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The Ben Carson I knew is gone

I'm not angry about Dr. Ben Carson's latest comments about President Barack Obama for one reason only; they've instead pushed me into a state of mourning as I watch the continued diminishment of a man who had long been a ...

Will Trump ad fool black voters?

Jamiel Shaw, Sr. is supporting Donald Trump for president.

Don’t get too excited when Trump attacks George W. Bush over Iraq

Something weird happened on February 13, 2016, at the Republican debate in South Carolina. Donald Trump went after Jeb Bush over the record of his brother, former President George W. Bush.

Why do politicians treat addiction differently in the suburbs?

Nick Cocchi would like to be the sheriff of Hampden County, an Eastern Massachusetts county of half a million people. Springfield, Massachusetts, a city that is about 22 percent African American, is the county seat. Eastern Massachusetts (and indeed, much ...

Opening your heart for Valentine’s Day

In the United States, St. Valentine's Day is celebrated widely with candy, flowers and private expressions of affection. I proposed to my wife on Valentine's Day and my kindergartner daughter, who was born on its eve, observes it with heartfelt ...

Raising money or just raising Cain?

Bernie Sanders raised $20 million with the average donation being just $27.00.

'Sham democracy' is fueling Africa's terrorism

From rural settlements in the hinterlands of the African Savannah, to plush hotels in bustling metropolises, terror groups in sub-Saharan Africa are pursuing their fundamentalist agenda with deadly ambitions.

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 ...