Sunday, January 21, 2018

How Is That Working Out For Us?

January 15, 2018 by  
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BY LOUIE OVERSTREET My question is in reference to the small (not even) minority/female business participation in the development of the Las Vegas Raiders’ $2 billion stadium. The answer to my question is, “It ain’t happening!” Participation by minority/ female enterprises on this project is about as likely as a black developer out of New York City redeveloping the old Moulin Rouge site — some 62 years after […]

VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Kicking off a year of empowerment

January 15, 2018 by  
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BY YVETTE WILLIAMS Happy New Year! On January 21, 2018, women across the country will convene in Las Vegas to celebrate the first anniversary of the Women’s March. We’ll also kick off the Power to the Polls Tour — a national initiative mobilizing women to vote, and empowering women to run for elected office. In 2017, over 1.2 million women marched on Washington D.C., and […]

Grooving for a good cause

December 18, 2017 by  
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BY CAPUCINE HOLMES It was like stepping into a time machine on a recent evening at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino: You get on the elevator and push a button for the Belmont Ballroom — and when the doors open, you step into a Studio 54-style reception. Afros, bell bottoms, psychedelic colors, rose-colored sunglasses, and groovy music were all part of the ambience at the Today for Tomorrow Gala […]

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 […]