The Promise of Colombia

Where do I begin to tell the story of our trade mission to the beautiful nation of Colombia? It had been in the planning stage for more than 14 years. It began when Oscar Gamboa, who works for the government, ...

Beyond the Rhetoric

Last week, the Obama Administration declared war on one million underserved students pursuing higher education throughout the United States. While the president and first lady launched their campaign to make it easier for low-income minority students to access college, the ...

Hurting our students for economic gain

There are very few things that are as vile and predatory than cheating young Black students out of a decent education.

A valiant fight for right in St. Paul

In my travels I have met many outstanding warriors. The late Arthur A. Fletcher and Parren J. Mitchell have cultivated the nation’s landscape in terms of economic empowerment.

Betrayal in Chicago

Like a typical American city, Indianapolis was a venue of mass discrimination against Black-owned construction business. I had been working since 1989 to change that.

Detroit: nowhere to go but up

It has been a long and rocky ride down the economic slope for the Motor City. The first time I moved to Detroit was 1974.

Slaves without socioeconomic change

In the past there were so many hangings, beatings, shootings and bombings. They went without justice being applied. During the past few decades we have shown national outrage from Emmett Till, Mississippi civil rights workers shootings, Rodney King, etc. and ...

How China runs circles around us in Africa

You can also call this piece “The Tale of Two Presidents.” The contrast between the attitudes of China’s President Xi Jinping and our President Barack Obama is absolutely shocking. President Xi is straight up about business.

A real way to save our mortgages

It is now five years since the great financial crisis of 2008, which saw housing markets plummet, the stock market swoon, and millions of Americans lose their jobs in the wake of the recession that ensued.

Good week at the United States Supreme Court

The latest session of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) had the interest of Black Americans like never before. On the line were two key components that brought African Americans into full citizenship, affirmative action and voting rights.

Beyond the Rhetoric

We are very disturbed that elected officials as well as civil rights organizations have this cordial relationship with construction unions. Construction unions have consistently discriminated against Black workers and contractors.

The loneliest person in the building

For the most part, corporate America employees are satisfied with their careers. There is usually a chart to review in terms of responsibility. Is the employee moving up the “ladder” and heading towards more executive responsibility?

How governments avoid working with Black business

Last week, I wrote about why we have Black business programs. Their evolution of from the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the cause for their existence. Title VI of the act, along with the ...

How Black business development programs came to be

We have these programs from the blood, sweat and tears of Dr. Martin Luther King and the other giants of the Civil Rights Movement. They saw the vision of having a new and improved Civil Rights Act.

The EPA adds to the list of Washington scandals

These are very wild times here in Washington, D.C. We have four big scandals going on that could threaten the entire Obama Administration. The biggest appears to be the IRS scandal. Next, is the Benghazi cover-up. The spying on the ...