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Why I still have faith in Congress

It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

Food, friends and freedom: Nikki Giovanni remembers Maya Angelou

I must have met Doc, as we called Maya Angelou, way before I remember.

COMMENTARY: The uncomfortable role white people play in diversity

In my family, I'm always bringing up stories from the past, our family's story, our diversity.

Our continuing conversation on race

Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: he won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen.

Looking beyond Donald Sterling

By now, everyone knows the story of Los Angeles Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling’s banishment from the National Basketball Association (NBA) for his racist comments captured on audio tape last month.

Honor the sacrifice

Americans gather on Memorial Day to pay homage to our men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces, honoring their sacrifice and courage, and recalling the selflessness that embodies military service.

A call to end predatory small-dollar lending

After waiting for more than a year for a hearing on a bill that would reform how small dollar loans operate, six U.S. Senators have now taken their concerns to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Opinion: Does minimum wage make sense? Yes, but...

Minimum wages are on top of the political agenda in many countries.

Black voters are not apathetic

The 2014 election year should be a voting “payback” year for Black America. Elected officials and politicians across America who have voted and acted against the economic, political and social interests of the Black American community should be voted out ...

A better way to compensate college athletes

Athletes at Northwestern University shocked the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports, by taking steps to unionize student/athletes.

Time to end predatory career college loans

Are you tired of complaining to family and friends about things you feel powerless to change?

Kevin Durant: ‘MVP’ son

Donald Sterling’s racist rant about blacks last month put a huge amount of focus on professional athletes. Many sports writers and fans have labeled today’s athletes as spoiled, ungrateful, prima donnas who have no appreciation for those who came before ...

Television’s new 'Carl Sagan'

As someone who was a fan of the original Cosmos series, hosted by the late Dr. Carl Sagan, I was excited to see what Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson would do with the concept.

Action on climate change crucial

Climate Change is happening, human activity is the primary cause, and without action consequences will be dire. That is the overarching message of the National Climate Assessment, released on May 7, 2014. The message is far from new, but cause ...

A slow response to Nigerian atrocity

Long after completing his 8-year presidency, William Jefferson Clinton acknowledged that he should have intervened in the conflict in Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands perished from the genocide that shaped the country.