NEW YORK — President Barack Obama, lashing out at Republican-led efforts to strengthen voter ID requirements, poked fun at critics who have hounded him since the start of his first term about his birth certificate and the validity of his office.
While suggesting that "folks may learn that without a document like a passport or a birth certificate [that] they can't register," Obama recalled Friday at the National Action Network's 2014 convention at the Sheraton Times Square hotel the controversies he faced over his own birth certificate.
"And just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is but a lot of people don't. A lot of people don't," he said to laughter and applause. "I think it's still up on a website somewhere." more >>
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama declared Friday that he will not allow attacks on the Voting Rights Act to go unchallenged and argued that there should be no argument about the right to vote among political leaders.
In an address at the National Action Network's convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City, President Obama highlighted efforts across America seeking to disenfranchise voters of their right to vote and said he will not allow them to go "unchallenged".
Taking the opportunity to remind the audience of what the right to vote means for many Americans he touched on the issue of its power to address inequality. more >>
A New York man is suing the credit rating agency Equifax, accusing the company of giving him a false rating score due to his first name, "God."
God Gazarov, a 26-year-old resident of Brooklyn, New York and owner of the Gold Hard Cash jewelry store in Brighton Beach, filed his lawsuit in Brooklyn's federal court on Friday. The lawsuit alleges that Gazarov has been fighting with Equifax for the past 2 years regarding his first name, "God."
The credit rating company has reportedly recorded Gazarov as having no credit history because its system does not recognize his first name as a legitimate name. Although the 26-year-old graduate of Brooklyn College has received high credit ratings from other companies like TransUnion and Experian, the conflict with Equifax has prevented him from purchasing an Infiniti car or showing lenders that he has a good credit score. more >>
NEW YORK — Television personality A.J. Calloway opened up Thursday about the racism he faced as a child growing up in New Jersey and announced that he will be embarking on a campaign called "I am Human" aimed at humanizing black boys.
He made the announcement at the National Action Network's convention in New York City during a panel discussion called, "Black Male Panel: Are You My Brother's Keeper? A Discussion on Fatherhood and Mentorship."
"It literally happened last month. I came up with a campaign I'm gonna put out, and I'm gonna work with it and I think it hits the problem at its heart," said Calloway in the run-up to his announcement. more >>
NEW YORK — Alexis McGill Johnson, a self-professed Christian who is also the chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation's leading reproductive healthcare and abortion provider, told The Christian Post Thursday that many Christians don't believe that abortion services were accessed by only 10 percent of the nonprofit's clients. She also insisted that decisions to terminate a pregnancy should "be left to a woman, her doctor and her God" and not a politician.
In a brief interview with CP at the conclusion of a Women of Power meeting in New York City where she won an award, Johnson said she became an activist in 2011 in reaction to a controversial billboard which claimed the "womb is the most dangerous place for an African American to be."
The billboard, which featured a young black girl wearing a sundress and a bow in her hair, was meant to highlight the higher rates of abortion in New York City among black women compared to women of other ethnicities, according to the African American pastor who helped found Life Always, the Texas group that launched the campaign during Black History Month. more >>
NEW YORK — The Rev. Elaine Flake, who leads along with husband, the Rev. Floyd Flake, the 23,000-member Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, has expressed shock over abortion statistics recently revealed about black women in New York City.
"I saw that article about a month ago, someone forwarded it to me via email and I was devastated," Flake told The Christian Post. "I thought those statistics were just outrageous, and wondered if they were true. But if they are, it's something that I think we have to deal with as a church. As the African American community we have to educate our people a little bit better. I think we just have to be determined that we're going to deal with some of these issues."
As CP has reported, citing the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: "Black women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the number of abortions recorded by women of every other racial or ethnic group in the city." The report revealed that more than any other ethnic group in NYC, black women were the leading abortion patients and also had the highest pregnancy and miscarriage rates. more >>