Hungry children in rich America

Sarah is 3 years old. She and her 6-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it’s time for him to visit the summer food program that provides meals at a school near his Ohio home for children who otherwise would ...

Flint, Michigan, residents mistreated because of race, class

Let’s face it: Contaminated water would not have flowed through the pipes of Flint, Michigan – certainly not for as long as it did – if the residents of the city of nearly 100,000 had been White and affluent instead ...

Black History Month is for everyone

Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. – Carter G. Woodson

Flip the switch on Flint’s man-made tragedy

“It’s all just poison now,” Annette Williams, a grandmother of three in Flint, Michigan, recently told a reporter from the British newspaper, The Guardian, while gazing at the Flint River, which she could see from her home on the city’s ...

Unlike Farrakhan, Trump can get away with murder

A friend of mine said something to me last week that has kept me thinking: “Why do you think the media lets Donald Trump say anything he wants, but has basically censored Minister Louis Farrakhan? Why do you think it’s ...

The Black vote: Political decisions vs. political choices

Picture this headline: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win respective nominations.

Seattle students learning from the past

“As we marched down the street, I felt inspired that our scholars pulled together with pride and courage fighting for what they know to be true. I saw big smiles filled with pride. I also felt angry because of the ...

The Palins: ‘Personal responsibility’ hypocrites

Since former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin erupted on the national scene by telling everyone she could see Russia from her perch in Alaska, she has been lecturing everyone about accepting responsibility.

The economics of water in Black and White

“Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” – Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

President Obama took ‘smarter’ approach

With first light on Jan. 16 came the stunning news: “Iran released Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and three other detained Iranian Americans on Saturday in exchange for seven people imprisoned or charged in the United States,”

Tuning out: Why I will not watch the Oscars, 88th Academy Awards

“The Academy has a problem. It’s a problem that needs to be solved … For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year ...

Keeping youth healthy, in school and learning

Brandon, a 6-year-old in the Houston Independent School District, had two working parents until his father was laid off. Brandon lost his health insurance when his father lost his job. Brandon’s mother quickly scrambled to try to enroll her son, ...

King did not dream of winning the lottery

Evidently, neither you nor I had the Jan. 13 winning Powerball combination: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34, (10).

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Gospel of Action

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'" – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Unrepresented by our representatives ‘playing’ politics

Does it really matter who wins the presidency? How can it matter to Black folks, considering the way we “play” politics? We have no power, no leverage, and little or no influence in the political arena. Even worse, it seems ...