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Election 2016: The next six months

Not since the 1964 election, when Democrat Lyndon Johnson defeated conservative Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, has the difference between the candidates at the top of the national tickets of the two major parties been so stark.

West Point cadets—Solidarity in sisterhood

U.S. Navy Veteran Patrice Porter shares her thoughts on Black women posing int he highly publicized photo at West Point Military Academy.

The new plastic bag fee in NYC

Last week, the New York City Council approved a bag fee of $0.05 on all plastic bags.

The legacy and lessons of Malcolm X

May 19th marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. Now more than ever, his prophetic 1964 “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech resonates for Black people during this 2016 presidential election year...

Stuck in the doldrums: The alarming rise of white despair in America

No one has quite been able to put a finger on it, but there is something definitely afoot in America, with an alarming rise in suicides among individuals between the ages of 35 and 64.

Work or cry; do or die

There is a meat-cutting, face-slashing frenzy going on in New York City, and while we’re discussing the finer points of the head/heart battle between Hilary and Bernie or the dangers of brown shirt versus conservative Republican nominations, we’re ignoring the ...

Urban Agenda: When the Cell Doors Open and They All Come Home

As a relatively young program officer at the Ford Foundation early in my career I made a visit to Sing Sing I will never forget.

Bernie, I think it’s time to step aside

This election cycle has been so much more exciting and interesting than I expected.

VP Biden, do your other constitutional job

President Obama must demand Vice President Biden to schedule immediately a vote on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination.

Are American taxpayer dollars funding Iran’s nuclear program?

Less than one year ago, the Obama administration signed, sealed and delivered a nuclear agreement into the bloody hands of Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.

College Signing Day

(Last week was) College Signing Day—a day of great excitement and celebration. Across all five boroughs, high school seniors have made their final decisions on where they’ll be attending college in September. It’s a wonderful accomplishment for them, their families ...

Harriet Tubman would want freedom, not gestures

“I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

To Afeni Shakur, a loving revolutionary spirit

Assemblyman Charles Barron reflects on the late Afeni Shakur.

We need real election reform

Last week’s presidential primary exposed some potential serious Board of Elections problems in the management of voter lists and the conducting of the election.

Prince and his revolution

I have read so many thoughtful reflections on the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson and the genius of his songwriting, guitar playing, style and fashion, and his quiet activism.