Biblical brainwashing and the ‘blind eye’

The 2016 film “Birth of a Nation” was released in a storm of controversy unrelated to the film itself. Whatever your opinion of the...

Sisters rising – Black women’s votes in 2017

Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam is as dull as they come. Listening to him speak is about as exciting as watching paint dry. But he’s a...

Legislator who stood up to sexism in 1973 sees some progress

BY JEN FIFIELD STATELINE.ORG/TNS WASHINGTON – Colleagues warned Senfronia Thompson that speaking out would jeopardize her political future. It was the spring of 1973, and 34-year-old Thompson...

Let’s celebrate some good news

For several months, we have mostly had dreadful events about which to write. The worst have been about No. 45’s dangerous, embarrassing and unworthy...

Watch your mouth: Dental health and nutrition

From the time I was a little girl to just a day or so ago, someone has always told me to watch my mouth. Why?...

History of Thanksgiving is a quest for unity

“This history teaches us that the American instinct has never been to seek isolation in opposite corners; it is to find strength in...

Mahershala Ali earns National Urban League’s accolades

Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali’s journey has been one of bridging divides. Between the crime and poverty of 1970s and ‘80s Oakland, where he lived...

Blacks, Latinos, women power Democratic victories


I’ve always drawn a measure of comfort from watching and listening to ‘grandmother’-type clocks. There’s something soothing about the consistent tic-tic-tic of the clock...

Tax ‘deform’ for corporations and the wealthy

Desperate for a policy win, Republicans have proposed “tax reform,” which is really an attempt to reward their base at the expense of the...

Get inspired to fight on Hamer’s 100th birthday

“You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and do something, God is not going to put it in your...

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