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The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part I

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part I

A few years ago, I was in a waiting room at a French government office.  One of the French employees was watching a professional soccer game and he blurted out in English, “That’s all you see playing these games – Africans!” I responded with a smile, “Get ready! That is how American basketball started.” He […]

Black women will decide the next president

Black women will decide the next president

WYLECIA WIGGS HARRIS TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE In 2012, women overall had a higher voting rate (64 percent) than men (60 percent), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the most powerful group of voters will be African-American women. In both the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections, Black women voted at the highest rate of […]

Advancing diversity in law enforcement

Advancing diversity in law enforcement

The interagency report released this week by U. S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” is a welcome tool that examines those key barriers as well as promising practices in the recruitment, hiring and retention of law enforcement candidates that can advance much-needed diversity in our […]

Afraid to call 911 –  Black life in America

Afraid to call 911 – Black life in America

NICOLE LEE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE As the news swirled around the killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Lamont Scott of Charlotte, I decided that my day was too busy to go out. I had a lot of writing to do and my Northwest D.C. home seemed the best place to do it. […]

Social protest is fundamentally patriotic

Social protest is fundamentally patriotic

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. […]

A tribute to Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott

A tribute to Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott

BY ANDREW HAIRSTON, J.D. GUEST COLUMNIST The warm rays of sun welcomed us on to I-40 just as we passed downtown Oklahoma City. My father and I found mutual excitement in the road trip that awaited us. After a summer of preparing for and taking the bar exam, I was particularly enthused about the journey […]

‘If…Then’ is the question of the hour

‘If…Then’ is the question of the hour

Most teachers, especially English and math, recognize the words “IF…THEN” as foundational in teaching the concepts of “cause and effect” or “theoretical relationships.” These are important concepts for anyone wishing to clearly understand consequences of our actions. As a former English teacher, I’ve used the example, “IF you don’t study, THEN you’re likely to fail […]

World faiths come together to make a difference

World faiths come together to make a difference

Whenever we see racism, harassment, and hatred, a call for world faiths to step forward must be initiated. In this call, all faiths must come together to work towards solidarity. Even though there may be fundamental differences in beliefs and practices, it’s goes without saying that most, if not all faith practices are centered on […]

The RNC is suing me, a Black Republican

The RNC is suing me, a Black Republican

With less than seven weeks to go before one of the most historic elections in our nation’s history, and when the GOP needs all the help it can get reaching Black voters, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is suing me, a Black Republican, over an event that I created. I created and hosted the first […]

The Black church can no longer remain silent

The Black church can no longer remain silent

There was a time when the Black church was the center of community development and empowerment. It was more than the house of God; it was a place that community activists gathered to find solutions for people who were disenfranchised by a crooked and demonic system. In many ways, the Black church was the driving […]