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United States and United Nations failed Somalia

In 1991, I watched Somalia disintegrate. It was not just the breakup of a state, as we were to see in the former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union. It was the complete collapse of the state structure and the ...

Creating conscious black millionaires

Black folks have the ability to create our own conscious millionaires. We have certainly done it for others for a long time now. Conscious black millionaires, by definition, would most assuredly use some of their money to assist the black ...

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 Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a White, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace ...

Who gave this reserve cop a gun?

Robert Bates, 73, shot and killed a man while playing cops and robbers with real police.

Finally, an emoji black Santa

The new emojis are here! On Thursday, Apple released a new version of its mobile operating system that includes more diversity than ever when it comes to the race, ethnicity and sexual orientation of its emojis -- those cute little ...

Don't Bet on Obama's Plan to Drill in the Atlantic

President Obama's energy policies have irked many voters. So to win public support, Obama recently promised to open up areas of the Atlantic to drilling. But the promise, as Drew Johnson of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance explains below, is just ...

Progress in baseball came with a cost

Anyone who has followed my columns knows that about this time of the year I normally write something about the commencement of the baseball season. More often than not, I write about the late Curt Flood and the late Marvin ...

Mr. Wade and the ‘First Family of the Housing Projects’

Approximately three weeks ago, I suffered a mild heart attack. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Robert T. Wade, a longtime family friend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, died at the age of 94.

Why Rand Paul is wrong for America

Georgia Davis Powers has served as a civil rights organizer, political activist, and elected official. In 1967 she was elected as the first woman and person of color to serve in the Kentucky State Senate. The opinions expressed in this ...

Change is coming to Ferguson

Change is coming to Ferguson. In the next few weeks the Department of Justice (DOJ) will begin to negotiate in earnest with the city to restructure the police department, which the department has charged with engaging in a pattern and ...

Where are the good jobs?

The American economy has added an average of 261,000 jobs every month for the past 12 months, with March's jobs report showing a slowdown to 126,000 jobs. Average hourly wages bumped up 7 cents in March, but have only grown ...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Died 47 Years Ago, April 4

Forty-Seven years have now gone by since our esteemed, leader Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Good Friday, Passover and Easter in perfect order

Providence has designed that Good Friday, Passover and Easter follow each other in perfect succession this year.

‘Empire’ shows that black dollars matter

According to a Nielsen consumer report, African Americans are voracious consumers of media, watching 37 percent more television than any other slice of American demography.

Michelle Obama: My challenge to you

It has been five years since I started Let's Move!, an initiative to address childhood obesity and help all our kids grow up healthy. And as we mark this fifth anniversary, we're celebrating how far we've come, we're challenging ourselves ...

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