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Freedom Summer – 50 years later

Freedom Summer – 50 years later

The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer is being commemorated this week in Mississippi and it provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on the transformation of not only Mississippi, then the deadliest state in the nation, but the entire region. As I have written in the space before, there was a popular joke about Mississippi making […]

Blacks need more racists

Blacks need more racists

A few weeks ago, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) made a stunning announcement that caused a lot of consternation in the Black community. UNCF had accepted a $25 million contribution from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation. Under normal circumstances, David and Charles Koch – the brothers who control the two entities – […]

Female genital mutilation:  A horror of dominance

Female genital mutilation: A horror of dominance

When a girl prepares for marriage in the United States and the western world, she plans her trousseau and shops for her wedding gown.  I recently learned from Angela Peabody, author of “When the Games Froze,” that in parts of Africa, the preparation for marriage is far removed from trousseau and wedding gowns.  For too […]

The face of economic recovery

The face of economic recovery

From its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the US economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth and say that it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago. The International Monetary […]

More relief for those with student loans

More relief for those with student loans

With outstanding student loans totaling more than $1trillion and still counting, the White House and Congress have proposed measures to ease the financial burden now borne by 25 million borrowers. At the White House on June 9, President Obama endorsed Senate and House bills that would allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans into […]

How much are you worth?

How much are you worth?

In a 2010 report titled, “Lifting as we Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future,” posted by Insight – Center for community and Economic Development, a startling and unbelievable statistic was cited.  Written by Mariko Chang, with the help of Meizhu Lui, Director of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative, the report stated […]

Harry Belafonte: An international treasure

Harry Belafonte: An international treasure

The long protracted struggle of African-Americans for freedom, justice and equality is recognized as a vital and important part of the global struggle for human dignity and freedom. There are no freedom movements without the contributions, sacrifices and commitments of freedom fighters. For more than seven decades, Harry Belafonte continues to stand tall among social […]

Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time.  How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked. They ought to send it back, said others. One woman told me she would never give to UNCF again […]

Are Republicans serious about courting Blacks?

Are Republicans serious about courting Blacks?

The biggest complaint I get from Black journalists when it comes to Republican officeholders and Party leaders is that they can’t get their calls returned. I used to think this was because of the reporters’ race or that some represented small, Black media outlets. Over the years, I have spent many hours reflecting on this […]

Celebrating Black fathers

Celebrating Black fathers

As we approach Fathers’ Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities. Too often when the issue of Black men is raised, it is done from […]