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Education: The new commodity

Education: The new commodity

The United Negro College fund has the slogan, ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste.’ Without question, that statement rang true when it was initiated and still holds true to this very day. The need for quality education is crucial in today’s world of global competition. The days of simply going to high school […]

Part II: Lessons of Ferguson: Criminal justice system on trial in America

Part II: Lessons of Ferguson: Criminal justice system on trial in America

The funeral is over. The protests have died down. The lax and listless wheels of justice in Ferguson, Missouri are beginning to turn. Last week a St. Louis County grand jury convened to consider whether to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old, unarmed Michael Brown. As I […]

CBC: The Clueless Black Caucus

CBC: The Clueless Black Caucus

On the very day that Michael Brown, the slain teenager from Ferguson, Mo., was buried, the Congressional Black Caucus made a major announcement. They sent a letter complaining to President Obama. Yep, you heard correctly. They took the bold move of asking the president to investigate issues of racism and discrimination within local law enforcement […]

Back to school, back to basics

Back to school, back to basics

Between early August and late September, students are going back to school. Before they go to school, though, they and their parents will hit the malls and stationary stores to prepare for their return. Retailers say that students and their parents will spend $75 billion on back to school items, and clothing represents about a […]

Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed Black men

Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed Black men

Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” In case after case, when police are caught killing an unarmed African-American – and trying to cover it up – they expect us to suspend our sight and our common sense. This is particularly true in the […]

Marching to the ballot box

Marching to the ballot box

It is inaccurate for newscasters to say, “In the aftermath of the recent racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., calm and peace has now been restored.” Peace is not the absence of violence, war, inhumanity or oppression. Peace is the presence of equality, empowerment and justice. The truth is that across the United States of America, […]

The killing of Black men continues

The killing of Black men continues

DR. RON DANIELS TRICEEDNEYWIRE When will it stop? The police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., coming on the heels of the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man by a policeman’s choke hold in Staten Island, N.Y. is yet another painful, traumatic reminder of the long […]

Profiting from the grief in Ferguson

Profiting from the grief in Ferguson

CHRIS B. BENNETT SPECIAL TO THE NNPA We are all outraged by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. People all across the country have taken to the streets, social media and many other forms of protest to show their outrage. The one question that I have as I watch video accounts of […]

The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room

LINDA SMITH GUEST COLUMNIST The recent incident in Ferguson, Missouri has once again brought the issue of race and police brutality to the forefront.  It highlights the fear and devaluation of young Black men in America and what “profile” police have arbitrarily assigned to them – animalistic and barbaric; thug, dumb, etc. Regardless of age, […]

Do’s and don’ts of charge-off debts

Do’s and don’ts of charge-off debts

With 19 of the nation’s banks annually selling $37 billion in charged-off debts, the absence of clear guidelines for banks and debt collectors has led to many consumers facing lawsuits, harassing telephone calls and threats over debts that they may not even owe. Even worse, debt collectors have coerced or sued the wrong people, overstated […]