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When guidance counselors need to care

When guidance counselors need to care

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Here comes Hurricane Bloomberg

It is getting pretty disgusting to see the lengths that politicians and developers are going...

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Whose responsibility is it? 26 shot in 48 hours

This weekend in New York City, 26 people were shot. Six of them were killed....

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Have you been polled lately?

Four years ago, there was a mayor's race in New York City. And in the...

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A legacy of excellence

This week, we lost a giant. She was not a politician or a judge, a...

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Diversity in education is the answer to adversity

Recently, my family began the search for a preschool program for our 2-year-old daughter. We...

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Dark-skinned male

In the middle of the frantic search for the bomber or bombers at the Boston...

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Chief Banks, we are counting on you

Last week Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced the appointment of Philip Banks III as chief...

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Bloomberg and his ego

When billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg was first elected to office, this newspaper endorsed him as...

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Equality, Equity and Parity

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was one of the most effective measures used to...

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As we sit at the precipice

By definition, a sequester is a general cut in government spending. And if a deal...

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Trust and respect, not stop and frisk

The ruling handed down by Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin is only the first...

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One cliff avoided but others loom ahead

Burning the midnight oil and holding America, particularly middle-class and lower-income Americans, hostage over the...

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Education is a right-Fight! Fight! Fight!

As a society, education should be something that we hold sacred. Going back to the...

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We don't need a Giuliani clone

Three years ago, the race for New York City mayor was wildly unequal in spending,...

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Violence is not isolated to Newtown

The massacre in Newtown, Conn., last Friday was one of the most horrendous acts we...

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Support and strengthen our MWBEs

Minority- and women-owned business enterprises, more commonly known as MWBEs, have gotten a lot of...

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Now it's crunch time

Our future hangs in the balance. We have less than two weeks until the election...

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Why President Obama must be re-elected

On Tuesday night at Hofstra University, President Barack Obama did not just show up for...

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The execution of Big Bird and our dreams

My 2-year-old couldn't care less about politics. She doesn't even know what an election is....

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Flex your political muscle--vote!

This is a huge election year. There is the presidential election, congressional elections and state...

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Paid sick leave: It's not just an economic issue

In this city where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer--as...

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Occupy the corners

The corners of our neighborhoods used to be the places people congregated to get the...

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Lia's bronze is our gold

We can't help but call Lia Neal our own, though she was born and bred...

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Make the killing stop

New York, Chicago, Newark, Los Angeles and now Aurora. When will the killing stop? From...

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Even the right is asking for the returns

Swiss bank accounts, oodles of cash stashed in the Cayman Islands, an IRA worth $100...

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We know who won, but why did it take so long?

In an age of instantaneous information, why is it that the New York City Board...

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Heed our silence or hear our wrath!

Thirty thousand people marched and did not make a sound. Because of that, nary a...

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Women's bodies, women's rights

Women's fight for reproductive rights is one that has been battled for centuries. As far...

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Out of the mouths of babes: "In olden times, the presidents of the United States were white"

Recently, at a dinner, I was told about a comment a friend's 5-and-a-half-year-old son made...

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Another voice gone

In 1927, almost 200 years ago, the first Black newspaper was created. In its first...

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Make it a level playing field

The fight over education in New York is a decades-old battle. Today, the fight is...

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Hope is slim, but it still exists

The Black leadership of New York dropped the ball, and now we all need to...

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When?

Every mother and father wants their children to be safe. Every resident of a community...

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When can we rest?

We are angry. We are fed up. We are mothers. We are fathers. We are...

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God bless America

Four years ago, both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party were holding primary elections....

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Protecting our rights

We can't take any rights for granted; if we do, we will lose them all....

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Strong Black women under attack

Black women have one of the hardest jobs in the world. At times we are...

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Corruption, collusion or a conspiracy against us all?

If we look at the last two years in this country, it seems that political...

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Our political power must stay on the map

Every 10 years, the United States conducts a census of all of its residents. This...

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Please go to the movies

This weekend, take a moment out and go to the movies. Not just any movie,...

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Countdown to the New Year

2011 is coming to a close and for many, Jan. 1, 2012, cannot come soon...

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How did we get here?

Now is the time of year when New York City public school eighth graders have...

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Thankful for the gift of time

Happy thanksgiving and welcome to the holiday season! The seasonal madness has begun as thousands...

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Thanksgiving thoughts

As the fall quickly flies by and Halloween fades into Thanksgiving, the trees are changing...

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Election Day 2011, foreshadowing 2012

Could it be there is a change in the tides? Could it be that there...

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When guidance counselors need to care

Many high school seniors are in a tizzy right now. They are beginning to realize...

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Who is Herman Cain?

In this strangest of strange political seasons, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza is the...

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It's obvious: They don't want us to come out of this alive

With unemployment for African-Americans at a staggering high of over 16 percent-and the real number...

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Stop the madness, death penalty

As I sit here, I ponder the difference between murder and the death penalty. murder...

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This is what democracy looks like

It doesn't seem like three weeks have gone by since protesters converged upon a small...

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Killing Us Swiftly

BANG! BANG! BANG! The sounds of gunfire are coming at our communities from every direction....

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Earthquakes and hurricanes

Last week, New Yorkers ran into the streets, not knowing what hit them. Buildings started...

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The price of culture

When I was a child, the idea of going to the zoo or to a...