Thursday, May 26, 2016

VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Crazy new Nevada law strips away voters’ rights

BY YVETTE WILLIAMS Yep, you read the headline right: Approximately 80,000 U.S. citizens living in Nevada are prevented fair access to the ballot box in several races in this upcoming primary election, due to the bipartisan passing of Nevada Senate Bill 499. Where 100% of the Nevada Senate voted yes and only 15 members of [...]


‘I have focused my career on … getting things done’ BY SUSIE LEE The political season is not just heating up nationally — locally, candidates are holding community gatherings, and campaign signs are beginning to line our neighborhoods. One of those hopefuls is Susie Lee, who is running for the 4th District congressional seat presently [...]


BY JAMAAL McCOY Endurance is often defined as “the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult … situation without giving way.” Many of us practice the action of endurance when confronted with challenges — it is one’s own determination to work through difficult times, in order to maintain a path toward success. The [...]

How Failure Can Stop You

BY DR. ROBERT E. FOWLER No one’s life is an unbroken chain of victories. We all experience setbacks, defeats, losses and failures. Consider the example of baseball: Not even the greatest players bat 1,000%. The same is true in ministry — we all make mistakes, even as we seek to serve God. The first thing [...]

The Hudlin Manifesto: 10 Things Black People Need To Do Now

BY REGINALD HUDLIN When I was a child, the poster listing the Black Panthers’ 10- point program seemed to be everywhere. You may have disagreed with their goals or thought they were not realistic, but at least there was an action list that people could respond to. This was not a new idea. Booker T. [...]

Black and brown communities being shut out of Neon project?

BY LOUIE OVERSTREET The highly-publicized Neon construction project has been awarded to Kiewit, a Utah company. At more than a half-billion dollars, this project is located in (and adjacent) to black and brown communities in Las Vegas. It is expected to cause insufferable construction and traffic headaches for over three years. And guess what? As of [...]

Oral History: Barbara Kirkland

February 8, 2016 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
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‘Those Were Exciting Times!’ Barbara Kirkland first arrived to Las Vegas in 1946, coming from Shreveport, Louisiana, with her mother. In honor of Black History Month, the renowned educator — who once taught at the Historic Westside School and Kit Carson Elementary School — recently sat down to share her recollections about the Historic Westside [...]

VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: In 2016, education is the issue to watch

January 10, 2016 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
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BY YVETTE WILLIAMS On December 10, President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. It is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and replaces the widely-criticized No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. This new law addresses many student needs identified in the Clark County Black Caucus-sponsored [...]

New Year, New Understanding

January 10, 2016 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
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With 2016 coming into focus, political strategist Kenya Parham works to position African-Americans for a successful future. BY KIMBERLY BAILEY-TUREAUD The dawning of a new year brings a fresh start. And as political strategist Kenya T. Parham sees it, the flip of the calendar is also an ideal time to take stock of the state of [...]

For black organizations, a simple solution to annual ‘hat in hand’ appeals

December 9, 2015 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
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BY LOUIE OVERSTREET I trust that the readers of this column are bouncing back from excessive spending in the holiday season. For some of you, that spending included purchasing tickets to often overpriced events sponsored by our hand-to-mouth black organizations from late October through mid-January — with ticket prices ranging from $75 to $150. Just the [...]