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Black Press:  The voice of Black America — Part IV

Black Press: The voice of Black America — Part IV

To publish a document is to establish a permanent record for the future. To publish a newspaper is to preserve an official record of the news and perspectives of a particular period, which is useful today and in the future. The Black Press has been around since the publication of the first Black newspaper. Freedom’s […]

Haven’t I seen these people before?

Haven’t I seen these people before?

For much of this month I was experiencing flashes of déjà vu. It’s come from watching the demonstrators in some towns across the country and reading some of the commentary and reader responses in the newspapers and the blogs protesting the Obama administration’s efforts to temporarily shelter the children fleeing the gang violence ravaging their […]

A humanitarian effort

A humanitarian effort

Last week the United States was confronted with a serious problem with immigrant children in deciding on whether to send them back to their country plagued with danger or to keep them in the United States. With so many different opinions about this issue, a rational person can’t help but raise concerns on many levels. […]

Black press: The voice of Black  America – Part III

Black press: The voice of Black America – Part III

Former U.S. Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-Md.) once told me, “It is long overdue for Black Americans to understand the urgent and ongoing necessity to defend and to support Black-owned businesses in the United States.” Mitchell was an outstanding freedom fighter and one of the original founders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) more than 40 […]

Nothing essential about Essence

Nothing essential about Essence

I wrote a column three years ago titled, “Black Women No Longer Have Their Essence.” My point was that Essence, the pre-eminent magazine for Black women, had become irrelevant and an embarrassment to the Black community. Unfortunately, Essence has continued its descent into irrelevancy. For 20 years, Essence has sponsored an annual party during the […]

Drop in Black homeownership rate double that of Whites

Drop in Black homeownership rate double that of Whites

Each year the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University assesses the nation’s housing outlook. They recently-released The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2014 reveals that troubled housing areas remain in the midst of rising prices, higher interest rates and low inventories. According to the report, “Millions of homeowners, particularly in minority and […]

Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown’s song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.”  Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, “Democrats ain’t loyal.” They ain’t, to borrow the vernacular. Although people of color comprised 45 percent of […]

Debt settlement programs misleading

Debt settlement programs misleading

oweYou’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing. In reality, however, consumers mired in debt may […]

SCOTUS seeks to gut labor unions

SCOTUS seeks to gut labor unions

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris v Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating on their behalf. The Supreme Court’s conservative majority justified this decision purportedly on the basis […]

The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court’s conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about “religious freedom.” In the one case, involving the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and the Conestoga Wagon Specialties company, which makes wood cabinets, the majority ruled that a federal law guaranteeing “religious […]