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An open letter to President Barack Obama

We love you. We respect you. We support you. We strongly supported your becoming president and have continued to support you through all the trying times. We continue to love, respect and support you.

Dr. Martin Luther King left a blueprint for eradicating poverty

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it.” Not too many years ago, Kirtley Mather, a Harvard geologist, wrote a book titled Enough and to Spare. ...

Honoring Dr. King through service to humanity

“If you want to be important – wonderful. If you want to be recognized – wonderful. If you want to be great – wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new ...

A million reasons to change … a movement for whosoever will

Exactly what is there in 1 million Black folks united in their will and purpose? What is in 1 million brothers and sisters who are tired of the same old rhetoric, the same old leaders and the same old ways ...

Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s Selma was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations last week, as were several “White” films and White actors and directors. I never thought that, after last year’s breakthrough for 12 Years a Slave, ...

Take a page from gay rights activists

When it comes to the issue of gay rights in America, sometimes you can see the tide of a movement change in front of you. There was a time not so long ago when gay advocates were laughed out of ...

Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges?

Few things irk me more than hearing someone say or imply that now that we have a Black president, perhaps the time has come to abolish Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I have zero tolerance for such ignorance.

Is Obama trying to kill HBCUs?

Is President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president, trying to kill Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

CBC Chairman Butterfield vows to work with both parties

If you were the new chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, beginning your tenure when the first Black president of the United States was completing his last two years in office, what would your plan be?

Innocent Blacks and White cops – all lives are valuable

Rafael Ramos had been a school security guard before he joined the New York City Police Department two years ago. Ramos, 40, was married and had two children.

Reshaping the hip-hop agenda in 2015

“New York, New York, big city of dreams but everything in New York is not always what it seems, you might get fooled if you come from out of town but I am down by law and I know my ...

2014: Unfair and unbalanced media

Fox News, which mislabels itself as “fair and balanced,” was anything but in 2014, according to MediaMatters.org, the independent media watchdog group. The way that the right-wing network covered the deaths of police officers in 2014 is a case in ...

Ed Brooke doesn’t get his due

Sandwiched between the deaths of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, the passing of former Massachusetts Sen. Edward W. Brooke III at the age of 95 did not get nearly the attention it deserved.

Selma is more than just another movie

The movie Selma, which debuted on Christmas Day, is an eerily timely film detailing a history not taught in American schools on a regular basis. There’s the obvious truth we already knew: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is in another ...

Tow Mike Ditka, Charles Barkley into the 21st Century

In the middle of an American turmoil between the police force and African American men, what I would like in 2014 is more social awareness, logic and sensitivity from the Mike Ditkas and Charles Barkleys of the world.