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The Black church can no longer remain silent

The Black church can no longer remain silent

There was a time when the Black church was the center of community development and empowerment. It was more than the house of God; it was a place that community activists gathered to find solutions for people who were disenfranchised by a crooked and demonic system. In many ways, the Black church was the driving […]

Time to close the payday loan debt trap

Time to close the payday loan debt trap

Between the unemployment rate report that was released in early September, and the U. S. Census report on income and poverty that was released on September 13, President Obama and his team got great news about the economic status of the average worker. Incomes are up a whopping 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015; it’s […]

Some Black Republican surrogates need a permanent timeout

Some Black Republican surrogates need a permanent timeout

I am really getting fed up with the constant drumbeat of criticism of Donald Trump’s campaign, especially the criticism coming from Black Republicans. They seem to be willing to give President Obama, Hillary Clinton and our party’s leadership a pass. But when it comes to Trump, they seem to have found an untapped reservoir of […]

Consumer agency wins lawsuit against CashCall

Consumer agency wins lawsuit against CashCall

The fight for fair lending got a big boost on August 31 when a federal court rejected a payday loan collector’s attempt to evade consumer laws. The decision against CashCall, a California-based online payday and installment lender, upheld the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) authority to investigate and fine lenders for unfair, abusive or deceptive […]

Daytona’s royal family in the making

Daytona’s royal family in the making

KATIENNA BROWN READER COMMENTARY This election, voters in Daytona Beach have a historically low number of choices. That’s because one family, the Henrys, have positioned themselves for a full takeover of local government. One family aims to control the political landscape of the city. Mayor Derrick Henry sits on the city commission with his brother […]

Teachers need public support

Teachers need public support

While millions of children (and teachers) welcome the call to go back to school in August and early September, all is not well in classrooms and school districts around the country. While every school district is not facing challenges, many urban school districts – where the majority of African-American and Hispanic students are enrolled – […]

Taking a stand while sitting

Taking a stand while sitting

Rosa Parks and Colin Kaepernick got tired of racism and sat down to protest it. While some of us stand up for a cause, standing is not the only answer for calling attention to an issue. Rosa and Colin chose sitting. Protesters choose their own methods. Are we all required to stand up and put […]

People should back off Kaepernick

People should back off Kaepernick

First of all, here is a little bit about me. I consider myself patriotic; at least I used to. I have seen both sides of this country where there are ample opportunities, and the other side where opportunities are denied. A veteran I am a United States Marine Corps veteran. I am somewhat of an […]

Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

Once again, millions of Americans are engulfed in what has become a reluctant national debate and dialogue concerning race and the urgency to reform the nation’s criminal justice system. Finding and identifying transformative remedies and solutions are long overdue. In the wake of the most recent fatal tragedies in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge, there […]

Something’s wrong with this!

Something’s wrong with this!

One of my good friends who is a White male often says, “If you want to get a job done, give it to a woman.” He quickly adds, “If you really want to get it done, give it to a Black woman.” Historically, Black women have done all kinds of jobs. Most people know how […]