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Exercise your right: Go vote!

Exercise your right: Go vote!

In less than a month, the nation will conclude what is likely to be remembered as one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in modern history. The campaign has been fraught with racially divisive rhetoric as the nation continues to struggle with issues of racial hostility and social inequity, as demonstrated by the wave of […]

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part 2

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part 2

Professional sports revolutionized our local economies.  Some of our basketball and football stars would evolve into corporate and political leaders and successful entrepreneurs. All of this went to our middle class, but what was still missing was the improvement done to the “‘hood.” Poverty, blight, violence and hopelessness was still there. Making money Some “ballers” […]

In America, ‘What’s Going On?’

In America, ‘What’s Going On?’

Every woman and every Black person in this country must be asking, in the words of the Marvin Gaye song, “What’s Going On?” Forty-three times, White men have held dominance in consideration and representation for the position of president of the United States. With two elections, President Obama has shattered that stereotypical image of the […]

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part I

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part I

A few years ago, I was in a waiting room at a French government office.  One of the French employees was watching a professional soccer game and he blurted out in English, “That’s all you see playing these games – Africans!” I responded with a smile, “Get ready! That is how American basketball started.” He […]

Black women will decide the next president

Black women will decide the next president

WYLECIA WIGGS HARRIS TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE In 2012, women overall had a higher voting rate (64 percent) than men (60 percent), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the most powerful group of voters will be African-American women. In both the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections, Black women voted at the highest rate of […]

Advancing diversity in law enforcement

Advancing diversity in law enforcement

The interagency report released this week by U. S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” is a welcome tool that examines those key barriers as well as promising practices in the recruitment, hiring and retention of law enforcement candidates that can advance much-needed diversity in our […]

Afraid to call 911 –  Black life in America

Afraid to call 911 – Black life in America

NICOLE LEE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE As the news swirled around the killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Lamont Scott of Charlotte, I decided that my day was too busy to go out. I had a lot of writing to do and my Northwest D.C. home seemed the best place to do it. […]

Social protest is fundamentally patriotic

Social protest is fundamentally patriotic

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. […]

A tribute to Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott

A tribute to Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott

BY ANDREW HAIRSTON, J.D. GUEST COLUMNIST The warm rays of sun welcomed us on to I-40 just as we passed downtown Oklahoma City. My father and I found mutual excitement in the road trip that awaited us. After a summer of preparing for and taking the bar exam, I was particularly enthused about the journey […]

‘If…Then’ is the question of the hour

‘If…Then’ is the question of the hour

Most teachers, especially English and math, recognize the words “IF…THEN” as foundational in teaching the concepts of “cause and effect” or “theoretical relationships.” These are important concepts for anyone wishing to clearly understand consequences of our actions. As a former English teacher, I’ve used the example, “IF you don’t study, THEN you’re likely to fail […]