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Speaking out, standing up

First lady Michelle Obama was the commencement speaker at Tuskegee University on Saturday. Tuskegee is a private historically Black university in Tuskegee, Alabama, established in 1881 by Booker T. Washington.

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

A distraction from attacks on free speech?

Many Americans are bursting with pride over the recent exhibition in Garland. The event featured a contest for drawing insulting cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, along with talks on Free Speech by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an opponent of Sharia ...

Criminalizing poverty is big business

The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri, put a much needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines can trap low-income people in a never-ending cycle ...

Baltimore rising: Women leading fight for justice

“Wherever there has been struggle, Black women have been identified with that struggle.” – Ella Baker, The Black Woman in the Civil Rights Struggle, 1969

Planning for our own success

Are we living in the last days? If so, what are we doing about it? It seems the world is coming apart at the seams. The Muslims are attacking the Christians, the Christians are attacking the Muslims; Africa is under ...

The War on Poverty

When I graduated in May 1965 from The University of Denver with a B.A. degree, I wanted to find a job, not go to graduate school. Unfortunately, there were not many jobs available for recent college graduates with majors in ...

Baltimore is not Ferguson

Baltimore is not Ferguson. That was evident by opposite official reactions to the death of an unarmed African American male killed at the hands of local police in the respective cities. At the time of Michael Brown’s death last year ...

From crack baby to A-student

The odds were stacked against Britiny Lee before she was born. Her mother was addicted to drugs, like Britiny’s grandfather and many others in their poverty-stricken Cleveland neighborhood. Britiny’s mother used drugs throughout her pregnancy and went to prison for ...

Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

“It is one measure of the depth and insidiousness of American racism that the nation ignores the rage of the rejected until it explodes ... The wonder is that here have been so few riots, that [black Americans] generally are ...

Employment nightmare in Baltimore ‘hood

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet Maybe ...

Thug’ is in the eye of the beholder, discouragement in the heart of men

A small section of Baltimore, no more than four to six blocks on the city’s west side, experienced looting and property destruction after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the young man whose spine was mysteriously crushed after being taken into ...

Support goes both ways

Why should a candidate reach out to the African American community when voting records indicate that – out of over 40,000 eligible voters in each district – District 3 has 43,608, District 4 has 44,993, District 7 has 40,529 and ...

The long life, legacy of Stanley Marcus

If he were still alive, Harold “Stanley” Marcus would have celebrated his 110th birthday on April 20. When most people think of him, they recall the many years that he served as president and chairman of the board of Neiman ...

Clamoring to enter housing’s poor door on the Upper West Side

More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the poor door at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there.

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