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Voter suppression surely tainted our election

Voter suppression surely tainted our election

The CIA conclusion that the Russians intervened in our elections in order to help elect Donald Trump has sent Washington into one of its fabled tizzies. President Obama has ordered an intelligence agency report before he leaves office. Democrats and responsible Republicans are calling for congressional investigations. Pundits are arguing the Russians – combined with […]

Put an asterisk on it!

Put an asterisk on it!

I’m not a baseball fan. I’ll only watch a game under special circumstances. I rarely visit the ballpark. I am not glued in front of the television watching the endless stream of games broadcast during the summer. I am, however, a student of history. Milestone achievements capture my attention, especially when accomplished by Black Americans […]

Why do we hide behind our smartphones?

Why do we hide behind our smartphones?

There is a new protocol involved in walking down the street. I realized that people who text while walking expect that those of us not texting while walking will simply get out of their way. Forgive my naiveté, but I grew up with the strong instruction that when you walk, you look where you are […]

Judge in Bill Cosby trial must recuse himself

Judge in Bill Cosby trial must recuse himself

KIA SOTO NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who is presiding over Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, has a glaring conflict of interest that has received very little, if any, mainstream media coverage. If justice is going to be served in this case, Judge O’Neill needs to step down immediately. In 2002, […]

Envisioning the beginning of the end of AIDS

Envisioning the beginning of the end of AIDS

On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control published its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report. The report – which described five cases of previously healthy, young gay men in Los Angeles infected with a rare lung infection – would eventually become recognized as the first official report on HIV/AIDS in the United States. Since […]

Brown’s bill seeks financial justice for Wells Fargo victims

Brown’s bill seeks financial justice for Wells Fargo victims

A series of developments following the Wells Fargo scandal has now led to the introduction of legislation designed to bring financial justice to the millions of consumers affected by fees and fraudulent accounts they never authorized, nor opened. On December 1, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, introduced a bill that would grant Wells Fargo victims […]

How Americans lost faith and found Trump

How Americans lost faith and found Trump

Professor Deva Woodly teaches political science at the New School for Social Research in New York. During a recent talk, she shared that trust in our nation’s institutions is at an all-time low. That is, perhaps, why that man who currently holds the title of president-elect could prevail over someone far more qualified in the […]

The will of the people is denied

The will of the people is denied

As I write this opinion, Hillary Clinton’s vote total leads Donald Trump by over 2 million votes! These popular votes reflect the will of individual voters and establish a majority of voters who favored her over Trump. Despite that majority, barring an event of monumental proportions, Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president […]

Chicago murder No. 673 is special

Chicago murder No. 673 is special

It was Nov. 19, another Saturday night in Chicago, Ill.  That means one thing is certain: people would be murdered. Strict gun possession laws don’t matter to “Chi-Town.” From sundown Friday to sunrise Monday, there are dozens of assaults leading to murder, manslaughter and miscellaneous savagery. The family and friends of No.  673 was in […]

What can we learn about Kanye West’s meltdown?

What can we learn about Kanye West’s meltdown?

Kanye West is melting down. He didn’t perform to expectations at two concert dates, declaring at one that he would have voted for Donald Trump for president – and generating boos. In a subsequent concert, he performed just a couple of songs before abruptly ending his performance. Days later, he was hospitalized in a “psychiatric […]