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Marching to freedom on a treadmill

Marching to freedom on a treadmill

Here’s a sobering statement from Economic Policy Institute (EPI): “Fifty years ago (2013), the unemployment rate was 5% for Whites and 10.9% for Blacks. Today, it is 6.6% for Whites and 12.6% for Blacks.”  Can you believe that?  We are at the same relative position now as we were when MLK gave his famous “I […]

Recycling failed education policies

Recycling failed education policies

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander will likely become chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Though he has yet to be elected by his Republican peers, he has given several interviews that indicate how he would change the way educational services are delivered in our country. For all his bluster, though, his approach […]

Blacks still devastated by HIV/AIDS

Blacks still devastated by HIV/AIDS

As we prepare to commemorate World AIDS Day on Monday, Dec. 1, this is a good time to look at how the epidemic continues to devastate our community. A fact sheet by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation noted, “Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic’s beginning, and that disparity has […]

Friends desert Bill Cosby when he needs them most

Friends desert Bill Cosby when he needs them most

“Hey, hey, hey (in my best Fat Albert’s voice), please listen to what I have to say. My friend Bill Cosby is in trouble today.” Even Fat Albert knows Bill Cosby is getting a raw deal. As a public relations/crisis management professional. I have worked with some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, and […]

Midterm election lies and consequences

Midterm election lies and consequences

One source of the widespread losses the Democratic Party suffered this month in the midterm elections can be traced to the Ebola crisis that began claiming numerous victims across the U.S. last month—a crisis many attributed to the managerial incompetence of President Obama for not preventing the disease’s appearance in the country. You ask: What […]

Lynch deserves swift confirmation

Lynch deserves swift confirmation

African-American women were excited about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States. Since she has sailed through two Senate confirmations, her current confirmation ought to move quickly and without controversy. But Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Tenn.) and his crowd seem to want to drag the process […]

Is the GOP ready to welcome Blacks?

Is the GOP ready to welcome Blacks?

Since the Republicans’ takeover of Congress on Nov. 4, I have received numerous emails and phone calls from many of my friends who are Democrats indicating that they are ready to join the Republican Party. My dilemma is that I am not quite sure the Republican Party is ready to receive them. I began to […]

We need a President of Black America

We need a President of Black America

After the “Tuesday Evening Massacre” of the Elephants over the Donkeys, in January 2009, I wrote an article that warned about our being complacent and resting on the mere fact we had elected a Black president. I suggested we should get busy right away doing the commensurate work it would surely take for us to […]

Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Marilyn Tavenner Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Fall is a wonderful time of year. Changing leaves. Cooler weather. It’s also the season for people with Medicare to review their current Medicare coverage, as Medicare Open Enrollment begins. As we prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which began on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7, Medicare […]

Democrats have no consistent message

Democrats have no consistent message

Pundits are likely to spend the next several weeks attempting to explain the many reasons that Republicans simply kicked the Democrats square in the hind parts to dominate both houses of Congress in ways that had not been expected. With turnout at abysmal low – 33 percent – two thirds of the electorate didn’t think […]

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