URBAN AGENDA: New York’s Segregated School System is an Embarrassment

Every time another school shooting occurs in America, it’s common to hear a chorus of “thoughts and prayers,” a symbolic term used by politicians who pretend to care about the tragedy.

Spring has sprung

Spring is finally upon us. It seems like the never-ending cold weather will soon subside and we will all begin to emerge from our respective cocoons.

AIPAC, Israel and the ties that bind us

As AIPAC’s annual conference opens this week in Washington, the group finds itself caught squarely amid the quadruple cross-hairs of a deeply divided Israel and the fractured state of U.S. politics.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark must follow through on commitments to discovery reform

In 2015 I was arrested in the Bronx and charged for a crime I did not commit.

Menthol cigarette debate continues!

Smoking rates have hit a record low across the country thanks to shifting public attitudes and stringent policies

The Human Costs of Cash Bail in NYC

Across the nation, more and more states are recognizing that America’s system of cash bail has for too long kept people behind bars, most of them people of color, for simply lacking the money to pay bail -- and now ...

URBAN AGENDA: Help New Yorkers Fight Back Against Deceptive Student Loan Industry Practices

Recently, I have been using these pages to raise the alarm on New York’s growing student loan debt crisis, and the urgent need for the state to do something about it.

Set pause button on college admissions outrage

In the latest frenzy of outrage and recrimination, the collective disdain and finger-pointing and “how could they-ism” of the media establishment has new, fresh meat: the wealthy and sometimes famous and sometimes powerful parents who were involved in a scheme ...

Will congestion pricing benefit low income New Yorkers?

Like many, I have been following the debates surrounding congestion pricing in New York.

An Elected Board: The way to hold police accountable

ric Garner, Mohamed Bah, Deborah Danner, Saheed Vassell, John Callado, Malcolm Ferguson, Delrawn Small, Ramarley Graham, Nicholas Heyward Jr., Sean Bell, Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo.

New York needs its own chief diversity officer

New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Over 80 percent of New Yorkers are either women or people of color.

COMMENTARY: Surviving R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby… and who else?

As rational, thinking adults, we kinda knew something was amiss with Michael. We subscribed to the Peter Pan and/or asexual fallacy ’cause we needed to.

The Black women jailed for ‘stealing' an education

Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam that ABC News said has prompted repercussions ...

Jobs report shows what ‘African Americans have to lose’ under Trump

The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?”

Environmental injustice in Black communities

The White House has recently announced a plan to form a committee to analyze the challenges climate change will cause to national security.