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Driving while Black … poor

St. Louis County has 90 municipalities – ranging in population from 13 to nearly 52,000 – and most of them sustain themselves by targeting, fining and jailing poor Missouri residents, many of them Black, who are unable to pay traffic ...

The challenged challenge: 50 Cent worth of reading

“Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. hit the scene with the loud, over-zealous crooners anticipating his ascension in 1993. He was handsome, he was sharp, he had young boy’s swag. I wondered who he would become. Mayweather is now the highest ...

Nov. 4: A Day of Reckoning for a community with critical issues

Black Americans and others who want to contribute to the future progressive transformation of our nation and world have an upcoming strategic opportunity to make the critical difference.

Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed Black men

Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”

College bound: Black Men share keys to their success

We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn’t true. But in 2011, Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though ...

The value of human life: Stop the war on young Black men

“Never did we think we would be planning a funeral, we were waiting on his first day of school. They robbed us of that.” – Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown

Symbolism without substance: Jena to Ferguson

Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, Louisiana, in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice.

Differences in Black and White

Public opinion polls confirm a fact that has been documented in instances ranging from the O.J. Simpson verdict to recent events in Ferguson: When it comes to race, Blacks and Whites largely view events through a different set of lenses.

From ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ to ‘hands up, vote’

Out of every momentous national tragedy that Black Americans have continued to endure in the United States, there has always emerged a redeeming moment to push harder and further on the long journey toward freedom, justice and equality.

Who is speaking out for those whom the media has forgotten?

In the past few weeks, the mainstream media has been consumed with the tragic events that continue to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri. An unarmed 18-year-old American named Michael Brown was shot at least six times by a Ferguson police officer.

Self Destruction: Do we perpetuate Black stereotypes?

Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, New York), Ezell Ford (Los ...

Cops kill at least two Blacks each week

Occasionally, police officers behave in such a dastardly manner that it captures international attention.

Dogs get more respect than Michael Brown

It doesn’t matter if you are a state legislator or an alderman, a journalist or a local leader. If you are in Ferguson, Missouri, you won’t get any respect. You can be the uncle of a victim whose body was ...

Democrats’ smart butt White boys syndrome

In 1984, former UN Ambassador Andrew Young described the inner circle of Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale as “smart a– White boys” who thought they knew everything.

Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

At the beginning of June, 85 mayors, governors and county officials from across the country – and across the political spectrum – signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Today, we’re announcing that in the two months ...

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