United States Senator Charles Schumer on Loretta Lynch confirmation

The 5-month saga of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation process as Attorney General has been frustrating, but finally, today the Senate confirmed Ms. Lynch as the first African-American woman ever to hold the office of Attorney General.

Smart crook versus crooked cop

During the turbulent 1980s and early 1990s, when murder, mayhem and drugs plagued the inner cities, scores of self-made gangsters vied for control of certain neighborhoods.

Stuck in the middle of a deadly dilemma

Over the past several months, a lot of attention has been focused on killer cops. Every other day, we seem to witness a case of police brutality that ends in murder.

Support local businesses

Harlem residents deserve to have stores that provide clothes, coffee, food and a host of other goods. However, I wonder what the long-term costs will be for the neighborhood and the community if, slowly but surely, many of the locally ...

In de Blasio’s New York, where are the construction jobs going under his affordable housing plan?

Many were optimistic when Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to lead a new affordable housing construction surge that would deliver 200,000 new and renovated units of housing to New York City over a decade.

A fictional conversation between President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas

Never before in America’s history have three Black men occupied such official positions of power: President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Obama travels to Jamaica, Panama to improve relations

The tension among the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean countries has not really changed for 100 years.

Violence in blue

Are the incidents of the police caught on camera committing one brutal, atrocious act after another aberrations or are they merely a small sample of even more occurrences that are never recorded? We like to believe it’s the former.

Why don’t Black lives matter?

Why don’t Black lives matter? Is it because according to the Constitution we are still just three-fifths of a person? Is it because our communities seem poorer than others? Or is it because when we dress in a hoodie, we ...

Not good enough: How New York is failing minority businesses

For decades, minority-owned firms have been trying to do business with New York City and New York state governments. And for decades, they’ve been told that, for varying reasons, they’re “just not good enough” to compete.

Obama’s dangerous wordplay

As if the Islamic Republic of Iran’s determined pursuit of nuclear weapons were not enough, President Barack Obama’s recent interview should prove to everyone just how dangerous the framework agreement announced in Lausanne April 2 really is.

Writing letters must not be a dying art

All of these modes of communication are necessary and helpful in our quest to stay involved and connected. However, I am proposing the slower way to stay connected.

Convertible justice: The inequitable currency of human life

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from a Nigerian school and the three-month anniversary of the slaughter of 2,000 people in Baga, how can we explain the lack of international response to the expansion ...

Is this better?

Increasing the number of people graduating from high school and seeking higher education is particularly important in our inner cities, where public high school graduation rates are often less than 70 percent.

Test taking and money making

I voted no for the so-called education reforms portion of the $141.6 billion New York budget for two reasons.