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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.

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 ...

Black History Month today, tomorrow and forever

In case you haven’t noticed, we are halfway through Black History Month. And if you’re in a dither about how to commemorate or celebrate this special moment on the calendar, your participation is still more than welcomed at a number ...

The world is yours

Before leaving office, the first African-American U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, has ordered Brooklyn prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in the case of Lil’ Kim’s ex-fiance, Damion “World” Hardy.

What the mayor didn’t say

Mayor Bill de Blasio must be commended for his concern about keeping affordable housing at the top of his agenda, a point he underscored with building plans from borough to borough, even if he provided few details and made no ...

Have New Yorkers become snow wimps, or is it just the government?

As a kid growing up in New York City, it seemed to me that for schools to close, Armageddon had to be near.

The health care crisis in New York

State Senator Bill Perkins discusses why he fights for "New York Health" legislation that will ensure Medicare-type healthcare for all.

Don’t apologize for being a dad, Mr. Mayor

When I found out I was pregnant in February 2010, I prayed to have a girl because I was terrified of raising a Black boy in New York City.

Seeing each other

“O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us,” are the immortal words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Seeing each other

“O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us,” are the immortal words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.

All lives matter

We have a city in crisis. We have a nation in crisis. There is blood on the streets, and it runs both Black and Blue.

Love and marriage, horse and carriage

As the harness is placed around Ruby’s neck, she knows it is time to go to work.

Agitate, agitate, agitate

This was the command heard a century or more ago from the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and it continues to have resonance today among the tens of thousands taking to the streets.

Foreign and domestic policy—same difference

“History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say, ‘Never again.’”

‘Black lives matter’

Since Darren Wilson shot down Michael Brown, these words have been a rallying cry and a balm for our spirits.

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