Mayors often have a lot of work to do, but if they don’t know something, it might be because it hasn’t been brought to their attention. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Philadephia Mayor Michael Nutter visited “NewsOne Now” to discuss why it’s important to address city issues, such as how to fix roads and buildings to improve schools, in forums.
“We have to get things done,” said Blake. “We can’t put it off and they’ve seen that happen. They’re coming to us. We’ve had very productive meetings, talking about the need for more infrastructure, talking about the need to continue to be able to use the tools that we have with bond financing and CDBG funds. We make things happen on the ground. They know if [you want to] see progress, they have to come to where progress is being made and that is with mayors.”
“How do we fix our roads and our bridges? How do we put our people to work?” asked Nutter. “You look at education, Race to the Top — 46 stats across the United States of America change their educational standards as a result of…the education that we’re talking about. We fought the fight in many, many occasions to keep in place community block run program. What is that all about? That’s about affordable housing. That’s about senior citizens. That’s about investments right in the neighborhood and where people work and you can leverage those dollars through private sectors.”
From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.