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Remember the scene from “New Jack City” when Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) told Scotty (Ice-T), “This ain’t personal; this is business?”

Celebrate Prince by planning estate for your loved ones

I’m a Prince fan. Not one who only knows all his popular hits but one who owns nearly all of his albums. I actually am a generational fan because my father, a former DJ, was listening to Prince and attending ...

Counting the Cost

The solar industry wants me to be quiet. I wonder why? As a journalist and political commentator, who covers issues important to the African American community and other marginalized communities, I have taken on powerful forces over the years. I ...

Practical Politics

In 2017, in the 115th Congress, counting the recent election of South Carolina’s Tim Scott, there are 50 African Americans collectively serving in the House and U.S. Senate. Starting in 1870 during Reconstruction, to date there have been 140 African ...

Counting the Cost

Our 45th president has had no trouble claiming the good employment news reported for January and February of this year. In those jobs reports, released on the first Friday of the month, we saw unemployment rates of 4.8 and 4.7 ...

IHOP manager: Black people don’t want to work

That’s what I was told by a manager at a South Los Angeles IHOP restaurant, after I inquired about the lack of African Americans working there during a recent visit. It all started after I casually observed—while waiting on a ...

Is it true black people don’t want to work?

Black people don’t want to work. That’s what I was told by a manager at a South Los Angeles IHOP restaurant after I inquired about the lack of African Americans working there during a recent visit. It all started after ...

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch has not met the civil rights standard

Overall, we conclude that there is an inadequate record to determine if Judge Neil Gorsuch, has a commitment to protecting and safeguarding civil rights and, therefore, we do not believe he satisfies the second prong of our requirement for endorsement. ...

Counting the Cost

If you happened to have voted for the man who now occupies the White House, you may be feeling bamboozled, right about now. The man who said that he wanted to take care of the little people, those who were ...

Practical Politics

From the millions protesting on Jan. 21, in the Women’s March, which was the largest single-day protest in the history of the United States, to the smaller but fervent March 8 protests on the “Day Without A Woman,” the political ...

Blacks have a lot to lose with Trump's new budget

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” targets a number of programs for severe cuts or outright elimination—programs that often help poor, working-class and Black families. The budget plans to cut ...

Civil rights leaders meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Earlier this month, leaders from six civil rights groups met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department to discuss a range of issues that are critical to the Black community. The meeting was attended by Kristen Clarke, the ...

Harvard Law Review elects first Black woman as president

ImeIme Umana, one of four daughters born to Nigerian immigrants, was elected as the 131st president of the Review out of 12 candidates, eight of whom were minorities and eight of whom were women. She is the second African American ...

Counting the Cost

The “budget lite” that our 45th president submitted is described as a “budget blueprint to make America Great Again.” Submitted in the third week of March, it trumpets draconian cuts in many federal programs, eliminating some that provide important services, ...

Practical Politics

With them just coming back to take up a new private residency in Washington, D.C., from vacationing in the Caribbean, it is interesting to imagine a morning conversation this week between Michelle Obama and her husband. Michelle: Now Barack, I’ve ...

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