COMMENTARY: The Freddie Gray Funeral

Just hours before Baltimore went upside down, the Rev. Lisa Weah prayed at Freddie Gray’s funeral “that Baltimore will be a model of how to move forward and to be better than what we’ve...

An Historic Opportunity to Denounce International Racism

An Open Letter to President Obama: There are high expectations, both in continental Africa and the African Diaspora, that your visits in Kenya and Ethiopia will be historic and transformative. I write on behalf of...

How to Start a Successful Business as an Ex-Offender

You’re excited, you’ve done your time and are trying to get your life on track by applying for a life changing job. You checked the mailbox and received a letter from an employer stating,...

A Prayer for Mandela and South Africa’s Future

Over the past couple of weeks, I have found myself tuning into the evening news with a wariness that I haven’t experienced in a long time. My usual jadedness – my numb acceptance of...

Black Quarterbacks are Still Held to a Different Standard

Despite Cam Newton leading the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 record during the regular reason and two playoff victories en route to his being selected the NFL's Most Valuable Player and six Black QBs...

A Legacy of Civil Rights is at Risk

As we approach the 2012 election, the fear that many Americans will be denied their right to vote is increasingly becoming a reality. A growing number of states have enacted voter suppression laws requiring identification...

To be Hated for Telling the Truth

In American society, we claim to support freedom of speech as a cornerstone of our democracy. Yet, when it comes to certain kinds of information, the freedom celebrated by many first amendment absolutists mysteriously...

The MTA’s Transformative Transit Plan for Baltimore

In July, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn announced the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) received the green light to advance the $27 million North Avenue Rising project to revitalize a five-mile stretch of North...

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr…2012 Hip-Hop Vote: Determining the Future of America

(NNPA) — In less than 10 months from now the final countdown to the next national elections in the United States will be begin. The future of America and to a large extent the future...

‘Problematic’ Police Strategies

It’s been two months since Daniel Pantaleo strangled Eric Garner, 48, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island, N.Y. Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on August 9. Since then, there...

The Coalition Speaks

Advocacy comes in many forms and the large group of women present at the confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, was a true demonstration of advocacy in action. At the Senate Judiciary hearing...

Is Growth Without Full Employment Real Progress?

It is time for the Congress to take action that addresses the linkage between unacceptable levels of unemployment and our federal budgetary policy. As I had hoped, my 16th Annual Job Fair last month was...

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