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A better way to handle juvenile crime

New York is one of only two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are automatically tried for crimes as adults. Teens tried as adults are 34 percent more likely to be re-arrested for felony crimes than their peers in the juvenile ...

Finally, leadership has emerged

I have visited the Holy Land nearly a dozen times, and the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress left me with a range of intense emotions.

From Lenox Avenue

I was born on Lenox Avenue shortly after the Harlem Renaissance invigorated the neighborhood with the vibrancy of intellectual discovery and artistic expression. Escaping injustice, millions of Blacks searched for a place to call their own.

Our women with unlimited possibilities

This week in Miami, Fla., approximately 150 Black women came together to share, learn, inspire and collaborate.The brainchild of Debra Lee and sponsored by BET, this is the sixth annual gathering of Leading Women Defined.

As America’s attention wanes, democracy growing in Africa

Lately, the United States has moved to aggressively to bolster pro-western forces in the Ukraine and promote democracy in the Middle East and Asia.

Bully-Proof Diva: What ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ teaches us about abusive relationships

This past weekend the film sensation that’s engulfed mainstream media, popularly known as Fifty Shades of Grey opened up with a record breaking $248.7 million dollar haul worldwide. The $90.7 million made domestically also set a record for the largest ...

Ex-Mayor Giuliani attacks President Obama over love for America

The insanity never stops with the Republicans because they are angry that an intelligent Black man is president of the United States.

Our 'Glory'

The stirring performance of “Glory,” the anthem-like song from “Selma,” by composers John Legend (John Stephens) and Common (Lonnie Lynn) forecast accurately that the work would receive the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Real love is in the air

The month of February is a time to celebrate Black History Month, but it’s also a time to celebrate love.

‘Who gave this S.O.B. his green card?’

You should know that the immigrant community was insulted and disrespected by actor Sean Penn during Sunday night’s Oscars presentation.

Raping the system: Bill Cosby, sexual assault, and racial retribution

Bill Cosby has been "America's Dad" for years, but in light of recent sexual assault allegations by more than a dozen women, one wonders whether that imaged belied a private darkness that expressed itself in the drugging and raping of ...

Boko Haram ‘thugs and zombies’

Again we are gathering in this ongoing campaign to stop the senseless violence of Boko Haram, not just in Nigeria, but in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, and to say stop Africa’s other wars, like in the Congo, that has killed ...

Uncuff our children

Recently, an announcement of significant changes to the discipline code in New York City public schools was made. These changes in policy, intended to provide safety and fairness, are partially derived from the outcry of parents and advocates of children ...

Illegal hotels and the gentrification of communities of color

As if the challenge of rising rents, flat wages and shrinking housing options weren’t enough, many predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are facing a new and dangerous threat: the rampant growth of such illegal hotel companies as Airbnb.

The indomitable Williams sisters

Despite troubles early in their tennis careers, Venus and Serena Williams have gone on to become champions and show the world they are not outsiders to the sport.