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Another warrior rises in St. Paul

Another warrior rises in St. Paul

In my travels I have met many outstanding warriors. The late Arthur A. Fletcher and Parren J. Mitchell have cultivated the nation’s landscape in terms of economic empowerment. There is no one who can possibly mess with Dorothy Leavell in Chicago and get away with it. These greats and legions of others give us hope […]

Hip-Hop artists miss a beat by avoiding D.C. march

Hip-Hop artists miss a beat by avoiding D.C. march

JINEEA BUTLER NNPA COLUMNIST Beginning this weekend, there will be two celebrations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – one on Saturday, Aug. 24 and another one on Aug. 28, the actual anniversary of the march. Yet, I haven’t heard or seen much enthusiasm from the hip-hop community and began to […]

The GOP’s Whites-only gambit

The GOP’s Whites-only gambit

The Republican Party, which has lost the last two presidential elections by appealing to the worst racial attitudes of White conservative voters, has come up with what it declares is a winning strategy for 2016: Appeal to the worst racial attitudes of White conservative and White Democratic-leaning voters. The conservative echo chamber of political operatives […]

Why are Republicans trying to make it more difficult to vote?

Why are Republicans trying to make it more difficult to vote?

Prior to the 2012 elections, I found myself in a discussion with a colleague concerning Republican efforts at what has come to be known as “voter suppression.” I was informing this person, who is well educated, that voter fraud is not a problem of any significance in the U.S.A. This individual rejected my contention, arguing […]

Student loan debt reduces lifetime wealth

Student loan debt reduces lifetime wealth

A new research report on America’s still-growing student loan debt found that its financial effects can last a lifetime. According to Demos, a national, nonpartisan public policy organization, 39 million Americans have used student loans to fund college education. An education debt of $53,000 will lead to a $208,000 lifetime loss of wealth. If current […]

Obama has presided over the worst economy for Blacks

Obama has presided over the worst economy for Blacks

As the country and the world begin to focus on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, this is a good time to revisit the real goals of the March. Of course, it is most remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Official, it was the […]

Forum reminds us dreams still deferred

Forum reminds us dreams still deferred

I recently participated in a panel discussion on Daytona Beach’s future and what needs to be done to prevent a Trayvon Martin situation from happening here. I was pleasantly surprised to see the diverse turnout of approximately 300 people at Greater Friendship Baptist Church July 25. The panel was made up of myself, Daytona Beach’s […]

Overdraft fees cost consumers $16.7 billion

Overdraft fees cost consumers $16.7 billion

In recent years, many banks and credit unions have encouraged new checking account customers to accept two items: a debit card that replaces cash transactions and a “protection” known as overdraft coverage. Overdraft programs automatically pay for transactions not covered by available funds; the bank then repays itself the overdraft amount along with fees – […]

How deep is corruption?

How deep is corruption?

I have seen examples of corruption throughout my life. Some are pretty much like the Coca-Cola driver peddling hot drinks throughout my old neighborhood. How about the time when one of my football coaches offered cash under the table for us if we made major hits, touchdowns, interceptions, etc.? I have seen it all. Some […]

Teddy bears, toy guns, and real runs

Teddy bears, toy guns, and real runs

Imagine your kindergartner is visiting a new friend’s house. During the hour they are running around together, they’ll pick up and play with all three of the following things, but only two of them have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for safety standards. Which one do you want to be sure […]