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Thank God for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Kaylyn Sigman is a high school senior with big plans. A star soccer player from a poor rural Appalachian Ohio community who loves calculus and creative writing, she’s college bound this fall and dreams of becoming a middle school special ...

Reflection of life: The state of on-screen diversity

She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver screen. ...

Proof the Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby

When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting ...

Controversy over videotaping cops

Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the ...

Should Blacks endorse Whites over Blacks?

Two prominent Black Maryland officials – Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III – have endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a White, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace ...

The State of Black America: Justice for all

“I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states ... Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, ...

Creating conscious Black millionaires

Black folks have the ability to create our own conscious millionaires. We have certainly done it for others for a long time now. Conscious Black millionaires, by definition, would most assuredly use some of their money to assist the Black ...

Walking away from bad customer service

After 19 years, most of them as a satisfied customer, I am closing my personal checking account this week at Citibank. I am closing my account not because I was lured away with an incredibly attractive offer from one of ...

The State of Black America – jobs

“The hardest work in the world is being out of work.” – Whitney M. Young, National Urban League President 1961-1971

Hunger doesn’t get a summer vacation

Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends ...

‘Religious freedom’ scams are especially devious

Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots.

Franklin Graham ignores racism, oversimplifies police brutality

Easter was last Sunday, but Rev. Franklin Graham is still wiping egg off his face.

Wade, ‘First Family of the Housing Projects’

Approximately three weeks ago, I suffered a mild heart attack. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Robert T. Wade, a longtime family friend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, died at the age of 94. Against the advice of close friends and even some relatives, I ...

Young, gifted, Black and abused

In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black.

The state of Black America – Education

“What the people want is very simple: they want an America as good as its promise.” – Rep. Barbara C. Jordan