For me, having a life-insurance policy is not an option – it’s a necessity. It ensures your final arrangements are covered and creates a financial asset, a tax-free instrument to transfer generational wealth.

2020: Education Exposed

Like most things, education's socioeconomic effects have had its most significant impact on the neediest people. No sector of our society has felt a greater impact than parents, especially low-income impoverished single-parent households, and homes with special educational needs.

Letter from NAACP Seattle-King County Education Chair, Josette Wicker

Though the excitement of back-to-school activities remains, with K – 12 classes in Seattle starting last Friday, September 4th, many districts in King County are still not prepared to support our students as they return to school. This comes from the lack of accessibility in a multitude of ways.

A Pandemic Of Vanishing Black Wealth

It should come as no surprise that a recession only exacerbates the already vicious patterns of low wealth for Black families. Yet, in an unprecedented twist of fate, never before seen in history, while we are still reeling from the economic losses of last decade’s Great Recession…here we go AGAIN!

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Don’t Get Boxed In To The BIPOC Trap

While the term might be seen as an inclusive compromise towards African Americans who push back against the broad references to people of color, the fact remains that the term BIPOC, simply put, is another broad-based term that is intentionally used by policymakers and bureaucrats to water down the ills that plague our society so they don’t look so bad.

When A Five-Year-Old Cares More About Fighting Covid Than You Do

It’s time for people to stop with all the rhetoric about government-imposed restrictions that are in the best interest of public safety. You can make all of the excuses that you want, but the fact remains that you are helping prolong this battle against COVID. Take a look at the kids in your family, put yourself in their shoes, and ask yourself what would you like to see adults do in order to win the battle against COVID sooner rather than later.

Black Women Are Taking Over The Political Landscape

We have a lot of very bright and talented individuals in our community, many of whom are reluctant to run for political office for many reasons. But now, as we see more and more people placing their names on the ballot and having success, we are seeing an unprecedented interest in Black people, particularly Black women, who are answering the call to public service in order to place our issues on the table and set the framework for a brighter future for everyone.

SPS School Board Director Leslie Harris Has Some Explaining To Do

The reason that Harris gave for not supporting the settlement was because she did not agree with a stipulation in the settlement that precluded both sides from commenting on the case or the settlement. One has to wonder what being able to comment on the settlement or the case has to do with whether or not you vote to approve the settlement.

Let’s Talk About The Vaccine

While the decision on whether or not to get vaccinated is a personal decision, it must be noted that people need to make an educated decision and not a rash decision one way or another. The fact is that we are still far away from a point where COVID-19 is a thing of the past, and we all, whether we are vaccinated or not, must continue to take the necessary precautions – social distancing, properly wearing face masks, not hosting large indoor gatherings, and washing your hands – if we hope to see the other side of this pandemic.

Autos

2021 Lexus RX 350 AWD F Sport

When you make one of the most popular luxury sport utilities on the planet, why change it before it is time? Thus, the product planers at Lexus did not do that much to alter the 2021 Lexus RX 350, or the 2022 version.

2022 Toyota GR 86

Toyota has retrofitted its GR 86. For the uninitiated, this is a world class 2+2 sports car.

2022 Mitsubishi Cross & Outlander

In press material Mitsubishi said, “inside the cabin, a new black interior with silver accents and light gray leather seats creates a more sophisticated look. Door trims also coordinate with the car seat color to feature a high-quality, sporty interior space. Eclipse Cross' interior has always been an exciting and comfortable place to spend time, and the new changes move it to a more enjoyable and upscale level.

2022 Nissan Frontier

At a time when others in the midsize truck segment seem intent on enlarging their holdings and footprint, Nissan is trying very hard to stay true to a manageable sized vehicle.

2021 Hyundai Venue

The Venue’s inside appearance looked anything but cheap. There was a light gray cloth interior, Hyundai called it denim. We will not argue but it was not black. There was a pattern to it. Machining is so refined these days that stitching had been constructed into the interior.