Letters to the Editor


Casino license will be a true test for New York on its MWBE commitment

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown a strong commitment to the idea of strengthening MWBEs in New York, but the true test will be whether the governor’s gaming commission awards one of the four casino licenses to the only MWBE proposal.

An open letter to President Barack Obama

As one of the earliest supporters of your inspiring and historic journey to the White House, I was honored by the opportunity to participate in the inaugural United States-Africa Leaders Summit, in particular the “Civil Society Forum” signature event and ...

Dear Comptroller Scott Stringer

I wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for your prompt response regarding my inquiry of the “Central Park Five” settlement. I appreciate and understand that you cannot disclose additional details at this time, as you have commenced ...

NYCHA camera request

First came the news that is every parent’s worst nightmare. Two children had been brutally attacked by a knife-wielding man on Sunday at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Boulevard Houses in East New York, claiming the life of ...

An open letter to the editors of the Daily News and the New York Post

I stared for a long time at the two front-page stories, with hideous pictures and all, in two New York tabloids—the Daily News and the New York Post.

There is a global education crisis

As a newly appointed global youth ambassador for A World at School, I want to call attention to the 57 million children around the world who are currently being denied their human right to an education.

Is Kenya’s princess camera ready for mainstream America?

Long before Steven McQueen unveiled Lupita Nyong’o in high definition, I yearned for her. Self-affirming visual representations of all our children engaging the world would help build their confidence to stake their piece of it. It is unfortunate that we ...

It’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage

It’s been more than four years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage.

‘We are our brother’s keeper’

Much is said of the state of Black America, especially young Black males, but there are so few who are willing to offer solutions to combat the incarceration rates or bolster graduation rates. There is an eagerness to point out ...

Please remember Gordon Parks’ ‘Solomon Northup’s Odyssey’

As 2014 Black History Month ended, Denzel Washington appeared on late night television to promote his forthcoming performance in Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic “A Raisin in the Sun.”

‘My Brother’s Keeper’?

The nation is in need of an all-hands-on-deck strategy

Pre-K plan rests on faulty premise

Pre-K, and the call to create a dedicated tax-based funding scheme for it, rests on the assumption that we must grab the opportunity to educate low-income 3- and 4-year-olds, because once they get older (and most especially once they become ...

Fool me once

I want to tell you a tale of life and death.

Needed: More AIDS outreach in the African-American community

HIV has disproportionately affected Black Americans since the beginning of the epidemic, and this disparity continues.

Ending the Scaffold Law would hurt, not help, minorities

While I believe strongly that New York must take steps to help minority- and women-owned businesses, gutting critical worker safety laws like the Scaffold Law is a seriously flawed approach.