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Why Mike Brown’s Mother is my Shero

Like many patriotic Americans, I am aching right now in the wake of the death of Mike Brown, the Ferguson, Mo., young man who was gunned down by police, and the ensuing unrest among community members seeking answers and the ...

A belligerent ISIS is not a US crisis

In the wake of the televised beheading of American journalist Tim Foley, there have been urgent calls in the media for an intensified U.S. military response to the Islamic State group (ISIS or ISIL) responsible for Foley’s gruesome murder and ...

Learning the lesson of Ferguson

Bertha Lewis and Zephyr Treachout give their view on what people can learn from the Michael Brown shooting.

Protecting customers’ civil rights

When stores open their doors to customers, they are inviting all members of the public to come in and spend their hard-earned money.

Struggling is not a crime

Brooklyn City Council Member Robert Cornegy share's his thoughts about policing.

Distractions are mankind’s worst enemy

"Individual self-esteem is now determined by how many people follow you on social media and how many likes you get. But self-esteem should be based on the undisputed truth that we’re created in the image of God."

I am a man and my life matters

I have only heard of Birmingham...the marches...the protests. I wasn’t there. But now we have Ferguson.

Black Power for Ferguson, Mo.

"Let me quickly say though: Putting Black faces in high places doesn’t necessarily mean things will change. We don’t want to just change the complexion of power; we want to change the direction of power."

Dear Africa: Watch out! You can’t trust America!

You can’t trust a friend who ties strings around your friendship. You can’t trust a priest who laughs at your confessions and shares them with comedians.

Broken windows, broken policy

As a longtime resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, who directly experienced stop-and-frisk abuses and police misconduct and was a plaintiff in the initial federal lawsuit against discriminatory NYPD practices after the 1999 murder of Amadou Diallo by NYPD officers, I am greatly ...

Our city agencies need serious oversight

In report after report, story after story, there is nothing but bad news from several of our city agencies. If they have any validity, then the NYPD, the Corrections Department, the EMS and EMT and the Civilian Complaint Review Board ...

Black political power under attack!

Black people, you’d better wake up and smell the coffee. We are losing ground politically in New York. Asians, Latinos and whites are gaining political ground. Black districts are being redrawn to weaken Black representation in Congress, New York state ...

Cuomo’s courageous AIDS plan

Since the scourge of AIDS began more than a generation ago, there has been a serious effort to combat the epidemic that ravaged America, particularly gay, African-American and Latino communities. That ongoing initiative received a considerable boost last week with ...

Juneteenth: We are our own liberators! Giving Black troops their real due

Neither Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation nor Gen. Gordon Granger’s reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to the enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas, on Juneteenth freed us from slavery.

Mayor de Blasio scolds NYCHA for lack of security cameras

At press time Wednesday, June 11, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined public housing residents, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) chair Shola Olatoye, and City Council member Inez Barron to announce the start of a ...