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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…

March For Our Lives Follows a Venerable American Tradition of Student Social Activism

By Marc H. Morial “By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an…

Students of Color Need to See More People of Color – That Shouldn’t Be Controversial

By Nate Bowling I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black. My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same,…

Natalie Cofield: The Living Walker Legacy

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) Nine years ago, when she was just 26, Natalie Cofield was looking for a mentor.  A young woman with entrepreneurship hard-wired into her spirit, she was discouraged that many did not take her seriously and disheartened that she could not make the connections she needed to further her entrepreneurial mission.  So…

‘Scared Negro Disease’ Remains

By Gary L. Flowers (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As another Black History Month has passed, I revisited the relevant speech given by former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson in 2002 while speaking in Portland, Ore., titled, “The Scared Negro Disease.” Mayor Jackson’s diagnosis is seemingly cancerous in Black politicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in some other…

Civility on Social Media is Dead

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I have found myself increasingly wondering whether social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, constitutes a vehicle for civil dialogue. The number of attacks that I have either witnessed or experienced has been astounding. It has gotten to the point that I rarely respond to comments on either Twitter…

Whole Person

By Victoria Rae Moore Dear Reader, Imagine this scene; a woman gazing deeply into her lover’s eyes as she mutters the words, “I love you. I am nothing without you. You complete me.” Romantic, right? But what if that isn’t a good thing? There are challenges couples will inevitably face. Among these is the fact…

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Sons of Queens

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   President Trump done stepped in it again! Why is it so difficult for Trump to remain quiet on matters that are simply none of his business?  The President needs to practice self-control.  He is having a difficult time running the country but thinks he can run the NFL?  Those of you…

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Ralph Johnson’s Story Is One We All Should Know

By Barney Blakeney   A couple of months ago I got an email from USN Ret. Capt. Taylor Skardon asking if I could do some things to put out the word about the Navy League’s effort to educate more people in our local community about Vietnam War hero Ralph Henry Johnson. I agreed. I figured…

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Where is “The Nation’s” True Pride?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   The world of today seems to be governed by assorted “hue-mans” who are possessed with either candid pride or bipolar arrogance in some form or the other. That’s my take on the topical themes of national pride as I wonder sometimes whether some folk know the differences that defines what pride…

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Victoria’s Column: Marriage, Dating and Self-Love

Dear reader, Relationships are hard. They require mutual care and attention, selflessness and the ability to sacrifice. The past 18 months have been some of the hardest I’ve ever experienced. I gained a husband and lost someone else. I found God and, through that, am finding myself. I decided to start a column because at…

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Character Never Goes Out Of Style

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Within the past couple of months, two women were associated with men who had recently been charged with a crime.  Ladies, we need to talk! Is it worth going to jail for Mr. Cool, pants sagging, drug pushing, still living with momma pimp? Think about it! Relationships aren’t made in heaven, marriages are. …

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