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African diplomats shun Black business owners

African diplomats shun Black business owners

Last week I attended a very nice reception hosted by two of my friends, Rosa Whitaker and Bernadette Paolo. Rosa is CEO and President of the Whitaker Group, a Washington, D.C.- based consultancy specializing in trade and investment in Africa. She previously served as the first Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa in the administrations […]

Take me out to the ballgame

Take me out to the ballgame

Opening day for Major League Baseball always puts a smile on my face. This is the day that many of us treat as the actual beginning of spring.  While snow can always appear, you know that warmer days are ahead. Yet, this is also a day when I think about a tragic injustice that is […]

The power of the Black Press

The power of the Black Press

Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the “power” of Black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions. Such was the case recently when Richard Prince wrote a column, which was posted on The Root, titled: “Is The Black Press Still Powerful?”  Of course […]

CDC locks out Black providers

CDC locks out Black providers

PHILL WILSON NNPA COLUMNIST On March 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations to provide technical assistance (TA) and capacity building to health departments, AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) implementing high-impact prevention and improving outcomes in the care continuum for people […]

Can we make it to the ‘Promised Land?’

Can we make it to the ‘Promised Land?’

RON DANIELS NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Friday, April 4, marks the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jrs’ assassination on a balcony in Memphis. Black America and people of goodwill in the nation and the world were stricken by grief, frustration and anger at the murder of this great man of justice and peace. Indeed, […]

Russia is not the only aggressor

Russia is not the only aggressor

I have found myself getting a bit nervous as I hear various U.S. politicians rattling their swords in response to the Russian aggression in the Crimea. Before we lose our minds in this crisis let’s consider a few things. First, there was a revolution in the Ukraine that, no matter how justifiable, put into office […]

An attention span beyond flight 370

An attention span beyond flight 370

If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, you must have been buried in sand. For three weeks, we have been bombarded with theories – was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? Now the story has evolved. Were pieces of the plane found? Is everyone dead? How […]

Life in Daytona Beach before the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Life in Daytona Beach before the 1964 Civil Rights Act

ELAINE MOORE SMITH GUEST COMMENTARY Editor’s note: These are excerpts of a three-page letter Elaine Moore Smith wrote on May 31, 1963 to participants in an experimental Methodist Lay Institute in the Black Hills of South Dakota, on July 14, 1962. Fourteen college students came from Kindu, Congo (Africa) to participate in the Institute. Ms. […]

Democrats can be racists, too

Democrats can be racists, too

Two weeks ago, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) set off a firestorm of controversy by saying on the syndicated radio talk show of Bill Bennett: “…we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities, in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value […]

Don’t wait for Obama to fight

Don’t wait for Obama to fight

Alright team, here we are again approaching the midterm elections. Having won both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, we have to notice that Obama, who is an excellent campaigner, simply does not seem to know how to fight once he has the task of governing. He either concedes ground prematurely, e.g., freezing federal workers’ […]