OPINION

  • HOME-GROWN TERRORISM

    For the purpose of clarity, I sometimes begin a discussion with a definition because some will instinctively revise a definition based upon their personal opinion or a specific context.  The word for this discussion is: TERRORISM!  I chose this word because I’d rather analyze the epidemic of ...

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  • Blackonomics – Praying and Fasting

    Remember the Jena Six?  Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, La., in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice.  After all the speeches, threats, marches and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really changed.  The prosecutors did their thing and the system rolled right over ...

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  • A Young Sister ‘Hashtagged’ Me Out of My Silo

    When a colleague dropped the line, “You can’t hashtag your way to freedom,” I loved it! I laughed out loud, and promised that I’d not borrow the line, but steal it because I was so enamored of it. I’ve used it quite a few times since then, and gotten my share of grins and guffaws. […]

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  • Proof that the Supreme Court Got it Wrong in Shelby

    When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting violations in jurisdictions covered by the act. As a popular ...

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  • Transforming Our Wish For Healing Into Action

    April is National Minority Health Month, a time each year when Americans of Color are encouraged to give special consideration to preserving our families’ health — and the health of our nation. As a call to action, we are reminded of former Surgeon General David Satcher’s finding that more than ...

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  • We Can’t Afford to Wait

    In the critically acclaimed book, Why We Can’t Wait, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.” In the awe-inspiring treatise, ranked #78 on Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction works, Dr. ...

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  • Feel. Talk. Act

    There’s no need to rehearse here the facts of what happened in North Charleston, S. C. on April 4, the latest fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by a White police officer.  Not to mention another fatal shooting just a few days earlier in Tulsa County, Okla. According to authorities, a White ...

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  • What Good are Democrats?

    It is time that we dispel the mythology around Maryland being a political progressive state. Being a Democrat in Maryland is pretty meaningless as an indicator of your political ideology or values. We live in a state in which a 3rd of the population is made up of Black people, yet the Maryland ...

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  • Hunger Doesn’t Get a Summer Vacation

    Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children, ...

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  • Full Employment for Everyone

    Nationally, we now have witnessed more than five years of significant job creation. Unemployment, which reached 10 percent during the depths of the Bush Recession, has been cut nearly in half. Yet, for far too many of our nation’s working families, the positive economic statistics heralding a ...

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  • WE HAVE WAITED AND WAITED; IT’S TIME TO VOTE!

    The debate on Loretta Lynch continues beyond human understanding.  A simple review of politics in Washington since President Barack Obama has been President defies imagination. Cases in point are the 2014 nominations of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General and Ashton Carter for Secretary of ...

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  • The State of Black America – Part 1, Education

    “What the people want is very simple: they want an America as good as its promise.” - Texas Congresswoman Barbara C. Jordan There’s no other way to say it.  Black America is in crisis. Over the past year, we have been bombarded with headlines that continue to drive home the longstanding ...

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