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Final political forum before Election Day

Monday night was the last night of Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forums for the upcoming election Nov. 4.

Driving while Black … poor

St. Louis County has 90 municipalities – ranging in population from 13 to nearly 52,000 – and most of them sustain themselves by targeting, fining and jailing poor Missouri residents, many of them Black, who are unable to pay traffic ...

Ferguson from a father’s point of view

I was just getting back after spending the weekend celebrating my 11th wedding anniversary, and I went on my Facebook page and saw several posts about Ferguson, Missouri, and social justice

Zimmerman killed a Black youth, got away with it

That opened the flood gates for shooting Black men. I have skin in the game, with two Black sons, seven Black grandsons and two Black great-grandsons!

The challenged challenge: 50 Cent worth of reading

“Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. hit the scene with the loud, over-zealous crooners anticipating his ascension in 1993. He was handsome, he was sharp, he had young boy’s swag. I wondered who he would become. Mayweather is now the highest ...

Nov. 4: A Day of Reckoning for a community with critical issues

Black Americans and others who want to contribute to the future progressive transformation of our nation and world have an upcoming strategic opportunity to make the critical difference.

Our right to vote, be heard

We call Freedom Summer the period from June through September 1964 when a multi-racial group of thousands of student volunteers and organizers traveled to Mississippi from across the country to assist with local voter registration in Mississippi.

Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed Black men

Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”

Access to quality education

This past week, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the present funding for our public schools is unconstitutional. We often talk about something being unconstitutional without really thinking about what the Constitution actually says. Let’s start at the beginning:

Judge Dietz’ ruling in Texas’ school finance case

If being conservative is defined as carefully monitoring and making best use of one’s resources, then I can be called a fiscal conservative

John Wiley Price, my jailbird friend

John Wiley Price has been my friend for more than 20 years.

College bound: Black Men share keys to their success

We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn’t true. But in 2011, Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though ...

The value of human life: Stop the war on young Black men

“Never did we think we would be planning a funeral, we were waiting on his first day of school. They robbed us of that.” – Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

Students caught misbehaving in the nation’s second largest school district will be sent to the principal’s office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles schools.

Symbolism without substance: Jena to Ferguson

Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, Louisiana, in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice.

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