Controversy over videotaping cops

Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the ...

Should Blacks endorse Whites over Blacks?

Two prominent Black Maryland officials – Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III – have endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a White, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace ...

The State of Black America: Justice for all

“I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states ... Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, ...

Creating conscious Black millionaires

Black folks have the ability to create our own conscious millionaires. We have certainly done it for others for a long time now. Conscious Black millionaires, by definition, would most assuredly use some of their money to assist the Black ...

Walking away from bad customer service

After 19 years, most of them as a satisfied customer, I am closing my personal checking account this week at Citibank. I am closing my account not because I was lured away with an incredibly attractive offer from one of ...

The State of Black America – jobs

“The hardest work in the world is being out of work.” – Whitney M. Young, National Urban League President 1961-1971

Hunger doesn’t get a summer vacation

Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends ...

‘Religious freedom’ scams are especially devious

Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots.

Franklin Graham ignores racism, oversimplifies police brutality

Easter was last Sunday, but Rev. Franklin Graham is still wiping egg off his face.

Wade, ‘First Family of the Housing Projects’

Approximately three weeks ago, I suffered a mild heart attack. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Robert T. Wade, a longtime family friend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, died at the age of 94. Against the advice of close friends and even some relatives, I ...

Young, gifted, Black and abused

In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black.

The state of Black America – Education

“What the people want is very simple: they want an America as good as its promise.” – Rep. Barbara C. Jordan

Maxine Waters works to shrink wealth gap

One of the leading freedom fighters in the United States Congress is none other than the extraordinarily dynamic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Waters does not bite her tongue. Not only has she gained the top Democratic seniority position in the ...

Free speech hypocrisy, the damage of bigotry and hatred

This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults.

Low-income children to get shafted by Congress

Congress is about to strike a deal that takes care of seniors and doctors but leaves low-income and “at-risk” children short. Congress’ annual struggle to avoid cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians will continue to give seniors the care ...