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It’s ‘open season’ on Black people

It’s ‘open season’ on Black people

I have friends in all walks of life. Some practice old-school lifestyle avocations. I communicate with them as often as possible. Sometimes their perspectives serve as viewpoints in my articles. I have a friend who could be called a naturalist. He’s retired and spends as much time outdoors as possible. He hunts and fishes for […]

America’s prison-to profit pipeline must be stopped

America’s prison-to profit pipeline must be stopped

There is the adage that Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and I fear it is the adage that may define the ways too many observers have filtered the 45th presidential administration through a skewed lens. There has been much commentary about 45’s twisted tweets, his threats to fire special counsel and former FBI chief Robert […]

Trump administration plays ‘night games’


Trump administration plays ‘night games’


I’ve always heard that, “What goes on in the dark comes out in the light.” That statement is indicative of the faith that our forbearers had in the certainty of God’s justice. Although challenged, often from the darkest of places, truth and justice have a way of overcoming evil. In honest evaluation, we’ve seen their […]

Making the case for investing in HBCUs

Making the case for investing in HBCUs

RUSHERN BAKER NNPA GUEST COMMENTARY UNCF’s iconic “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” advertising campaign remains the gold standard for shining light on the urgency of investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). No nation can be great if it leaves behind a large portion of its residents. More than 40 years […]

JFK’s ‘New Frontier’ vs. Trump’s ‘America the Usual’

JFK’s ‘New Frontier’ vs. Trump’s ‘America the Usual’

DR. WILMER J. LEON III TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE “But I tell you the New Frontier is here, whether we seek it or not. Beyond that frontier are the uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus…But I believe […]

On ‘courtesy’ – Race, gender and Trump on defense

On ‘courtesy’ – Race, gender and Trump on defense

Courtesy flew out of the window in Washington parlance a long time ago. The minute a deranged congressman stood up and hollered, “You lie” at a sitting President (this was South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson yelling at President Barack Obama), we knew that courtesy had taken a vacation. Courtesy took more than a time-out […]

Remembering the life, legacy of John F. Kennedy

Remembering the life, legacy of John F. Kennedy

“One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this Nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not […]

NAACP board should reinstate Cornell Brooks

NAACP board should reinstate Cornell Brooks

Black people have fared best when our collective interests and goals are held paramount. We’ve made the greatest headway when our assumed leaders are guided by principles of self-sacrifice above self-aggrandizement. I pray that we have the wisdom to remember and embrace these lessons learned “over a way that with tears has been watered…through the […]

White supremacy – America’s greatest terroristic threat

White supremacy – America’s greatest terroristic threat

Ever since he decided to run for president of the United States of America, Donald Trump through his words and actions has divided this country in such a horrific manner that the progress made in race and religious relations has become a distant memory. The presidency of Donald Trump has uncovered – or reignited – […]

Leadership is silent on domestic terrorism

Leadership is silent on domestic terrorism

Twenty-two people died and more than 50 were injured when a terrorist jihadist released a bomb at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on May 22.  The heinous act of terrorism was condemned worldwide, as it should have been. Our 45th president was full of condemnation, although his very limited vocabulary only allowed him to […]