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Armstrong Williams

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Faster alone, farther together: Individuals, families and economic resilience

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s recent speech at a conference on income inequality sponsored by Credit Suisse ruffled a lot of feathers, on both the right and the left of the political spectrum.

The midterm elections: A referendum on the two-party system?

Ahh, those pesky midterm elections are here again.

Barack W. Obama

This must be a difficult time for liberals, Democrats and all other flavors of Obama followers.

A most coveted status: Unreported rape, murder and mayhem on college campuses

In 2003, a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., reported a sexual assault to campus authorities.

Stop Ebola at the border

In September, the president gave a somber, yet reassuring-sounding speech concerning the United States’ response to the Ebola virus that is currently ravaging three West African nations.

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The Ebola crisis: A test case for enlightened self-interest

There is always a lesson in a crisis if you’re humble enough to look for it. As the Ebola crisis spreads throughout West Africa, both the on-the-ground struggles and the international response have been enlightening, to say the least.

The two party system is killing America

The tale of Ferguson, Mo., is, in many respects, the tale of two cities.

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How the current criminal justice system hurts the ‘least of these’

Imagine for a moment that you are on your way to work driving down Main Street. You only make $25,000 a year, so you can’t afford to replace your broken tail light that got smashed last week in a fender bender.

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Fatherlessness: Cause or symptom of societal decline?

There has been a lot of focus on the decline of fatherhood in the Black community, as the proportion of Black children growing up in single-parent (overwhelmingly female-headed) households has exploded since the 1960s.

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Obama ain’t a brotha to the youth of Ferguson

By almost any standards, President Barak Obama defies easy classification.

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A belligerent ISIS is not a US crisis

In the wake of the televised beheading of American journalist Tim Foley, there have been urgent calls in the media for an intensified U.S. military response to the Islamic State group (ISIS or ISIL) responsible for Foley’s gruesome murder and a host of other barbaric atrocities across northern Iraq and Syria. 

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Who is speaking out for those the media has forgotten?

In the past few weeks, the mainstream media has been consumed with the tragic events that continue to unfold in Ferguson

Distractions are mankind’s worst enemy

"Individual self-esteem is now determined by how many people follow you on social media and how many likes you get. But self-esteem should be based on the undisputed truth that we’re created in the image of God."

Distractions are mankind’s worst enemy

What informs your philosophy of life? That is to say, why do you get out of bed in the morning? What gives your life meaning? What drives you to do what you do?

Placing kids above politics

During the first week of June, the United Negro College Fund received a generous $25 million donation from conservative/libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.

Chaos at the border

So far this year, more than 50,000 unaccompanied alien children have crossed our southern border. Children from multiple Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, are traveling thousands of miles through deserts and rivers to reach America.

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FCC doublespeak: Saying one thing and doing another

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifies that the Federal Communications Commission “shall” review its broadcast ownership rules every four years, “determine if” those rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition and “repeal or modify” any regulation determined to no longer be in the public interest.

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Fake patriotism

This weekend, Americans all over the country will step out onto their patios and decks and into their backyards to partake in a delicious barbecue with family, friends and loved ones. A drink or two is sure to be spilled, and chances are kids will fight over who gets to eat the biggest burger.

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Voting with their feet

People in Washington don’t like to admit that they were wrong. No one saw Eric Cantor’s primary loss coming, least of all David Brat, the economics professor who, on a shoestring budget, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in congressional history.

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A disturbing tendency

President Barack Obama is doubling down in his defense of his blunder in defying the rule of law, exercising poor judgment and mischaracterizing (I’m trying to be charitable) the service of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in his ill-conceived “deal” to free the lone American serviceman held captive in Afghanistan.

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Conservatives should embrace Jim Sensenbrenner’s efforts to update the Voting Rights Act

First enacted in 1965, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) prohibited discriminatory voting practices that had been used to deny people, especially people of color, their constitutional right to vote. This landmark law had wide bipartisan support and has been seen by historians as one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed by the Congress.

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Paying tribute to Maya Angelou

I first met Maya Angelou over 27 years ago when she became a client of B&C Associates International, a public relations firm located in High Point, N.C., in 1986.

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States’ rights, slavery and the strange symbolism of Cliven Bundy

America is a land of stories. We love to use stories about individuals to extract general principals about society as a whole.

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New responsibilities come with the age of ownership

Donald Sterling’s publicly disclosed comments depict an anachronistic view of race relations in this country.

Kidnappings in Nigeria

Human trafficking continues to be a major issue not only in Africa, but in the rest of the world as well.

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Redeeming the image of Black men in the media

High school graduation rates are at an historic all-time high. African-American students are helping drive this historic trend with a 69 percent graduation rate—the highest graduation rate seen in years.

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A Sterling reputation for racism

With good reason, the sports world is aflame over the recent remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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Young Americans’ blind side

In 2016, the Democratic machine defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney in large part due to the youth vote.

The exploitation of college athletes

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided to let college football players at Northwestern University unionize. Usually I am not in favor of unions, but clearly something must be done to change the way college athletes get compensated for their services.

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Bill Maher: Comedian or bigot?

Comedy has many approaches and subjects—leaders, governments, things we don’t understand. In the vein of the latter, I suppose it is understandable to pick on religion.

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It’s time for the poor to pull their own weight

All too often, rich individuals in this country are demonized for simply being rich.

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What crime have I committed?

It is fundamentally flawed to penalize someone for free enterprise and free thought.

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School choice: Good for students, good for America

The idea that parents have no control over where their children go to school is unthinkable.

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Changing the conversation on parenting 

The amount of influence the family life has on a child is eye-opening.

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The harmful consequences of raising the minimum wage

Just a few short weeks ago, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) decidedly set forth a verdict on the effects of a minimum wage increase.

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Women: Balancing careers with motherhood

We need, as a society, to get back to celebrating mothers who sacrifice their careers to care for our most vulnerable: our children.

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The legacy of politicizing minorities

How can we accomplish anything of major national importance if those who stand on one side of the divide are assumed to be acting and thinking out of a deep hatred for people of color?

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Nigeria celebrates 100 years of promise and potential

While Americans celebrated the New Year on Jan. 1, the date was also a major milestone in the history of Nigeria. It marked 100 years to the day since the separate protectorates of Southern and Northern Nigeria were united.

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The threat of the Olympics

Russia has been the victim of five differentiated yet consecutive suicide bombings in highly populated major cities...because of the recent news of the ever-growing and threatening dangers associated with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the American news and media community has now shed light that these fatal attacks have evidently been occurring quite frequently throughout the past 15 years.

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On Nov. 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes.

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Thoughts on the privileges of capitalism and hard work

Communism is an economic construct that died because it had no incentives for anyone other than the politicians who, of course, lived outside the economic rules of their society

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Jesus and race

What explosive emotions erupted when Megan Kelly of Fox News declared that Jesus and Santa were white men.

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Struggling financially at Christmastime

By refining this year’s Christmas celebrations to appeal less toward material things and more toward reawakening the virtues faith and family, we will once again find ourselves remembering the true joy and meaning of Christmas.

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Expert Michael Cutler speaks on comprehensive immigration reform (Part 1 of 2)

The debate about comprehensive immigration reform keeps coming up, and while several efforts to pass this sweeping legislation have failed, it is likely to be an issue for the next session of Congress.

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The lion and prophet of South Africa has died

Remembering when Robert J. Brown arranged for me to be one of the first to interview Mandela and to act as his personal secretary after his early release from prison

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 might even consider such a statement racist—so let me start in a gingerly way by discussing other forms of discrimination that don’t provoke the same reaction.

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Starting out in business: Key tips to keep in mind

Every day, people across this country decide that they are going to give up their 9 to 5 and start a business.

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The curse of longevity

The Social Security Act was passed in 1935 guaranteeing retirement pensions to all Americans over the age of 65.

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Self-esteem is critical to sustaining wealth

Self-esteem has a phenomenal impact on one’s ability to become an entrepreneur

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Race: The virtues of tolerance and patience

I’m talking about racism