Study of Minimum Wage Shows Mixed Results

By Free Radical

A recent study by Washington University scholars shows that raising the minimum wage has had both positive and negative ramifications for local economies. These issues are of importance for cities such as St. Louis that are in the middle of contentious debates over raising worker pay.

In a working paper, the scholars looked at six states that raised their minimum wages between 2010 and 2015. They found that workers who received a wage increase were no more likely to be fired than workers who did not receive one. This is key as opponents often argue that raising a minimum wage will lead to workers losing their jobs. This position has been derided as paternalistic because most workers who make a minimum wage desire a higher pay. With the study, this excuse for not raising the minimum wage is seen not only as paternalistic, but also inaccurate.

The study, however, also found that businesses hired fewer workers a year after their respective states raised their minimum wage rates.

The research was conducted by Washington University business professors Radhakrishnan Gopalan and Barton Hamilton and graduate students Ankit Kalda and David Sovic.

St. Louis and Missouri is currently embroiled in a fight to secure its recent minimum wage hike. In 2015, St. Louis passed an ordinance to raise its pay floor to $11 an hour by 2018. Though the law was challenged by business groups, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld it earlier this year.

However, last month Missouri legislators voted to prevent local municipalities from raising their minimum wage. The measure is currently awaiting Governor Greitens’s signature or veto.

Michael Middelton Takes the Helm at Lincoln University

By Free Radical

Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton, former interim president of the University of Missouri system, will have to delay his retirement plans. He was recently named interim president of Lincoln University.

The vacancy became available after former Lincoln President, Kevin Rome, was hired to lead Fisk University.

Middleton, who had recently retired as MU’s deputy chancellor in 2015, was appointed to the MU presidency when racial tensions resulted in the ouster of Tim Wolfe. In March 2017, the UM System selected Mun Choi to serve as the university system’s president.

Middleton will have to rescue Lincoln from another form of unrest, though still tied to racism. The Republican dominated Missouri state government has shredded the higher education budget. While larger predominantly White schools have struggled to navigate these cuts, they are near to crippling Black schools such

Conscious Traveler’s Guide- Part 2

By S. Christopher Emerson

And of course, my most recent trip to Jamaica, which was INCREDIBLE, by the way would inspire a bit more conscious advice… No need in squandering the experience just on myself.

In travelling with others, and in the midst of resort guests, you can get lots of material (that I’ll send out over several installments).

But it always troubles me to travel to other places, particularly outside of the US, and see Black folks mistreating local Black and Brown folks, or rather, assuming the “Ugly American” stereotype. You know… arrogant, loud, eternally dissatisfied, and operating with the unrealistic expectation that America will be waiting on them hand and foot on their vacation.

So I’ve compiled just a few bullet points to help Black folks get the most out of their overseas experience.

  1. Keep in mind that WHEREVER you are, some White colonizers PROBABLY got there before you and commodified the land’s natural resources and turned people’s homes into a tourist attraction.
  2. To answer your question: Yes, the local people are talking about you in their language assuming that you can’t understand them, especially if they’re working and you’re on some arrogant, touristy BS. You do the same thing when you’re at home and you see somebody who ain’t from around there.
  3. It’s a different country, yo. It’s not gonna be like Memphis in May. People do things differently in different places. That’s what makes travelling so awesome; you get to experience different cultures. Soak it in and enjoy it; it ain’t gonna kill you. But be careful with your foods. Lol.
  4. Remember, the people working to make your stay great are probably disenfranchised more than you. So be kind.

Study Reveals That Omega-3s Protect Against Alzheimer’s

By MCNS Staff

Foods like salmon, nuts, avocados,

Foods like salmon, walnuts, avocados, and oils from certain fishes can help protect against Alzheimer’s. 

A study reveals that Omega-3 fatty acids prevent Alzheimer’s disease by boosting blood flow.

Researchers found that Omega-3s, found in chia seeds, flax seeds, linseed, hemp seeds, walnuts and certain fish oils, increase blood in brain regions that control memory and learning. People who eat a diet that is high in omega-3s are also better at acquiring and understanding new information, the study adds.

Lead study author Professor Daniel Amen, of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa, California, said: ‘This is very important research because it shows a correlation between lower omega-3 fatty acid levels and reduced brain blood flow to regions important for learning, memory, depression and dementia.’

Scientists obtained brain scans from