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The Obamas are gone, but not forgotten

The Obamas are gone, but not forgotten

The only time I can remember time moving as slowly as it has during the past six months was when I was eight and had to wait an entire year between Christmases. True or not, it feels like the Trump administration has slowed the progress of time and assigned each day an additional 36 hours. […]

Jay-Z’s gesture brings focus to prisons, poverty

Jay-Z’s gesture brings focus to prisons, poverty

Hip-hop legend Jay-Z celebrated Father’s Day by allowing incarcerated fathers to spend the day with their families. Pick any day of the week in America and an estimated 700,000 people are populating our nation’s local city and county jails. Of those behind bars, 60 percent, nearly half a million people – many of them Black […]

Health care in the dark

Health care in the dark

My grandmother and (yours too, probably) used to say that things done in the dark would eventually come to light. There is way too much “dark” public policy being done by this administration, too many instances when whispers and innuendo are substitutes for truth and transparency. If the 45th president wonders why there are so […]

It’s ‘open season’ on Black people

It’s ‘open season’ on Black people

I have friends in all walks of life. Some practice old-school lifestyle avocations. I communicate with them as often as possible. Sometimes their perspectives serve as viewpoints in my articles. I have a friend who could be called a naturalist. He’s retired and spends as much time outdoors as possible. He hunts and fishes for […]

America’s prison-to profit pipeline must be stopped

America’s prison-to profit pipeline must be stopped

There is the adage that Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and I fear it is the adage that may define the ways too many observers have filtered the 45th presidential administration through a skewed lens. There has been much commentary about 45’s twisted tweets, his threats to fire special counsel and former FBI chief Robert […]

Trump administration plays ‘night games’


Trump administration plays ‘night games’


I’ve always heard that, “What goes on in the dark comes out in the light.” That statement is indicative of the faith that our forbearers had in the certainty of God’s justice. Although challenged, often from the darkest of places, truth and justice have a way of overcoming evil. In honest evaluation, we’ve seen their […]

Making the case for investing in HBCUs

Making the case for investing in HBCUs

RUSHERN BAKER NNPA GUEST COMMENTARY UNCF’s iconic “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” advertising campaign remains the gold standard for shining light on the urgency of investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). No nation can be great if it leaves behind a large portion of its residents. More than 40 years […]

JFK’s ‘New Frontier’ vs. Trump’s ‘America the Usual’

JFK’s ‘New Frontier’ vs. Trump’s ‘America the Usual’

DR. WILMER J. LEON III TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE “But I tell you the New Frontier is here, whether we seek it or not. Beyond that frontier are the uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus…But I believe […]

On ‘courtesy’ – Race, gender and Trump on defense

On ‘courtesy’ – Race, gender and Trump on defense

Courtesy flew out of the window in Washington parlance a long time ago. The minute a deranged congressman stood up and hollered, “You lie” at a sitting President (this was South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson yelling at President Barack Obama), we knew that courtesy had taken a vacation. Courtesy took more than a time-out […]

Remembering the life, legacy of John F. Kennedy

Remembering the life, legacy of John F. Kennedy

“One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this Nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not […]