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Commentary: President Trump wages war on Obama's legacy in first 100 days

There was the proposed massive budget cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the incessant rhetoric about a rise in crime in the nation, that lacked evidence to back it up; the threats of a renewed war on ...

Counting the Cost

The shrill conservative Ann Coulter has made headlines because the University of California Berkeley, wouldn’t let her speak at the end of April. Invited by college Republicans, her appearance threatened to incite violence, as activists on the left and on ...

The politics of supporting immigration rights

As part of the recent commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin L. King Jr., Dr. Ben Chavis, the long-time civil rights activist and current president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, penned an opinion piece focused on re-affirming the ...

Counting the Cost

Former Fox News channel anchor Bill O’Reilly, the man whose lofty ratings were responsible for the growth of the network, is no longer on the air. Revelations that $13 million had been paid, either by O’Reilly or the network, to ...

Practical Politics

Last month, as we commemorated the 1992 Rodney King riots (insurrection), it was easy to overlook the continued annual celebration of Jackie Robinson’s major league baseball career, and all the players in the league wearing number 42 on April 15th ...

What the Next 100 Days of the Trump Administration Should Look Like

A few days ago the Trump Administration passed the 100 day milestone, and I can’t help but think, “So what?” Yes, there are many symbolic interpretations to be taken from this time-honored tradition. But I challenge you: does it really ...

Blackonomics

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 ...