The National Action Network Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The National Action Network, or NAN, celebrated its 25th anniversary today. The organization, founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, opened its national convention in Midtown, bringing together veteran civil rights activists from all over the city and as far away as South Carolina and Texas. But just how relevant is quarter-century old civil rights organization in the age of Black Lives Matter and Twitter activism?

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National Action Network Questions Relevancy On 25th Anniversary


The National Action Network, or NAN, celebrated its 25th anniversary today. The organization, founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, opened its national convention in Midtown, bringing together veteran civil rights activists from all over the city and as far away as South Carolina and Texas. But just how relevant is quarter-century old civil rights organization in the age of Black Lives Matter and Twitter activism? Jaki Johnson reports

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Eric Carle Famous Children’s Author Debuts Work in High Museum of Art

Eric Carle, children’s author of over 70 books including the well known “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” was featured as an opening exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. Jaki Johnson reports that not only is he a beloved children’s author but he is also a fine arts artist whose work has landed him at the High.

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Where Is the Black Vote?

In the last Presidential election the percentage of black voters was higher than the percentage of white….by 2 percent. 66 percent to 64. Celebrities, community influencers and student groups worked to mobilize the black vote. Now…with presidential primaries in full swing again. Black Votes Matter a New York based PAC, is trying to recreate that momentum. Jaki Johnson reports.

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With Trump as Frontrunner, What’s Next for the GOP?


This has been a major week for the Republican party. Donald Trump was able to confirm his position as frontrunner in the party’s presidential primaries. At the same time, establishment Republicans have voiced their concerns about Trump’s candidacy.

I spoke with Thomas Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Sciences at Boston University. He shared his biggest takeaways from this week.

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On Jetsetting – A Commentary by Jaki Johnson


For many people, traveling may mean a vacation that takes months or even years to plan. But for Jaki Johnson, a flight attendant based in New York City, about to celebrate two years on the job travel means something altogether different: Escape and access to the cultures around the world, often at just a moment’s notice. She can see the other side of the world in a matter of hours or even minutes.

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Chelsea Art Exhibit Explores Trans Feminism

Feminism over the years has covered issues and injustices of women. However, in recent years, trans women have become more and more visible in society. With that rise, comes the same dynamic and issues that women face which are equality, respect and justice. Trans liberation is a new movement taking form even in artistic ways. Jaki Johnson reports.

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