A reader in Manhattan emailed this picture of a campaign poster featuring Representative Charlie Rangel of Harlem and Barack Obama.
It is a pairing I haven’t seen often.
Rangel was one of Hillary Clinton’s earliest supporters, and, like every other member of the New York Democratic congressional delegation, resisted endorsing Obama until after Clinton officially dropped out of the race.
Obama has wanted to keep his distance from Rangel, returning the a donation from the congressman’s P.A.C., because under Obama, the D.N.C. will not accept donations from lobbyists and P.A.C.s. Continue reading
The first time I saw the Obama gear, I knew it had begun. I do not mean the official campaign paraphernalia. I’m talking about the wares hawked here in Harlem, the black tees sold in sizes up to 5XL, with Barack Obama’s head slightly out of proportion. I bought mine on Lenox and 125th–a mustard number with Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama juxtaposed underneath the words ALPHA and OMEGA. That’s when I smelled the air and understood that Obama was running not simply to be President but also to be the next head chiseled on the face of the imaginary black Mount Rushmore. That’s when I knew, for the first time in my life, that it would be a good year to be black. Continue reading
Sing Sing 2000 Entertainment presents Shades of Laughter fundraiser for Barak Obama
Featuring: Maleta Apogo, Radha Blank, Leighann Lord, Ericka Skeete and Thelma Ramsey
The comedians from Shades of Laughter, Sisters Doin’ Comedy and other comedians from around the NYC area will come together to spread their special brand of humor to support Barack Obama. Continue reading
Vote in the 2008 Election
It’s your party and you’ll cry if you want to.
Or you can stop bitching and get out the vote. (It’s always about you, isn’t it?)
Make yourself known. Register to vote before NY’s deadline, October 10.
Make yourself smart. Watch videos on the issues.
Make yourself clear. Find out which candidate reflects your values. Continue reading
The 2008 presidential election promises to be an electrifying race for young people, whose vote is expected to have a major impact. Join leading hip-hop activists, scholars, and artists, including Chuck D, co-founder of Public Enemy, and Bakari Kitwana, executive director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, for a town hall style discussion of the impact of the hip-hop generation on the election and how hip-hop has morphed into a potent political force. Free, reservations required. Please call 212.534.1672, ext. 3395. Continue reading
Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton will have their first private meeting since the divisive Democratic primary campaign when they sit down to lunch Thursday at Clinton’s Harlem office, campaign aides said Monday. The meeting, which will be attended by one or two aides, came at Clinton’s request and signals a unified front for the race ahead, the aides said. Continue reading
With a forceful speech that served as her introduction to millions of Americans on Wednesday, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin seduced many on television who had spent days doubting her candidacy.
John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention.
Two senior campaign officials disclosed Mccain’s decision a few hours before the Republican presidential nominee-to-be and his newly-minted running mate appeared at a rally in swing-state Ohio. Continue reading
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The capital of black America is bursting with pride as the Democratic Party prepares to make history and put forward its first black nominee for president of the United States. Continue reading