Occupy the HoodCalls Youth of African Descent to Improve Their World

The Occupy Wall Street movement has captured the imagination of the world. We now have Occupy Tokyo, Occupy Berlin, Occupy Mexico, Occupy Australia, Occupy Brazil, Occupy Denmark, Occupy Asia and even Occupy Antarctica. But where are the young people...

Cain Isn’t Able … to Keep His Lies Straight

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. – Genesis 4:8 In Biblical times,...

Assault on Democracy

We are witnessing the greatest assault on democracy in over a century. Millions of Black Americans will head to the polls one year from now and realize their right to vote is under siege. On...

The Legacy Within the Legacy

Movies can be great teachers. Particular phrases or scenes often stay with us long after hearing or seeing them, providing meaning or application beyond what was intended. An early scene in the light hearted...

Black America is Imploding

It is quite evident that Black folks in the U.S. are at the bottom of every good category and at the top of every bad one. You know the stats; they are released every...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Stupid

“The Economy Stupid” were the words on the now famous sign in successful presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s 1992 war room. Today that sign should be in the war rooms of all candidates — from...

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,...

Herman Cain: Serious About 9-9-9 Plan

Herman Cain, the former Godfather executive, is not laughing. He’s dead serious when talks about his now patented ‘9-9-9’ plan and that the ‘Black Walnut’ is not the political flavor of the week. In fact,...

To the Occupy Movement: What Do You Want?

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now one month old. The protests have spilled over from their initial Wall Street site to Washington, D.C., Miami, and, according to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) website,...

Getting At the Root of Racism, May Unlock Jobs Discussion

Democrats and Republicans chant in unison “jobs, jobs, jobs.” President Obama offers an American Jobs plan, but Republicans use the filibuster in the Senate to kill it and a Republican majority will not consider...

The Plot to Dilute the Black Vote

After decades of trying to ease voting restrictions that suppress voter turnout in the U.S., already among the lowest among industrialized nations, Republican-led state legislators and GOP governors have quickly implemented or proposed a...

Paying for College

During my more than six decades of life, I have witnessed the struggle to afford a college education from every vantage point. The core lesson of that experience is clear. When we educate our...

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