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Maya Angelou: A freedom fighter with a pen

Maya Angelou: A freedom fighter with a pen

Millions of people throughout the world continue to pause, to remember, to celebrate and to recommit to the living spirit and legacy of Maya Angelou.  She was one of the most transformative global leaders and visionaries of our time. Maya Angelou was a penetrating literary revolutionary and freedom-fighting poet that used her pen to advance […]

The delusion of U.S. economic progress

The delusion of U.S. economic progress

Imagine the U.S. dollar being worthless. Picture millionaires and billionaires becoming “thousand-aires” overnight. Think about the possibility of 200 million U.S. citizens being unable to eat unless the government provides food for them. Fathom a day when you check out your 401-k or your bank account and find nothing there. What would happen to Social […]

Remembering Maya Angelou

Remembering Maya Angelou

Many people will remember Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career.  She was a true renaissance woman – an author, teacher, dancer, performer, radio personality and a producer. I will remember her a sister friend, a wise “auntie” who didn’t mind pulling your coat. She was a generous spirit who made time for virtually any who […]

We need to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper

We need to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper

LUKE CHARLES HARRIS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA I’ve been told I should be the first among many to celebrate President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. After all, I came from a “broken family.” In fact, I am a Black man who was functionally fatherless twice over, and earlier in my life I wrapped my vision […]

Don’t mess with Magic:  A man too busy to hate

Don’t mess with Magic:  A man too busy to hate

“My whole life is dedicated to urban America.”  – NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson Every time ostracized Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling opens his mouth, he reveals how deeply out of touch and stuck in the past he is when it comes to the issue of race.  He also appears to have […]

Booze marketer Puff Daddy satisfies Howard’s high standards

Booze marketer Puff Daddy satisfies Howard’s high standards

Next year if your resume includes pushing alcohol to youth, writing female-bashing, profanity-laden lyrics, dropping out of college and being indicted on gun charges or worse, take heart. If you have enough big bucks, you too could end up making a college commencement address and receiving an honorary doctorate. Didn’t Diddy do it? Howard University, […]

Brown v. Board was about a lot more than schools

Brown v. Board was about a lot more than schools

The Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education 60 years ago began when Oliver L. Brown, a welder, went to court because his daughter Linda could not attend Sumner Elementary School in Topeka, Kan., seven blocks from her home. The Supreme Court ruled definitively that “separate but equal” has no place in the […]

Our vets’ needs

Our vets’ needs

The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, was designed to honor those who died in service to our country. It is tragically ironic that around the same time we honored and remembered the dead, we were learning about inefficiencies in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs that negatively affects the quality of life for those who […]

More self-reliance needed in Africa

More self-reliance needed in Africa

The recent kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls has been all over the news which is a good thing. We need to take the emotion out of this issue and have a heart-to-heart talk with the leadership of Africa. I am very aware that Africa is not a country, but a continent made up of 54 […]

Boko Haram’s crime against the future

Boko Haram’s crime against the future

Will the parents of at least 276 Nigerian girls kidnapped more than a month ago by the terrorist gang, Boko Haram, ever see their daughters alive again? That agonizing question has provoked intense diplomatic efforts involving the governments of the United States and several European and African countries, and an international, social-media-driven campaign to rescue […]