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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 ...

Mental illnesses becoming an epidemic in our community

Perhaps our society’s greatest error is treating criminals who suffer from severe mental health disorders as identical or even comparable to others who are capable of controlling their impulses.

Espaillat misses the mark on the local and national issues

What Rep. Charles Rangel’s challengers fail to realize is that as the third most senior member of the United States Congress, his career as representative for the 13th Congressional District has been about more than local issues.

President Obama helping to Break Stereotypes of Black Fatherhood

President Obama is urging fathers to get more involved in their children’s life.

President Obama and climate change

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new proposed policy to cut carbon pollution from America’s power plants. As we enter the summer months, now is the time to think about climate change and clean energy.

Amiri Baraka’s son becomes mayor of Newark by earning it: An election analysis

Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet and playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries to become the next mayor of his father’s city, Newark, N.J. How he did it was no mystery to those paying ...

Segregation, housing and education

It was recently nationally reported that “New York schools (public and charter) suffer from worse racial segregation than in any other U.S. state.” Throughout New York City schools, all classes get dismal marks for diversity. It was surprising to many ...

Corporate charter school hijackers destroying public education

New York City has become a hotbed for education reformers making promises to ready Black and Brown children for college and their careers, even as young as kindergarten.

Welcome to the jungle: Fetishizing darkness

On April 23, Lupita Nyong’o was named the “Most Beautiful Person” in People magazine

We have the right to know what is in our food

We, as New Yorkers, are a step closer to achieving our right to know what is in all of the food that we eat. Recently, the New York state Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed a measure that would ...

An open letter from the NYC schools chancellor

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, this letter, written by Chancellor Carmen Farina, is being distributed to 75,000 public school teachers to show appreciation and gratitude for their dedication to improving the lives of our students. Dear colleagues, Few of ...