The VOX Blog

With teens on the move, Atlanta's Hunger Walk turns 30

Posted By: Naya James · 3/19/2014 3:00:00 PM

The sunny weather was perfect on Sunday, March 8 for the celebration of the 30th annual Hunger Walk/Run Atlanta. Since the 1980s, the Atlanta Food Bank, in cooperation with many local and national sponsors, including Arby’s, Wal-Mart, The Coca-Cola Company, and Auto, has been raising money at this event for the hungry and poverty-stricken in Georgia. According to Feeding America’s 2013 Map the Meal Gap Study, 28.8 percent of Georgia children live in food insecure households, meaning that there is a lack of available, safe foods at home. They are uncertain of where their next meal will come from. These are not the kinds of conditions we want our children to grow up with, so every year thousands of supporters gather at Turner Field downtown to fight food shortage in Georgia homes.

It’s a 5k run, but most people choose to walk instead. Being on your feet that ...

The Real Reason Why Arizona Senate Bill 1062 Was Vetoed

Posted By: Vanessa Alva · 3/7/2014 2:10:00 PM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last week vetoed a bill that proposed religious freedom to some, while it discriminated against others.  Senate Bill 1062 allowed business owners to deny services to the LGBT community, based on the business owner's religious beliefs.

When the bill passed Arizona Legislature on Feb. 20, it automatically stirred up controversy among different groups. While supporters claimed it protected business owners from being potentially sued for denying service based on their religion, others felt it was a bill that basically gave an OK to discrimination. Apple, Marriott hotels, and Delta Airlines were among the big corporations that warned Brewer of possible economic consequences the bill might cause if she allowed it to become law. It would give Arizona a reputation of being an unwelcoming state, causing tourists not to visit, ultimately causing the state to lose money.

 Arizona, which will be the host of next year's Super ...

NBA trade deadline ends with Pacers-76ers drama

Posted By: Vaughn Cyrus · 2/21/2014 3:34:00 PM
The NBA trading deadline has finally ended and I can honestly say this may have been one of the most laidback trade deadlines in recent history. Waking up Thursday morning, I was praying that the New York Knicks would trade their all-star forward Carmelo Anthony but I was saddened to learn that he did not leave. Among the many big names being floating to be traded included Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers and Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics. 
Throughout the day,  there were multiple other trades such as the Houston Rockets trading their second string point guard Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets for forward Jordan Hamilton. Also, veteran Andre Miller player was sent to the Washington Wizards.
But the big news of this trade deadline is the trade between the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers. Danny Granger, former star small forward of the ...

Snowpocalypse 2.0: Lessons learned helped keep teens safe this week

Posted By: Christian Stallworth · 2/13/2014 6:18:00 PM

This week’s weather served as a reminder about the lessons learned from last month’s snowstorm on January 29, a day that changed the way we approach cold weather all together. The big difference this week: if you took a panoramic view of the highways and roads, you would see that this time, there was no one driving. This is the second time in a month when Georgia was under a weather-related state of emergency.

 Imagine your whole body shivering franticly because you are frightened, worried, and surrounded by cars, while stuck on a long, seemingly endless highway. You realize that you are being controlled by snow and ice. You do not know when you are going to arrive home or how you will survive a two- hour walk to your house in the cold. Your car hydroplanes, spins out of control, and you quickly try to grab hold of the ...

The legacy of Nelson Mandela

Posted By: Mahmood Thompson · 12/17/2013 3:57:00 PM

I woke up on December 5 to hear the news of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95. His story and essence are truly inspirational. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), lead an anti-apartheid struggle against Colonial South Africa. The situation was similar to Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just in another land. His followers and leadership withstood everything, from machine gun killings to brutal attacks at sit ins.

 He was imprisoned in January 5, 1962 simply because he was leading a revolution for his people. He would go on to serve a 27-year jail sentence before being freed. He would leave the prison and eventually become his country’s president, where he hired some of his former jailers to join his government, without a sign of hatred or commanding his army, to attempt revenge attacks against the white minority Afrikaners.  He never gave up, inspiring fellow ...