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The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. ...

Black Republicans have mixed views on President Obama’s legacy

The African American community votes overwhelmingly Democratic. President Barack Obama was elected with more than 90 percent of the Black vote, and Sen. John Kerry and Vice President Al Gore also got the lion’s share of Black votes. But, not ...

The politics of being the change we seek

No, in too many parts of the U.S. and the world, Black lives don’t matter much, yet. Clearly, they should, but bad habits most often die slowly without the pressure of penalty or substantial consequences.

Nordstrom Rack robbery ‘mastermind’ sentenced to 193 years in prison

A man who sexually assaulted an employee during a takeover robbery at a Nordstrom Rack in Westchester, where some workers were ordered to strip down to their underwear, was sentenced Wednesday to 193 years to life in prison.

Is Democracy overrated?

Long before China and India became the economic wonders of Asia, there was Singapore, a small, diverse country with no natural resources that took the audacious step of breaking away from the Malaysian federation in 1965 to become an independent ...

Economic Recovery? Ask the Fed

Has the Great Recession ended with our economy returning to normal? That may be “conventional wisdom,” or the word we get from those who think that there is no more intervention needed to stimulate the economy. President Barack Obama has ...

REBOOT helps women veterans

The Nationals Veterans Transition Services, Inc, collaborated with the Ford Motor Company to create The Freedom’s Sisters REBOOT Workshop, which celebrated their first graduating class this past Friday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Fifteen women veterans attended free classes, five ...

American Federation for Children

I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place. For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it ...

Child Watch

Congress is about to strike a deal that takes care of seniors and doctors but leaves low-income and “at-risk” children short. Congress’ annual struggle to avoid cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians will continue to give seniors the care ...

Blackonomics

The experiment that featured a Black man in the White house is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking for their next job and jumping ship faster than rats. But you can’t blame them; that’s ...

The politics of leaving well enough alone

In February, 2012, George Zimmerman got away with murder. That is a generalized public perception, particularly among African Americans. Trayvon Martin is dead from a bullet put into him by Zimmerman, and Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter in Florida court ...

The politics of legal change

Okay, two quick points here. As predicted in previous columns, the Marvin Gaye offspring, Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, won their lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for copyright infringement regarding the monster hit song “Blurred Lines.” The ...

After the chants

Just a week or so after Black History Month concluded, the Civil Rights Movement experienced a special commemoration. Tens of thousands thronged to Selma, Ala. for a historic march across the Edmond Pettus Bridge, marking March 7, 1965, the 50th ...

Metro hires new CEO

Veteran mass transit manager Phillip Washington was approved by the Los Angeles County Metropolitant Transit Authority as the next CEO of the agency which currently has a budget of $5.5 billion.

How about letting members of Congress live like other people?

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) couldn’t bring his French bulldog, Lily, on an Amtrak train. So when Amtrak funding came up for a vote, he inserted a provision that required one car on an Amtrak train to be designated a “pet ...