My Son’s Keeper

I must admit, being a single father of two Black boys isn't easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights, to discussing college and career choices, I've learned...

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...

LOOKING BOTH WAYS

TriceEdney — I've always been intrigued with the symbolism used to depict change from one year to another.  It's interesting to see my 365 days through a year represented by a decrepit old man...

Give Us the Ballot: 2016

Understandably, both the press and the American public have focused our attention as voters this year on the campaigns to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States.  Yet, the outcome of the...

Market for Disrespect

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has one hell of a nerve. In an image that has gone viral, she put her finger in President Obama’s face, apparently lecturing him about something or other, making her...

New Medicaid Policy Shift Misguided and Unnecessary

Unable to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in 2017, the Trump administration has embarked on a piecemeal approach to what appears to be an ongoing push to accomplish this goal. The latest attempt involves...

The 47th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Saturday will mark the 47th anniversary of the historic March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King’s message of equality, unity, democracy and...

The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector: the American Federation of Government Employees. But I am not writing on their behalf or because I...

Warren Shadd Makes Beautiful Music

Warren Shadd is making history while making beautiful music. He's a third generation musician; a second-generation piano technician; and now the first African American piano manufacturer.  The "Shadd Pianos" are not only being played...

Republicans’ Convenient Memory Loss on Trump’s Racist Language

“I’ve got a president of the United States whose office I respect, who talks about the country’s origins of my fellow citizens in the most despicable manner. You don’t remember? You can’t remember the...

Selma’s Lesson: The Struggle Continues

President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of Selma by celebrating the ordinary heroes who sacrificed so much to make America better. Noting that nearly 100 members of Congress were in the audience, he urged them...

THEY DON’T JUST DISAPPEAR

TriceEdney—If I had to speculate about a common thread that weaves its way through the lives of most of my friends and acquaintances, I’d have to say that filtering through the blizzard of information...

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