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What $5 can do for you

Many years ago, I began saving $5 bills after getting change. This small act has changed the way I view money, how I shop and what I view as needs versus wants.

Strengthening our mission against gun violence

Let’s change the way we look at gun violence. Instead of simply calling it crime, we need to call it what it truly is: one the most serious threats to public health in Harlem.

Senseless brutality

Anyone who has watched the video of Walter Scott being gunned down by officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, S.C., should be absolutely shocked by what occurred.

A Tale of Two African Nations: Nigeria and Congo

Nations across sub-Saharan Africa have for decades struggled to establish strong and stable democracies upon the ruins of single-party systems notorious for squelching dissenting views, jailing opposition leaders and embarking on self-serving economic policies that brought hardship to their peoples.

United States Senator Charles Schumer on the 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.