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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.

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 ...

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.

#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.