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Time to throw some political punches

For the past 50 years, most of our conversations and efforts have been centered on politics. Reminiscent of the Reconstruction Era, when Blacks occupied political office for the first time, many of our politicians are just figureheads, toothless tigers and ...

The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage using guns, knives, clubs and chains in trying to kill each other, and police officers, too, that leaves ...

The transformation of Steph Curry

I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, with my family now for the past 15 years and owned season tickets to the Bobcats games for the first three seasons of the new basketball franchise. In a small, communal city like Charlotte, ...

Obama leads discussion on poverty

President Obama recently participated in a long overdue panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University. As regular readers of this column know, I have been complaining for years about the fixation this administration has had on helping the middle class ...

A message for the graduating class of 2015

Mother to Son Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor bare. But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on, And ...

The case for student loan debt forgiveness

By the time you read this article, millions of college students will have graduated and be looking for jobs, many will be going on to grad school and millions will suddenly be faced with paying off college loans or contemplating ...

Rules are rules: Tom Brady deserves to be punished

I woke up this May 12 to another bomb of sports news dropped on the NFL: Four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Tom Brady, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season. The New England Patriots will ...

Credit invisible Blacks and Latinos are economically vulnerable

When it comes to consumer finance, traditional lenders usually review credit scores before reaching a decision. In general, the higher a consumer’s credit score is, the lower the cost of credit they will pay. Conversely, the lower one’s credit score, ...

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

A distraction from attacks on free speech?

Many Americans are bursting with pride over the recent exhibition in Garland. The event featured a contest for drawing insulting cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, along with talks on Free Speech by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an opponent of Sharia ...

Criminalizing poverty is big business

The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri, put a much needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines can trap low-income people in a never-ending cycle ...

Baltimore rising: Women leading fight for justice

“Wherever there has been struggle, Black women have been identified with that struggle.” – Ella Baker, The Black Woman in the Civil Rights Struggle, 1969

Planning for our own success

Are we living in the last days? If so, what are we doing about it? It seems the world is coming apart at the seams. The Muslims are attacking the Christians, the Christians are attacking the Muslims; Africa is under ...

Baltimore is not Ferguson

Baltimore is not Ferguson. That was evident by opposite official reactions to the death of an unarmed African American male killed at the hands of local police in the respective cities. At the time of Michael Brown’s death last year ...

From crack baby to A-student

The odds were stacked against Britiny Lee before she was born. Her mother was addicted to drugs, like Britiny’s grandfather and many others in their poverty-stricken Cleveland neighborhood. Britiny’s mother used drugs throughout her pregnancy and went to prison for ...