When will enough be enough

This country must end its obsession with guns.

An arts school for Harlem

For more than a century, Harlem has served as the epicenter for cultural, social and artistic innovation in New York City. From Langston Hughes and Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown and Lauryn Hill, numerous artists have found their iconic voices ...

HUD and budget cuts

A little more than 50 years ago, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development was formed.

The unintended consequences of prosecuting low-level crimes

With momentum toward closing the dysfunctional jails on Rikers Island and continuing reductions in crime, New York City is making progress toward a better justice system. Despite steps in the right direction, the road to shuttering Rikers is paved with ...

Sanitation and poverty

The number 2,832,824 is not a small number. It’s the number of people in New York State living in poverty as of 2016—14.7 percent of people in our great Empire State living in poverty.

URBAN AGENDA: Mayor’s Wrongheaded Approach to Fare Evasion Enforcement

Mayor Bill de Blasio shows a strange lack of subtlety in dismissing studies and anecdotes supporting the fact that turnstile-jumping is a crime born of poverty.

Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #56

We are in the final leg of this year’s Black History Month, and 53 years ago Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights.

Time for the mayor to lead on Culturally Responsive Education

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Daily News broke the story about the white teacher in the Bronx who, in a lesson on slavery and the Middle Passage, made Black students in several classes lie face down on the ...

Our incarcerated populations are our responsibility

I have been reading several United Nations reports about incarceration, prison populations around the globe and the use of solitary confinement for incarcerated individuals.

Shola Olatoye deserves our support

Critics want to replace NYCHA’s most effective leader in decades.

A friendship strengthened

The White House recently released a transcript of remarks made by Vice President Mike Pence.

Let’s talk about how you should teach slavery 

I really tried to stay away from this story of the Bronx teacher stepping on the backs of Black students during a lesson on slavery.

Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #55

Let us hope that in mentioning Donald Trump’s name in the same breath as Frederick Douglass’ name that the latter isn’t denigrated.

Frederick Douglass, an alternative truth

Who was Frederick Douglass? More importantly, why does Frederick Douglass matter to today’s America? These questions are not merely rhetorical, as the recent controversy surrounding President Trump’s Black History Month statement illustrate.

The Black man’s burden 

Let’s begin with a wager. Walk into almost any barbershop in the Black community and start talking about the #metoo movement, and I bet you the atmosphere will change.