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Republicans’ selective memory on executive orders

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, arguably the most overrated U.S. president in history, there they go again.

A family-friendly workplace is a basic need

As president, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

Black Press: The voice of Black America

Former U.S. Rep. Parren Mitchell, D-Md., once told me, “It is long overdue for Black Americans to understand the urgent and ongoing necessity to defend and to support Black-owned businesses in the United States.”

Turn it around: A challenge for the hip-hop generation

Lately, hip-hop news has been fueled with beef and rants of all kinds.

GOP’s impeachment gambit, a reaction to Black achievements

Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America – when Black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict – should pay special attention to the national political ...

Stimulating students during summer

It’s mid-July. Do you know if your children are learning? Just a month ago they were eager to leave the regimentation of the daily classroom to “enjoy the summer.”

Breaking the code of silence: transforming trauma to voice

Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. He recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools’ National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change. His first book, All Souls:

Unfinished business: 50 years after the Civil Rights Act

“The purpose of the law is simple … those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide ...

Black Press: The voice of Black America

The June unemployment rate was down to 6.1 percent. Yet, for the vast majority of more than 45 million Black Americans, the persistent unemployment rate in our communities is still way too high. It was 10.7 percent in June, down ...

Them Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown song: “Hoes ain’t loyal.” Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, “Democrats ain’t ...

Right-wing gets it wrong on Mississippi

If you ever doubted that conservatives were sore losers, the recent Senate election in Mississippi should remove all doubt.

The Black Press – The voice of Black America

Amidst last week’s annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, I was reminded repeatedly that Black Americans have had a long, storied tradition of newspaper publishing. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal in ...

They get it: Ikea and the Gap fill the wage gap

President Obama would like the national minimum wage to rise to $10.10 an hour. By executive order, he has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has threatened to sue Obama for his use ...

Cultivating the Black vote, GOP’s ‘reverse Southern Strategy’

Last week’s election results infuriated me and not for the reasons you might suspect. My anger has less to do with the outcomes of the various elections, but more to do with the means of getting to the outcome.

Blacks have not recovered from the recovery

Judging from its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the U.S. economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth and say that it will take ...

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