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Be a legend or leave a legacy?

Be a legend or leave a legacy?

One thing that prevents us from moving forward, economically and otherwise, is ego. Many of our leaders are unwilling to elevate the collective in favor of their individual selfish desires. We see it in our social organizations, our political circles, and in our churches. Those in leadership positions refuse to work with others for fear […]

Black and Latinos  working together

Black and Latinos working together

We are now in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, across the United States. During this year’s observance of Hispanic heritage, Latino leaders are also articulating the strategic value and need for more unity between Blacks and Latinos. In a recent column to the New York Amsterdam News, Bronx Borough […]

Young Black males are pushed out, pushed away

Young Black males are pushed out, pushed away

Damien Durr is a brilliant young man who grew up in Ohio in a family of teachers where education was always stressed. No one, including Damien, ever thought he wouldn’t finish high school. When his father, grandfather and aunt all died within a short time of one another as he was starting high school, it […]

Collecting $200 million from the debt collectors

Collecting $200 million from the debt collectors

At one time or another, many consumers have fallen behind on paying their bills. For the working poor, unemployed and underemployed, the struggle to get out of debt can be a daily challenge. At the same time, there are businesses that exploit others’ financial woes, reaping high profits on debt purchased for just a few […]

Yes, Black homeownership does matter

Yes, Black homeownership does matter

What is important to 45 million Black Americans today should be important to all Americans. Yet, as the economy in the United States continues to gradually recover from very a difficult and complex set of economic woes, the recovery of economic wellbeing of Black America continues to lag behind. One critical measurement of economic viability […]

Dolphins should fire Philbin sooner rather than later

Dolphins should fire Philbin sooner rather than later

COMMENTARY BY DAVID WHITLEY ORLANDO SENTINEL /TNS Take heart, Dolphins fans. NASA announced Monday the discovery of water on Mars, raising hope there might be life beyond Earth. If scientists can discover signs of life on the red planet, surely they can find one on Miami’s sideline. (Rim shot!) I figure a little humor might […]

No due process for ‘standing while Black’

No due process for ‘standing while Black’

An open letter posted on the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) website and printed in the New York Daily News lacks credibility and contributes to the fractured state of police-community relations. Is PBA President Patrick Lynch obliged to defend his members even when they are wrong? Lynch has cautioned the media and others about […]

Brutality isn’t the only police problem

Brutality isn’t the only police problem

Citizens of the United States have had enough with incompetence by local police forces. ‘Incompetence’ is a kind word for racism and, above all, corruption. I don’t believe one person doubts that there is an immediate problem, as we see time and time again on live news footage of the hatred being turned against our […]

Come walk with me on Oct. 1

Come walk with me on Oct. 1

I was blessed to grow up in a household filled with love. Like many of my generation, we were taught the virtue of Christian charity and an appreciation for those around whom we lived. It wasn’t uncommon for us to share what we had, however meager it may have been, with those who had less. […]

Small-college football players at serious risk

Small-college football players at serious risk

DR. WILLIE J. GREER KIMMONS GUEST COMMENTARY The September 7, 2015 Sports section of the local daily newspaper listed the scores of college football games.  I noticed a huge disparity in school size, budget size, athletic facilities and overall talent of the football players from several colleges. A majority of the biggest, most athletic and talented […]