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Dr. Price M. Cobbs, psychiatrist who co-authored ‘Black Rage’

There is no need for years to pass to enshrine Dr. Price M. Cobbs, who died June 25 in Philadelphia, where he had traveled to his grandson’s high school graduation.

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Diaspora meeting with our historic pioneers

It was a special day in Harlem, and 50 was the magic number June 25 when the same number of notable New Yorkers and our historic pioneers were respectfully invited by co-hosts, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lloyd Williams, to a 50th anniversary breakfast summit of memory and celebration.

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Trump checkmated by Putin

It was generally agreed among pundits that the meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin would amount to nothing more than a photo op to shore up his leadership uncertainties. However, it was less predictable that he would use the occasion in Helsinki to excoriate Hillary Clinton and to accept the denials of Putin over intel from his own intelligence agencies.

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Mary Shadd Cary, journalist, lawyer, educator and abolitionist

In his narrative of the raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, Osborne Anderson, one of the five Black men (and the sole survivor) who rode with John Brown, provides an eyewitness account of the incident, and wrote this toward the end of the book: “From York [Pennsylvania], I wended my way to the Pennsylvania railroad,” Anderson explained after his escape from the battle.

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Andy Razaf—poet, lyricist and Black nationalist editor

Fats Waller, the prolific composer and pianist, was such a phenomenal musician and versatile entertainer that many believed he wrote the music and lyrics for such popular songs as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “The Joint is Jumpin’,” but Waller shared these creations with Andy Razaf.

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Rep. Maxine Waters defies death threats

Controversy and heated discussions are no strangers to California Rep. Maxine Waters.

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Trump’s former attorney about to flip?

Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney, told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that his first loyalty was to his family and his country.

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Septima Poinsette Clark, innovative teacher and devout freedom fighter

When the roll call of civil rights icons is delivered, Septima Poinsette Clark should not be omitted.

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Let’s ostracize Trump

We are not at all surprised that our columnist Armstrong Williams has found it necessary to rush to the defense of a Trump administration staffer, specifically White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was asked on June 22 to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va.

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SCOTUS upholds Trump’s travel ban

By upholding Trump’s travel ban Tuesday, the Supreme Court has expanded the president’s executive powers.

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