Saturday, December 16, 2017

Here’s to 10 Years — and Beyond

November 7, 2017 by  
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LETTER FROM BLACK IMAGE It has been a blessing to publish Las Vegas Black Image Magazine for a decade — and we are looking forward to many more years of celebrating African-American excellence in Nevada and beyond. On the tenth anniversary of this remarkable publication, we want to first express gratitude to our Lord and Savior. We would also like to thank […]

VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: A Legacy of Violence

November 5, 2017 by  
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BY YVETTE WILLIAMS Right here in our own backyard, residents and visitors were horrified by the events of Oct. 1, 2017. While over 22,000 attendees were enjoying a beautiful night amongst the glimmering lights, concertgoers were attacked without warning — leaving 59 dead and over 500 injured. As I stayed glued to my television, I thought of my own children and how vulnerable we are in today’s […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Sugar (for) babies?

BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with friends and family, who often gather in our homes for a tremendous meal of our most culturally celebrated foods. That includes dessert: sweet potato pies, peach cobblers, bread puddings, red velvet cake, and caramel cakes just to mention a few. The enticement can be strong when we’re trying to satisfy our sweet tooth — but […]

Time To Update Your Lexicon

November 5, 2017 by  
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BY LOUIE OVERSTREET President Trump has added so many racial code phrases this year that it’s time to update your racial code book. The term “states’ rights” needs to be modernized. He means giving each state, particularly in the South, the means to oppress persons of color. This term gained notoriety way back in 1876, when R.B. Hayes received fewer votes than Samuel Tilden — but outmaneuvered […]

Engaging Your Community Through Giving

November 5, 2017 by  
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BY EVA MARTIN The gift of giving is the biggest treasure you can offer during the Thanksgiving holiday. This season always brings food drives and meal-serving opportunities — with several organizations needing assistance in feeding the hungry. An often unspoken reality of modern life is that there are still people in our community who do not have enough to eat. Now is the […]

VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Serving learners in need

October 2, 2017 by  
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BY YVETTE WILLIAMS The New Nevada Education Funding Plan provides funding allocations to over 28,000 students attending 102 Clark County School District campuses — more than $34 million to specifically serve the needs of students who rank in the lowest 25% of proficiency rates in Nevada. Under the law, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) shall provide an additional per-pupil amount of $1,200 to serve identified students, and you […]

‘African-Americans supported each other’

September 10, 2017 by  
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | OTIS HARRIS Otis Harris has lived through and witnessed so much change in Las Vegas. He arrived here as a child in 1943, after his father learned that he could earn much more in Las Vegas than in their Texas hometown. They were part of a wave of black migration to the Silver State during the first half of the 20th century, when people […]

Strengthening our students

September 10, 2017 by  
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BY EVA MARTIN My late husband and I shared so much, and one thing that always united us was education advocacy. Parents should understand how engagement in your child’s education is essential to success — because while many things deserve our attention, none are more important than shaping our children’s future. Just think about the power of the open house — this one-on-one engagement with […]

The Unlucky 7: Reasons Why America Won’t Be Great Again

BY LOUIE OVERSTREET 7. America’s value system is being eroded by the obscene amount being paid to professional athletes. Athletes’ contribution to a better America is grossly out of balance when compared to others who provide meaningful services. For instance, if an athlete is making $20 million a year, this equates to 13.3 teachers working for […]

VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Inequity in Nevada student funding

BY YVETTE WILLIAMS It is clear over the past two legislative sessions that Nevadans wants an equitable education system. The work of Clark County School District and Nevada Department of Education supports these efforts, and clearly with the new Every Student Succeeds Act the federal government now provides Nevada with more opportunities to succeed. However, […]