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Everyone needs to vote!

This is a call for all eligible black folks to register and vote in every election from now until eternity, so we can stop the rallies, marches and demonstrations related to voting.

News doesn't change much, so what's new?

Every day, we turn on the television and hear about all the wars in the Middle East. Life is bad in the Middle East.

Why government fails, and what we should do about it

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society.

Losing Lebron: Reflections for peacemakers and educators

As a huge fan of the Miami Heat, my heart was broken twice this summer: First, when the team was overwhelmed by the San Antonio Spurs to lose the 2014 NBA finals, and again when Lebron James announced he is ...

Urban League Joins “Party with a Purpose”

July 3-6 is the date. New Orleans is the place. Empowerment is the purpose. Iconic thought leaders and musicians bring the message. For the 20th year in a row, Essence magazine is organizing the largest annual gathering of African American ...

Stop the mass school killings: We must change how we are raising our children

I sold Grit newspapers when I was nine years old. It was always a great day when I had sold my last Grit for the week. The profit was five cents per paper.

We must change strategy to fight the War on Poverty

Afghanistan is not, as the media calls it, "America's longest war." In reality, that is the government's "War on Poverty."

Why I still have faith in Congress

It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

Kevin Durant: ‘MVP’ son

Donald Sterling’s racist rant about blacks last month put a huge amount of focus on professional athletes. Many sports writers and fans have labeled today’s athletes as spoiled, ungrateful, prima donnas who have no appreciation for those who came before ...

Television’s new 'Carl Sagan'

As someone who was a fan of the original Cosmos series, hosted by the late Dr. Carl Sagan, I was excited to see what Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson would do with the concept.

Condoleezza Rice, not welcome?

Rutgers University of New Jersey invited Dr. Condoleezza Rice to give the commencement address at the graduation exercises of 2014. Immediately, some members of the faculty and several students mounted a protest against the invitation that led Dr. Rice to ...

The Justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy.

Healthier America, saving our nation from collapse

My mother once felt badly because we didn't have an ashtray in our house.

Government as innovator? You bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

Take me out to the ballgame

Opening day for Major League Baseball always puts a smile on my face. This is the day that many of us treat as the actual beginning of spring. While snow can always appear, you know that warmer days are ahead. ...