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Words of wisdom to 2013 graduating class

Words of wisdom to 2013 graduating class

PATRICIA BENNETT GUEST COMMENTARY The truth is that it’s really not what others say to you or about you graduates that determines your future; it’s what you say to yourself after the other person is finished talking. We’re reminded in Proverbs that “life is in the power of the tongue and those who love it […]

Obama should have ‘audacity’ to end war on drugs

Obama should have ‘audacity’ to end war on drugs

RON DANIELS NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is gearing up for a Day of Direct Action June 17 in Washington, D.C. to demand an end to the War on Drugs and mass incarceration  and call on President Obama to invest in marginalized urban inner-city Black communities across the […]

Demanding more from ourselves

Demanding more from ourselves

Frederick Douglass’ words –  “Power concedes nothing without a demand” – have been haunting me lately, because of the pressing issues we face in today’s political world, the dire economic straits in which many of our families find themselves, and the ever-present social problems Black people deal with every day.  The key word in that […]

Florida’s West Africans, Gullah-Geechees acknowledged

Florida’s West Africans, Gullah-Geechees acknowledged

DEREK HANKERSON GUEST COMMENTARY On Monday, May 13, The United States Department of Interior signed the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commissions (GGCHC) Management Plan. The connection to Florida is important because this year we are celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Florida and too many times we fail to acknowledge that West Africans and Gullah-Geechees […]

Racists don’t like being called racists

Racists don’t like being called racists

JULIAN BOND NNPA COLUMNIST I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra […]

Obama’s troubles aren’t comparable to Watergate

Obama’s troubles aren’t comparable to Watergate

The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at least argue against releasing the documents. It was also wrong to single out conservative organizations for special […]

Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or hero?

Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or hero?

When some of us saw the first video of Charles Ramsey, the colorful Black dishwasher in Cleveland who is being celebrated as a hero for rescuing three White women captives from horrid conditions in a Cleveland house, we had a flashback to Antoine Dodson, who became a flamboyant Internet sensation after saving his sister from […]

Black revolutionary Assata Shakur no terrorist

Black revolutionary Assata Shakur no terrorist

When the FBI announced that they were placing fugitive Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard) on the list of most wanted terrorists and that they were offering an additional $1 million for her capture, it caught most of the world by complete surprise. Assata has been living quietly in exile in Cuba where she was given political […]

Mel Watt is ideal choice to lead FHFA

Mel Watt is ideal choice to lead FHFA

President Obama recently nominated Melvin (Mel) Watt, a long-time North Carolina Congressman, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). While major news media reported on the development, few mentioned exactly what the new job would entail or the significance of an African-American potentially leading a key financial office. Voice of reason When our nation […]

Our era of political extremism

Our era of political extremism

Last year, James Porter, the recently-elected president of the National Rifle Association, declared that President Obama was a “fake president …[whose] entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.” Earlier this month, Adam Kokesh, a failed Republican candidate for Congress from Arizona and Internet talk show host, declared he would lead a July 4 march in […]