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Silence wasn’t golden at ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ march

Silence wasn’t golden at ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ march

This month’s march against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s infamous Stop-and-Frisk policies, which have humiliated millions of Black and Brown New Yorkers over the past decade and spread like a racist virus to cities across the country, was “silent” by design. NAACP executive director Ben Jealous, one of the principal organizers, maintains that the […]

Rodney King symbolized police brutality

Rodney King symbolized police brutality

Rodney King was found dead early Sunday morning at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif. No foul play was suspected. King would be the first to tell you that his lifelong bout with alcohol and drugs and frequent run-ins with police did not qualify him for icon status. Yet, […]

Reconnecting with the Motherland

Reconnecting with the Motherland

I’ve traveled to several African states, often to attend the Leon Sullivan African/African-American Summits. There’s nothing like the feeling experienced when arriving on the African continent. Brothers and sisters are always exuberant in their welcome of guests, but African-Americans tend not to feel like guests. It’s about returning to the home of our ancestors who […]

Let’s unify around the Unity Movement

Let’s unify around the Unity Movement

Do you believe that Black people should better utilize more of our $900 billion-plus annual aggregate income to start and grow businesses?  Do you believe Black people should share our information and experience with one another to build a brighter future for our children? If your answers are “yes,” join thousands of others in the Black […]

SunTrust, Wells Fargo settle mortgage discrimination lawsuits

SunTrust, Wells Fargo settle mortgage discrimination lawsuits

Two of the nation’s largest banks have each agreed to multimillion-dollar settlements of mortgage lending lawsuits that alleged widespread discriminatory lending. Wells Fargo, with $1.3 trillion in assets, announced on May 29 that it agreed to pay Shelby County, Tenn. and its largest city, Memphis, $7.5 million. Of these funds, $4.5 million will be dedicated […]

Obama is not the first ‘Black president’

Obama is not the first ‘Black president’

Professor Fredrick Harris has written in his op ed, “Still Waiting for Our First Black President’’ that “Obama has pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy, keeping issues of specific interest to African Americans — off the national agenda.” Michael Nutter the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia replied to Harris in the Huffington […]

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 […]