Breaking the ‘pale and male’ barrier

Former Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley has usually been the only African American, female diplomat in the room. It’s a reflection, she tells Mary C. Curtis, of how few Black women — or women in general — are senior diplomats. Abercrombie-Winstanley makes the case for diversity in national security, talks about her role in creating the organization Leadership Council for Women in National Security and why she is hopeful that change is on the horizon.

Donald Trump, Confederates and the GOP — brethren in the new Lost Cause

You can tell a lot about people by studying their priorities.

President Donald Trump is not spending too much time worrying about coronavirus surges and more than 270,000 Americans dead, as Dr. Anthony Fauci offers warnings about being vigilant while waiting for vaccine distribution. You did not hear the president express sympathy for those waiting in long lines for food over the holidays.

Instead, he has played a lot of golf and wailed on Twitter and television, refusing to accept his loss last month to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Oh, yes, and the Justice Department found time to amend protocols to allow firing squads and electrocutions as a means to execute as many federal prisoners as possible before a new administration takes over.

Trump is also forging ahead with his campaign promise to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act if changes are not made. There are several items in both House and Senate versions, including on troop movement and, most recently, liability protection for social media companies, over which legislators themselves and the president are still haggling. However, a bipartisan provision that has set Trump off for quite awhile is one that would rename bases and remove symbols from military installations that honor Confederate generals and leaders. This is despite consensus not only from both parties but also from members of the

Mary C. Curtis: Biden Moves Forward, But Does Trump?

CHARLOTTE, NC — Attorney General Bill Barr says the Justice Department has not found voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election.

It comes as battleground states such as Arizona and Wisconsin certify election victories for Joe Biden.

WCCB political contributor Mary C. Curtis has more.

You can also check out Mary’s podcast ‘Equal Time.’

POLITICAL WRAP: Will Holiday Travel Lead to More COVID Cases?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. could see “surge upon surge” of coronavirus cases in the weeks to come.

He also says the arrival of vaccines offer “a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Our political contributor Mary C. Curtis gives us her take.

Mary C. Curtis: Biden Transition Begins

CHARLOTTE, NC — The White House has given its blessing for President-Elect Joe Biden to receive the president’s daily briefing.

The decision comes a day after President Trump gave the go-ahead to begin transitioning. Meanwhile, the president is still refusing to concede.

WCCB political contributor Mary C. Curtis has more.

You can also check out Mary’s podcast ‘Equal Time.’

POLITICAL WRAP: Will People Follow CDC Thanksgiving Recommendations?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dr. Anthony Fauci is explaning why people should limit family and social gatherings this Thanksgiving. But will people ignore CDC recommendations?

Our political contributor Mary C. Curtis has more in the video above.

Actress Alicia Cole Becomes Patient Advocate After Surviving Flesh-Eating Disease, Near Fatal Infections

COVID-19 ‘s disproportionate impact on communities of color has forced the nation to confront how systemic racism has shaped both health and health care in this country.

In this four-part discussion series, host Mary C. Curtis will talk to advocates and experts about how structural and institutional racism has impacted the health care system and about what can be done to change it.

The series is brought to you by WFAE, Everyday Health, the health information giant; and ClearHealthCosts, an organization that creates transparency about medical costs.

In the second discussion Curtis talks to actress Alicia Cole who developed flesh-eating disease, sepsis and three life-threatening antibiotic-resistant infections after a minor surgery in 2006. The racial bias Cole said she encountered during her treatment prompted her to become a patient safety advocate. While still bedridden and recovering from six additional surgeries, Cole used a talk-to-type program to blog about her experience and call improvements in the health care system. She co-sponsored and lobbied successfully for passage of two California patient protection laws. Cole works with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others.

Tech Entrepreneur Netia McCray Discusses Surviving COVID-19

COVID-19 ‘s disproportionate impact on communities of color has forced the nation to confront how systemic racism has shaped both health and health care in this country.

In this four-part discussion series, host Mary C. Curtis will talk to advocates and experts about how structural and institutional racism has impacted the health care system and about what can be done to change it.

The series is brought to you by WFAE, Everyday Health, the health information giant; and ClearHealthCosts, an organization that creates transparency about medical costs.

In the first discussion Curtis and Netia McCray discuss McCray’s battle with COVID-19 and her difficulty getting a correct diagnosis and proper treatment even as she struggled to breathe and even passed out. Feeling hopeless after multiple visits to the doctor and hospital, McCray asked her partner to help put her affairs in order because she was convinced she would die.

The power of Jill Biden and the women Joe Biden trusts

When Barack Obama won the presidency, many tipped a hat to Michelle Obama, his wife and partner, including Barack Obama himself. It was true in 2008 that the candidate was a smart man, a gifted orator and an exceptional politician as he broke through to become the first Black president of the United States. But he could not have done it without Michelle Obama.

That’s my take, anyway.

Mary C. Curtis: Does Delaying Transition of Power Hurt COVID-19 Fight?

CHARLOTTE, NC — President Trump is facing pressure to allow transition talks to begin as coronavirus cases surge across the nation.

This week President-Elect Joe Biden warned that Trump’s delay in transition of power could lead to more COVID-19 deaths.

WCCB political contributor Mary C. Curtis weigh in.

You can also check out Mary’s podcast ‘Equal Time.’