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If You Don’t Like Disparities, Try Equality

If You Don’t Like Disparities, Try Equality

Last week I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly established center at George Washington University that is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, DC. This is an important effort, because Washington, DC is such a divided city. “East of the River”, Wards 7 and 8, are the […]

Medgar Evers Would Be Proud

Medgar Evers Would Be Proud

  Fifty years after the NAACP field secretary was assassinated for his work to expand the vote, a new report reaffirms that his sacrifice was not in vain. For the first time in history, African Americans voted at a higher rate (66.2 percent) than non-Hispanic Whites (64.1 percent). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, black […]

The State of Equality and Justice in America:  The Anatomy of the Modern Day Drum Major

The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Anatomy of the Modern Day Drum Major

On April 9, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached a message that was strikingly applicable to the lives of modern day civil rights leaders and leaders of America’s future. In the pulpit of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta only five days before he was assassinated, Dr. King meticulously outlined the anatomy of what […]

Black Caucus Annual Legislative Weekend to Focus on ‘Individual Power’

Black Caucus Annual Legislative Weekend to Focus on ‘Individual Power’

A. Shuanise Washington, CBCF president/CEO “It starts with you.” That’s the theme of this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Caucus (ALC), attempting to inspire people to innovation in the answers to their personal and community issues. “Throughout the centuries, humankind has been able to identify one person – an individual – who made […]

Child Poverty is the Real Scandal

Child Poverty is the Real Scandal

Washington is descending into another silly season. Let’s end this diversion of dust and smoke as partisans hype mock “scandals” for political profit. The real scandals — like that of children in poverty — are simply being ignored. In this rich nation, nearly 8 million children under the age of 18 are being raised in […]

THE RELIGION CORNER: Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

THE RELIGION CORNER: Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

Lyndia Grant COURTESY PHOTO Philippians 4:8 reminds us, “…Think on these things; things that are virtuous, of good report and praise worthy….” As I celebrate the first anniversary of my radio show titled “Think on These Things,” I can’t help but consider the scripture that the Lord gave to me for the show. In Philippians, Chapter 4, […]

Spiritually Speaking…God, Man’s Final Frontier and Last Result

Spiritually Speaking…God, Man’s Final Frontier and Last Result

The older I get the more convinced I am that I am going to surely fail, fail miserably as a matter of fact, in my attempt to be perfectly Christ like. We all know, or should know, this is just not going to happen. However, as we also know, it is our job to humbly […]

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Unsinkable’ by Nicole Bradshaw

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Unsinkable’ by Nicole Bradshaw

  c.2013, Strebor Books $15 ($17 Canada) 320 pages You need a vacation. Just a little getaway, that’s all. A few days outside, sand and sun, drinks with umbrellas served by someone in a uniform. Luxurious accommodations, rich food – yeah, you could see that kind of life becoming more than just a vacation. But […]

Rice Moved from U.N. to White House to Be Obama National Security Adviser

Rice Moved from U.N. to White House to Be Obama National Security Adviser

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s choice to become National Security Adviser, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, where the president made the announcement. Blunt and outspoken, Rice has been at the center of the international feuding over Syria and a lightning rod for […]

Supreme Court Must Keep Affirmative Action Alive

Supreme Court Must Keep Affirmative Action Alive

“The enduring hope is that race should not matter; the reality is that too often it does.” Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court As early as next week, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the United States Supreme Court may issue a ruling that could seriously limit or altogether eliminate the use […]