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Blackonomics

The Black vote is said to be the determining factor in whether the democrats hold the U.S. Senate. President Obama is on Black radio shows, and of course “Little” Al’s TV show, giving us the rundown on how important our ...

Five Compton schools win Apple grants

Bursch, Carver, Jefferson, and Kelly elementary schools along with Walton Middle School are among 114 schools in 29 states nationwide that were selected to receive Apple grants through the White House’s ConnectED Initiative.

Brooklyn prosecutor emerges as a top candidate to lead U.S. Justice Department

Loretta Lynch, the head federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, is emerging as a leading candidate to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, according to people familiar with the matter, after another top contender withdrew her name from the running last week.

The Politics of Ebola

Lost amid the current relentless media buildup of the Ebola=Africa, Africa=Ebola mindset, are several important bits of information. The first is that the CDC and other Western health systems (e.g., Canadian Health Ministry) have been studying various strains of Ebola ...

Counting the Cost

Did you notice that some stores are already touting Christmas sales? They are encouraging people to start buying for Christmas now. We’ve been experiencing this “Christmas creep” for years. Some of us are reluctant to call it “Christmas” creep because ...

White People Don’t

Time for the top 10 things White people don’t do—written for all my basketball teammates, friends, poets and the countless others who faced down racism’s evil. It should be stated for fairness that these only apply to some, not all, ...

The Face of School Choice

A little more than 10 years ago, a young woman named Denisha was part of a vicious cycle. Her mother dropped out of school, her uncle had dropped out of school and her brother would goon to drop out of ...

Is Hip Hop a culture?

My students recently had a debate over an issue that has troubled them. It is repeated below.

Ebola knows no borders

When it comes to matters of trade and economics, experts are eager to speak of “globalization.” People are keen to talk about the dissolution of borders and the many ways that countries work together across the globe. At least part ...

The politics of one step forward

Like a well-appointed suitor who is totally used to controlling the relationship he established for himself, American racism knows how to give a little hope now and then to keep us hanging on. So, the Florida man who argued with ...

Countering voter suppression moves

The Supreme Court recently blocked an appeals court ruling that would have restored seven days of voting in Ohio. In just three sentences, the court reduced voting access for tens of thousands of Ohioans, in yet another effort to suppress ...

School superintendent race is referendum on teachers’ unions

While the battle for Superintendent of Public Instruction between two Democrats is drawing attention because it is the most hotly contested statewide political race, in the end the contest may not so much depend on voters’ feelings about the candidates ...

Eric Holder’s legacy

After being confirmed as the nation’s first African American Unites States attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tip toe around the volatile subject of race.

African Americans less ready to retire

When the Federal Reserve Board issued its Survey of Consumer Finance (SCF), its findings were not surprising. The report, which is issued every three years, reflected the improved economic conditions since 2010, when the Great Recession was at its peak. ...

The politics of pimping victimhood

Let me wade into the gator-filled waters here. Why haven’t we heard the voice of Janay Palmer Rice through all this sound and fury over the horror of her husband hitting her? Wasn’t she the victim? Didn’t she take the ...

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