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Don’t mess with Magic:  A man too busy to hate

Don’t mess with Magic:  A man too busy to hate

“My whole life is dedicated to urban America.”  – NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson Every time ostracized Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling opens his mouth, he reveals how deeply out of touch and stuck in the past he is when it comes to the issue of race.  He also appears to have […]

Booze marketer Puff Daddy satisfies Howard’s high standards

Booze marketer Puff Daddy satisfies Howard’s high standards

Next year if your resume includes pushing alcohol to youth, writing female-bashing, profanity-laden lyrics, dropping out of college and being indicted on gun charges or worse, take heart. If you have enough big bucks, you too could end up making a college commencement address and receiving an honorary doctorate. Didn’t Diddy do it? Howard University, […]

Brown v. Board was about a lot more than schools

Brown v. Board was about a lot more than schools

The Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education 60 years ago began when Oliver L. Brown, a welder, went to court because his daughter Linda could not attend Sumner Elementary School in Topeka, Kan., seven blocks from her home. The Supreme Court ruled definitively that “separate but equal” has no place in the […]

Our vets’ needs

Our vets’ needs

The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, was designed to honor those who died in service to our country. It is tragically ironic that around the same time we honored and remembered the dead, we were learning about inefficiencies in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs that negatively affects the quality of life for those who […]

More self-reliance needed in Africa

More self-reliance needed in Africa

The recent kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls has been all over the news which is a good thing. We need to take the emotion out of this issue and have a heart-to-heart talk with the leadership of Africa. I am very aware that Africa is not a country, but a continent made up of 54 […]

Boko Haram’s crime against the future

Boko Haram’s crime against the future

Will the parents of at least 276 Nigerian girls kidnapped more than a month ago by the terrorist gang, Boko Haram, ever see their daughters alive again? That agonizing question has provoked intense diplomatic efforts involving the governments of the United States and several European and African countries, and an international, social-media-driven campaign to rescue […]

The browning of public schools after ‘Brown’

The browning of public schools after ‘Brown’

This is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools. And like most major anniversaries, incorrect information surfaces as purported fact, doing a disservice to the accomplishment being celebrated as well as truth itself. In this instance, some have asserted that because of re-segregation, […]

Africans should bring specific agenda to U.S.

Africans should bring specific agenda to U.S.

President Barack Obama has invited 47 African Heads of State to come to Washington August 5-6 a summit around U.S. – Africa Trade. He invited leaders from across the African continent with the aim of strengthening ties with one of the world’s fastest growing regions.  The summit is also a direct follow-up on the president’s […]

For the general welfare

For the general welfare

A few years ago I had a chance to travel to Petaluma, California as a private citizen on personal business. Little did I know and hardly could I have imagined what might be going on there in the processing and preparation of the food that I and thousands of others would potentially make meals. At […]

New York’s plan for affordable housing

New York’s plan for affordable housing

“Welcome to New York, baby. It’s a city full of fun!” goes a line from one of my favorite jazz songs of years ago. But, increasingly for many of its residents, New York has become a city full of high anxiety about where they can afford to live. The migration to New York of businesses […]