Memorializing Madiba, ‘the one who stirs up dust’

comments on the revisionist interpretation of Mandela

Commissioner Bratton, somebody’s watching you

One of the greatest legacies of Mayor David Dinkins was his push for a relationship between the police and the community

Mandela—His spirit goes walking on

I guess we thought he would live forever

Un-civil rights?

I took a groundbreaking trip to Albany this week with several of my constituents—some of the few remaining pioneering, local Black- and minority-owned business owners who invested in our community years ago while everyone else was fleeing.

Seeing people based on color is not always racist

There are some aspects of seeing people based on color that we simply are not going to ever eradicate from the human race, even though we would like to be able to. Some people don’t want to hear this—and people ...

Stop gun violence for the holidays

As the nation marks the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, it is no closer to federal gun control legislation. If this were another country, the number of children killed by gun violence would violate international law. Last year, ...

New Day, New York

As the old saying goes, “Politics is the art of the possible.” For a long time in New York, it’s served the interests of a fortunate few to keep the scope of possibility narrowly restricted. If an idea advantaged the ...

The holidays, racism and inappropriate behavior

Recently in New York, two young Black shoppers were arrested while shopping at the upscale Barneys clothing store

Happy Thanksgiving

As we sit around the Thanksgiving table this year, what will you be thankful for?

25 and sitting on $25 million

When I was in college, I assumed I was going to graduate and receive $80,000-$90,000 a year.

Black churches slam Latino organizations silence on Trayvon Martin

The National Black Church Initiative is mystified and shocked at the Latino community’s refusal to condemn the George Zimmerman verdict

NYC class sizes increase for sixth year in a row despite law requiring reduction

On Friday, Nov. 15, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) released new data on class sizes in schools as of Oct. 31.

Making sure promises are kept

Promises, as we all know, are a politician’s trademark.

Thank you, Rep. Rangel, for protecting our community

We thank Rep. Charlie Rangel for his unequivocal words in promising to vote against a fast track bill

Mayor Michael Bloomberg:The greatest segregationist politician in U.S. history

Dear Amsterdam News, I am sure your paper is aware of the unbridled elitist arrogance of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who seeks to micromanage the lives of the “little people,” defends “stop-and-frisk,” denied city workers a contract for four years and ...