Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What does the Health Care Act's Patient Bill of Rights Really Mean?

The first parts of healthcare reform act are already law. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act have praised it and Republicans have criticized the act. GOP candidates are vowing to overturn it if they get elected. The political debate about healthcare rages on, but how many people know what provisions the law actually changes? The patient’s Bill of Rights spells out what health care consumers can expect under the provisions of the new law. 

The government has released a Fact Sheet about the Bill of Rights. But what does it mean in layman's terms? Listen in with us as we chat with renowned physician and health care advocate, Dr. Gloria Wilder. Read about Dr. Wilder below!

 Community Driven, Community Focused Solutions

Gloria A. Wilder, M.D., M.P.H. a nationally recognized leader and expert in poverty and economic segregation in healthcare, Dr. Gloria founded Core Health in 2005. Growing up in the impoverished community of Brooklyn NY, Dr. Gloria's mission is to end the injustice of poverty and to provide fair opportunity for competitive advancement regardless of socio-economic status throughout our nation. As an award winning pediatrician, Dr. Gloria advanced progressive change through the use of mobile medical units and models of community social investment. Dr. Gloria vision in starting Core Health is to develop a new set of leaders in communities across our nation trained and capable to drive change that supports a free market designed to rebuild the infrastructure of social justice necessary for individual advancement.

"If we are to level the playing field, somebody has got to pick up a shovel! Dr. Gloria, 2005

Dr. Gloria received her bachelors of science degree from Howard University. In 1993, she received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University. Following her Residency in Pediatrics at Georgetown University, Dr. Gloria, as her patients call her, completed both her Fellowship in Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy at Georgetown University and her Masters of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Gloria served as Director of Community Pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center and Chair of Mobile Health Programs at Childrens National Medical Center. Overseeing the daily operations of the Children's Health Project of DC a program of the nationally recognized Childrens Health Fund. In 2005, Dr. Gloria used her business and program development expertise to found CORE HEALTH.

Dr. Gloria volunteers her time and expertise as a pediatrician at safety net clinics throughout the DC region. Dr. Gloria has served on many boards including: The Childrens Law Center, The DC Primary Care Association, The International Mobile Health Association, The Meyers Foundation and D.C. Action for Children. In 2006, she was appointed by the DC Superior Court to serve on the prestigious, DC Access to Justice Commission and  currently serves on the health policy board for the Centene Corporation. She has given three years of service to the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Gloria is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and  writes articles for major national mainstream publications like Todays Child Magazine.

Dr. Gloria believes in the power of service. Dr. Gloria was awarded a 2005 Caring Award, joining the company of Jimmy Carter, Mother Theresa this award is given annually to a select group of individuals who demonstrate exceptional generosity and commitment to service. Dr. Gloria's other awards include the District of Columbia Primary Care Association Champion of Change Award. Rotary Clubs Hall of Fame award. WETA Hometown Hero. The Oprah Winfrey Shows Angel Network, Use Your Life Award. The Planned Parenthood Champions of Choice award. In 2004, George Washington University named her physician humanitarian of the year. Redbook Magazine recognized her with their Mothers and Shakers award. Dr. Gloria was recently inducted into the prestigious Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. Dr. Gloria has been featured in articles in The Ladies Home Journal, O Magazine, Redbook magazine, Today's Child magazine, the Washington Post and Washington Times. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS 48 Hours and NBCs Dateline.

Dr. Gloria's personal mission is to end the injustice of generational poverty.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In defense of the failed Dream Act immigration Bill

The Dream Act

This is a repost from one made on The Washington Times Communities Family Today section by co-host Jeneba which presents a view different from her co-host Shanon's previous post.  Isn't it great that we can agree to disagree?

I live in a very multicultural and ethnically diverse county in my state.  My children’s school is situated minutes away from a community that looks to be over 90 percent Hispanic.  I drive through it after dropping my children off each day.  Last week, on the eve of an attempt by Democrats in Congress to pass a controversial immigrant bill known as the Dream Act, the thought crossed my mind that it is very likely that many of those children in that community would have benefited from that legislation. The Dream Act, which was tacked onto the defense authorization bill, would have enabled the children of illegal immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents to gain legal permanent resident status on condition of them attending college or serving in the U.S. military for two years. 
The bill failed on procedural grounds last week, but many thought it to be dead in the water given the anti-immigrant sentiments that dominate American policies these days especially against those from Hispanic and Latin American countries.  According to research, about 76 percent of all illegal immigrants are Hispanics, with Mexicans being the largest group at 7 million.   

According to, a federal website dedicated to chronicling the history of the United States, most of the 15 million immigrants that came to the United States between 1820 through the 1880s settled in the Northeast to cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore.  Some settled in other regions. For example, immigrants from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Bohemia and Germany settled in the American Midwest, for the most part.
The immigrant population in that community near my children’s school is mirrored by other pockets of communities throughout the states. It is not unlike those that existed decades before that were populated by other ethnic groups.
In any event, since then, recent immigrants have come from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Like their European predecessors, they also came chasing the American Dream, thus the name of the bill, the Dream Act. A July 2010 poll revealed that 70 percent of Americans supported the Dream Act. 
Over this past week, I witnessed several exchanges among friends in my social media network chatting about the Dream Act legislation.   Overwhelmingly, my Facebook friends supported the idea of military service being a path to citizenship but most were opposed to the idea of college being used as a path.  Attending college should be its own reward, one friend remarked.  You shouldn’t get status conditioned on getting a higher education.  Others opposed the idea that the law would’ve allowed those children to fund their education using federal aid that is subsidized by US tax payer dollars.  Many Americans who do not qualify for such aid and must work hard to send their own children to school said it would be unfair for kids of people they deemed to be lawbreakers to get the privilege of a free education.
Being an immigrant myself and having so many family members and friends that are immigrants, I can empathize with the would-be recipient of the Dream Act.  The child who was brought to this country without his knowledge would be forced into a state of limbo after graduating from High School.  By the time a child raised here from young graduates High School; he is much like any other American kid, used to a way of life here and probably has little ties or attachment to his or her country of origin.  Those children would not even be acculturated to life in their parents’ countries.
The co-host to my online blog talk radio, Right of Black, said on air last week that she felt the Democrats knew the measure was doomed to start and would be subject to filibuster, but pushed it anyway in order to score political points with immigrant voters before mid-term elections.  Interesting perspective as everything is political these days.
Indeed, there is no doubt that America has a broken immigration system.  There is an estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants in the United States according to a PEW Research Center study based on US Census data through March 2008.  Maybe the bill was not the right solution and I do believe it was indeed a back door amnesty program to address a vulnerable population.
However, it would not be the first time America granted Amnesty for illegal aliens. Ronald Reagan’s administration granted amnesty to 2.7 million illegal immigrants in 1986.  Also, though many Americans assume their ancestors came here legally, many immigrated under different standards.  When many families arrived in the U.S., there were no numerical limitations on immigration, no requirements to have an existing family or employment relationship with someone in the U.S., and no requirement to obtain a visa prior to arriving.  As numerical limitations were instituted and certain immigrants were restricted from entering the U.S., illegal immigration increased.  The definition of who was “legal” and who was “illegal” changed with the evolution of immigration laws. In fact, many American families might not have been allowed to enter the United States if today’s requirements were applied to their ancestors. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

We need a “Dream Act” For Americans First, Not 2 Million Illegal Immigrants

The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act allows young people to become legal U.S. residents after spending two years in college or the military. It applies to those who were under 16 when they arrived in the U.S., have been in the country at least five years and have a diploma from a U.S. high school or the equivalent. If passed the legislation would grant conditional legal residency for six years to immigrants younger than 35.

Opponents of the measure, meanwhile, say allowing immigrants younger than 35 who fall under the conditions of the legislation – an estimated 2 million immigrants – would in essence create a mass amnesty program as an end-run around comprehensive immigration reform. Besides, they say, any such efforts to encourage post-secondary education or military service should be provided to Americans first.

Their point is well-taken. If the “Americans first” issue is paramount, what if there was a DREAM Act – renamed of course - for non-violent offenders?

I suggest the DREAM Act for nonviolent offenders would apply to any person aged 16 to 35 with a high school diploma or equivalent. If the offender does not already possess one, he or she would then have to earn one in prison and then be accepted to the military or an accredited college. After spending two years in college or the military and a total of six years with no other criminal offenses, the non-violent offender’s criminal record would be erased completely.

My proposal may sound risky, but if anyone needs development, relief and education, it is the estimated 1.4 million people – or 60 percent of the jail and prison population – who may be serving long prison sentences due to property offenses, drug offenses, public order offenses and other nonviolent offenses.

Click to read more of Right of Black co-host Shanon D. Murray’s column on

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

No Wedding. No Womb. Our Daughters Deserve Better

Shanon and Jeneba are taking part in a phenomenal campaign today, No Wedding No Womb (NWNW) where over 100 Bloggers are collectively, and in tandem, writing posts addressing the pandemic of out-of-wedlock births in the African American Community. The purpose is not to chastise those who have had children out-of -wedlock, but to acknowledge the problem and focus on breaking the cycle.  In 2010, approximately 70% percent of black children are born out of wedlock. That statistic is startling. 
Below is Jeneba's contribution to this effort started by author Christelyn Karazin’s pro-marriage initiative.
This post will be made available on her other Blog homes: and Politics of Raising Children and so that the readers of each of those blog communities can hear the message and share it with others in hopes that the cycle is eventually broken and these sad statistics are reversed.
This past weekend, my husband and I were chauffeuring my children and niece about to weekend activities and the kids were in the back seats chatting. At some point, my 6 year old niece announced that she was going to be a mommy when she grew up. Just then my 8-year old spoke up and said, “no, you’re going to get married first and then you and your husband are going to have a baby.”  My husband and I looked at each other, shocked, but still pleasantly surprised and proud of the maturity of our son’s statement.
But then, that is his reality and that is all he knows.
For others, who have grown up in fatherless households, that is not necessary the reality of their home and of their friends and others in their community.
My son’s response is juxtaposed with another encounter I had with a young girl years earlier when I was in college.  I was waiting for a bus to collect me and take me to campus one afternoon. Waiting in the same bus terminal was a couple of young black teenage girls. I vividly recall hearing one girl say to the other, “yeah, so he wants me to have his baby” and the other girl replying, “really, wow! That’s great!”
Wow. I was stunned. Speechless. Disappointed. Saddened. Troubled. Dismayed. Distraught. — that she was honestly considering purposefully getting pregnant in her teenage years for a boy or man who I assumed she was not married to at the time.
I wish I was brave enough back then to butt in and say something. It would have been a risk, of course, because even back then, interjecting yourself unsolicited into another person’s private conversation was the type of thing that could get you cursed out. Still, though I was not a mother back then, I was an older sister to my younger siblings and I knew that someone needed to tell that girl that she deserved so much better.
I think it was that moment back in the mid-1990s that I realized what one of the primary causes was for planned teenage pregnancy: young girls’ lack of self esteem. I can understand unplanned pregnancies, but planned ones at such an early age just blew away my mind.  I was so taken aback at the idea that a child- and that is what you are when you are an impressionable immature teenager-would consider 1. putting her body through 40 weeks of stressful changes; 2. sacrificing her youth; and 3. doing something so life altering.
If she valued her body, her future, her life, she wouldn’t even entertain the idea. It was beyond my comprehension.
It was certainly not a concept that would even float across my psyche at any time at such a young age.
I grew up with African immigrant parents who used to tell me and my younger sisters “your books are your boyfriend” and would warn us if we get pregnant for certain we could expect the father of our baby to abandon us for the next pretty girl who is thin and not with child. We would be the one left to care for the child alone. We took their words seriously. But we grew up in a two-parent household and did not have to suffer the effects of father abandonment as is the case with many low income single family African American households.
Somewhere along the way, girls stopped believing that they could be bigger than the circumstances they came from and there was another way to live.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Should the Rich Pay more Taxes? Answer our Poll question

This week, Shanon and Jeneba will be debating the Bush Tax Cuts, particularly whether they deserve to be repealed for individual earning over $200, 000 and families earning over $250,000 a year. 

Shanon will present the argument from the perspective of the Middle Income household


Jeneba will argue the position of the small business and high income earner who are at risk of having their tax cuts phased out by the end of the year. 

Who has the right perspective?  Are high income earners simply whining and do not deserve the cuts? Did the rich suffer less during the recession and thus are not worthy of a tax breaks? Are the risk less likely to spend their tax breaks and stimulate the economy, thus not deserving a reprieve? 


Do we need across the board tax cuts to stimulate all sectors of the economy? Will small business owners struggle the most if the cuts do not apply across the board? Would we risk further job cuts after the tax break for the rich expire since the argument is the rich are the country's employers? Is this the wrong time, especially in this election year, to be raising the taxes on any sector of our citizenry? 

Whose side is the RIGHT side?

Also, Cast your  vote above for the poll question of the Week:

Is it fair that high income earners pay more in taxes as they do in our progressive system?

We will reveal the answer Thursday & discuss the results.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tension between Obama & Congress over tax cuts puts middle class in spotlight

As tension between President Obama and Congress mounts over whether to allow Bush-era tax cuts to expire as scheduled at the end of the year, and if so, for whom, I found myself drawn into an amazing debate this week (on a friend’s Facebook page, of course) about whether individuals making $200,000 and married couples making $250,000 – the tax cut threshold for the middle class – should be considered wealthy.

I’ve been hearing from folk – especially married couples with children – that $250,000 certainly does not make a household wealthy. My response is simple: That is absolutely correct. But if you don’t feel wealthy bringing home that kind of income that just means you have a warped sense of money.

While I cannot say with certainty that particular income makes one wealthy or rich – both are nebulous terms determined by one’s net worth and not one’s earnings – I can say that it does make one a high-earner. Yet it’s amazing that many of these same people in the high-income bracket really do believe they don’t have enough money to fund a middle class lifestyle. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Has the Tea Party Driven Newt Gingrich Mad?

It's been a busy week on the political front, culminating in the surprise upset in Tuesday's Delaware Repubican Senate primary with Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell defeating longtime GOP Rep. Mike Castle.

The week began with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich saying that President Obama may be driven by a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.

"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich tells the conservative weekly National Review. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior. This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president."
There’s a school of thought that the success of the Tea Party is driving some in the Republican Party – including stalwarts like Gingrich - to the fringes of conservatism in an effort to remain relevant to who they believe is their base.
What’s the “Right” point of view?
Join us LIVE Thursday at 9 p.m. ET as we discuss this issue. Co-hosts Shanon D. Murray and Jeneba “JJ” Ghatt will also interview our special guest Charles D. Ellison, a political analyst and commentator.
Log in to the Right of Black Show online. Dial us at (347) 826-7128 to chat with us live on the air, or join the chat room.  Talk to you soon!

Monday, September 13, 2010

This Week's Guest: Political Author/Radio Personality Charles D. Ellison

Join us this week on Right of Black as we chat with Sirius/XM's P.O.T.U.S. radio personality and host of The New School Charles D. Ellison

Ellison, who is also a political analyst and commentator, will be sharing with us his insight on the mid-term elections, the deciding issues that will drive people to the polls, what's at stake and the upcoming campaign season.

Ellison is also the author of the critically-acclaimed political thriller TANTRUM. He is a daily contributor to, and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Politico's "The Arena." California-born and Philadelphia-raised, Ellison is a former Congressional speech writer and a media expert.

As a commentator, he has been featured in numerous television, radio and publishing venues, including: Sirius/XM Radio; CNN; C-SPAN; WEAA-FM; WVON-AM; WPFW-FM;; Newsweek; SkyTV; The Philadelphia Tribune; RealClearPolitics; BET; ABC News; The Los Angeles Times; The Washington Times; The Boston Globe; Washington Business Journal; Roll Call, National Journal;; The Hill; National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio among others.

Call in to ask a question or take part of the conversation. Join us in the chatroom and join in the conversation!

This week also launches the start of Right of Black's political coverage!

Tune in this Thursday at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio's Right of Black  the radio show with the right point of view!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Childrens' command of formal English helps them avoid social stigma

When I immigrated to the United States at 3-1/2 years old, I spoke four different languages. However, my native West African parents made it a point to only speak English to me in our home, because they wanted to make sure I learned English well. They knew it was important for me to have a command of the language of the United States. Sadly, within a year of going to school in America, I lost my understanding of all but one of those other languages. I wish I could get them back.

In any event, as I grew up in a lower-middle-income class neighborhood in Washington, D.C., I picked up some of the slang and vernacular that was spoken by the all-black and Hispanic residents who lived there. In school, however, I was a whiz in my English and reading classes. I also was very comfortable understanding Krio, the pigeon English my parents spoke to themselves. Krio is a derivative and mix of English and indigenous African languages used by many throughout West Africa.

When I grew up, every so often in the professional setting, I found myself mixing up tenses or letting some idiom or urban vernacular slip in my speech. No big deal really. However, if your job is as the president of the United States, using phrases you heard growing up among your black American family and friends can get you in hot water.

That is what I witnessed happening Monday when the President Obama gave his Labor Day speech in Wisconsin.  While the focus of his message was on a $50 billion proposal to invest in infrastructure and transportation, many in the media focused on him saying of some of his opponents during that speech that “they talk about me like a dog.”

Having grown up in many predominantly black neighborhoods, I know that phrase is a mere “colloquialism” of sorts.  It is common and often used.  It simply means that one is being bad talked, generally speaking, by an unnamed group. It is certainly not as “deep” a statement as was touted by many in the mainstream media.
I was in awe at how blown out of proportion several news organizations reported this very casual remark. One reporter even traced the phrase to its inclusion in the Jimi Hendrix song "Stone Free." The author said Obama was “channeling his inner Hendrix.”  I found that odd, considering that many children who have heard and used that term have never even heard of Hendrix.  It was and is a meaningless phrase, yet, when uttered by the proverbial leader of the free world, it becomes more than that.

For me, the situation harkened to my thoughts about the children who lived in my old D.C. neighborhood, particularly those who grew up in households where parents and others spoke only black vernacular. Among some urban youth, speaking standard English was thought to be “talking white.”  Believe it or not, some kids were ridiculed for doing that.  I saw it growing up firsthand. Many educators, cultural anthropologists, social workers and linguists have been working for years to tear down the stigma among urban youth that speaking properly is synonymous with being white.

Slang is not unique to blacks, of course. Southerners have terms that are not part of standard English but very much part of the Southern culture and vernacular of that region.  Children of immigrant parents also use words that are a mix of English and their native languages, such as Spanglish.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Five Signs That You Belong to a Christian Extremist Church

To be sure, burning copies of the Quran will not move anyone closer to God. Instead it will build a wedge between people. And how we treat people – all kinds of people, especially those we disagree with – is a direct reflection of the status of our relationship with God.

In fact, Christians should be grieved at how Muslim Americans have been treated since the Sept. 11 attacks and how this mistreatment has escalated through the years only to hit a crescendo of late – from assuming all Muslims are terrorists; to calling people Muslim as if it’s some sort of epithet; from violent attacks on Muslims; to mosque burnings; to the opposition to the so-called Ground Zero mosque that is neither on Ground Zero nor solely a mosque.

Real Christian churches don’t dedicate their existence to obsessing over a single issue such as homosexuality or Islam. Creepy churches do. These Christian extremist churches represent their so-called spiritual leaders and their warped sense of doctrine. They don’t represent all churches and certainly not all Christians.

Here is a little primer on how to tell if you belong to a creepy “Christian” church:

• Your church website address is
• Your pastor’s sermons mock love, peace and prosperity, and celebrate bigotry, hypocrisy and intolerance.
• Your pastor shows more concern about the moral standards of the U.S. than his own and those of his church members.
• Your pastor talks more about what Jesus allegedly hates than what Jesus advocates.
• Your church spends more time protesting various social issues than spreading the “good news.”

Click to read more of Right of Black co-host Shanon D. Murray’s column on

Right of Black Co-Host Jeneba Ghatt to speak on Congressional Black Caucus panel

Kudos to Right of Black co-host Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt for being tapped to be among an esteemed panel of speakers during a session  hosted by House Majority Whip Congressman James Clyburn at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation legislative Conference next week.

Government 2.0 - The Next Wave in Social Interaction and New Media Technologies on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 9 to 11:50 am. 

At a time when people are becoming increasingly reliant on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Flickr to promote their personal businesses and interests, we are seeing an increased desire for government to interact across these same platforms to increase constituent outreach and enhance governmental efficiencies.  This session will address the benefits of these new technologies and applications and the potential pitfalls of the increased integration of social media into our systems of governance.

Specifically, panelists will (1) describe emerging new media trends and the "it" applications for social engagement; (2) speak to the opportunities for engagement between political and community leaders and their constituents, and (3) examine the dangers/pitfalls of social media engagement for political figures.

Moderated by Kristal Lauren High, Esq., Editor In Chief of, the panel will feature several prominent figures in the political-technology-social media space, including:

Mark Harris, Vice President National Government Sales & Operations, Verizon
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President, Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies
Navarrow Wright, President, Maximum Leverage Solutions
Mario Armstrong, Co-Founder,
Angela Conyers-Benton, CEO, Black Web Media LLC
Charles Ellison, Director for the Center for New Media, Politics and Policy
Jeneba Ghatt, Managing Partner, The Ghatt Law Group

Congrats Jeneba!

And listen to her LIVE tonight during Right of Black's new day and time Thursdays at 9pm!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Obama's Labor Day Speech: Did he Slam Republicans?

Much of the news being reported about President Obama's Labor Day speech where he announced a 50 billion dollar spending package for infrastructure and transportation has been about a 4 second comment when he said his opponents are "talking about me like a dog."

Is this over-analyzation by the mainstream media of this one aspect of the speech being blown out of proportion? Does Obama's resolve on that day show that he is losing his cool? What about the rest of the message? What is the right perspective on this new wave of spending which will overwhelmingly benefit big businesses? Is this proposal an olive branch to the Republicans or a Mid-term election ploy?

Join us in Chat or Live when we discuss these issues and more on our NEW NIGHT AND TIME this Thursday at 9pm on Right of Black on Blog Talk Radio.

What's the Buzz? We take on the proposed 9-11 Qu'ran Burning

The Vatican is the latest entity to condemn the proposal of a Gainesville, Florida pastor of a very small church to burn Qu'rans on Saturday, September 11 to commemorate the attacks on America that day in 2001.

What will be the implication of this gesture and act on the Islamic world? Is the media giving the pastor too much credence and promoting him more by covering this story? What is the right perspective on this issue?

Join us at our new day and time, Thursday at 9pm, as we discuss this issue and others on Right of Black Talk.

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Tune in this week when we will be talking about the president's Labor Day speech and new 50 Billion stimulus proposal, and in particular all the hype over his rant against the people who "talk about him like a dog"; and the proposed September 11 Qu'ran burning.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Black Woman Tapped as Lt. Governor on Republican Ticket in Florida

Rick Scott, the Republican nominee for governor of Florida, has selected State Rep. Jennifer Carroll, as his pick for Lieutenant Governor. Carroll, a small business owner and veteran, is the first African American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida. She was also elected the first African American female Republican in the Florida State Legislature in 2003.

Carroll was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad West Indies, emigrated to the United States as a young child and served with the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and is a lifetime member of the NAACP and the NRA.

Will the selection of Rep. Carroll entice African Americans to vote for a Republican for Governor in Florida? What’s the “Right” perspective? Tune in to the Right of Black show LIVE on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 11 ET.

African Americans have overstayed our welcome in urban American

With talk of a possible double-dip recession - a recession followed by a short-lived recovery, followed by another recession - it’s time for African Americans to abandon the economically paralyzed urban areas of the U.S. and head for the Heartland where there is low unemployment and a higher quality of living.

Yes, it’s time for the first Great Migration of the 21st Century. Since the early 1900s, African Americans have moved from one section of the country to another en masse in search of either job opportunities or safety from violent racism or both. In 2010, we are in the same position. African Americans are still in need of job opportunities and safety, but this time from violent crime.

Now is a good time for African Americans who are struggling economically to head en masse to states like Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kansas, New Hampshire, Nebraska, and South and North Dakota. All of these states just so happen to have unemployment rates significantly below the national average of 9.5 percent - from 6.8 percent in Iowa to 3.6 percent in North Dakota. (Of course, all of these states also have negligible Black populations, but I’ll address that in a bit.)

Click to read more of Right of Black co-host Shanon D. Murray’s column on