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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 […]

The Affordable Health Care Act

The Affordable Health Care Act

DR. ELSIE SCOTT TRICEEDNEYWIRE.COM On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments about the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires all citizens to have a certain minimum of health insurance coverage or pay a fine. At the heart of the argument against the mandate is whether […]

Congress wants to cut what works

Congress wants to cut what works

Despite urgent pleas from a broad spectrum of faith leaders and advocates for the poor, the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee voted to protect all the agricultural farm subsidies which primarily benefit the most well-to-do farms and to cut billions of dollars of benefits from programs that feed poor children and their families. The draconian […]

Black women don’t have the luxury of staying home

Black women don’t have the luxury of staying home

When Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” Romney behaved as if she had just hit the lottery. She smugly made the media rounds talking about how hard it was for her to raise her five sons. And she’s right.  Stay-at-home moms work extremely hard to […]

The untold story of progress in the Congo

The untold story of progress in the Congo

What is the real motive of some of the so-called human rights and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that consistently propagate a negative image about Africa and about African people? I am in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) once again on a mission of initiating a local “Sustainable Job Creation Program” related to the mining […]