It was late October 2017 and a packed house of VIPs had gathered at Washington’s Kennedy Center to watch David Letterman receive the Mark Twain award for a career in comedy. A stream of comedians took the stage to sing Letterman’s praises, and several couldn’t resist taking good-natured shots at the crowd.
With an offer to visit the White House as NBA champions rejected and rescinded, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instead spent their day off in the nation’s capital touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local students.
“In 1968, the Kerner Commission concluded that America was heading toward ‘two societies, one Black, one White – separate and unequal.’ Today, America’s communities are experiencing increasing racial tensions and inequality, working-class resentment over the unfulfilled American Dream, white supremacy violence, toxic inaction in Washington, and the decline of the nation’s example around the world.”
“As we move forward in dialogue and action, as we question the legitimacy of documents, policies, and practices that render some bodies legal and others ‘alien.’ We must also push ourselves to acknowledge and address the intersections of immigrant identities. Over the past decade, as the immigrant rights movement in our country has expanded, our understanding of immigration has narrowed to the non-Black, Latino experience.”
The late Rev. Billy Graham was beloved by many, for too many, he reneged on the opportunity to be the voice of biblical Christianity, the Christianity that appeals to the marginalized of this society and this world.
This past weekend, we once again gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the March 7, 1965, march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was savagely put down by police.
The recent shooting at a Florida high school has opened the conversation and has many of us struggling with what needs to happen to prevent another tragedy like this from happening again.
Have you ever seen a ripple in the tide? The water, seemingly calm, is greeted by some odd disturbance, causing it to shift and move. The waves always move outward from the original disturbance and into the environment, affecting everything around it.
“We see things that adults sometimes can’t see.”– Child participant, United Nations Study on Violence against Children
Nothing stands in the way of gun reform but lack of courage and political will – the teens of parkland have both
This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? – President Barack Obama, prayer vigil for victims of Newtown shooting, 2012.
We have come a long way toward building Black homeownership since the Fair Housing Act was signed into federal law 50 years ago. In commemorating that milestone, we recognize and emphasize that, with fewer than half of Black Americans owning their homes, we still have a long way to go to reach economic parity through Black homeownership.
It’s the type of thing that occasionally makes Twitter lose its virtual mind, and maybe in a good way. Frederick Joseph, a 29-year-old Harlem based activist, took it upon himself to start a GoFundMe campaign to buy advance complimentary tickets for at-risk Black youth to see eagerly anticipated hit Marvel Comics’ movie Black Panther. Millions of social media handles in the Black Twitterverse were ecstatic, applauding Joseph for the move.
The U.S. House of Representatives broke the hearts of a broad and diverse coalition of advocates after Members of Congress passed predatory lending legislation on Feb. 14.
Every time there is a mass shooting, the arguments about the Second Amendment come roiling back into the American conversation, revealing a deep immaturity and a petulance among Second Amendment supporters that is hard to understand.
Screening of the documentary Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten, produced by writer-producer Cash Michaels, was held at the African American Museum in celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 3.
Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates features candidates running for Criminal Court, Court of Appeals, Sheriff and Constable
Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, returned Feb. 19 to the African American Museum with candidates running for Criminal Court, Court of Appeals, Sheriff and Constable positions.
When the Texas Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts decried its members for attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts.
Democrats are alleging new attempts at voter suppression in Texas, where the GOP-controlled Legislature’s electoral maps and a strict voter ID law already have been previously struck down in federal court and the nation’s first primary of the year is less than two weeks away.
The vibrant African fashion of Black Panther was on display at multiplexes around the country Feb. 15 as moviegoers flocked to the first showings of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster. There were attendees in all-black or black formal attire, but what stood out most were those in traditional African shirts, suites, dresses, head wraps and more.
Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates features candidates for County Court at Law, Judge Criminal Court, Texas State Board of Education, Democratic Party Chair and U.S. Congress
Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, featured Democratic candidates for County Court at Law No. 4, Judge Criminal Court No. 33, Texas State Board of Education District 12, Democratic Party Chair and U.S. Congress District 30, Feb. 12 at the African American Museum.