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Look Back and See the Future (Part Two)

By James Clingman An excellent example of the impact our history has on the way we are today, especially economically, can be found in an article titled, The Reluctant Entrepreneurs, by Joel Kotkin, author of the book, Tribes. The feature discusses several reasons for Blacks not going into business and being surpassed in this area…

Look Back and See the Future (Part One)

By James Clingman I often use the phrase, “Our history is our future,” to express the fact that everything we need to do today, vis-à-vis economic empowerment, has been done before by African Americans in this country.  Just look back at what Black people built in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, Durham, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s…

Trump turns back on a future with Cuba

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. In his perverse fixation on overturning all things Barack Obama, President Donald Trump now turns his attention to Cuba, the island located 90 miles off our shore. Reports are that the president plans to travel to Florida to announce that he will reverse Obama’s opening to Cuba, reinstate restrictions…

Summertime, When the Livin’ is Hard for Hungry Children

By Marian Wright Edelman  Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush, little baby, don’t you cry. – Lyrics to Summertime, sung by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald knew a lot about the haves and have nots. She grew…

Why I’m Proud of the B-CU Grads that Protested Betsy “DeVoid”

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) than if I had raised them myself. Responding to the university’s very late selection of Education Secretary Betsy for the spring commencement speaker, graduating seniors chose to turn their backs on a woman who described HBCUs…

Trump’s Plans to Weaken Environmental Protections Would Harm Black Communities

By Keith Rushing   The Trump administration has made clear that it plans to limit environmental protections and reverse course on the stronger regulations achieved under President Barack Obama out of concern for the bottom lines of corporate America. Mainstream media has covered Trump’s decision to prioritize private profits over public health and the well-being…

Houston, We Have A Problem

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to Wikipedia, “Houston, we have a problem” has often been credited to communications between Astronaut Jack Swigert and NASA during an explosion that crippled Apollo 13 spaceflight.  Swigert’s words have been changed and shortened somewhat to the famous quote “Houston, we have a problem”.  In the aftermath of Harvey, these same…

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Beyond The Politics Of Workplace Violence

By Barney Blakeney   I got the call while writing on deadline. My mind was on the story I was writing so it took a minute to understand what the caller was talking about. The mind works a lot faster than the mouth. A lot of times people speak with half sentences as their mind…

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Don’t Let Negative Folks Destroy You

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Today I’m going to rap to you about a very troubling situation that’s oftentimes occurring in our lives. And that is dealing with negativities floating all around us.      First, let me briefly set the scenario behind why I’m addressing this topic now. It’s based upon a rather impromptu  conversation…

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Taking A Pause

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     A lot of stuff is going on in the world. Some global ethnically abstract-minded “colored” folk, including some of them who are here in our own vastly racially separated and political divided nation, don’t even know or care about the real happenings and its signs that are flashing before their…

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Changing The Flava Of Charleston

By Barney Blakeney    There’s a new flava in the house. There’s a brand new flava in the house. I was reminded of those lyrics from some song, whose title I can’t remember, the other day during a conversation with a new friend. The guy grew up in the Upstate, but now lives here. His…

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Remembering Dick Gregory, “Our” Ultimate Activist

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Legendary civil rights activist and accomplished former entertainer Dick Gregory died on August 19, 2017. The news of his death caused a stone, cold pause in my thoughts generating  immense reflective respect for this great teacher and iconic freedom fighter. I have nothing but respect for him because Mr. Gregory, or…

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