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Candidates Count on the Power of the Black Vote This Super Tuesday

The most important election day for the 2020 Presidential race so far is here — Super Tuesday. According to Ballotpedia , Super Tuesday is “the Tuesday in a presidential election year when the largest number of states and territories hold a presidential preference primary.” Today marks itself as a big day for the Democratic primary campaign. Fourteen states will hold nominating contests to pick who they believe should run against Donald Trump — including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. The result’s from today’s election will help determine how presidential candidates will fare nationally on the road to the presidential election. Today is a significant day for Democratic candidates and voters, but more importantly Black voters. 2020 is recognized as the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the 15th Amendment, which gave Black men the right to vote. Practicing our right...

Njera Perkins

Mar 3, 2020

Michelle Obama Starts #PromChallenge to Encourage Students to Vote

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama, took to her Twitter to post a throwback photo of her prom night challenging individuals to join in on the #PromChallenge, an effort centered around encouraging others to post their prom photos and spreading the word to teachers and students to register to vote. Throwing it back to my 1982 prom night and this pink satin, polka-dotted dress. Join the #PromChallenge with @WhenWeAllVote and @MTV and tell us what your school is doing to register students to vote. You could get a free prom for your school! Learn more: — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 18, 2020 The Prom Challenge is a part of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign, a nonprofit centered around increasing voter participation and closing the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting. The former First Lady serves as co-chair alongside Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and Tracee Ellis Ross....

Devin Crudup

Feb 20, 2020

Pinterest Aims to be Proactive Against Political Misinformation on its Platform

Pinterest, known for its DIY recipes, interior decorating ideas, and fashion tips is armoring itself against political and census misinformation and the 2020 presidential election. Although not among the big four social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), Pinterest is making sure to avoid any blunders that its social media counterparts faced in the past. In 2019, Facebook came under heavy scrutiny regarding Black voter suppression tactics that flooded its platform in the midst of the 2016 presidential election. Pinterest told The Washington Post that it will take down any content that misinforms viewers about when, where, or how to vote. It will also remove any disinformation regarding the census. The Post reported: “‘This is an Internet problem,’” said Aerica Shimizu Banks, Pinterest’s lead for federal policy and social impact. The only way to address misinformation broadly, Banks adds, is for tech companies and government officials to work together.” Pinterest...

Devin Crudup

Jan 31, 2020

BET Billionaire Predicts Trump 2020 Presidency

Although the 2020 election is nearly one year away, BET founder Robert L. Johnson has already predicted the outcome. In a recent CNBC interview, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist projected President Donald Trump’s win based on the President’s strategic ability to turn the tide of news cycles and to make himself the lead story . In the past, Johnson has also touted the President’s economic success. In July, Johnson discussed the upward economic trend with CNBC, indicating record lows of black unemployment . More recently, in an interview with CNBC’s  “Squawk Box,” Johnson spoke about his ability to speak with President about various issues, aiming to give credit where credit is due, “ …when I see a president doing positive things, particularly for African Americans. ” When asked if a particular 2020 presidential candidate had clenched his vote, Johnson clarified, “ I don’t think it’s fundamentally in the best interests of African Americans to be locked up in one party. ”

Emily Adeyanju

Dec 12, 2019

The 2020 Presidential Election is Near. But Will Facebook's Policy Leave the Door Open For Suppression of the Black Vote?

Using social media as a vehicle for political advertisements and posts filled with misinformation aimed at sabotaging the Black vote was put on display with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. As the 2020 presidential election approaches, questions around the allowance of paid political ads that specifically misinform Black demographics and measures social media platform executives, like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, will take to prevent such ads are being heavily discussed. During a town hall meeting held in September, civil rights leaders met with Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, in hopes to discuss the preventive measures the social media giant would put into place to combat the racial geared voter suppression messages that ran rampant on the platform during the 2016 election. Instead, Sandberg upheld Facebook’s policy that exempts politicians from its third-party fact-checking program. This means politicians including sitting president Donald Trump — whose...

Devin Crudup

Nov 4, 2019