•Black Clergy: Taking the High Road or Taking a Hike on Social Reform?
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Every Sunday (and for some folks it is every Saturday), millions of people put on their “Sunday best” and pack the pews, padded seats, folding chairs and rough hewn benches of facilities nationwide that constitute their places of spiritual worship.
While religion is practiced the world over, the connection for Black people to their church and the Black clergy who run them, seems to surpass all others, thus the role of Black preachers themselves has also followed that exalted path.
•Finally! Black Farmers Settlement Appears Near
While the final amounts may vary, it is clear that those rallying for the Black farmers’ settlement to be, can almost rest assured that those long suffering laborers, many of whom have passed on, will finally receive the funds for a judgment they were awarded over a decade ago.
Regal Magazine reported earlier about the plight of the Black farmers’ settlement, including Black and Native American farmers, who were part of a judgment in the Pigford case in 1997.
At the time of our initial...
•Updating U.S. Infrastructure Equals Creating Jobs: It is an Economic Win-Win
The many hassles that drivers are facing traveling the local roadways and major highways have cast a different light on urban transportation and its related problems.
A committee led by former transportation representatives has outlined the need for almost $200 billion to upgrade transportation systems in the United States and President Barack Obama is requesting a more palpable amount in the $50 billion range to address many of the immediate highway and bridge needs.
While the discussion of...
•Regal Magazine's Top Vacation Spots, Favorite Food Lists
If you have been following our latest round of articles, you will know that Regal Magazine has been polling its readership to get their favorite choices on a wide range of topics from sports legends to our top celebrity women. This piece will showcase the foods that warm their hearts and the top vacation spots that spark their imagination.
In our top 10 favorite foods, we start out with that great gobble, gobble—we are talking about the smoked turkey and the favorite part on that Thanksgiving...
•Parental Influence Missing in Modern Black Athletes
There was a time in professional sports, especially in football, when an athlete who had just scored a touchdown or made a significant play would always look into the camera and say, “Hi Mom” or “Thanks Pop.”
The parental involvement in the development of athletes, particularly Black athletes has taken a definite turn and it is not too positive.
Over-aggressive agents and single-minded coaches have often taken the place of the parents in the decision making of promising athletes with promises...
•Addressing the Black Experience and the Impact of Credit Checks and Ratings
People of color are often accused of being hypersensitive when it comes to “perceived discriminations” and there is little recourse when there are issues that they feel they are being specifically singled out.
A case in point is credit checks that many Blacks feel are used against them because of their historically low scores in comparison to their White counterparts. As credit rating checks are being used more and more for housing and even employment, the question is clear as to whether there...
•Regal Magazine's Top 10 Sports Legends
With prolific careers and flamboyant lifestyles to their credit, our cast of stars in the favorites column of sports legends left indelible marks on our readers and in our history books. In ranking the favorite sports legends, past and present, we asked our readers to look beyond their favorite sport as well as gender in making their choices. Here are the results:
Muhammad Ali was the hands down number one choice for the top 10 sports legend. He personified sportsmanship in addition to...
•Regal Magazine’s Top 10 Famous Women—Showcasing Our Own Celebrities
The famous expression, “behind every great man, there is a great woman” speaks volumes about the support and encouragement that women have provided to their men over the centuries.
This is not just a case of “standing by your man,” but also “standing up for what is right” and making a difference along the way.
Highlighted among the 10 women who are listed in our Top Celebrity Women, we ran the gamut from the wife of the president and the late wife of a slain civil rights leader to strong...
•Starting up Your Own Business; Is it For You?
According to Entrepreneur, there are an estimated 600,000 businesses that are started annually in a wide range of industries and that number changes very little due to economic conditions at hand. In other words, in good times, starting up your own business occurs because ideas as well as funding flows more freely and, in bad times, increased job layoffs and business closures provide incentives to starting up your own business or to buy other struggling operations and to re-launch them. The...
•Adrian Fenty; How His Losing Campaign May Help Others
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines arrogance as “an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.” This is one of the terms that were used to describe why Adrian Fenty was not re-elected as mayor of the nation’s capitol.
As we approach a major mid-term election period, questions are being raised about a number of local, state and national campaigns. In some locations, the primaries decided the next elected official because of the party...
•Black Students Still Waiting For 'Superman'
While the news was briefly all abuzz with the $100 million donation from one of the Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg to help bolster the New Jersey school system, the plight of the Black students, in many of the poorest performing schools districts continues to take a back seat in the discussion.
Whether to pay more in salaries to recruit more qualified teachers, increase funding for much needed supplies or to repair and upgrade outdated buildings are definitely important items to consider,...
•Cleveland Sports After LeBron James: It is up to Locals to Keep it Hot
In a city where there are three professional sports teams – Browns (football), Indians (baseball) and Cavaliers (basketball), not to mention the one of a kind Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it seems that there should be life after the departure of basketball star LeBron James.
Many news stories have highlighted what the possible outcome would be with an estimated revenue loss ranging between 20 and 40 million dollars. Other stories lament the number of empty seats in the arena pre-LeBron and the...
•Despite Success of NCAA Sports, Inclusiveness Still a Struggle
This past collegiate season has been a heady one for NCAA sports to say the least. With conference changes that have impacted recruitment and donations nationwide, NCAA sports is reaching a pinnacle in media entertainment.
While football and basketball seem to lead the promotional pack of the association, there is more to NCAA sports than buzzer beating jump shots and off the field violations.
However, the crowds and excitement has grown tremendously and many professional hopes are tied to...
•Business 101: Black Entrepreneurs Helping Veteran Owned Businesses Through Development Initiative
Much has already been written about the plight of Black entrepreneurs and the major issues that have kept them from achieving significant benchmarks.
These issues have included lack of diversity in contracting and financing opportunities. It is hard to be in the business comfort zone where people “do business with people who look like them” when the majority of those in decision making positions do not look like Black entrepreneurs.
There have been some inroads, but the challenges continue to...
•Black Veterans Still Not Receiving Their Due
With a Black President, many discussions have been re-kindled regarding the treatment of Blacks in various facets of American society. One area that still lacks in the depth required to first, identify problems and issues, and second, outline and implement solutions involves the care and support of Black veterans.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine all the problems and issues that specifically impact Black veterans and what they have been lacking from the country they have served for...
•Off Broadway Plays: On Top Their Game in Entertaining
With the musical “FELA” making a successful jump from off Broadway to the “Great White Way” with great reviews and repeat audiences; it is becoming more and more apparent that the quality of off Broadway plays has stepped up tremendously.
New York City is becoming the leading “staycation” spot for American tourists planning domestic travel and a night at the theater is high on their wish lists.
What better location to see quality entertainment at more affordable prices than the aspiring...
•Diversity Amongst National Football League Execs Remains Problem
With African Americans following the principles of the late, legendary coach Vince Lombardi who stated that “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” (with two African American coaches recently winning Super Bowls), diversity should be a top priority for the National Football League (NFL).
However, two other professional sports leagues, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) are making strong cases for diversity and inclusion. This is especially true on...
•The Gift of Parenting: Reflecting on Dad’s Day and the Extended Family
Father’s Day is the annual celebration of the males who inspire and motivate their children. Recently, African American males have been repeatedly (and one-sidedly) bashed by the media as “deadbeat,” “absentee” and “abusive.”
Unfortunately, the state of divorces, domestic violence and child abuse have reached epidemic proportions around the world in all cultures. Even sadder is the realization that the reflections for Dad’s day that incorporate images portraying fathers of color, especially...
•African American Films: The Importance of the Right Imagery and the Message
The quote “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true in African American films and their importance in the development of African Americans, males in particular. The imagery portrayed in films today has significantly influenced how African Americans perceive themselves and how they are viewed by the world around them.
“African American films have always had a major impact on how we as Black people see ourselves, our conditions, struggles and survival,” comments Marquis Smalls, an...
•LeBron James—King of Basketball: Where Should He Hold Court Next?
Many have written about the lackluster performance of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star player LeBron James during the NBA playoff series against the Boston Celtics.
With a team that included Shaquille O’Neal and James, a ring should have been on the horizon. The sports scene is abuzz with rumors about where the new LeBron James team will be if he leaves the Cavaliers as well as the impact on the team and the city of Cleveland.
There is talk about the LeBron James team being the New York Knicks...
•In the Interest of Wellness: Can Nationalized Healthcare Really Work For All?
The ongoing discussions and protests surrounding health care reform have brought out many hidden agendas to the forefront of America’s societal framework.
Issues of race, gender, class, geography, physical limitations and age have been used towards proactive and destructive ends with buzz words including “nationalized healthcare” receiving rallying cries of support as well as tea party protests.
Those without healthcare resources welcome the opportunity to get treatment without all the...
•African American Architects: Saluting Designers of the Past Who Still Shape the Future
Charles McIlwain, a noted math teacher and school administrator died recently after a valiant fight against cancer. The lives that he touched in Roosevelt, N.Y. resonated through the many tributes that were shared during his home going service. McIlwain always inspired his students to strive to be the best they could be.
He focused on students understanding core subjects, especially math and science. Architecture is an area that blends both of these subjects and while this is a lucrative...
•Black-owned Businesses: Addressing the “How To,” When Feeling the “Why Bother?”
With all the discussion about the growth industries including health, IT, education, green technologies, etc. that will lead the country out of its fiscal slump, you do not hear much about Black-owned businesses being a “growth area,” but it should be.
The primary reason for the launch of many Black-owned businesses was the “concrete ceiling” effect within corporate America that drove promising Black executives into the entrepreneurial arena due to limited advancement opportunities.
•Housing Market Forecast: The Hansberry Influence on Black Homeownership
With the full impact of the housing crisis still in the forefront for Blacks, who have been systematically discriminated against in the housing market, the historical connections of the illustrious Hansberry family illustrates just how long Blacks have struggled and identifies earlier problems that could have been avoided.
We know about the short, yet brilliant career of poet and playwright Lorraine Hansberry whose became a major literary figure when her first play, A Raisin in the Sun, opened...
•Career Transitioning: Getting Back the Passion for the Creative Arts
Experts agree that doing something you love gives meaning to your life. Many people may have passions they would like to pursue, but the need to be practical often supersedes the dreams.
Former corporate executive Alan Miller made a point of injecting his love of creative arts in his work load as often as possible, but he mirrored the actions of many stifled artists who had to put their creativity on hold to provide for their families.
“I had given up a brilliant career in the creative arts...
•Custody Wars: Updating the Ongoing Dilemma For Black Fathers
As the country watched the extensive custody battle waged by David Goldman and his supporters to get his son Sean back in the United States from the Brazilian government and his deceased wife’s family, fathers of color continue to wage similar battles right here in the United States.
Many of these fathers can barely afford the gas to travel the miles even within the same state to attend the endless hearings, psychological assessments, attorney briefings and other legal wrangling that impedes...
•In Recession, Employment Consulting is Great Job Option
When business experts and the media projected the rise of employment consulting and focused on it as an emerging industry model, many began to set their sights on elaborate titles, freedom and ultimate time control. As we approached the new millennium leading publications, including Business Week, projected double digit growth of the consulting profession in under five years. The magnetic draw to the employment consulting field encompassed a range of attractive reasons including creative...
•African American Males: Deciding Best Careers Choices and What Their Future Holds
The current economic climate has generated an ill wind over the job market of the country and hampered decisions for African Americans, particularly African American males, to pursue the best career choices for themselves. While many are facing the daily challenge of trying to find work when thousands are losing their jobs, others are just not happy where they are working.
According to a report released by The Conference Board, under 50 percent of American workers are satisfied with their...
•African American Media Moguls: Delivering the Messages Despite the Downturns
As the media industry joins the ranks of others that are facing tremendous declines and losing advertising revenue, African Americans in the media have also faced extreme challenges. First, the underrepresentation of African Americans in the media on the covers and in the board rooms is significant.
The inadequate coverage of African Americans due, in large part to the lack of depth in minority media ownership, has provided a unique opportunity in the nation’s current economic conditions. The...
•Investing and Black Males: The Importance of Securing Futures
Saving money is always high on the agenda during an economic crisis for all families struggling to make ends meet when there is less. Unfortunately, with the increase in job losses and business closures, the concept of saving money and income investing to “build a nest egg for the future” has taken a back seat to more practical realities including keeping a roof overhead and food on the table for most families today.
Putting a little aside, which was a long held expression that meant taking...
•Economic Recession Hits Black Men Hard
There is a saying that when White people are in a recession, that Black people are in a depression and that is quite true in this current economic recession.
People of color, especially Black people, and most particularly Black men are feeling the full brunt of the economic recession that has often resembled a depression that mirrors the “Great One” of the 1930s.
Articles in mainstream publications, including the Washington Times and others, highlight the impact that the recession has had on...
•Brothers From the Hood Strive as Classical Pianists
Who ever heard of proactive sibling rivalry? Well, until you have spoken to or heard classical pianists Nerva and Robenson Altino you would not believe it existed.
Lacking all the negatives in the phrase, these two classical pianists are brothers, born in the independent nation of Haiti, but raised in South Jamaica, New York, who enjoy and complement each others performance style.
“Our late mother always told us that we only had each other and to be sure to look after and support one another...
•What Should be Done About Lack of Fathers' Child Custody Rights?
Wouldn’t it be nice if President Obama spoke up for fathers’ child custody rights; those who are being beat down by the family court system instead of the minority who are deadbeats? Where is the conversation and uproar on fathers’ child custody rights for them?
Who is speaking to the massive destruction of the nuclear family and the impact on fathers who are being denied visitation and access, but charged with paying support? Many of these fathers have committed no crime other than a change...
•Black Politicians Face Pressure in New York
New York State has a historic track record with the caliber of Black politicians it has launched onto the national platform.
With congressional dynamos including the late Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Rev. Floyd H. Flake and the current Ways and Mean Chair Congressman Charles Rangel. The Empire State celebrated another milestone with the ascent of Lt. Governor David Paterson, a prominent Black politician and former New York State Senator, to the governorship of New York in the wake of a scandal...
•Gifts For Father's Day: What do Men Really Want?
Although Father’s Day continues to lag behind Mother’s Day in the spirit of giving, it is no less important as an opportunity to celebrate parenthood and the role of fathers. How the celebration has changed in terms of gifts for Father’s Day is a reflection of society’s view of fathers and the dynamics that comprise a family.
Although the structure of the American family has challenged the role of fathers and their place as the head of the household, gifts for Father’s Day continue to...