Letter from the president

Looking back on the past eight years, President Barack Obama asked each member of his Cabinet to write an Exit Memo on the progress they’ve made, their vision for the country’s future, and the work that remains in order to ...

The power of uncertainty about everything

When the president-elect was running for office, he frequently said something to the effect that he didn’t want everybody to know what he would do in certain situations or how he was thinking.

Black business owners, take care of your business!

I hear it all the time. “I patronized a Black-owned business and was treated terribly.” How about this one? “I went to that Black restaurant and the service was bad, the food was cold, and the staff was discourteous and ...

Consumers who paid to see credit scores to receive over $17 million

Millions of consumers who were duped into paying fees for their own credit scores will soon receive more than $17.6 million, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Affected consumers can expect to receive notification letters in the mail.

Fair lending to be the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s top priority in 2017

As we settle into a new year, fair lending will be the priority for the nation’s consumer financial cop on the beat. Mortgage and student loan servicing along with redlining and small business lending will be a triple-focus in 2017 ...

Tax time! Support Black-owned tax preparation businesses

Having written many articles on what takes place from January through April, each year, relative to our tax payments and refunds, I understand that we need reinforcement and repetition on certain issues.

What surely tainted our election? Voter suppression

The CIA conclusion that the Russians intervened in our elections in order to help elect Donald Trump has sent Washington into one of its fabled tizzies. President Barack Obama has ordered an intelligence agency report before he leaves office.

God is good all the time, but is He unwilling?

We have survived as a people by calling and leaning on God. Our God, the immanent God, the God who sent Jesus the Christ to us, has been our light, our life, our salvation and our hope. We have defined ...

Bob Johnson reflections on a Black strategy moving forward

One of the post-election highlights for me was the meeting between Donald Trump and Bob Johnson.

Foreign influence and the integrity of our democracy

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence [I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens] the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes ...

On White discomfort

I recently gave a presentation at a seminary on feelings much of the Black community feels in light of the election of Donald Trump.

A moral appeal to Donald Trump

On Dec. 4, a man armed with an assault weapon marched into a popular pizza place – Comet Ping Pong – in Washington, D.C. He said he had come to “self-investigate” false stories spread by hate sites that the restaurant ...

Black folks: Stop drinking the Fool-Aid

“Negroes … sometimes choose their own leaders but unfortunately they are too often the wrong kind. Negroes do not readily follow persons with constructive programs. Almost any sort of exciting appeal or trivial matter presented to them may receive immediate ...

FHA violations lead to $93 million fine, convictions

A 2011 case that was filed in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court led to a five-week trial in Houston and a unanimous jury decision against one of the largest FHA home loan originators.

Fidel Castro paradoxes not black, white

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader for almost six decades, has died at 90 in Havana. USA Today’s headline last Monday read, No Mourning in Miami, noting the continued bitterness of those who left Cuba.