The politics of the Iran nuclear deal

At first glance, the Iran nuclear deal appears to be another “other people’s problem” issue that does not relate to the everyday “bread-and-butter” concerns of the nationwide Black community. It’s not about another negative police relationship in which the police-as-warriors ...

Can Hillary survive email controversy?

If you had asked me just a year ago if former Secretary of State and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, I’d have replied “no question.” I expected a near-coronation on ...

Top five tax traps small business owners need to avoid

As vice chair of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), I regularly hear from small business owners who are caught off guard by tax liabilities. This isn't surprising given the complexity of California's tax laws. Even the most well-meaning, ...

Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand what matters

The 17-person race for the Republican nomination for president closely resembles a clown show, starring Donald Trump. The unfortunate contrast to Trump has been the tepid rhetoric of Jeb Bush, and the usual antics of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

South Los Angeles needs jobs here and jobs now

The public has long questioned if government creates private-sector jobs. The most honest answer is that local, state, and federal governments often foster the environment that incentivizes or disincentivizes capital investment, business growth, and expanded employment.

Dinah Washington tribute kicks off theater festival

The second annual Leimert Park Theatre Festival will feature a series of 16 staged readings beginning tonight with the opening performance and gala at 7 p.m.

Plugging up the ‘pipeline to prison’ for women and girls of color

A crisis is brewing and having a dramatic impact in our homes and our communities. Between 1980 and 2010, women were the fastest growing population of prisoners. Girls made up the fastest-growing segment of the juvenile justice system. Women and ...

California celebrates Voting Rights Act as felons regain voter eligibility

For the past couple of weeks, America has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act with events all around the country.

Council OKs gun bill

Gun owners would be required to store their firearms in locked containers, disable them with trigger locks or keep them within their control under a proposal given preliminary support Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

Counting the Cost

Two prominent Black Maryland officials– Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III–have endorsed White Rep. Chris Van Hollen, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara ...

Michael Brown Jr.’s memory honored with moments of silence, march

By Kenya Vaughn Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

Health renaissance in South L.A.

On Friday, doctors and community members will participate in a ceremony to dedicate the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLK) in South Los Angeles. But probably only a few in the crowd will know the full phoenix-rising-from-the-flames story ...

The politics of President Obama in Africa

Cementing his role as the African Diaspora president and hero of everywhere Africans, President Barack Obama spoke recently to a huge audience at the African Union headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. This was the headquarters featuring the great statue of ...

Feinstein files drought legislation; Chinook salmon near extinction?

Sen. Diane Feinstein this week filed her long-anticipated legislative response to the California drought. The veteran lawmaker wants to broker a compromise that has for four years eluded Congress as her home state reveals each day more fallowed fields and ...

The politics of building presidential legacies

Lately we've been assaulted daily with details of speeches and sound bites from a deluge of Republican presidential hopefuls, especially Donald Trump. Sorry Republicans, none of you have a snowball's chance in hell of winning the presidency in 2016. However ...