Progress in baseball came with a cost

Anyone who has followed my columns knows that about this time of the year I normally write something about the commencement of the baseball...

Time to end mass incarceration

Mass incarceration in the United States is counterproductive and disproportionately causes a long-term injury to Black Americans and others who remain trapped in poverty...

Free speech hypocrisy

This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and...

Mr. Wade and the ‘first family of the housing projects’

Approximately three weeks ago, I suffered a mild heart attack. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Robert T. Wade, a longtime family friend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., died...

Young, gifted, Black and abused

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black. First, the Little League baseball Phenom Mo’ne...

The push to eliminate predatory lending

In the aftermath of a letter signed by 500 consumer advocates from all 50 states, an unprecedented push for reining in abusive small-dollar, high-cost...

Caught between Barack and a hard place

The experiment that featured a Black man in the White house is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking...

93 million prepaid cardholders are unprotected

When it comes to financial services, many consumers are surprised by the range of fees attached to their transactions. From mortgages to checking accounts,...

Why I didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has its rituals, but one that is not considered is any discussion of race. Having grown up in the Northeast, I am...

I had a heart attack

Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart...

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