Sharing the Freedom Soapbox with D.C. Statehood

When she was a couple of months shy of 16, Lea Adams ’s father, Joel, a rare African American who carried the rank of...

Making Ends Meet on Minimum Wages

Is it any wonder that hundreds of fast food workers across the country this week are walking out and striking at their jobs demanding...

Happy Holidays from the AFRO

Avis Thomas-Lester AFRO Executive Editor  The best gift you ever received: I wanted to be a newspaper woman since I was a little girl. For Christmas...

Finally Addressing Some of the Injustices in the American Criminal Justice System

One of the big topics at the NAACP’s annual convention in Philadelphia in July was the Criminal Justice system. The field, which has been...

The Evil that is Boko Haram

There is nothing—no religion, no grievance, no way of thinking-- to justify what Boko Haram did over the weekend when they sent what appeared...

AFRO Prayers Go Out to Congressman Stokes

Congressman Louis Stokes is a political giant in Washington and across the Nation. He has made several contributions to Black causes and to the...

Entertaining — but Inaccurate– Black History Assailed

“I’m just an old historian who only wants one thing, the truth,” said preeminent African and African American historian Carroll “CR” Gibbs, “fussing” with...

O’Malley: Actions are Louder Than Words

Click here to view the AFRO 2010 Endorsements for selected Congressional, State-wide, and County races. Probably the most important race in Maryland this election is...

Washington View

“Be vigilant, for nothing one achieves lasts forever,” cautions Moroccan poet and writer Tahar Ben Jelloun. Though he didn’t say these words, this was the...

Ben Carson: Candidate-in-Waiting? Or New GOP Toy?

A major television network anoints him “The New Conservative Folk Hero.” A Wall Street Journal editorial and a T-shirt available online hail “Ben Carson for...

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave Redux

I love music and football. And in many ways my love of both comes from the same place – high school band. Years ago, when...

The Iran Deal

After more than two years of negotiations the Obama administration is on the cusp of finalizing a deal that limits Iran’s ability to produce...