A Century of Service Amid a Sea of Red

On a bright, blazing Sunday morning with the lush green hills, thatched roofs and red clay roads snaking through the Royal Ezulwini Valley of region of Swaziland like a picture perfect postcard, a delegation...

The State of Equality and Justice in America: ‘No One Can Change the Change’

The state of equality and justice in America is shameful--especially since the election of President Barack Obama. Unlike many of my friends who think America is going to hell in a hand basket, and...

Marching Orders for the Future

Now that we’ve had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Dr. Martin Luther King,...

The Black Experience Series: Mis-Education

By Joshua Turner Education is often stated to be the key to success, however, this statement lacks validity. In reality, a high quality of education is the key to success. But within the status quo,...

Hearts, Minds and Stopping the Violence

Only treating the symptoms of anything like a physical ailment provides at best, temporary relief.  The same is true with only treating the symptoms of hopelessness and despair that can result in people acting...

Money, Media, and the Culture of Corruption

Recently, The Washington Post’s Colbert King wrote the column, “Do they deserve to be on the DC Council?” I immediately took exception with this utterly ridiculous characterization, because the writer and his paper are directly...

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,...

The State of Black America – Part 1, Education

“What the people want is very simple: they want an America as good as its promise.” - Texas Congresswoman Barbara C. Jordan There’s no other way to say it.  Black America is in crisis. Over the...

COMMENTARY: ‘One Mistake Away’ From Homelessness

By Lee Eric Smith, The New Tri-State Defender, [email protected] Admit it: Sometimes you go out of your way to avoid a homeless person. So do I. I’m not proud to say it, but it’s true. If I...

26 HOURS

"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (June...

Romney Budget Cuts ‘Substantially’ Deeper than Ryan’s

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been carefully trying to put some distance between him and running mate Paul Ryan’s radical budget proposal but he has a major problem – his plan would...

Is Secretary Gates Disloyal to Obama?

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t the first political appointee to analyze the work of an administration he served, even if that administration remains in power. In 1999, while President Bill Clinton was still...

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