When was America great?

Our American exceptionalism allows us to shimmer, too fully in our greatness. We are the biggest and the baddest. We are the best armed and the most influential.

Shirley Chisholm and the fight for equal rights for all women

With a woman heading the ticket of the Democratic Party, it may be challenging for us to remember that women have had the right to vote for less than a century (and Black folks less that).

Counting the Cost

The North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber tore it up and then threw down in a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 28. He called on those assembled to be a “moral defibrillator of our time,” ...

Counting the Cost

After Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn., there was Dallas, Texas. After rogue cops unceremoniously killed two Black men, a deranged shooter killed five police officers. The shooter, identified as Micah Johnson, reportedly said that he wanted to kill ...

Counting the Cost

When North Carolina passed laws eliminating anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and passing its “bathroom bill,” mandating that transgender people use the bathroom of their birth gender, they experienced almost immediate backlash.

Counting the Cost

After Baton Rouge, La. and Falcon Heights, Minn. there was Dallas. After rouge cops unceremoniously killed two Black men, there were five police officers killed by a deranged sniper who reportedly said he wanted to kill White police officers.

Counting the Cost

The day after 52 percent of the people who voted that Britain should leave the European Union, Google was deluged with questions. The most common – what is the European Union? That suggests that the people who voted to leave ...

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I have always had enormous admiration for Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), and that admiration increased exponentially when I watched him lead dozens of his Congressional colleagues to sit-in on the floor of Congress to force a vote on gun control.

Muhammad Ali did not ‘transcend’ race

Muhammad Ali was, among other things, a proud Black man. He embraced his Blackness, and often referred to it.

Counting the Cost

I was apprehensive when I learned that President Obama would give the commencement speech at Howard University this year

Counting the Cost

Malia Obama deserves congratulations. Admitted to Harvard University, she has decided to take a gap year, a mature choice that many students make when they want a break between intense and competitive studies and college

Counting the Cost

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson deserves high props. The young man used his activism as a platform to run for Mayor of Baltimore, and he placed better than expected in the April 26 election.

What about Black women? We deserve equal pay as well

The Sewell Belmont House housed the National Women’s Party in Washington, DC. It is one of the oldest houses near the United States Capitol, and was the house where Alice Paul wrote the 19th Amendment that granted women the right ...

Imagine if Corey Lewandowski was Black!

It is probably not especially politically correct to bring more race matters into the debacle that is also known as the “Donald Trump quest for the Presidency.”

Life is valuable in Turkey, in Belgium

The ISIS attack on Brussels, Belgium, strikes fear in the heart of every human being who lives in a “first world” nation rattled by random, brutal and terrorist attacks on law and order.