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Working at taking a vacation

I don’t do vacations well. I have to be pushed and prodded, just about guilt-tripped, into taking time off. Sure, I’ll take an hour here, an evening there, to read a book or play word games. But it just about ...

Paulette Brown named president of American Bar Association

National Bar Association (NBA) past president Paulette Brown was sworn in Tuesday as president- elect of the American Bar Association becoming the first African American woman to assume the role.

Why marijuana's moment has arrived

A few decades ago, marijuana was a topic that relatively few people, mostly counterculture musicians and comedians, spoke about in public. The comedy team of Cheech and Chong made films such as "Up in Smoke" that extolled the pleasures of ...

Alex Johnson: Respect for tradition, commitment to progress NOW

When I was elected to the Los Angeles City Council 23 years ago, African Americans comprised close to 14 percent of Los Angeles’ population. Today, it’s approximately 8 percent. As demographic trends are projected, African Americans will continue to decline ...

Economic growth is up; will it trickle down?

Last quarter’s rate of economic growth is good news, especially after the economy stalled, losing momentum in the first quarter of 2014. Many said it was an aberration caused by bad weather, especially since economic growth in the last half ...

Legendary drummer Idris Muhammad dead at 74

Although he did not boast the marquee status of contemporaries such as Art Blakey and Elvin Jones, none of them eclipsed the influence of Idris Muhammad’s “bottom-up style” of drumming, and his ability to adapt across a variety of musical ...

The politics of media name-calling

We are all aware that once the media, in one form or another, labels something or someone, and that label sticks, it’s relatively impossible to uncork that particular genie. Truth and facts have nothing to do with it.

Dogs eat better than 1 million children

The South African charity Feed A Child (http://www.feedachild.co.za/) chose to highlight child poverty in South Africa by portraying a little Black boy being fed like a dog by a seemingly affluent White woman. In the ad, the boy has his ...

The politics of blind-eye focus

Many of us have friends or acquaintances who say and/or do things that eventually ensnare us in trouble they caused. Often our defenses against the ensuing criticisms and controversies just deepen the hole we find ourselves in, and we stand ...

Independence? Advertising, support, and African American organizations

In the “afterglow” of the Fourth of You Lie, I am flipping through an African American magazine, enjoying the content, but looking for the “bite.” For how can you not bite, when you look at the space in which African ...

Supreme Court seeks to gut labor unions

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris vs. Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating ...

Have Black girls been overlooked

Why has America and the Black community been silent about this epidemic? We hear so much about the 47 percent drop-out rate among Black males, but I believe a 40 percent drop-out rate among Black females is outrageous and unacceptable. ...

Ikea does its part to fill the wage gap

President Barack Obama would like the national minimum wage to rise to $10.10 an hour. By executive order, he has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has threatened to sue President Obama for ...

Right Wing gets it wrong on Mississippi

If you ever doubted that conservatives were sore losers, the recent Senate election in Mississippi should remove all doubt.

Joint Center: Once bastion of Black political research pressing to survive

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, esteemed as America’s foremost think tank for Black political and economic research, is struggling with financial problems so serious that its political arm has been gutted and its interim president is working ...