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The political gap today

Many Americans watching the presidential primaries are left wondering what has happened to the nation politically.

Congratulations graduates

This time of year always warms my heart. It seems everywhere I turn there is someone graduating from elementary school, high school, college or a graduate program.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Broadway Theater Tony Award nominees

This year has been, without question, the best year for actors, producers, directors and other theatrical professionals of color on Broadway.

A choice between truth and repose

As the esteemed essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote in an essay titled “Intellect,” “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please. You can never have both.”

URBAN AGENDA: Gentrification, Rising Rents and the City’s Changing Housing Landscape

This is interesting, but probably not very surprising: according to a report released last week, the black population in the city’s “gentrifying” communities – places like Central Harlem, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Morrisania, just to name a few -- declined by ...

Fight Over Free Digital Content Escalates as New Study Says Blacks and Latinos Would Benefit

A leading advocacy voice in the minority community on communications policy has lent its voice to the growing debate over free data.

Remembering Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign

Wednesday, the People’s Organization for Progress, led by activist Larry Hamm, held a march and rally commemorating the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign to End Poverty and Racism and to Demand an Economic Bill ...

Election 2016: The next six months

Not since the 1964 election, when Democrat Lyndon Johnson defeated conservative Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, has the difference between the candidates at the top of the national tickets of the two major parties been so stark.

West Point cadets—Solidarity in sisterhood

U.S. Navy Veteran Patrice Porter shares her thoughts on Black women posing int he highly publicized photo at West Point Military Academy.

The new plastic bag fee in NYC

Last week, the New York City Council approved a bag fee of $0.05 on all plastic bags.

The legacy and lessons of Malcolm X

May 19th marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. Now more than ever, his prophetic 1964 “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech resonates for Black people during this 2016 presidential election year...

Stuck in the doldrums: The alarming rise of white despair in America

No one has quite been able to put a finger on it, but there is something definitely afoot in America, with an alarming rise in suicides among individuals between the ages of 35 and 64.

Work or cry; do or die

There is a meat-cutting, face-slashing frenzy going on in New York City, and while we’re discussing the finer points of the head/heart battle between Hilary and Bernie or the dangers of brown shirt versus conservative Republican nominations, we’re ignoring the ...

Urban Agenda: When the Cell Doors Open and They All Come Home

As a relatively young program officer at the Ford Foundation early in my career I made a visit to Sing Sing I will never forget.

Bernie, I think it’s time to step aside

This election cycle has been so much more exciting and interesting than I expected.

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