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Elinor Tatum

Stories by Elinor

A Paladino warning

As the clock continues to tick and the weeks become mere days, we look and...

Will the Schomburg survive?

Born out of the personal collection of Puerto Rican-born Black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso...

Paying tribute to the women in our lives

March is Women's History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the triumphs of women and...

What Andy has to do

Now that Attorney General Andrew (I won't announce yet, even though you know I am...

The mosque in Lower Manhattan: What is the real controversy?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise...

Race: Simply an incident or a real issue?

We all know that the Black community gets the short end of the stick when...

Stand up, be counted

In today's Amsterdam News and in earlier editions, we have talked about the United States...

When icons pass

It seems that on an all-too-regular basis, we have on the front page of this...

An open letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama, It is one year since we stood at the Capitol and watched...

You couldn't have done it without us

Andrew Cuomo cruised to victory Tuesday as he beat back Republican challenger Carl Paladino 62...

From board room to school room, what a leap

What does a 66-year-old white woman from Chicago, who lives on Park Avenue and was...

Now that we have your attention, Mr. Cuomo...

Finally, it looks like there might actually be a real campaign. It seems as though...

We need a Supreme apology

Ginni Thomas, the Tea Party activist and wife of Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas, had...

'Tis the season for potholes

Have you noticed these days you can't walk or drive a block in New York...

Why do we only exist during Black History Month?

It seems that nowadays everyone has their own month or day or even year. If...

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Not our bodies

A billboard, nearly four stories tall, depicting a Black child with the text "The most...

Has BET turned a corner?

For more than a generation, our community has had a love-hate relationship with Black Entertainment...

Happy birthday, NAN, and God bless

I was born in 1971. MLK was already dead, as were Malcolm and JFK. The...

Digging out from under, is there hope?

As the city lies frozen under an inch of frozen rain and what is left...

Young is to old as good is to bad -- not so fast

Every year our children are given standardized tests. These tests, in many cases, decide the...

It's about time

Congratulations, President Obama: You have nominated a wonderful candidate for the Supreme Court of these...

Find our missing children

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that in a one-year period of time, 797,500 children...

Percy Sutton: 1920-2009

Percy Sutton was a great man and left a lifelong legacy. His tradition of hard...

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More applesauce, please

Fall on Second Street always had the distinct smell of apples and cinnamon, and it...

BWB: Being while Black

In the early 1960s, my father wrote a column in Scandinavian newspapers called "Being Black...

Just say 'no' to Giuliani

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The gift of time

A single tear rolled down my check as I drove past a barbecue place on...

The education they are not getting

Have you walked into a classroom of public high school seniors lately? Have you seen...

CUNY's a great choice on a budget or not

QUESTION: Where did Colin Powell, Shirley Chisholm, Jerry Seinfeld, Walter Mosley and Jimmy Smits go...

State of emergency--stop the violence

We all know that the term "long, hot summer" is not necessarily a statement about...

Bill Thompson for mayor

The choice is clear. New York needs Bill Thompson to be mayor, and Bill Thompson...

SEEKing equity in enrollment

Last week, Kathleen Waldron, president of Baruch College, was awarded the 2009 Ellis Island Medal...

Riding the rails on the backs of the disadvantaged

What is the MTA thinking? Have they just gone mad? That is the only explanation...

Good-bye, 2009: We're glad to see you go

2009 has been a tough year for so many of us. The economy spiraled downward...

A race well run:Hats off to John Liu and Bill de Blasio

Everyone thought that the runoff for public advocate was going to be close. Some even...

Reluctantly, it's my turn

I always dreaded the day when I would have to write the editorials of the...

New York's coup d'etat

What the heck is going on in Albany? A coup in New York State. I...

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Open season on Black politicians

It seems as though hunting season has begun, and it seems that politicians of color...

Teamwork: Together we are stronger

There is no "I" in team. That is an old axiom that I believe has...

A perfect storm of connections

Not feeling very well on Tuesday morning, I dreaded the idea of going to another...

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NAACP: A renewed energy

When you walk into the Hilton Hotel on Sixth Avenue in New York City, there...

Inner-city violence: Not just our problem; it's everyone's problem

Day after day, night after night, we hear about another shooting, another murder, another young...

Time to regroup, reassess and recharge

It was close. Closer than it had any right to be. There is no reason...

We must vote John Liu and Bill de Blasio Sept. 29

There is a run-off in this great city,and it is happening in less than two...

100 years and marching on

The NAACP has turned 100 years old. It has been seeking justice and blazing the...

Ain't we lucky we got 'em--Ernie Barnes!

Good times, that is what I think about when I think of Ernie Barnes, who...

Run, David, run

It is not by accident that the president of the United States was near the...

The landslide has started; the Rock begins to fall

We have discussed, debated, criticized and berated the prison industrial complex that has its hold...

So what exactly is the story here?

When is a story just not a story? When the facts are all put together...

Thankful for what I have and what I hold on to

This year has been a hard one. Not just on a personal level, but on...

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