Bringing Broadband to Every County: Wiring Maryland for the Innovation Economy

No one should be left out or left behind in this new innovation economy. A digital divide separates those who have access to technology from those who don’t – and that’s why I’m fighting...

COMMENTARY: Is the FBI Underreporting the Surge in Hate Crimes?

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The FBI has released it’s 2017 hate crimes statistics which revealed a 17 percent increase in incidents since 2016. In 2017 there were 8,493 victims and 6,307 known...

Fighting Voter Suppression: 2012

This week, as I was preparing to speak at “One Year Out,” a kickoff rally for President Obama’s reelection campaign in Maryland, I could not help but recall my extraordinary privilege, four years ago,...

‘AFRO’ Journalists Reflect on Favorite, Most Impactful Stories of 2010

Black Farmers Receive Long-Awaited Justice By Zenitha Prince “At last,” read the title of the AFRO story on Congress’ approval of legislation that would release the funds for a settlement owed to the nation’s Black farmers....

Protecting our Progress

This year, Americans of conscience celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, after a Senate filibuster that lasted 54 days....

Why Americans Have Grown to Hate Congress

Congress has itself to blame for its low ratings among the American people. Policymaking is all about choices; it is the calculus of weighing costs and benefits and the distribution of those costs and...

African ‘Ghettos’ in Israel

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The streets of South Tel Aviv were teeming with people. We first saw a very large wedding party heading towards a park. We then saw hundreds of young...

COMMENTARY: The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25...

John H. Jackson…Big Challenges Require Big Solutions

(NNPA) - Several weeks ago the Schott Foundation released "Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education." The report revealed that the overall graduation rate (2007-2008) for...

From Charter School to College Graduate

Graduating from Columbia University, after arriving there via Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School in Northeast D.C., was the next step in my journey to my first job in New York City. One year...

Maryland Takes the Lead in Making Prescription Drugs Affordable.

Prescription drugs are too expensive and many of us who need them, can’t afford them. A new law in Maryland aims to turn the tide on rising drug prices.  On October 1st, Maryland became the...

An Orchestra of Hope for Baltimore’s Future

By Elijah Cummings, Special to the AFRO Anyone with any doubts about the value of “OrchKids,” the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s instrumental music program for inner city students, should listen to what young Asia Palmer, a...

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