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Are Republicans serious about courting Blacks?

Are Republicans serious about courting Blacks?

The biggest complaint I get from Black journalists when it comes to Republican officeholders and Party leaders is that they can’t get their calls returned. I used to think this was because of the reporters’ race or that some represented small, Black media outlets. Over the years, I have spent many hours reflecting on this […]

Celebrating Black fathers

Celebrating Black fathers

As we approach Fathers’ Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities. Too often when the issue of Black men is raised, it is done from […]

Climate change:  The ‘distant future’ is here

Climate change: The ‘distant future’ is here

One of the classic commercials of the 1970s, when technological advances in food processing made it possible to enhance the flavor of margarine, posed an actress as Mother Nature about to ecstatically praise the taste of what she thought was her creation: “My delicious butter.” But then she’s informed by the voice-over that it’s actually […]

San Antonio mayor nominated to become next HUD secretary

San Antonio mayor nominated to become next HUD secretary

A Texas mayor could soon move from City Hall to the nation’s capital. On May 23, San Antonio native and Mayor Julian Castro was nominated by President Obama to become the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Commenting on his selection for the 16th HUD Secretary, President Obama said, “As mayor, Julian has […]

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, […]