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Don’t rush to judgment on Bill Cosby

Don’t rush to judgment on Bill Cosby

EVIN COSBY GUEST COMMENTARY I am the youngest of five. I remember our family trips and moving to New York City just so we could be closer to my father, Bill Cosby, as he worked. He always wanted us to be a part of his whole life. I felt loved and remembered loving the moments […]

Jeff Sessions is rolling back basic rights

Jeff Sessions is rolling back basic rights

After Donald Trump’s first 100 days, media commentary focuses primarily on how little he has achieved in comparison to other presidents. It’s a mistake, however, to discount the threat that the Trump administration poses to our fundamental rights. His attorney general, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, is a case in point. Sessions is transforming the […]

Will Trump respond to famines in Africa?

Will Trump respond to famines in Africa?

REP. KAREN BASS TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Our world stands at a crossroads. Twenty million people stand at risk of starvation at the hands of what has the potential to become the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II; famine in South Sudan and impending famine in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Our country has […]

Beware of ‘Radio-Activists’

Beware of ‘Radio-Activists’

There are many Black folks who can tell us “what we need to do” in the context of economic empowerment and other issues that matter. They have all the answers, but too often deal with them from a symptomatic rather than a problematic perspective. Some of us believe that simply talking about a problem, mainly […]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education plan falls short

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education plan falls short

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sincerely wants to do something to improve Chicago schools. I have no doubt of that. Unfortunately, his proposal – called “Learn. Plan. Succeed.” – falls short of the mark. His idea is to add a new requirement for high school graduation. Starting in 2020, all students eligible for a high school […]

America needs and wants comprehensive infrastructure investment

America needs and wants comprehensive infrastructure investment

Earlier this month, the voters of Kansas City, Mo., handily approved three ballot questions that will allow the city to borrow and invest $800 million over 20 years to improve roads, bridges, sidewalks and flood control, and to build a new animal shelter. They also approved the One City Initiative, a one-eighth-cent sales tax to […]

HBCUs are worth more than a photo op

HBCUs are worth more than a photo op

ANDREW HAIRSTON, ESQ. TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE I love Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). I’m biased, as I’m a graduate of Howard University. My friends, family members and colleagues are HBCU alumni. My first major case as a lawyer centered around the desegregation of Maryland’s four HBCUs. I am particularly proud of HBCUs for […]

Texas ID law struck down a fifth time

Texas ID law struck down a fifth time

Last week, a federal court dealt a blow to Texas’ efforts to disenfranchise voters of color. Texas’ draconian 2011 voter identification law has been struck down for the fifth time. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas determined the law intentionally discriminates against Black and Latino voters. This raises the possibility […]

A reversal of fortune

A reversal of fortune

Does it hurt more to have a disappointment occur without expectation, or to be able to anticipate a disappointment and see it materialize? When it relates to the US justice system, a disavowal of patterns and practices that served to protect the integrity of the process and broadly protect the rights of citizenship hurts, whether […]

Earl McCrary will always be remembered

Earl McCrary will always be remembered

VICKIE J. PRESLEY READER COMMENTARY Many in our community recently had an opportunity to pay homage to Mr. Earl C. McCrary, II, former principal of Campbell Jr. High School and Campbell Middle School. Mr. McCrary was an amazing leader who was the epitome of relationship building.  He made everyone feel that he/she was “Number One” […]