By Lottie L. Joiner

On March 16, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Ga., killed eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas. Long was arrested about 150 miles south of Atlanta after his parents reported him to authorities. The next day, Long, who was headed to Florida to commit more crimes, was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center where he was interviewed by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta police, and the FBI. Long was charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault with no bond.

During a press conference after…


By Kevin Myles

Georgia then and now

I am a 50-year-old Black, Democratic leaning voter who lives in Fulton County, Georgia. I am one of the voters whose voice the 98-page omnibus election law passed by Georgia Republicans and signed by Governor Brian Kemp is intended to suppress.

While most are now familiar with the broad outlines of the statute, let me share with you what it means for me. According to the new law, if I wanted to vote absentee, either due to COVID-19 concerns or convenience, I no longer have that right. I also won’t be able to request another absentee ballot…


By Kevin Myles

I am a 50-year-old Black, Democratic leaning voter who lives in Fulton County, Georgia. I am one of the voters whose voice the 98-page omnibus election law passed by Georgia Republicans and signed by Governor Brian Kemp is intended to suppress.

While most are now familiar with the broad outlines of the statute, let me share with you what it means for me. According to the new law, if I wanted to vote absentee, either due to COVID-19 concerns or convenience, I no longer have that right. I also won’t be able to request another absentee ballot…


By Lottie L. Joiner

On March 16, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Ga., killed eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas. Long was arrested about 150 miles south of Atlanta after his parents reported him to authorities. The next day, Long, who was headed to Florida to commit more crimes, was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center where he was interviewed by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta police, and the FBI. Long was charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault with no bond.

During a press conference after…


by Sheila Bedi

George Floyd

The video depicting George Floyd’s death was so violent and graphic, it inspired one of the largest social justice movements in the history of the world. People of all races and backgrounds took to the streets during the summer of 2020 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and in protest of racist police violence. Now, Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who killed Mr. Floyd, was found guilty on all charges.

But a conviction for Mr. Chauvin doesn’t equate justice for Mr. Floyd. Until we limit the power and presence of police officers in our…


By Sheila Bedi

George Floyd

The video depicting George Floyd’s death was so violent and graphic, it inspired one of the largest social justice movements in the history of the world. People of all races and backgrounds took to the streets during the summer of 2020 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and in protest of racist police violence. Now, Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who killed Mr. Floyd, was found guilty on all charges.

But a conviction for Mr. Chauvin doesn’t equate justice for Mr. Floyd. Until we limit the power and presence of police officers in our…


by Bryan T. Marks

A reckoning on race, with its heightened awareness about the sustained effects of racism in American society, is changing the experiences of diversity and anti-bias educators/trainers and their audience interactions. The door is opening to frank, more truthful conversations about topics like implicit bias. Simultaneously, corporate America is demonstrating a new sensitivity toward these issues, including a willingness to relinquish profits for opportunities to improve racial equity and inclusion.

It will be needed. Tragedies such as the killing of six Asian women in Atlanta massage spas demonstrate, even if authorities aren’t willing to openly acknowledge it…


We must speak up and stand up against anti-Asian racism and hate.

by Beth Liu

On March 16, a gunman killed eight innocent people, including six Asian women, during a hate crime directed at three Atlanta-area spas. I am an Asian American, and the event was a breaking point for so many of us. I am hurt, fed up and tired of attempts to make us feel lesser than other people.

Growing up in the United States as a first-generation Chinese American, I thought early on that I should blend in with other Americans in public. I kept my head…


Toni Vaz finally receives her flowers.

by Maria Morales

At age 98, Toni Vaz is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

Vaz received the Founders Award at a pre-taping of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards on March 24, which is a coincidence because Vaz is the founder of the Image Awards.

“It’s about time,” said Vaz from the Motion Picture & Television Fund ‘s (MPTF) retirement community where she resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, California.

Vaz was a stuntwoman and extra working in Hollywood when the NAACP’s Beverly Hills Hollywood Branch was established in 1962 to…


College student honored with Youth Activist of the Year Image Award

By Tiffany E. Browne

Madison Potts flashed a bright smile after receiving the Youth Activist of the Year award during the non-televised portion of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards on March 27. The 21-year-old is humbled by the honor in recognition of her activism in voter education and social justice in Georgia. During Potts’ acceptance speech, there was an undeniable fire, perhaps started by her parents, who she thanked for “showing me the way daily; for being the change I want to see.”

From a young age, Potts, who…

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