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MLK50: Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kay Coles James, President, The Heritage Foundation Fifty years ago today, America lost one of her greatest leaders, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like so many who were alive on April 4, 1968, I clearly remember the shock I felt when I heard that Dr. King had been assassinated. On that fateful day,…

On 50th Anniversary of King Assassination, We Have Work to Do

By Jesse Jackson The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America. We will celebrate the progress that has been made since Dr. King was taken from us in 1968, and decry the agenda that is still unfinished. But we cannot ignore the systematic effort…

Ask Dr. Kevin – Stigma In Sickle Cell Disease: How It Affects ED Care

By Dr. Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Rare Disease Unit The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. The opioid crisis in the United States is at an all-time high, impacting thousands of…

What a Difference a Director Makes at CFPB: Trump Appointee Makes Changes to Help Companies, Not Consumers

By Charlene Crowell In 1959, the late Dinah Washington (1924-1963) won a Grammy Award for her R&B hit song, “What a Difference a Day Makes”. The song tells the story of how a blossoming romance dramatically changed life – for the better. Its last lyrics, conclude that “the difference is you”. When I consider the…

Let’s Move Forward Together

By Marian Wright Edelman In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta’s City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the chance…

Here’s One Way We Could Keep More Black Male Educators in the Classroom

By Francis Pina Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher. If we got 100 teachers in a room, statistically I would be one of just…

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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Women Beware!! Sexual Predators Everywhere

By Beverly Gadson-Birch When news broke last year of Bill O’Reilly’s firing by Fox, he claimed that he was the victim and that the sexual harassment charges from the women were all lies. O’Reilly vowed to set the record straight and that there would be an explosive announcement later which would vindicate him. Fox media,…

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How to Be a Better Lover

By Victoria Rae Moore Dear Reader, When it comes to loving, we could all use some improvement. Experiencing love is like having a glass of wine for the first time; there’s no other feeling like it and eventually, your tolerance gets higher. But love is more than a feeling. Alain de Botton says, “Love is…

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A Mother’s Teachings About Patience

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      Greetings to you on this wonderful day. I trust that you know that this is a marvelous day also, even though I probably assume that there are some disillusioned and discontented  ethnic folk in “hue-manity” who may not feel the same way as I, or you, do. Those differences in…

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