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A victory for affirmative action

Almost lost among the news last week about the war in the Middle East and a war of another kind in Washington between Republicans and President Obama was a bit of good news:

U.S. foreign policy led to the border crisis

I have been increasingly concerned by the near hysteria in connection with the Central American immigrant children who have attempted to enter the USA, fleeing from poverty, crime and violence.

Flashes of déjà vu: Have I not seen these people before?

For much of this month I was experiencing flashes of déjà vu.

Breaking the chains: Learning to turn it up so you can turn it down

Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York is in the news again, this time allegedly for officers brutalizing inmates. I did time at Rikers Island. No, not as an inmate, thank God, but as an employee. It’s another world behind ...

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.