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Banks continue to peddle payday loans to Blacks disproportionately

Banks continue to peddle payday loans to Blacks disproportionately

In today’s challenging financial times, the cost of living finds many consumers with an ongoing financial challenge to hold on until their next payday arrives. In its latest report on bank payday lending, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) found that although participating banks claim that their payday loan products are only for short-term emergencies […]

Race, Venezuela and legacy of Hugo Chavez

Race, Venezuela and legacy of Hugo Chavez

In January 2004, as the president of TransAfrica Forum, I had the honor of leading the first African-American delegation to meet with the leaders of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. It was important for us to conduct this visit in order to better understand what was transpiring but also to get a better sense of race, the […]

Southern governor breaks with the past

Southern governor breaks with the past

There are some painful things from my childhood in segregated Tuscaloosa, Ala., that I will never forget. At the top of the list is Gov. George C. Wallace’s June 11, 1963 “Stand in the School House Door” at the University of Alabama. I had just completed my sophomore year at Druid High School when Wallace […]

Being moral only when it’s convenient

Being moral only when it’s convenient

As a result of Ohio’s Republican Senator Rob Portman’s declaration last week that he now supports homosexual marriage, I am once again compelled to ask: Why are Christians and conservatives constantly apologizing for what they believe? Portman said he changed his position because his son told him that he was homosexual. Typically, I would not […]

Credit check can be barrier to job or promotion

Credit check can be barrier to job or promotion

As Black America continues to struggle with high unemployment rates, a new research report by Demos, a public policy organization titled, “Discredited: How employment credit checks keep qualified workers out of a job,’’ unveils how the use of credit history in employment decisions is often leaving people of color in the unemployment lines. Among employers […]

Trayvon Martin: One year later

Trayvon Martin: One year later

“We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin A year has passed since that awful day last Feb. 26 when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed […]

Gun violence a bigger problem for White Americans

Gun violence a bigger problem for White Americans

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote those words in his April 1963 Letter from a Birmingham jail in the same passage with his well-known warning that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to […]

Time to stop appeasing Israel

Time to stop appeasing Israel

When I saw in the news that Vice President Biden had gone out of his way to assure the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that the Obama administration was completely serious about military action against Iran if Iran moves forward with its alleged nuclear ambitions, I became sick. AIPAC is the most prominent anti-Palestinian […]

Future of our democracy at stake

Future of our democracy at stake

EDDIE BENICE JOHNSON AND GARY BLEDSOE NNPA COLUMNISTS The two of us sat in utter shock and disbelief as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, with a simply bizarre oral utterance, insulted an entire race of people, particularly those who have given their lives so that all citizens in this country can […]

More wealthy Black people than you know

More wealthy Black people than you know

Who is the first Black person that comes to your mind when you think of wealth? Probably 99 out of 100 of us think of Oprah Winfrey, followed by Bob Johnson and his ex-wife, Sheila Johnson, and then on down the line with the likes of Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Tiger Woods. Let’s […]