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President’s Claim To Be Above the Law is “An Affront to the Very Principle on Which Our System is Built”

By Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” – Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message, December 7, 1903 A claim this week by President Trump’s…

Strong Apprenticeship Programs Key To Addressing The Wage Gap

By Odie Donald II,  director of the DC Department of Employment Services Over the last decades, many American inner cities have seen an economic resurgence. Buoyed by millennials and people’s desire to shorten their daily work commute, neighborhoods and communities that were all but pronounced dead two decades ago now find themselves flush with new…

An Abominable Massacre of Poor Children’s Futures

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund The United States Congress and Trump Administration are engaged in a morally abominable massacre of the hopes, dreams and basic survival and development needs of millions of babies, children and youths in America – 13.2 million of whom are poor. Many are hungry, homeless, unequally educated,…

Hundreds Rallied For Meek Mill, But What About The Rest?

By Lynette Monroe, NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist Recently, hundreds of fans and supporters held a rally outside a Philadelphia courthouse, chanting for Robert Rihmeek Williams a.k.a. Meek Mill, to be released. The rapper was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his parole, stemming from 10 year-old charges, including drug possession and…

Watch Your Mouth – Dental Health and Nutrition

By Julianne Malveaux,  author, national columnist and economist From the time I was a little girl, to just a day or so ago, someone has always told me to watch my mouth.  Why? My mouth runs, and sometimes it runs unplugged. I’ve been known to flim flam folks with flattery or eviscerate them with evil, sometimes…

Celebrating Good News

Dr. E. Faye Williams,  National President of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – By now you know I look forward to the weekly opportunity of sharing my opinions with my readers.  I pray that they offer helpful, thought-provoking, and uplifting ideas. For several months, we have mostly had dreadful events about which to write. …

Students Are The Losers In Adults’ Political Games

By Barney Blakeney  Over the past week, a couple of things have gone down that illustrates how the political agenda of adults continues to stifle our children and their futures. I got the call as I left Wesley UMC Sunday where young Rev. Sh’Kur Francis had given a dynamic message telling our young people to…

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An Occasion for “Thanks & Giving”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Around this time of the year during every November in the United States of America, families gather together on the fourth Thursday to celebrate what has become known traditionally as Thanksgiving Day. It’s an annual public and festive occurrence that brings much joy and happiness to many ethnic citizenry of our…

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The Future Lies in Land and Education

By Barney Blakeney I was watching something on television the other day when one of the characters said, “It’s the future that counts.” The comment made me reflect on what we so often think is important. It made me think about my maternal grandfather, Washington Miller. I never knew my grandfather. He died before I…

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Thanksgiving: A Happy Time For Some, Not All

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we approach the Thanksgiving holidays, I am reminded of just how blessed I am. While I am counting my blessings, there will be those among us that are not as fortunate.  The poor, homeless and jobless will always be among us.  There will be those who feel like throwing in the…

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The American People

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s now getting colder in most parts of the United States of America and all around the nation, “The American People” are being divided by more and more ethnic confusions and by additional external distrust in each other. These pervasive, internal factors are as real to some of the bald eagle’s…

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Sustainability Institute: Helping Change Lives

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   The longer I live, the less regrets I have.  It hasn’t always been that way.  It seems like such a long time ago that I was out living for the weekend like others of my generation. My generation is no different than the young people of today who have a very…

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