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Justice is not blind

When racist attitudes, either conscious or subconscious, are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African Americans more likely to be the targets of “blind justice.”

Politicizing donations to Clinton Foundation

Like the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropy that primarily funds education, world health and population projects, the Clinton Foundation was established to address such issues as climate change, global health, economic development, health and wellness and ...

America's true crime problem

It’s getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we’ve not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of Black or Hispanic citizens under questionable circumstances.

The Waco Biker Riot and the lexicon of racism

Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage – using guns, knives, clubs, and chains in trying to kill each other, and police officers, too, that ...

Jay-Z and Beyonce are following a rich tradition

Hip-hop culture is about transformation.

Ask Alma: My brother’s non-breakup breakup

My brother and his fiancée broke off their engagement, which was a surprise to my whole family.

B.B. King: Why I sing the blues

As a young boy in 1920s Mississippi, Riley B. King, who would one day come to be known as legendary blues icon B.B. King, was introduced to the electric guitar at Reverend Archie Fair’s church.

The transformation of Steph Curry

I’ve lived in Charlotte, N.C. with my family now for the past 15 years and owned season tickets to the Bobcats games for the first three seasons of the new basketball franchise. In a small, communal city like Charlotte, we ...

Ask Alma

A christian with a short memory

The scars of Vietnam

As a baby-boomer who grew up on war movies, I thought of veterans as various forms of heroes.

Planning for our own success

Are we living in the last days? If so, what are we doing about it?

Michelle Obama resists taking the easy way out

More than any other first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama continues to stand above those who would attempt to distort her leadership. First Lady Obama’s recent commencement address at the Tuskegee University in Alabama exemplified her ...

First Lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

Last week, I received an email from my friend, NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry. It was a White House press release and a copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s May 9 commencement address at Tuskegee University. My first ...

Baltimore: Another horror movie re-run

The movie we are watching in Baltimore is a re-run and a sequel.

Proof that the Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby

When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting ...