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Controversy over videotaping cops

Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the unfolding ...

South L.A. beating tape turned over to lawyer

A federal magistrate this week ordered the Los Angeles Police Department to give an attorney video footage that she claims shows her client being assaulted by an officer in South Los Angeles.

The politics of the new reparations movement

The call went out, far and wide. It was answered by delegations from more than 21 countries, according to the conference organizers. That number included Martinique, Trinidad-Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua, the Virgin Islands, Canada, ...

A young sister ‘hashtagged’ me out of my silo

When a colleague dropped the line, “You can’t hashtag your way to freedom,” I loved it! I laughed out loud, and promised that I’d not borrow the line, but steal it because I was so enamored of it. I’ve used ...

Black cops say recent police shootings are ‘outrageous’

The nation is up in arms over the recent spate of police brutality incidents, such as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies who kicked and pummeled a detained suspect. South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was charged with murder after ...

Should African Americans endorse Whites over Blacks?

Two prominent Black Maryland officials– Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III–have endorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a White man, over Black Rep. Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland ...

City launches ‘Save the Drop’

Last fall, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive calling for a 20 percent reduction in water use by 2017 in Los Angeles, and now the city is in the process of spreading the word about its “Save the Drop” ...

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 ...