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Trump’s cold-hearted agenda is immoral

By Jesse Jackson Candidates say campaigns are about articulating programs, issues and priorities. But people vote for candidates based on how that person makes them feel. Consciously or unconsciously, elections are about giving voice to values. Voters are moral proxies who want to know that a candidate or elected official truly cares about them — that…

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut In Education Funding

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) No one ever said that higher education wouldn’t cost money. Across the country, tuition is steadily rising and students are taking longer to pay off their student loans. Today, 44 million consumers share $1.4 trillion in borrowed student debt – more than double what it was in 2008. On…

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…

Mom’s 50-50 Plan

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I had an opportunity to talk to an engaging young brother the other day about some of the trials that he was experiencing in his young life. He reached out to me because I’ve always been a friendly listener and serious communicator with this young soul. This young man has always…

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What’s There to Celebrate? Black Independence or Intolerance

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As another Independence Day has come and gone, just how independent are you? Do you own a business or a home? Can you afford to take a vacation across country or to another country? From slavery to freedom, black ancestors believed things would get better one day and God would deliver them out…

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You’ve Got To Pick Your Battles Cautiously

By Barney Blakeney If you’re scared, say you’re scared. But there’s a difference between being scared and being cautious. I’ve always tried to be cautious. I take risks, sometimes unnecessary risks. But I’m always cautious. I’m tempted to thrown caution to the wind in my discussion of the recent hubbub over a race bias audit…

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Mother Africa Speaks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    It is said that wisdom lies at the feet of the mother. If that is correct, and I certainly agree with that sentiment in many aspects, then all of “hue-manity” should sit, respect, acknowledge and listen to the mother of all nations’ common sense, and that’s the circumspection coming from Africa.…

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“A Picnic is Not Always a Picnic”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch A picnic is defined as an “outing or occasion that includes taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors”.  Another definition of picnic came out of lynching blacks, “picking a “nigger” to lynch in front of a crowd of whites. Snopes rates the definition as “false”.  In fact, Snopes claims “picnic” is…

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Grand Strand Violence Will Not Be Tolerated As In Black Communities

By Barney Blakeney The shocking video went viral. Recorded by a guest in a nearby hotel the picture wasn’t very clear, but it showed a group of Blacks beating one person and then people scattering. The video’s recorder, a volunteer fireman from my daddy’s rural South Carolina home, said at first he thought he was…

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