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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 ...

Caught between Barack and a hard place

The experiment that featured a Black man in the White house is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking for their next job and jumping ship faster than rats. But you can’t blame them; that’s ...

I had a heart attack

Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know it?

March Madness: Race, sports and money

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, better known as “March Madness” is back.

Starbucks' critics are making a big mistake

Congratulations, Internet haters! Well done, keepers of the one-true-way-to-talk-about-race!

188 years of black press excellence in USA

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America.

Blackonomics: Political Frustration

Writing has been a catharsis for me since my “angry days” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I used to write “Last Poets” kind of stuff and just put it away afterwards.