Thursday, November 23, 2017

Standing up for Las Vegas’ historic black community

November 7, 2017 by  
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Before integration, “The Westside” was home for African-Americans in Las Vegas. Longtime residents still reminisce about the prosperity and opportunity that defined the neighborhood in the middle of the last century — and the presence of so many churches has helped preserve a newer generation’s relationship to the historic community. Still, many still wonder why economic development and beautification that has touched communities across Nevada […]

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The President Has Packed An Immoral Handbasket

October 2, 2017 by  
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BY LOUIE OVERSTREET At the end of the Civil War, an Illinois judge named Morris described what northern prisoners of war would like to do with the abolitionists they blamed for starting the war. “Send them,” he said, “to hell in a handbasket.” It is fair to say that America has been the unquestioned military, economic, and moral leader of the world for decades. And I […]

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Cut Above

September 10, 2017 by  
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Saleemah Abare is making history in the world of barber instructors. In Las Vegas, no ethnic group has more barber instructors than African-Americans. And now, Saleemah Abare has broken another barrier by becoming the state’s first black female barber instructor. “It is a process to become a barber instructor in the state of Nevada,” she said. “I first had to get a barber license […]

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Ain’t It A Shame

September 10, 2017 by  
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BY LOUIE OVERSTREET In my book “Black Steps in the Desert Sands,” I documented that there has been a black presence in Las Vegas since the city was founded in the first decade of the 20th century. Blacks owned businesses in downtown Las Vegas in the 1910s and 1920s. However, when gambling was again legalized in Nevada — in 1931 — a bigoted mayor named E.W. Cragin […]

VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: On SB178 Promises $36 Million to Address Growing Proficiency Gap

September 10, 2017 by  
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BY YVETTE WILLIAMS In previous articles, I’ve written about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was passed in December 2015. Federal law requires Nevada’s Education Plan to include a priority for schools or subgroups of students that are least proficient. Beginning with this school year, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) requires each school district in Nevada to comply through the ESSA plan approved by U.S. Department of Education. While many […]

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Phi Beta Sigma Reigns in Blue and White

August 13, 2017 by  
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BY CAPUCINE HOLMES The Blue and White is vibrant in the hearts of Phi Beta Sigma men. Their history is embedded in the structure of colleges and universities across the world. Phi Beta Sigma held its 2017 Conclave with thousands in attendance at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit. Phi Beta Sigma was established on […]