URBAN AGENDA | Roscoe Brown: A Hero in War and Peace

Roscoe Brown man of enormous accomplishment, he came of age at a time when American institutions were segregated, lynching of blacks occurred on a regular basis in many parts of the country, and being born black essentially guaranteed that anything ...



A clear double standard

As a licensed firearm carrier, I have had to undergo significant and ongoing training, both in the safe operation of firearms, as well as the legal and prudential implications of bearing arms as a civilian.

Murder in Black and blue

A day after the Fourth of July, there was a brutal sequel to the moments of patriotism in Baton Rouge, La., when Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man, was riddled with six bullets from the local police.

These killings must stop

Here we are once again. A Black man has been killed on the streets of America and we must watch it, digest it, explain it to our children, question it, debate it and defend his existence, and then move on ...

Away with all pests!

Rudy Giuliani is back! His racist blather is being spewed on an endless round of television shows, many of which are allowing him ample time to add vitriol to a time of tragedy in need of calm and thoughtful ideas.

Better tools, not obstacles, for middle-income workers

We don’t need to listen to pundits or polltakers to know times are tough for working people. Millions of full-time workers live in poverty.

Brutal shooting death of Alton Sterling proves cavalier police killings of Blacks far from over

It happened again.

COMMENTARY | Let Tarzan rest in peace

Why and how is Hollywood still making films about a white man, Tarzan, as king of the African jungle?

What’s the big deal with the de Blasio “scandals?”

Ok, so everyone seems to think the sky is falling when it comes to de Blasio and the recent “scandals” plaguing various donors in his orbit.

Shhh … the morgue is overflowing with bodies

During the go-go ’80s and ’90s, when cities such as Miami and New York were plagued by drug-related violence, stories abounded about city morgues so overfilled that the medical examiner had to rent refrigerated trucks from Burger King to store ...

Beyond the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July has come and gone. Shards of fireworks have been swept away, the smell of cordite lingers in the air and there remains a few booms echoing in the distance. We can let Frederick Douglass rest again ...

URBAN AGENDA | The Next Battle in Albany: Expungement Law

For hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers – most all of them black and brown – having a criminal record is a life-altering event.

A celebration of Muhammad Ali

t’s taken me a few weeks to process the passing of Muhammad Ali—sports icon, fighter for civil rights, humanitarian and an unapologetic Black man.

Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real

Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I ...