URBAN AGENDA | The Next Battle in Albany: Expungement Law

For hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers – most all of them black and brown – having a criminal record is a life-altering event.

Saving community newspapers in the age of Facebook

Hundreds of newspapers have disappeared in the last 15 years and readership is on the decline. No newspaper is immune from the migration of readership to online platforms, dwindling ad revenues, fragmented audiences and even reduced attention spans.

COMMENTARY: Supreme Court gets it right on race, but how much does it matter?

Black South Carolina journalist discusses the recent decision to allow the University of Texas to continue to use affirmative action in its admissions process.

Afeni Shakur smiling from Heaven

Assemblyman Charles Barron reflects on his friend the late Afeni Shakur

My father, Muhammad Ali, knew Islam was about peace

My family and I were deeply troubled to hear of the tragic disregard for human life that took place in Orlando, Fla., Sunday morning, just two days after my father’s funeral.

Orlando massacre affects all of us

Jordan Paterson gives his take on the Orlando massacre and how it impacts all Americans.

My father, Muhammad Ali, knew Islam is about peace

Hana Ali is the third-youngest child of Muhammad Ali. She discusses the recent shooting massacre in Orlando and what her father would say.

Getting Compton's young men to trade gang life for working life

At age 34, Aja Brown is the mayor of Compton, Calf. and is one of the youngest mayors in the nation. Battling with a gang problem and unemployment in her city, she highlights a plan to get young men off ...

The rise of the Orange One

So reality is upon us. The Orange One has secured the GOP nomination for the presidency.

Economic inequality is making us sick

Economic inequality has an even higher cost than many people realize.

Jesse Jackson: Ali was not controversial. Segregation was

Rev. Jesse Jackson discusses the passing of Muhammad Ali.

Expanding economic opportunities for minority-and women-owned business enterprises

Every year, the city of New York spends billions of dollars on construction projects around the five boroughs.

Urban Agenda: From Race and Punishment to Second Chances

The Community Service Society recently launched The Color Line in the 21st Century, a discussion series that invites diverse groups of activists, thought leaders, and community members to examine the exclusionary effects of race, class, and criminal punishment and to ...

A gorilla we will miss

In Swahili Harambe or Harambee means to “pull together,” but it resonates currently as the name of the silverback gorilla that was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo Saturday after a child fell into the animal’s enclosure.