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12 affirmations for the African-American community

12 affirmations for the African-American community

At the beginning of each year, many people make various New Year’s resolutions, from losing weight to going into business for themselves. While it’s a proven fact that many people don’t keep their resolutions after the second month, what needs to happen is for people to move from making resolutions to declaring affirmations they will […]

This is a season of justice and righteousness

This is a season of justice and righteousness

Last week, the Electoral College met to cast their ballots for the new president after a bitterly contested election in a deeply polarized nation. Soon thereafter, the vast majority of Americans celebrated Christmas – literally the mass of Christ – marking the birth of Jesus. Christmas is not simply a day for exchanging presents and […]

Let us move forward with faith

Let us move forward with faith

I believe that it’s the inclination of humankind to cling to the surety of the “here and now,” despite any accompanying discomfort possibly experienced. There’s little debate that the uncertainty of future outcomes holds many in the grip of inaction. That’s why so many are forced, “kicking and screaming,” into the future – both physically […]

Trump staffers target EPA, State for purge

Trump staffers target EPA, State for purge

There have been several disturbing developments over the last several weeks that give us a clue to the approach of the incoming administration. Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the names of staffers involved in global climate negotiations. (It did not appear that they were getting ready to offer them […]

Voter suppression surely tainted our election

Voter suppression surely tainted our election

The CIA conclusion that the Russians intervened in our elections in order to help elect Donald Trump has sent Washington into one of its fabled tizzies. President Obama has ordered an intelligence agency report before he leaves office. Democrats and responsible Republicans are calling for congressional investigations. Pundits are arguing the Russians – combined with […]

Put an asterisk on it!

Put an asterisk on it!

I’m not a baseball fan. I’ll only watch a game under special circumstances. I rarely visit the ballpark. I am not glued in front of the television watching the endless stream of games broadcast during the summer. I am, however, a student of history. Milestone achievements capture my attention, especially when accomplished by Black Americans […]

Why do we hide behind our smartphones?

Why do we hide behind our smartphones?

There is a new protocol involved in walking down the street. I realized that people who text while walking expect that those of us not texting while walking will simply get out of their way. Forgive my naiveté, but I grew up with the strong instruction that when you walk, you look where you are […]

Judge in Bill Cosby trial must recuse himself

Judge in Bill Cosby trial must recuse himself

KIA SOTO NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who is presiding over Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, has a glaring conflict of interest that has received very little, if any, mainstream media coverage. If justice is going to be served in this case, Judge O’Neill needs to step down immediately. In 2002, […]

Envisioning the beginning of the end of AIDS

Envisioning the beginning of the end of AIDS

On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control published its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report. The report – which described five cases of previously healthy, young gay men in Los Angeles infected with a rare lung infection – would eventually become recognized as the first official report on HIV/AIDS in the United States. Since […]

Brown’s bill seeks financial justice for Wells Fargo victims

Brown’s bill seeks financial justice for Wells Fargo victims

A series of developments following the Wells Fargo scandal has now led to the introduction of legislation designed to bring financial justice to the millions of consumers affected by fees and fraudulent accounts they never authorized, nor opened. On December 1, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, introduced a bill that would grant Wells Fargo victims […]