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In praise of 'other mothers'

I had absolutely no right to cry over the death of Mrs. Howard. She wasn't family, and I hadn't seen her in more than 20 years. T

New tobacco ‘apology’ ads plan still excludes black media

A revised plan for major tobacco companies to purchase court-ordered ads to admit that they deliberately misled the public about the dangers of smoking would add nine white-owned newspapers to the list of publications carrying tobacco ‘apology’ ads but shut ...

The Justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NAACP and NBA owner Donald Sterling

The racist views of Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team have been well known for years.

Mental illness is our dirty little secret

I’m tired, my sisterfriend says. I don’t know how much longer I can hold on. As I hear her I have a couple of choices.

COMMENTARY: Divert, deny, distract

In beating a hasty retreat from Cliven Bundy, their onetime Lonesome Cowboy icon, Republicans have resorted to a familiar tactic: divert, deny, distract.

Black Jews remark may dog Sterling even more

"You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs," the Guy Who Sounds Like Sterling said on the recording leaked by Somebody Perhaps His Mistress.

Dominique Wilkins: Time to talk about racism

I am extremely proud of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Healthier America, saving our nation from collapse

My mother once felt badly because we didn't have an ashtray in our house.

Higher education too important to fail

We may as well call it “Edu-pay-tion,” as far as many prospective students are concerned. The cost of a college degree has risen 1,120 percent since 1978, but wages have increased a mere six percent during that same period.

Meb Keflezighi is American, and so am I

I was born in Ethiopia, raised in Oklahoma and Colorado, and ended up in Brooklyn, New York.

Clearing the regulatory waters

After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to ...

Government as innovator? You bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

Disproportionate definitions of ‘disproportionate’

In a speech this past February, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “Americans need to reconsider the punishment that convicted felons lose their right to vote.”

Blacks must speak outside the language of race, Part II

Contrary to popular liberal belief, black Americans don't speak with one voice.