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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 ...

The Boomerang Generation

One of the most interesting findings of the data recently released by the Census Bureau is that so many recent college graduates live with their parents. Described as “boomerang” graduates, a third of them occupy a basement, a spare room, ...

Making sure our returning citizens succeed at home

There are about a million African Americans in the criminal justice system, which makes the United States number one in terms of the number of Black people behind bars. Fortunately, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, State Sen. Holly ...

Practical Politics

State Senator Rod Wright is going to jail. At least, that was the sentence meted out to him by L.A. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy this week. Wright is to begin a three-month term in the county jail on Oct. ...

Practical politics

Within this musical and literary generation, one of the most persistent challenges is in coping with the habit of millennials to “sample” virtually everything, yet still call it their original creativity. Several much noted artists—like Diddy, Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams—owe ...

America needs a raise

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months–an all time high.

Jazz titan Gerald Wilson dead at 96

Gerald Wilson, the prolific Jazz arranger, bandleader, composer, educator, and trumpeter, died at his family home in Los Angeles on Sept. 8. Perhaps the ultimate testament to his musical versatility was his ability to transition from the swing era of ...

The Politics of Lessons From History

In 1965-66, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the single most significant civil rights youth group of the 1960’s, created the first all-Black political party, the Lowndes County Freedom Party, to showcase SNCC’s belief that where Black folk were in ...

Back to school, back to basics

Between early August and late September, students are going back to school. Before they go to school, though, they and their parents will hit the malls and stationary stores to prepare for their return. Retailers say that students and their ...

Is hatred for trade schools class warfare?

Trade schools have higher graduation and placement rates than other colleges, yet they are being singled out for cuts in college funding because of their student population. Hairstylists, plumbers, mechanics, chefs, medical assistants, ministers, and other working class students who ...

Symbolism without Substance:

Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, La., in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice. After all the speeches, threats, marches, and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really changed. The prosecutors did their ...

Policing the police

Except for the Good Lord, everybody has someone or something to “check” him or her. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has an unresponsive Congress to check him, and Supreme Court to do the same. Elected officials are checked by voters (when ...

The politics of Africa on the world stage

The obvious theme of this week’s column could be and maybe should be the vicissitudes of the Michael Brown killing. But I’m not an obvious kind of writer.