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A different view of potholes

A different view of potholes

Each day it grows.  I drive around it and think how much it brings to mind what the great valleys of earth must have looked like in the beginning…at least in miniature. The cracks in the road were not particularly noticeable in the beginning, but then the cracks started to widen.  When it would rain, […]

Save Black Men – get your PSA screening

Save Black Men – get your PSA screening

“With the prevalence of prostate cancer disproportionately affecting our men, we must be vigilant to ensure aggressive testing continues for this most vulnerable population.” – Dr. Cedric M. Bright, president of the National Medical Association The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that healthy men should no longer take a routine PSA blood […]

Sugary soft drinks are hard on our health

Sugary soft drinks are hard on our health

There is nothing soft about sugary soft drinks! Yet, with summer coming, many of us will, no doubt, consume more soft drinks than usual to stay cool during the heat. That’s not always the wisest decision. New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has warned us about the negative impact of sugary soft drinks on our health […]

A safe harbor for the homeless

A safe harbor for the homeless

Five-year-old Kamari and his 3-year-old brother, Shamarr, clown around in the dining room of the YWCA Family Center in Columbus, Ohio. They and their mother, Stekeshia Harris, slept on cots in the shelter’s library for their first three nights there because there were so many homeless families needing shelter, a 330 percent increase from two years […]

The time is right for reparations

The time is right for reparations

The issue of reparations for African people in general and in particular for more than 45 million Black Americans is an issue that began as a divisive topic. But it now receives support from a board cross-section of Blacks in America. There are some who want to table a national discussion of reparations in the […]

Moving from words to action

Moving from words to action

I often quote famous Black people, as I am sure most of us do.  We refer to their writings and their speeches, citing their words of wisdom and deriving inspiration from their knowledge. I often think about how we recite the words of famous Black people after they have passed away.  It’s sad to think […]

Political posturing on student loan rates

Political posturing on student loan rates

With federal college loan interest rates set to double on July 1, President Obama and some members of Congress are clashing over how best to address the issue. Amid the political jockeying, approximately 7 million college students from middle- and low-income families are still wondering what will happen if no legislative compromise is found. Even […]

Every Republican in Congress fails Blacks

Every Republican in Congress fails Blacks

The new “NAACP Report Card” for the first session of the 112th Congress is out. The NAACP graded members of Congress on votes taken on such issues as repealing funding for healthcare reform, judicial nominations, deep budget cuts, job creation and criminal justice reform. It shows that every graded Republican member of the House and […]

Let’s talk about the ‘war for women’

Let’s talk about the ‘war for women’

We have been hearing a lot about the “war against women (Republicans) and the “war with women” (Secret Service), but I want to talk about the “war for women (Democrats). Shortly after Barack Obama became president, he established the White House Council on Women and Girls. We knew he was interested in a different kind […]

Disappearing interest in the Philippines

Disappearing interest in the Philippines

I received the call on a beautiful Sunday morning from a good friend.  What I expected to be a normal call turned into something else. This particular April day was the anniversary of the disappearance of a relative of my friend, a fact that she wanted to share with me.  It also turns out that […]