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This is why we march

This is why we march

“It’s just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us. Look at the masses – Black, White, all races, all religions…We need to stand like this at all times.” – Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner at the “Justice for All” March in Washington on Dec. 13 Few times in a nation’s […]

Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of hip-hop

Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of hip-hop

One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice. First, because, I Can’t Breathe. I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It goes back to what I […]

Let’s have a real conversation about race

Let’s have a real conversation about race

John A. Powell NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Thousands recently took to the streets in protest and outrage following a Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict a White police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed Black teenager, we are faced with the reality that a New York grand jury – tasked with determining whether to hold […]

Don’t let tempting predatory loans spoil holidays

Don’t let tempting predatory loans spoil holidays

From Christmas carols to decorations that celebrate the season, the holidays mark the time of year when families and loved ones anticipate joyous celebrations and gift-giving. It’s a season when excesses can easily go beyond over-eating to over-spending, bringing debts that can last well into the New Year. The holidays are also a time when […]

Demanding our role in the tourism Industry

Demanding our role in the tourism Industry

Tourism is a very important part to any nation’s economy. A nation that does not have a tourism structure is one that is destined to extreme poverty. Cities within the United States realize this and every one of them has a Convention and Tourism Bureau. Likewise they have a Chamber of Commerce that works hand […]

Our 10-point plan for police accountability

Our 10-point plan for police accountability

“…a country’s conscience sometimes has to be triggered by some inconvenience, because I think a lot of people who saw the Eric Garner video are troubled, even if they haven’t had that same experience themselves, even if they’re not African-American or Latino.” – President Barack Obama in an interview with BET Networks The phenomenon we […]

A criminal justice system that suffocates us

A criminal justice system that suffocates us

“I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again. “I can’t breathe,” he said as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk. The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer not to touch him. And […]

Yes, marching still makes a difference

Yes, marching still makes a difference

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” “No Justice, No Peace,” “I Can’t Breathe” “Black Lives Matter” Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue to characterize marches, die-ins, sit-ins and other non-violent actions in more than 50 cities across the nation in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict White […]

Celebrate Janay for staying with Ray Rice

Celebrate Janay for staying with Ray Rice

Feminists claim that women should take more control of their lives, arguing that women are capable of making decisions about their lives and what is in their best interest without guidance from a man. But White feminists and “strong Black women” are curiously absent when it comes to defending Janay Rice’s very personal and difficult […]

A license to kill Black men

A license to kill Black men

From nearly the moment he was attacked by a New York City police officer July 18, the world has, via that chilling video, watched Eric Garner die. Are we now about to see the “traditions” that led to his death and – thus far – have enabled his killer to escape justice die, too? Moments […]