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Can Sanders woo black voters?

Hours after claiming a decisive victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is planning to meet in New York City with none other than the Rev. Al Sharpton, a move that is sure to ...

African Americans and the ACA: Much accomplished, more to do

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) promised to improve the delivery of healthcare services in America— especially for historically disadvantaged communities that suffer high rates of chronic illness.

Human trafficking survivor: 'We need jobs, not pity'

There are times when I feel like screaming, on behalf of all human trafficking survivors, "We need jobs, not pity!"

The affront of Michael Jackson being played by a white guy

"Let me get this straight. Idris Elba can't play James Bond, but it's OK for Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson?"

Iowa Caucus reminds me of Groundhog Day

I have watched the movie titled “Groundhog Day” with actor Bill Murray. Looking back, I'm wondering if that movie was about the Iowa Caucus. The caucus just keeps coming back and back and it seems we just can't escape the ...

It's not just about Flint

The best fiction has a way of using an imagined world to help us see the real one more clearly. I was reminded of that when I recently read "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."

Freddie Gray case is Band-Aid to Baltimore's bigger problem

The first police officer homicide trials in Baltimore's recent history do not deal with excessive force. Instead, jurors deciding the cases of the officers involved in Freddie Gray's death will wrestle with the question of whether the defendants' actions were ...

Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and ...

MLK Day turns 30: Why we observe it

This Monday, we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Looking for Martin Luther King's 'Dream'

We've come so far from that fateful day on April 4, 1968, when a bullet ended the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, yet we have so terribly far to go.

Government needs to work better

Whoever wins next November’s presidential election, it’s a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow.

The glorious force of Natalie Cole

Whatever life threw at Natalie Cole, she kept coming back. And hers was not an easy life: There was the loss of a parent during adolescence, the drug dependency and then a series of illnesses serious enough to have put ...

The other one percent

I watched the final Republican debates of 2015 in shock and awe!

Leaders provide vision not division

Leaders provide vision. They help people understand where they are, how they got there and what they must do to go forward. They help calm nerves and strengthen courage.

This holiday season, military families need support

Most troops have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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