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Julianne Malveaux

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Partial police tapes are too little, too late

Keith Lamont Scott was killed by a police officer on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Charlotte, N.C. The officer, dressed in civilian clothing, said that Mr. Scott had a gun and that he did not follow verbal orders to put his hands up.

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Stop the payday loan debt trap

Between the unemployment rate report that was released in early September, and the Census report on income and poverty that was released on Sept. 13, President Barack Obama and his team got great news about the economic status of the average worker.

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This is why we have to invest in effective teachers nationwide

While millions of children (and teachers) welcome the call to go back to school in August and early September, all is not well in classrooms and school districts around the country.

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What You Need to Know about Voting on Tuesday, November 8

Are you ready to vote? Are you registered? These may seem like simplistic questions, especially for those who are aware, but every year some folks are denied access to the polls, because they didn't register on time, or they moved and their address does not match the address the registrar of voters has, or SOMETHING.

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This Is Why We Have to Invest in Effective Teachers

While millions of children (and teachers) welcome the call to go back to school in August and early September, all is not well in classrooms and school districts around the country.

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Why do Black businesses struggle to grow?

The most recent data on minority-owned firms in the United States was collected in 2012 (and released at the end of 2015). It showed that the number of minority-owned firms rose from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012.

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Women celebrate less than a century of progress

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 than that). But the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote was certified on Aug. 26, 1920, just 96 years ago.

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Hey Donald, 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. We win the most Olympic medals, and we have the most nuclear weapons. We are so great that we wave our flags and shout out, “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

When was America great?

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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

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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).

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Rev. Barber’s speech at the DNC was everything

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,” to shock our nation with the power of love and morality. Rev. Barber did not use the word “endorse,” but urged delegates to “embrace” Clinton, and his rousing rhetoric was challenging and inspirational.

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Deconstructing Reconstruction in the aftermath of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas

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 White police officers. Too many commentators referred to his middle initial “X” in an effort to be more racially provocative.

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Is there corporate leadership on racial justice?

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.

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The bitter fruit of a broken reconstruction

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.

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Too late to ask?

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 the European Union didn’t even know what it was.

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Appreciating Congressman John Lewis

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.

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Senator John McCain Foolishly Blames President Obama for the Massacre in Orlando

The cretin who took an assault weapon into Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, on “salsa night” is beneath contempt. Was his target the LBGTQ community, Latinos, or simply human beings?

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.

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We Need Literacy Warriors like Kizzy in the Black Community Today

Dictionary defines warriors as “a person who fights in battle and is known for having courage and skill.” In Roots, reimagined Kizzy Kinte tells her dad “Reading is my way of being a warrior, my way of feeling free inside.”

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A misstep, and a reset: Kudos, Obama

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

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What happens after all the hateful rhetoric?

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

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The fight for what is possible

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.

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Harriet Tubman: Face on the $20 bill is fitting tribute for economic freedom fighter

When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would grace the new $20 bill, my heart sang hallelujah. Additional changes to the currency were also announced. The back of the $10 will now recognize the five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement and the back of the $5 bill will recognize civil rights leaders, and honor historic events from the Lincoln Memorial.

What about Black women? We deserve equal pay as well

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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 to vote.

Imagine if Corey Lewandowski was Black!

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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

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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.

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Mary Church Terrell to Barbara Lee: Black women in the peace movement

Some words seem rarely mentioned in this highly toxic political season. We’ve heard about bombs and walls, but very little about peace. One is almost tempted, when some of the candidates are speaking, to

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Condescending or clueless? Clinton and Sanders on race

Sen. Bernie Sanders doesn’t get race! He gets economics. He gets Wall Street. He gets trade, and he gets distribution. He just doesn’t get race. Perhaps one of his lowest moments in this campaign happened about a month ago (Feb. 13) in Minneapolis. A woman asked him to directly address Black people and reparations.

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Finding today’s Madame CJ Walker?

Women entrepreneurs have a powerful role model when they consider Madame CJ Walker. One of our nation’s first female self-made millionaires, her story of combining herbs to develop and manufacture a

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Do students deserve Internet privacy?

As the FBI battles with Apple about privacy protection and the need for the technology company to break down computer firewalls, I wonder who will, exactly, be protected, when technology companies go fishing

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Does any presidential candidate ‘deserve’ the Black vote?

Michelle Alexander, the brilliant author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of

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Why do politicians treat addiction differently in the suburbs?

Nick Cocchi would like to be the sheriff of Hampden County, an Eastern Massachusetts county of half a million people. Springfield, Mass., a city that is about 22 percent African American, is the county seat. Eastern Massachusetts

”Black is beautiful.” “Black power,” and “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud”—for this writer, these

In it to win it: My head says Hilary, my heart says Bernie

I am looking forward to Nov. 8, 2016, and to voting for Hilary Rodham Clinton to lead these United States.

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Recounting 1910 Slocum, Texas, massacre

Three unarmed Black men encountered a group of White men walking down a dirt road in Slocum, Texas on July 29, 1910. Without warning, and with no reason, the White men opened fire on the Black men.

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Is fresh water a ‘human right?’

Days before the opening of the World Economic Forum, Oxfam,

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Class act, crass responses—the State of the Union address

President Barack Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union address (SOTU) on Tuesday night. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the state of the union is “strong.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”

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The University of Kentucky at Lexington (the flagship college), has shrouded an indoor mural that features

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I am among the tens of millions who had to be peeled away from their television set on Friday, Nov. 13

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Don’t believe the holiday hype

The build-up began right after Halloween, when the newspapers got thicker; the advertising inserts longer,

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Republicans ignore Black people

As I watched the Republican debate on Oct. 10, I thought about Kanye West and the comments he made after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans. He said, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” Later he tiptoed away from the comment by saying he “regretted” it, but he never apologized.

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The Black community should directly challenge presidential candidates on race matters.

Bye, bye Biden. The vice president who might have given the honorable Hillary Clinton a run for her money has concluded that the timing is not right for him. Clinton needs someone to rattle her cage, to push her to be more focused in the general election. Now, Sen. Bernie Sanders will push her to the left. Biden may have pushed her back to center, enhancing her electability.

What the Democratic presidential debate showed us about candidates

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In contrast to the more entertaining Republican presidential candidate debates, the first Democratic presidential candidate debate was more absorbing.

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‘Feral’ Facebook comments show racism is alive and well

You can run, but you can’t hide from racism. I was preparing to write a column on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the trade agreement that President Barack Obama wants to fast track through Congress.

No due process for ‘standing while Black’

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Is Patrick Lynch, president of the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, (PBA), obliged to defend his members even when they are wrong? The open letter posted on the PBA website and printed in the New York Daily News lacks credibility and contributes to the fractured state of police-community relations. He has cautioned the media, and others, about rushing to judgment of James Frascatore, the walking assault machine that tackled former tennis star James Blake, put his knee to Blake’s back, and then cuffed him. This was captured by a security camera; the footage is ubiquitous online. Lynch says, “No one should ever jump to an uninformed conclusion based on a few seconds of video.”

Another government shutdown?

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Congress must approve a budget by Oct. 1, or our government will shut down. That means that people will not be paid and technically, government departments will cease to operate. Social Security payments, veterans’ benefits, and more will cease to be paid. Literally, government will shut down.

‘Angry Black’ gunmen

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Alison Parker, a rookie news reporter at WDJB, the Roanoke, Va., CBS affiliate, had turned 24 just days before she was murdered on Aug. 26. Her work partner, cameraman Adam Ward, was about to move to Charlotte, N.C., because his fiancé, a producer at WDJB, had a new job.

Can Hillary survive email controversy?

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If you had asked me just a year ago if former Secretary of State and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, I’d have replied “no question.” I expected a near-coronation on the Democratic side, and a little rough-and-tumble on the Republican side.

Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand what matters

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The 17-person race for the Republican nomination for president closely resembles a clown show, starring Donald Trump. The unfortunate contrast to Trump has been the tepid rhetoric of Jeb Bush, and the usual antics of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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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 White Rep. Chris Van Hollen, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

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