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Obama keeps promise to use ‘power of the pen’

During his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to use the power of his pen to achieve the policy objectives that Congress continues to block.

Devastating impact of tobacco advertising

More than 15 years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the nation’s major cigarette manufacturers for their gross misrepresentation of the hazards of smoking to the public.

President Obama’s surprising jobs record

Although unemployment rates are unacceptably high, especially for African Americans, President Obama has done a better job improving the jobless rate than most critics are willing to concede.

‘Dead end’ Republican politics exposed

When Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, shares more information with conservative Fox News than with Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the committee, that’s enough to make Cummings go ballistic.

Celebrating [Black] Women’s History Month

Do you know about Elizabeth Keckley? Maggie Lena Walker, Sarann Knight Preddy, Gertrude Pocte Geddes-Willis, Trish Millines Dziko, Addie L Wyatt or Marie-Therese Metoyer?

Respect begins with us – monitoring our words as well as our actions

"What are we talking about? We talking about fiction or we talking about fact? You talking about fiction? Hold up pardon my back …" – Excerpt from Jay-Z, What We Talking About

My sister’s keeper for Black girls

In all the hoopla surrounding President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, overlooked is the fact that our young girls also need to be targeted for special attention.

Obama’s legacy, will the good outweigh the bad?

President Barack Obama announced “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to help young Black and Brown men succeed.

Supporting Common Core State Standards – Part I

“You can’t allow 15,000 school boards to home bake their own little standards subject to their own political pressures and think we are going to have international competitiveness. We have to at least have some bare minimum core standards if ...

Obama’s one-sided responsibility lecture to Black boys

Too often during his presidency, Barack Obama has felt the need to chide Blacks to take responsibility for their destiny.

NAACP spent lion’s share with non-Black media

The primary and most trustworthy source of news and information to Black Americans has been and continues to rest in the bosom of the Black Press.

Blacks have more reasons to be fearful than Whites

In the years after enslavement, Southern Whites did all they could to return to a manner of slavery. No White “owned” a Black person, but many Whites behaved as if they did. Theoretically, Blacks were free to come and go ...

Fear factor: What the Dunn verdict says about us

“Jordan had no guns. He had no drugs. There was no alcohol. They were coming from the mall. They were being kids.” – Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis

Stand your what? American youth killed by adults with guns

The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed Black teenager he thought seemed “bad.”

Another Florida man gets away with murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder in Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State.