Libraries provide community outreach

When Andrew Carnegie was a 17-year-old immigrant “working boy” in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (now Pittsburgh’s North Side) in 1853, he wanted to be able to borrow books to improve himself – but in the era of predominantly private libraries he ...

Lyin’ Donald Trump is the biggest liar

When Sen. Ted Cruz was running for president, Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee, enjoyed referring to him as “lyin’ Ted Cruz.” At one rally, he said, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz – L-y-i-n-dash.” Actually, he should have said “apostrophe” instead ...

Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

During his march to the Republican Party nomination, Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that for the time being all Muslims should be barred from entering the U.S., making it a cornerstone of his campaign.

West Point was correct not to punish fist-raisers

I remember the first time I saw a Black raised fist. I was watching the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and two Black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their black-gloved fists and bowed their heads on the ...

Let’s stop the bleeding, create a healthy community

There is a crisis of monumental proportion in our so-called “Black communities,” a crisis that if not checked will prove to be our demise. We are bleeding so badly that we are in a comatose state and on life support ...

Stories of mother love

Stories of mother love: “They didn’t want me to have Walter because of my age.

Pat Buchanan explains White fears over diversity

Leave it to Pat Buchanan, a former Richard Nixon speechwriter, to summarize why Whites fear an increasingly diverse United States.

Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Ted Cruz is gone – and good riddance.

Don’t send Flint residents down the drain

The Flint water crisis is now two years old – and the water still isn’t safe to drink.

Locked Out: Education, jobs and justice in America

“Eschewing political banalities, sloganeering and appeals to fears and suspicions, the candidates should seize the opportunity to challenge the nation to regain her sense of purpose by facing her imperfections, not apologetically, but with the firm resolve that this nation ...

Power Talk III: Leveraging our dollars, votes and voices as ‘Power Doers’

Veteran radio talk show host Carl Nelson will present his third Power Talk event June 17-19 at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

ABCs of injustice: Different rules for Black and White students

A representative from the office of Florida State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Angela Corey spoke to a group of African American clergy from around the country this week, attempting to explain how that office works.

Led by fear, MSNBC is disrespectful to Melissa Harris-Perry

Many of Melissa Harris-Perry’s fans are puzzled by MSNBC’s bizarre move to quiet a voice so compelling that it raises large numbers of viewers from their beds on weekend mornings. But it did not take long to realize what is ...

Donald Trump’s American, world history review

Isn’t it time to acknowledge the contribution Donald Trump has made to American, and indeed, world history?

D.C.'s version of Saturday Night Live

Last Saturday, President Obama attended his eighth and final White House Correspondents Dinner as president. Below are my favorite Obama zingers from the night: