Commentary

  • AND THE FIRST SHALL BE LAST

    TriceEdneyWireService.com – So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. (Matthew 20:16 – KJV) As a student of The Bible, I’ve engaged in and observed numerous discussions related to the meaning of this biblical passage.  As with most things ...

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  • The Power of the Truth

    As a practicing attorney for two decades, I learned that clear factual evidence was my most powerful ally in achieving justice. It does not surprise me, therefore, that greater access to the facts in the death of Staten Island’s Eric Garner led towider public disagreement with the grand jury’s ...

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  • Facing America’s Lynching Frenzy

    We live in a era when humankind seems awash in war-driven atrocities. Men, and in some instances, boys – for this is, overwhelmingly, a matter of the sins of males – who once lived within the boundaries of decency have dedicated themselves to committing crimes of shocking depravity. Whether ...

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  • Selma Marches On

    Selma. For those of a certain age, the word Selma is evocative of a time when people stood against insurmountable odds. It is an ever-lasting illustration of why the right to vote must never be taken for granted. People of all colors bled and died so that we might exercise that quintessential ...

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  • More Evidence of Obama’s Hostility Toward HBCUs

    As if we needed any more evidence, President Obama’s recent meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus revealed a deep-seated hostility toward the plight of struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). According to Lauren Victoria Burke’s Black Caucus blog, ...

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  • Airing Republicans’ ‘Dirty Laundry’

    Blacks in America tend to reject Republicans; now Blacks in that party are rebuffing each other. Raynard Jackson recently publicly aired grievances with the Republican National Committee (RNC), its outreach staff and their methods and practices.  A Black Republican, Jackson has “had it” with ...

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  • A Different Standard for Black Girls

    Nearly 40 years ago, a metaphor or fable, if you will, about “upstream-downstream” was created by healthcare practitioners to better explain and argue for the value of preventative health care measures. The fable describes a group of community members standing near a river who witness someone ...

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  • From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

    “You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm ...

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  • Move Over SNL, BIG Turns 40, Too!

    Everybody loves a birthday or anniversary celebration, right?  So, guess who is turning 40 years old in 2015? Blacks In Government (BIG) is! Yes, BIG was established in 1975 (incorporated in 1976) by a small group of Black federal employees at the Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) Department ...

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  • Black History Is All Around Us

    As president of a regional affiliate of the National Urban League, I sometimes have to step back from daily business to reflect on the legacy of the organization and the courage, intelligence and creativity that lay the foundation that my staff and I stand upon. Black History Month is the ...

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  • A Political Look at Texas Black History

    Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Harvard trained historian who brilliantly birthed the idea that led to the celebration of Black History month, believed that all people regardless of their race, color or national origin should study and embrace the history of Black people in the United States. His ...

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  • A Lesson from Black History

    For most American families, it is extremely difficult to both earn a living and successfully raise our children. This reality is certainly the truth for families who are poor, of whom minorities constitute a disproportionate share.  Yet, it also is true for any of us who consider ourselves to ...

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