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What you drive matters for employment, empowerment

What you drive matters for employment, empowerment

GLENDA GILL NNPA COLUMNIST Ever since Henry Ford declared he’d pay $5 a day to workers in his factories, African-Americans have had a love affair with the automotive industry in the United States. “The Great Migration” of Blacks from the South to the North was largely due to the demand for factory labor. In 1910, […]

Black lives don’t matter in Israel

Black lives don’t matter in Israel

The United States does not have a monopoly on the lynch law murder of Black people. Israel, both America’s client state and master, is awash in racist state-sponsored violence. Palestinians are usually the intended targets, but Africans are inevitably caught in this terrorism too. The mob murder of Mulu Habtom Zerhom  reveals everything that the […]

No more chicken dinners; we need policy

No more chicken dinners; we need policy

JEFFREY L. BONEY NNPA COLUMNIST It happens every year. Yard signs placed by campaign operatives infiltrate our neighborhoods and litter our streets, hoping that you familiarize yourself with their respective political candidate and translate that familiarity into a vote for that candidate. Familiarity works It’s no secret why radio stations play the same songs over […]

Single payer more popular than Obamacare

Single payer more popular than Obamacare

Boosters for the Obama administration claim that his Affordable Care Act is a legacy that qualifies Obama for permanent residence in the pantheon of progressive domestic policy presidents like Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Black Agenda Report takes the opposite position. In 2009, newly-elected President Barack Obama set the cause of universal health care back […]

Why can’t we win the terrorist war?

Why can’t we win the terrorist war?

It has been two years since our president declared the ISIS movement a “jayvee” team. He implied this terrorist coalition was no big thing and we shouldn’t worry about it. Since that time, ISIS has stretched its footprint to Libya, most of Syria and a significant amount of land in Iraq. They are efficiently managing […]

Why Jannie Ligons is the woman of the year

Why Jannie Ligons is the woman of the year

Jannie Ligons is an Oklahoma City grandmother who left a friend’s house to drive home. She collided with Daniel Holtzclaw, the rogue police officer who seemed to think it was part of his duty to sexually abuse Black women. He raped them because he could. They did not accuse him because they feared they could […]

Leaders provide vision, not division

Leaders provide vision, not division

Leaders provide vision. They help people understand where they are, how they got there and what they must do to go forward. They help calm nerves and strengthen courage. They are steady in times of trouble, inspiring in times of demoralization. Donald Trump’s reaction to the terrorist acts in Egypt, Lebanon, Paris and San Bernardino, […]

Lies and cover-ups in Chicago

Lies and cover-ups in Chicago

“Because a body of men, holding themselves accountable to nobody, ought not to be trusted by anybody.” Thomas Paine, “Rights of Man (Part One)”, 1791 A day after the city of Chicago released the dashcam video showing the cold-blooded murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of a Chicago Police Department officer, the Chicago […]

Trump is not the only one

Trump is not the only one

The last name I wanted to mention in my column this week or during this “Season of Peace” was Donald Trump! I consider it a travesty, especially at this time of the year, to give platform to a xenophobic, misogynistic racist!  The time taken to refute the bile of hatred and intolerance he regularly spews […]

Gun bans once had bipartisan support

Gun bans once had bipartisan support

In the horror in San Bernardino, Calif., a husband and wife walked into a social services center armed with two AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifles and two 9-mm semiautomatic handguns and 1,400 rounds of ammunition for the rifles. They opened fire, leaving 14 dead and 23 wounded. We now know that they had apparently committed […]