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Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

By Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led…

Investing in Workforce Generates Healthy Returns

By Odie Donald II In the last month, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the nation’s capitol has lifted the label from the U. S. Department of Labor as a “high-risk” partner in job training and employment programs, and “at-risk” in Unemployment Insurance programs. The District had carried these risk designations since 2012,…

One Year of Trump: What We’ve Lost and What We’ve Learned

By Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) The year leading up to his inauguration in 2017, as the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump espoused senseless, baseless and ultimately empty assertions about the state of Black Americans and our communities. “What the hell do you have to lose?” he screamed in front of a predominantly White crowd in…

Blacks and Politics: Either Get Engaged or Get Left Behind

By Jeffrey Boney, NNPA Member/Houston Forward Times Okay, everyone, if you are reading this, welcome to 2018. You made it, and with that being said, I feel that this is the perfect opportunity for us to be honest about an important truth. First of all, as I see it, it is extremely clear to me,…

When Someone Tells You Who They Are, Believe Them!

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.” -Washington…

Skin Color, Not Credit Risk, Tied to Auto Finance, Says Report

By Charlene Crowell Nationwide, auto loans represent the third highest category of consumer debt. And according to new research, the color of your skin has a lot to do with how much debt is incurred. Discrimination in Auto Lending, authored and published by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), found that despite federal laws banning…

Thinking This Thing Out

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   The living arena is something that, if you’re alive while reading this, you should know that it is a constantly challenging phenomenon. To say that in plain English may not be suitable because the undeniable fact that each tender moment in the living process is becoming so very fragile may be…

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Racism 101 – Denying Civil Rights

By Barney Blakeney   This is an issue I really didn’t want to weigh in on –  former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s upcoming speech at The Citadel. I got an email from Charleston Rep. Wendell Gilliard protesting Bannon’s invitation to speak to the Citadel’s Republican Club. I got bad vibes from the get-go. I really…

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Halloween Is Not About Racism

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Halloween is children’s most favorite times next to Christmas.  They get to dress up as their favorite characters and go door to door trick or treating. Like most experiences for children, they start out innocently and oftentimes grow out of control.  I can remember my days trick or treating and it was…

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Alone to My Journalistic Thoughts

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I’ve been thinking about what to put out for this week’s column for a few days, and I’m now challenged as usual to get busy and do what I have to do. In many ways, it’s an endless process, one which I’ve been privileged to do for almost thirty years and…

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Nov. 7’s Not A Time To Stay Home

By Barney Blakeney Next week voters will go to the polls to elect candidates to a variety of public offices in many different communities. But in this climate of extreme political consequence, I read something the other day that makes me shudder. My man Hicks, a columnist for the daily paper, wrote about the depressingly…

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Life is an African Experience

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s raining outside as I attempt to gather my thoughts for another column and the continent of Africa is on my mind.  I can’t quite explain why, but the parallel between the the Motherland and nature are now very much in my somewhat laid back thinking experience. With perception and perseverance, and…

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