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Future of our democracy at stake

Future of our democracy at stake

EDDIE BENICE JOHNSON AND GARY BLEDSOE NNPA COLUMNISTS The two of us sat in utter shock and disbelief as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, with a simply bizarre oral utterance, insulted an entire race of people, particularly those who have given their lives so that all citizens in this country can […]

More wealthy Black people than you know

More wealthy Black people than you know

Who is the first Black person that comes to your mind when you think of wealth? Probably 99 out of 100 of us think of Oprah Winfrey, followed by Bob Johnson and his ex-wife, Sheila Johnson, and then on down the line with the likes of Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Tiger Woods. Let’s […]

Bush officials still denying trillion dollar lie

Bush officials still denying trillion dollar lie

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all […]

An apology to Jesse Jackson Sr.

An apology to Jesse Jackson Sr.

It’s time to man up – I was wrong about Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. First, some background. I wrote a column in 2008 under the title, “Winners and Losers from Election ’08” in which I listed Jesse Jackson, Sr. as one of the biggest losers of that year. Here is what I said: “His past […]

Ending violence against women

Ending violence against women

March is the official month to “discuss” women and it could not arrive too soon. What is sad about both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Month (March) is that too many of us think that those are the only legitimate times of the year to discuss the issues affecting these respective groups. In […]

Black Americans’ never-ending challenge

Black Americans’ never-ending challenge

Within a matter of days late last month, four controversies erupted that acutely underscore the crux of Black Americans continuing challenge in this land. In one, Emory University President James W. Wagner seemed to suggest that the bargaining among the delegates at the Constitutional Convention that produced the infamous three-fifths clause of the Constitution was […]

Afro-American Caribbean organization hosts festival

Afro-American Caribbean organization hosts festival

Each February, hundreds of visitors attend the Black Heritage Festival, created 32 years ago by the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO). They’ve curated the itinerary, mixing music, dance, inspirational speeches, and vendors. They’ve imbued passion for appreciating the cultural contributions of African-Americans and African-Caribbean Americans. They’ve advanced international, interracial, and interfaith understanding. The festival showcased […]

Obama targeting Hispanics, but not Blacks

Obama targeting Hispanics, but not Blacks

I have been extremely critical of President Obama for using the Black community as his personal political pawn. I have been just as critical of the Black community’s acceptance of that treatment. There are so many other issues I would like to write about — Africa, economics, international trade, etc. – but I feel compelled […]

What killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

What killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

Tuesday, Feb. 26 marked one year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a gun wielded by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman after he saw Trayvon walking home from a 7-Eleven with a bag of Skittles and bottle of Arizona iced tea. Black children, youths, and families know first-hand that the killing of Black children […]

Edward Robinson: An unknown giant

Edward Robinson: An unknown giant

My offering to Black History Month is dedicated to a man whom I knew and by whom I had the pleasure of seeing history being made right before my eyes. His words rang out in prose and song on the initial occasion of our meeting in Philadelphia in 1999. On many occasions thereafter, I was […]