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Fed chair: Communities of color must be part of recovery

Fed chair: Communities of color must be part of recovery

In a recent speech before the Operation HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, warned that the current housing recovery is leaving communities of color behind. In his remarks, he acknowledged that racial discrimination in housing persists despite federal fair housing laws and the Community Reinvestment Act. “Two […]

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ missing contributions by Blacks

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ missing contributions by Blacks

“‘Negro History’ is the missing segment of world history.” Carter G. Woodson Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that Black history is the missing pages of world history. Never was such so true than in the movie, “Lincoln.” While I, as a “weekend historian,” was impressed by Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of […]

Black radio used to be rock of our culture

Black radio used to be rock of our culture

“Historically, Black radio … fulfilled all functions Black people needed … but now it’s time to take a serious look and right the wrong of the mess we call Black radio today,” says Todd Steven Burroughs, a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Morgan State University. Burroughs is demanding that the Federal Communications Commission […]

Racing to win your holiday dollars

Racing to win your holiday dollars

 “Gotta have that Big Screen TV” is out of the gate first, with “I wanna X-Box” on the rail and closing fast. But “I like the Wii” is having none of it as he moves up in position to strike. Running in fourth place is “I need a Blu-Ray” with “My New Nikes” in a […]

Ambassador Rice unfairly targeted

Ambassador Rice unfairly targeted

All U.S. United Nations ambassadors sit in a perpetual hot seat. That comes with the assignment and to be periodically involved in public controversies is not out of the ordinary. Yet with the growing unprincipled and ultra-partisan attacks on the integrity, intelligence and competence of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, those who believe in freedom, justice, […]

Thanksgiving should come before ‘Thanksgetting’

Thanksgiving should come before ‘Thanksgetting’

Millions of Black American families observed Thanksgiving this week.  We have much to be thankful and grateful for. Yet we should also be cognizant of the challenges and struggles that lie ahead in the pathway to future economic empowerment and social sustainability not only in America, but throughout a changing world. In other words, this […]

Income inequality grows in U.S.

Income inequality grows in U.S.

The threat of an impending fiscal cliff has sparked intense conversations about whether upper income citizens are paying their fair share of taxes. But equally important – and perhaps more important in the long term – is the issue of income inequality. A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the […]

Falling off the fiscal cliff

Falling off the fiscal cliff

Will we jump from the cliff?  Congress and the president will determine whether we fall, jump, or back away from the cliff.  While I trust they will get together and make the right decision, I think we should be prepared for the worst case scenario. How do we prepare?  First of all, learn what the […]

Black voters would not be denied

Black voters would not be denied

Most of the misinformed pundits who were unaware of the readiness and enthusiasm of millions of Black Americans to go to the voting polls on Nov. 6 are not acting as if they are shocked by another record voter turnout of the Black American community. We are not surprised at all by the historic contributions […]

Even in defeat, Republicans still don’t get it

Even in defeat, Republicans still don’t get it

With the elections now over, I am stunned with the postmortem coming from the Republican Party and the lack of substantive analysis from its operatives. Those who follow my writings know that I have written extensively about the shifting demographics of our country and the need for Republicans to adequately address this issue. For this, […]