Early voting begins in less than a month in the pivotal swing state of Ohio.
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to intervene in a request by Ohio Democrats to restore an extra week of early voting. That week in Ohio, known as “golden week,” would allow voters to register and cast early ballots at the same time.
The reduction in early voting orchestrated by Republican lawmakers mainly affects African-Americans and other minorities who tend to use that option more than White voters to cast their ballots.
Ohio State Senator Alicia Reece, who has been pushing back against GOP voter suppression tactics in her state, said, “This is why who is on the Supreme Court is so important.”
The overall income of Americans grew at the fastest rate on record in 2015, with paychecks getting their biggest boost since the end of the Great Recession.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the overall median household income increased 5.2 percent from $53,000 in 2014 to $56,0000 in 2015.
Income for African-American households rose to $36,900 in the biggest jump since 1999, but is still far behind the 2015 White income level of approximately $60,000.
The nation’s poverty level was also impacted and dropped from 14.8 percent to 13.5 percent, the largest single-year drop in nearly 50 years.
These figures compiled by the Census Bureau seem to debunk Donald Trump’s claims that the U.S. economy is performing poorly and support President Barack Obama’s assertion that the economy is slowly improving.
‘NewsOne Now’ Checks Lil Wayne On ‘No Such Thing As Racism’ Comment
Rapper Lil Wayne kicked off a firestorm with his comments about racism during an appearance on Fox Sports One’s Undisputed on Tuesday.
When host Skip Bayless asked the emcee what it’s like to perform in front of a predominantly White crowd, Wayne responded, “I don’t want to be bashed … but I thought that it was clear that there was no such thing as racism.”
After airing Wayne’s remarks, Roland Martin was baffled. “I’m scratching my head here,” he said and reminded the rapper of an incident two years ago in which he accused the Oklahoma City Thunder organization of racism because he was denied entry into a playoff game.
Martin continued, “Clearly, homie is not understanding of history.”
Ava DuVernay Talks OWN’s New Series ‘Queen Sugar’
Ava DuVernay’s latest project Queen Sugar premiered on OWN last week and received rave reviews.
Roland Martin spoke with DuVernay after screening the critically acclaimed series at the National Association of Black Journalists’ Annual Convention. The director revealed that before the show even aired, it was picked up for a second season by the OWN Network.
Going against the grain, DuVernay announced that the series would feature all women directors, something that is completely unheard of in film or television. She told Martin, host of NewsOne Now, “These women came out and smashed these episodes.”
DuVernay explained that OWN and Warner Bros. gave her free rein to create the show and she wanted it to be in her likeness as a female director.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast