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World is indifferent to missing Nigerian girls

World is indifferent to missing Nigerian girls

One could not help but be impressed by the millions that turned out in Paris to stand against the Islamist terrorists who killed workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four others at a kosher grocery store. Two law enforcement officers were also killed, bringing the total to 17. About 40 heads of […]

Selma and  the folks at the  ‘back of the line’

Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations last week, as were several “White” films and White actors and directors. I never thought that, after last year’s breakthrough for “12 Years a Slave,” the Oscar voting academy was going to make another powerful drama that put Black Americans […]

The ‘real’ dream speech

The ‘real’ dream speech

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! A suggestion for these days of special attention to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Whenever […]

Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges?

Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges?

Is Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, trying to kill Historically Black Colleges and Universities? If he’s not, he’s going to have a difficult time convincing HBCU presidents, trustees and alumni. Surprisingly, Obama has become their worst nightmare. Neither Obama, the First Lady, the Secretary of Education or the president’s closest advisers attended an […]

A question of 21 times

A question of 21 times

I find it very unsettling to hear police officers discuss how they believe that #BlackLivesMatter protesters and certain politicians, e.g., NYC Mayor de Blasio, are either unsympathetic to their plight or, worse, provoking violence. Ever since the murder of two NYC police officers there has been a concerted effort to shift the entire focus of […]

The NAACP is irrelevant

The NAACP is irrelevant

“Whoever loves money never has enough.” – Ecclesiastes 5:10 I would offer that verse from the wisest man in history to our national NAACP president and board. They sent me at least five letters in December asking for money to help meet a $100,000 goal. Are they that strapped for money? After all, when Ben […]

Content of Steve Scalise’s character

Content of Steve Scalise’s character

There they go again! Just as the Republican Party is poised to take control of Congress, a key official’s actions and words remind us – just in time for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – that it remains implacably hostile to what King represented and what the holiday stands for. Louisiana blogger Lamar […]

Reclaiming the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reclaiming the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday should have a different impact on the collective consciousness of Black America. Why? Because once again there are millions of Black Americans who are more determined than ever to keep pushing forward to achieve full freedom, justice, equality and empowerment. The historic methodology, style and substance of […]

Disregarding Black life

Disregarding Black life

Patrick Lynch, do you remember Oscar Grant? And if you do, Mr. “leader” of the New York Police Department Union, why do you pretend not to understand the reaction that many African- American people have to the police killing of Black men? The official reaction to those killings and the arrogance with which many police […]

Is Black America better off under Obama?

Is Black America better off under Obama?

Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist “Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office,” said President Obama on December 19, in response to a question by Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan. What planet African-Americans are doing “better off” on […]