Commentary

  • Rights Restoration and the Black Vote

    The suspension, or permanent revocation, of the right to vote is an often overlooked barrier to reentry for formerly incarcerated people. As our nation comes to grips with its mass incarceration epidemic we are reaching a consensus that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of ...

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  • HAIR

    TriceEdney – My life in California was punctuated by some of the best vocalizations ever recorded.  Among these were the songs recorded by the awesome group, “The Fifth Dimension.”  Although it was not their sole source, many of their more popular songs came from the musical, ...

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  • Applying the Lessons of Baltimore’s Teachable Moment

    In my congressional work for the people of our region, I often must respond to challenges about Baltimore from some of my Republican colleagues. “You Black Democrats have been in control of Baltimore City for all of these years,” they observe.  “How did you let it get so bad?  It is your ...

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  • How to Get an Expungement in Maryland

    You have a few criminal charges on your record that are causing havoc on your life. The charges are keeping you from getting a job, gaining credit or being admitted to college. If this sounds like your situation then you may benefit from the changes to Maryland’s expungement laws, which ...

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  • A Time to Appreciate Those Who Died Serving Their Country

    As we prepare to begin the summer season in earnest, just what is this holiday called Memorial day?  Who started it and why? Moreover, what might we consider deciding to do for ourselves in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice – dying in service to our nation? We all know that ...

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  • KEEPING FAITH WITH OUR SISTERS

    TriceEdney – I’m blessed to have the opportunity to lead a major national women’s group, the National Congress of Black Women (NCBW).  My personal desire has always been to facilitate the enhancement of the lives and opportunities for African-American women, women of color, and ...

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  • Has the U.S. Given up on School Desegregation?

    May 17th marked the 62nd anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing so-called separate but equal public schools. As usual, the annual anniversary of the Supreme Court decision prompts reflection and an examination of the status of school desegregation in the ...

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  • Trump’s List

    On Tuesday, Donald Trump released a list of 11 “potential Supreme Court justices” he might nominate should he become president.  All those listed are current judges; all are relatively young; all have solid conservative pedigrees.  A few are counterintuitive choices, like the Texas Supreme ...

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  • Why I Still Believe in Bernie: A Father’s Unshaken Hope

    Recently, I voted for Bernie Sanders as our next President. Why?  Well, I’m not a millennial.  I’m 40ish, a business law professor and CEO of a STEM nonprofit.  Yet, I support Bernie because he’s an underdog just like me. And how did I earn my underdog label?  The hard way: through a bitter ...

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  • Baltimore Needs More Poetry and Activism

    My biggest fear used to be dying and not being remembered. When I was little, I used to think that no one would notice if I was not around for long periods of time. Recently, that fear has shifted. My biggest fear now is living and having nothing to say through my poems and short […]

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  • Feminism: The New F Word

    In 2016 there is a new F word causing controversy in schools. Students are allowed to say it, yet not many of them know exactly what it means. In some ways, this is more harmful than the original F curse word whose place it has taken. A student at a nearby all-boys school wrote a […]

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