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‘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.

#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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Netanyahu, Republicans beating drums of war

We need to see beyond petty insults. The fact that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chose to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without coordinating this with the White House was a snub and everyone knows that.

The perils of poisonous politics

By doubling down on his vile slur on President Obama’s love for his country, ex-New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani created the media frenzy that he craved. He also set up an easy test of decency for Republican presidential contenders: ...

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