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More relief for those with student loans

More relief for those with student loans

With outstanding student loans totaling more than $1trillion and still counting, the White House and Congress have proposed measures to ease the financial burden now borne by 25 million borrowers. At the White House on June 9, President Obama endorsed Senate and House bills that would allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans into […]

How much are you worth?

How much are you worth?

In a 2010 report titled, “Lifting as we Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future,” posted by Insight – Center for community and Economic Development, a startling and unbelievable statistic was cited.  Written by Mariko Chang, with the help of Meizhu Lui, Director of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative, the report stated […]

Harry Belafonte: An international treasure

Harry Belafonte: An international treasure

The long protracted struggle of African-Americans for freedom, justice and equality is recognized as a vital and important part of the global struggle for human dignity and freedom. There are no freedom movements without the contributions, sacrifices and commitments of freedom fighters. For more than seven decades, Harry Belafonte continues to stand tall among social […]

Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time.  How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked. They ought to send it back, said others. One woman told me she would never give to UNCF again […]

Are Republicans serious about courting Blacks?

Are Republicans serious about courting Blacks?

The biggest complaint I get from Black journalists when it comes to Republican officeholders and Party leaders is that they can’t get their calls returned. I used to think this was because of the reporters’ race or that some represented small, Black media outlets. Over the years, I have spent many hours reflecting on this […]

Celebrating Black fathers

Celebrating Black fathers

As we approach Fathers’ Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities. Too often when the issue of Black men is raised, it is done from […]

Climate change:  The ‘distant future’ is here

Climate change: The ‘distant future’ is here

One of the classic commercials of the 1970s, when technological advances in food processing made it possible to enhance the flavor of margarine, posed an actress as Mother Nature about to ecstatically praise the taste of what she thought was her creation: “My delicious butter.” But then she’s informed by the voice-over that it’s actually […]

San Antonio mayor nominated to become next HUD secretary

San Antonio mayor nominated to become next HUD secretary

A Texas mayor could soon move from City Hall to the nation’s capital. On May 23, San Antonio native and Mayor Julian Castro was nominated by President Obama to become the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Commenting on his selection for the 16th HUD Secretary, President Obama said, “As mayor, Julian has […]

Maya Angelou: A freedom fighter with a pen

Maya Angelou: A freedom fighter with a pen

Millions of people throughout the world continue to pause, to remember, to celebrate and to recommit to the living spirit and legacy of Maya Angelou.  She was one of the most transformative global leaders and visionaries of our time. Maya Angelou was a penetrating literary revolutionary and freedom-fighting poet that used her pen to advance […]

The delusion of U.S. economic progress

The delusion of U.S. economic progress

Imagine the U.S. dollar being worthless. Picture millionaires and billionaires becoming “thousand-aires” overnight. Think about the possibility of 200 million U.S. citizens being unable to eat unless the government provides food for them. Fathom a day when you check out your 401-k or your bank account and find nothing there. What would happen to Social […]