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#BlackGirlsMatter right here in America

Every morning, when I fix my teenage daughter breakfast and drop her off to school, she reminds me that #BlackGirlsMatter.

Don’t overlook contributions of Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr.

Looking at our nation and noting where we have come since 1965 gives us reason to celebrate. However, in our celebration we should be mindful that true equality was never achieved, and that instead of moving towards justice we are ...

LETTER: World is at war

President Obama refuses to refer to ISIL, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Quds Force, and others as Islamic terrorists.

The value of a government-owned postal service

I remember reading a piece by a right-wing think-tank in 1990 calling for the privatization of the postal service. Their argument was fairly simple: it would allegedly save money.

Black dollars matter!

The protest slogans addressing our latest struggle for justice and equity compel me to come up with a new phrase.

Learning to be a citizen

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

LETTER: Support our Kurdish allies

The United States has to start directly supplying significant military equipment to the Kurds so they can effectively combat ISIS.

We need justice in our communities

Sgt. Lisa Henson is a prison guard in Baltimore. It’s a job she has had for 20 years. She is a straightforward and blunt woman. “I have a simple mantra about the work I do: I am fair, firm and ...

Why blue/black/white/gold dress went viral

This isn't just speculation, it's a fact: What the majority of us read, share and discuss is not "hard news"-oriented at all.

LETTER: Vehicles for Change

The recent national headline highlighting a Detroit man's 21-mile on-foot commute from his urban home to a factory job in the suburbs dramatically highlights the importance of transportation for low-income individuals in our nation's metropolitan communities, especially as it relates ...

From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

There is perhaps no American civil rights leader who generated as many divergent opinions as Malcolm X.

With the budget, the president calls the shots

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud.

Boots on the ground

The war against Isis may require boots on the ground. These boots should not be the soldiers of the United States of America.

Financial shackles still in place

As the annual, month-long Black History observance begins, now is a good time to reflect on the journey that previous generations of blacks have taken in the quest for total freedom and equality. From 1865’s Emancipation Proclamation, to 1954’s U.S. ...

Black History Month: Bridge racial divides

Last month, we mourned the passing of Edward Brooke. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, he was elected to the U.S. Senate by the people of Massachusetts, making history as the first African-American elected to the chamber since Reconstruction. He ...