Honoring Dr. King through service to humanity

“If you want to be important – wonderful. If you want to be recognized – wonderful. If you want to be great – wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new ...

A million reasons to change … a movement for whosoever will

Exactly what is there in 1 million Black folks united in their will and purpose? What is in 1 million brothers and sisters who are tired of the same old rhetoric, the same old leaders and the same old ways ...

Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s Selma was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations last week, as were several “White” films and White actors and directors. I never thought that, after last year’s breakthrough for 12 Years a Slave, ...

Take a page from gay rights activists

When it comes to the issue of gay rights in America, sometimes you can see the tide of a movement change in front of you. There was a time not so long ago when gay advocates were laughed out of ...

Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges?

Few things irk me more than hearing someone say or imply that now that we have a Black president, perhaps the time has come to abolish Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I have zero tolerance for such ignorance.

Continuing a legacy

Monday was the 29th year of the Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival in Dallas. It was the first year without Bill Blair, founder of the parade and publisher of the Elite News. Daryl Blair, his ...

An opportunity to serve

After Sunday morning worship services at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, staff from the Dallas Independent School District held a training session for members interested in volunteering at Dallas ISD schools.

Is Obama trying to kill HBCUs?

Is President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president, trying to kill Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Generation now or generation next?

As we begin a new year, I would like to take a few moments to look back on how 2014 ended. We saw across the country as a series of marches, protests and rallies of people of all ages began ...

They stood together to fight for voting rights

The new highly acclaimed motion picture Selma suggests that former President Lyndon Baines Johnson was not an ardent supporter of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and that he and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a less than fragile ...

A great semester for Dallas Independent School District

The start of a new year is an excellent time to reflect on the progress that Dallas ISD has made. This school year, working together and supported by our parents and community partners, we reached a number of milestones in ...

CBC Chairman Butterfield vows to work with both parties

If you were the new chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, beginning your tenure when the first Black president of the United States was completing his last two years in office, what would your plan be?

Innocent Blacks and White cops – all lives are valuable

Rafael Ramos had been a school security guard before he joined the New York City Police Department two years ago. Ramos, 40, was married and had two children.

Reshaping the hip-hop agenda in 2015

“New York, New York, big city of dreams but everything in New York is not always what it seems, you might get fooled if you come from out of town but I am down by law and I know my ...

2014: Unfair and unbalanced media

Fox News, which mislabels itself as “fair and balanced,” was anything but in 2014, according to MediaMatters.org, the independent media watchdog group. The way that the right-wing network covered the deaths of police officers in 2014 is a case in ...