Bratton should check his privilege

Commissioner Bratton has developed a knack for talking about improving police-community relations out of one side of his mouth and then opening chasms between him and New York’s communities of color on the other.

URBAN AGENDA | Roscoe Brown: A Hero in War and Peace

Roscoe Brown man of enormous accomplishment, he came of age at a time when American institutions were segregated, lynching of blacks occurred on a regular basis in many parts of the country, and being born black essentially guaranteed that anything ...



A clear double standard

As a licensed firearm carrier, I have had to undergo significant and ongoing training, both in the safe operation of firearms, as well as the legal and prudential implications of bearing arms as a civilian.

Murder in Black and blue

A day after the Fourth of July, there was a brutal sequel to the moments of patriotism in Baton Rouge, La., when Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man, was riddled with six bullets from the local police.

These killings must stop

Here we are once again. A Black man has been killed on the streets of America and we must watch it, digest it, explain it to our children, question it, debate it and defend his existence, and then move on ...

Better tools, not obstacles, for middle-income workers

We don’t need to listen to pundits or polltakers to know times are tough for working people. Millions of full-time workers live in poverty.

COMMENTARY | Let Tarzan rest in peace

Why and how is Hollywood still making films about a white man, Tarzan, as king of the African jungle?

What’s the big deal with the de Blasio “scandals?”

Ok, so everyone seems to think the sky is falling when it comes to de Blasio and the recent “scandals” plaguing various donors in his orbit.

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.