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David A. Love

Journalist, Writer and Commentator

Philadelphia

David A. Love

Writer for CNN Opinion, Atlanta Black Star, Al Jazeera, ecoWURD, NBC News, The Progressive. Journalism Instructor. Guest Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, SiriusXM, WURD.

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“Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love

Climate change and environmental issues are impacting the Black community in a disproportionate fashion, a reality which gave birth to the environmental justice movement. Despite the increased importance of environmental issues in Black America — with a heightened level of consciousness on climate issues and African Americans taking a central role in that movement — much of the Black media does not or won’t cover the environment.
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Mandela Day 2019: The Hard Truths About Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

July 18 is Mandela Day, which is also the birthday of Nelson Mandela, the late South African freedom fighter and political prisoner-turned-president. Mandela, who died in 2013, would have been 101 years old this year. There has been much time to reflect on the man, the movement of which he was a part, and the contributions and sacrifices he made.
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What’s Going On? Black Children Between the Ages of 5 and 11 Are Committing Suicide More Than Whites and Experts Don’t Know Why

Black children in America are having a hard time of it, as studies point to an increase in suicides. In a community where suicide is not viewed as a “Black thing,” and discussions about mental health are often viewed as taboo or not taken seriously, the statistics suggest that more must be done to stem the tide of a growing epidemic.
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African Continental Free Trade Area Will Become the World’s Largest Free Trade Zone

Africa is on the move, with the nations of that continent joining forces to form a multitrillion-dollar trading bloc — the world’s largest free trade zone — and hoping to elevate Africa’s position and bargaining power in the global economic system. With Zambia as the 22nd nation to ratify in April, the African Union met the minimum threshold for approval of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
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A Witch Hunt? Black Jewish Activist Jackie Walker Ousted from British Labour Party for Advocating for Holocaust Memorial Day to Include Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

Black politicians, academics and activists face pressure and punishment in the U.S. for their opposition to the Israeli occupation and support for Palestinian rights, including figures such as U.S. Ilhan Omar, Angela Davis and Marc Lamont Hill. Meanwhile, a Black woman political activist has faced similar retribution in Britain for her outspoken views on racism, Israel and Palestine.
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BUT WHAT DOES THE GREEN NEW DEAL MEAN FOR BLACK PEOPLE?

And, yet, there’s just a limited amount of time to act. The consensus from the United Nations and most scientists is that it will be 12 years to avert certain environmental catastrophe. We’ll need a myriad of solutions to protect against the extreme heat and drought, flooding, mass poverty and social dislocation and disruption that will ensue.
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Bill Cosby's fall ripples through the #MeToo movement

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Suspensions Don’t Work: Study Says Students Seek School Discipline To Earn Respect and Social Status

School violence and student interpersonal conflict are on the minds of the Black community, in light of the recent deaths of at least two children following fights on school grounds. Such incidents place into focus the role of school suspensions and other forms of discipline, and whether these forms of punishment actually act as an effective deterrent to fighting in an educational environment.
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What Biden Gets Wrong About the 1994 Crime Bill

With the 2020 presidential campaign underway and a crowded field of candidates, hopefuls on the Democratic side seek to distinguish themselves from the pack, while others find themselves justifying or explaining their past positions. One of those candidates is former Vice President Joe Biden, and the issue is the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that he championed as a member of the Senate, and which President Bill Clinton signed into law.
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A SMALL GERMANTOWN NON-PROFIT “TRADES FOR A DIFFERENCE”

When people see a problem in their community, how should they solve it? Should they complain and ask others for assistance? Or can they take matters into their own hands? Some will go a bold extra step. They will identify a host of related and unrelated conditions in their community and help to rebuild and support the people living in it.
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What Were Armed White Men With Rifles, Pistols and Drones Doing In Haiti?

Eight men with an arsenal of weapons and military gear, including U.S. Navy SEALs and military veterans, were arrested in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for roaming around with their guns, reportedly on a “government mission.”. Yet, seven of them, including five U.S. citizens and two Serbians who are permanent residents of the U.S., were released and allowed to return home in a plane, without charges.
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Focus on Virginia blackface scandal misses a bigger point

Love is a writer and commentator based in Philadelphia. He contributes to publications including Atlanta Black Star, ecoWURD, and Al Jazeera. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidALove. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)The blackface scandal that has ensnared three of Virginia's top officials provides an opportunity for America to address its long legacy of racism.
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About

David A. Love

David A. Love is a journalist and commentator who writes investigative stories and op-eds on a variety of issues, including politics, social justice, human rights, race, criminal justice and inequality. He is a writer for CNN, Atlanta Black Star, Al Jazeera, NBC News, ecoWURD, The Progressive and BlackCommentator.com. In addition, Love's work has appeared in The Nation, The Guardian and HuffPost, and he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic and The New Republic.

Love has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, SiriusXM, WURD, CBC News and ABC News Radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). He was a producer for Democracy Now! and a contributor to the books, States of Confinement: Policing, Detention and Prisons (2000), A Reader for College Writers, 6th Ed. (2004), At the Tea Party (2010) and Current Controversies: The Death Penalty (2015). Love is also an adjunct instructor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, where he trains students in a social justice journalism lab, and edits and publishes student work for the online publication NJ Spark.

In addition to his journalism career, Love has worked as an advocate and leader in the nonprofit sector, served as a legislative aide, and as a law clerk to two federal judges. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also completed the Joint Programme in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.