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Twin evils: Terrorism and racism

Twin evils: Terrorism and racism

There are two related violent phenomena getting renewed public attention and research around the world, as well as considerable debate and denial. The twin evils are terrorism and racism. President Barack Obama’s recent White House Summit on “Countering Violent Extremism” reminded many of us in Black America that violent acts of “extremism” have not been […]

Cherishing history that’s in your attic

Cherishing history that’s in your attic

We gather together this month to lift up the names that have been frequently lifted, to call the roll of those African-Americans who have made a difference. While some names are the tried and true names of important leaders, we need to pay as much attention to the legacies of those whose lives and contributions […]

50 years of economic futility

50 years of economic futility

During the 50-year period from 1963 (“I have a dream!”) to 2013, Black people have been on a virtual economic treadmill. Our relative economic position has not changed; our unemployment rate has consistently been twice as high as the White unemployment rate, which was 5 percent for Whites and 10.9 percent for Blacks in 1963. […]

Facing America’s lynching frenzy

Facing America’s lynching frenzy

We live in an era when humankind seems awash in war-driven atrocities. Men, and in some instances, boys – for this is, overwhelmingly, a matter of the sins of males – who once lived within the boundaries of decency have dedicated themselves to committing crimes of shocking depravity. Whether driven by tricked-up political ideologies, ethnic-group […]

Must-have foods and moves for a better sex life

Must-have foods and moves for a better sex life

DR. RO NNPA COLUMNIST Valentine’s Day has passed but if you want to keep the romantic fires burning, don’t fret. In the words of Kerry Washington who plays Olivia Pope in ABC’s Scandal, “It’s handled!” As your nutrition coach, I’m here-to rescue you with tips that will pay off big – for you and your […]

A different standard for Black girls

A different standard for Black girls

LECONTÉ J. DILL NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Nearly 40 years ago, a metaphor or fable, if you will, about “upstream-downstream” was created by healthcare practitioners to better explain and argue for the value of preventative health care measures. The fable describes a group of community members standing near a river who witness someone drowning. Some of […]

High-tech must give higher priority to diversity

High-tech must give higher priority to diversity

KIM M. KEENAN NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST This revolution will definitely not be televised. When Intel announced that it would spend $300 million over the next five years to create a workforce that actually looks like America, the coverage of the announcement was scant. Here, we have a real game changer, and the faint praise of […]

From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

There is perhaps no American civil rights leader who generated as many divergent opinions as Malcolm X. As we near the 50th anniversary of his assassination of February 21, 1965, our nation will inevitably scrutinize his life, his work and his lasting impact on our country and our continuous struggle to address racial inequality and […]

Challenging our youth to read, write and think critically

Challenging our youth to read, write and think critically

I have to admit that I like using social media. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, I find myself using them to encourage, inspire, and promote ideas and concepts. Without a doubt, social media has taken over the lives of many people. They can’t live without it. Let’s face it – so many people […]

Time to invest in children

Time to invest in children

The president’s budget released this week proposes billions in critical new federal investments for 2016 and beyond to improve the life chances of millions of poor children. It also would prevent more harmful budget cuts in cost effective child investments while providing essential new investments to decrease the morally indefensible number of poor children (14.7 […]