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Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions

Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions

Confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, named by Donald Trump to be attorney general of the United States, began on Jan. 10. The rush and insistence on only two days of hearings reflect Republican efforts to cram the nomination through before Americans understand what is at stake. Sessions will present himself as a humble, […]

White women can’t speak for me

White women can’t speak for me

“Ain’t I a woman?” railed Sojourner Truth. “I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman! I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well. And ain’t I […]

Consumers get more than $17 million, thanks to CFPB

Consumers get more than $17 million, thanks to CFPB

Millions of consumers who were duped into paying fees for their own credit scores will soon receive more than $17.6 million, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Affected consumers can expect to receive notification letters in the mail. TransUnion and Equifax, two of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, sold credit scores, credit […]

As Obama departs, we owe him our thanks

As Obama departs, we owe him our thanks

The final days of the Obama presidency are upon us. His popularity is rising with the economy, and with the increasingly stark contrasts to his successor. It is worth being clear about the legacy that he leaves behind. Obama came to office facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The global financial system […]

Now is the time for renewal


Now is the time for renewal


For years, I’ve listened with great interest to messages of inspiration, hope and motivation. Some may think many are too commercial, but I welcome the perspectives of positive speakers like Dr. Willie Jolley, Joel Osteen and Michelle Obama. Each, in his/her own way, seems to live the messages of self-help she/he delivers and has prospered […]

12 affirmations for the African-American community

12 affirmations for the African-American community

At the beginning of each year, many people make various New Year’s resolutions, from losing weight to going into business for themselves. While it’s a proven fact that many people don’t keep their resolutions after the second month, what needs to happen is for people to move from making resolutions to declaring affirmations they will […]

This is a season of justice and righteousness

This is a season of justice and righteousness

Last week, the Electoral College met to cast their ballots for the new president after a bitterly contested election in a deeply polarized nation. Soon thereafter, the vast majority of Americans celebrated Christmas – literally the mass of Christ – marking the birth of Jesus. Christmas is not simply a day for exchanging presents and […]

Let us move forward with faith

Let us move forward with faith

I believe that it’s the inclination of humankind to cling to the surety of the “here and now,” despite any accompanying discomfort possibly experienced. There’s little debate that the uncertainty of future outcomes holds many in the grip of inaction. That’s why so many are forced, “kicking and screaming,” into the future – both physically […]

Trump staffers target EPA, State for purge

Trump staffers target EPA, State for purge

There have been several disturbing developments over the last several weeks that give us a clue to the approach of the incoming administration. Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the names of staffers involved in global climate negotiations. (It did not appear that they were getting ready to offer them […]

Voter suppression surely tainted our election

Voter suppression surely tainted our election

The CIA conclusion that the Russians intervened in our elections in order to help elect Donald Trump has sent Washington into one of its fabled tizzies. President Obama has ordered an intelligence agency report before he leaves office. Democrats and responsible Republicans are calling for congressional investigations. Pundits are arguing the Russians – combined with […]

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