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Diversity among doctors drives trust in healthcare

Diversity among doctors drives trust in healthcare

PATRICIA MARYLAND NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Black History Month gave us the opportunity to reflect on the countless examples of the contributions that African-Americans have made to build our country. By celebrating pioneers who helped shape America, we are inspired to overcome adversity and realize the positive change we, too, are capable of enacting in areas […]

Why aren’t we discussing voter suppression?

Why aren’t we discussing voter suppression?

There are many peculiar things about the 2016 election cycle, but one of them is what is not being discussed. Two items immediately jump to mind and, believe it or not, they both have to do with elections. The first is that in the state of Michigan, there have been a series of silent coups […]

What is ‘Black Constitutional Patriotism?’

What is ‘Black Constitutional Patriotism?’

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “…we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” He went on to say, “I […]

Does any candidate deserve the Black vote?

Does any candidate deserve the Black vote?

Michelle Alexander, the brilliant author of “The New Jim Crow,” writes in The Nation magazine that Hillary Clinton does not “deserve” the Black vote. She makes a strong case. She reminds us that the Bill Clinton administration yielded a draconian crime bill and welfare “deform” (I call it “deform” instead of “reform,” because the Clinton […]

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s attack on Bush 43

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s attack on Bush 43

Something weird happened on February 13 at the Republican debate in South Carolina. Donald Trump went after Jeb Bush over the record of his brother, former President George W. Bush. Trump attacked George W. Bush for the invasion of Iraq and for providing insufficient security for the U.S.A., as represented by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. […]

The Republican primary’s poisonous legacy 

The Republican primary’s poisonous legacy 

With last week’s primary in New Hampshire, this year’s momentous presidential contest has now begun in earnest. At last, the political world has actual votes in actual ballot boxes to focus on. But looming behind all the critical issues of policy and process that are – and are not – going to be discussed is […]

We continue to play decisive roles?

We continue to play decisive roles?

I listen to the news about the 2016 presidential election religiously. What amazes me is that so many have just discovered that Blacks and Latinos will play such a decisive role in the 2016 election.  Didn’t we do that in 2008, 2012 and many other elections? Okay, so Blacks and Latinos know how to vote […]

Maurice White, American music’s ‘shining star,’ is gone

Maurice White, American music’s ‘shining star,’ is gone

Every man has a place In his heart there’s a space And the world can’t erase his fantasies Take a ride in the sky On our ship, fantasize All your dreams will come true right away And we will live together Until the twelfth of never Our voices will ring forever, as one – “Fantasy,” […]

Black quarterbacks held to a different standard 

Black quarterbacks held to a different standard 

In an error-filled game in which neither star quarterback played particularly well, Cam Newton’s team lost Sunday to the Denver Broncos 24-10. Even so, he had a stellar season by all accounts. He was selected as a first-team All-Pro and received 48 of the 50 votes cast for league MVP. The undisputed leader of his […]

Leading the march toward criminal justice

Leading the march toward criminal justice

Bryan Stevenson’s inspiring and best-selling book “Just Mercy” shares some of the fruits of his lifelong fight to push our nation closer to true justice. In 2012, Stevenson won the landmark United States Supreme Court case Miller v. Alabama, banning mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for children 17-years-old and younger. Until then, […]