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How to make Christmas

I received a call from an old friend this morning. I've known him now for over forty years. When I was twenty years old I lived for four months with him and his family in Dayton, Ohio, while I attended ...

Blackonomics: Stop wasting your tax refund

As we talk about what to do and not do with our dollars during the holiday season, retailers are eagerly awaiting and preparing for another way to get your money.

For communities of color, the fight against diabetes is far from over

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the rate of new cases of diabetes in the United States declined by about 20 percent from 2008 to 2014. This represents the first sustained decrease in diagnosis since the ...

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defends racism from the bench

On the same day that President Barack Obama gave a stirring and historically grounded commemoration regarding the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment, the one that “abolished” slavery, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia chose to disregard tenets ...

The NAACP is broken, members must fix it

Having served the NAACP for ten years in several capacities, including branch president, and having donated money to its causes, I take no pleasure in writing this exposé.

ASK ALMA: When your partner's not interested in sex

Over my long Thanksgiving weekend, everywhere I went I encountered my married brothas complaining about the same thing – wives not wanting or initiating sex. It was as much a constant as football and turkey.

Is Barack Obama the most reluctant president in history?

Whether or not that title will stick to the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama will be determined in decades to come.

Ask Alma: My wife's emailing an old boyfriend in jail

I found e-mails my wife has been writing to an old boyfriend who’s now in jail. He will be locked up for a long, long time. At first I wasn’t all that concerned, but now she’s sending him pictures.

Don’t believe the holiday hype

The build-up began right after Halloween, when the newspapers got thicker; the advertising inserts longer, and e-mails touting shopping bargains coming more frequently.

Paris, terror and the forgotten

I received a call a few days after the Paris terrorist attack from a relative.

Blackonomics: Beyond T-shirts and hoodies

Recollections of my 1995 article on the business of college athletics danced in my head when I heard the news about the University of Missouri football team’s refusal to play until the President of that University, Tim Wolfe, resigns or ...

Mindful Madina: The freshman year of adulthood

There are basic things that everyone needs to learn to operate in the world.

Blackonomics: Can I get an amen?

On December 3, 2015 the Collective Empowerment Group (CEG), formerly known as the “Collective Banking Group (CBG) of Prince George’s County and Vicinity,” will celebrate a milestone achievement: Its 20th Anniversary.

We need to stop calling the cops on our students

Richland County Senior Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields seemed to think the only way he could get a young black girl out of her seat was to fling her across the room.

A plea to save the family phone

This really struck me in the immediate aftermath of the South Carolina flood.