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YOUR VOICE: What are your thoughts and/or feelings regarding civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson comments on Pres. Obama having “failed” black people when it comes to economic empowerment?

Tracy Sellers, Red Oak “I just think, regardless if you white or black, if what has taken place is to help the black people, if a law is passed, white people are going to gain from that. It’s not, specifically ...

YOUR VOICE: Pittsburg Steelers linebacker James Harrison sent the “participation trophies” his two sons received back, stating no one in his home gets a trophy for just showing up.

Larisa Cockham, Fayetteville “I feel like it’s a good confidence builder. And I feel, if you explain to them that this is a trophy just for participation and nothing more that that and that they need to strive to do ...

YOUR VOICE: As a new school year starts in the wake of pass accreditation controversies and testing scandals, are we doing enough to prepare our kids for secondary education?

Nicole Butler, Stone Mountain “I definitely think we are. My daughter attends school in DeKalb County and DeKalb has a new superintendent, Dr. Green, who has come in recently and he is going to move things in the right direction.”

YOUR VOICE: What do you think the investigation into the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown will reveal… murder, accident or suicide?

Kwes Zachary, Atlanta “I think it’s going reveal murder. I think all of the signs are pointing to foul play. It just seems a bit too coincidental for anything else in my opinion.”

NEWS BRIEFS: Residents say sweltering heat persists at Atlanta apartments

Residents of an Atlanta apartment building say the sweltering heat inside is continuing, despite assurances from the building’s managers that the air conditioning has been fixed.

YOUR VOICE: What was your gut reaction to the Sandra Bland incident, the black woman in Texas who was found dead in her jail cell after being arrested for reasons related to a minor traffic violation?

Cody Perryman, Atlanta “Initially after hearing the report and hearing what happened I knew there was a cover-up going on. I would say I felt rage because now it’s continuous and now it’s going from them targeting black men to ...

YOUR VOICE: Former Mayor Andrew Young says the problems we face don’t have anything to do with the Confederate flag. Do you think we should be worried about the flag or is it a waste of time?

Charity Hamidulah, Atlanta “I sort of agree with his opinion. For instance, on my way to my soccer game, I saw some man carrying a Confederate flag, right down Boulevard. It was a shock to see at first, but then ...

YOUR VOICE: In light of the incident in Charleston SC, do you think churches should have armed security?

Micheal Reaver, John’s Creek “I think arming security is a secondary issue. I think it’s trying to attack a symptom rather than the cause of the illness, which in this case, is racism, flat out.

YOUR VOICE: At 72 percent, Georgia’s high school graduation rate is 9 points lower than the national average. Why do you think that is?

“Personally, to a certain extent, I believe it’s the teachers. All they see is a check, well, most of them. The students, they can, sort of feel that they are not really there for them.

YOUR VOICE: Did Georgia do the right thing when it joined 24 other states that are suing the Obama Administration over amnesty for young illegal aliens?

Shaniya Colonel, Riverdale “I don’t think it’s fair they are blaming the kids for their parents’ actions… There is so much opportunity here for work and colleges and I guess, by sending them back, you are limiting their opportunities in ...

YOUR VOICE: What’s one thing you think the police need to do to earn the public trust?

Shelby Johnson, Atlanta “Demilitarize immediately. I don’t know why every cop on the street has enough riot gear to to take on a militia. I think that’s not cool.

YOUR VOICE: What’s one piece of advice you would give to the college graduates of 2015 as they enter the marketplace?

Robert Harold, Atlanta “I would advise them to find somebody ecstatic about what they do and apprentice under them, even if they have to work for free so that they would get some experience. Apprentice, apprentice, apprentice.”

YOUR VOICE: A printer in Suwanee refused to print the wedding invitations of a lesbian couple because of the owner’s religion and the Supreme Court could change that. How do you feel about the Court b

Milayo Robinson, Atlanta “My first feeling is pretty neutral because I feel everyone has free will and every person, undeniably, should be able to express that as long as it does not harm themselves or others…

YOUR VOICE: What do you think people should take from the controversy, conflict and violence of the events following the suspicious death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore?

Arianna Lima, Atlanta “I believe, absolutely, that it is a 100% valid response to the police brutality that has been happening across the nation. We have lost more black youth to the police violence than we have number of days ...

YOUR VOICE: Now that the APS trials have concluded, what should we do for the students who were the victims of the scandal?

M. A. Davidson, Jonesboro “I think they should all have college paid for across the board. I think they there should be remediation for the children and I think they should be able to attend in Georgia college and that ...

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