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Louisiana is quickly evolving

Louisiana is quickly evolving

Louisiana today is a very different state from the time of my youth.  I love the place, as my bloodlines have lived there since the 1830s.  I can begin tracing my roots through my four great-grandfathers.  On my father’s side, there are Harry Watkins and Cicero Alford.  Harry’s people came to America through a slave […]

Trump’s tough talk won’t fix Chicago

Trump’s tough talk won’t fix Chicago

Donald Trump is fixated on what he describes as the “carnage” going on in Chicago, suggesting that if Chicago’s horrendous homicide rate doesn’t come down, he’ll “send in the feds.” At his recent press conference, he announced plans to create “a task for reducing violent crime in America, including the horrendous situation – take a […]

Visions not fulfilled after 190 years

Visions not fulfilled after 190 years

In the February 1981 issue of Ebony Magazine, brilliant journalist/historian, Lerone Bennett, Jr., provided the best reason for studying and learning from history that I have ever heard or read. “The past,” he wrote in an article, ‘Why Black History Is Important to You,’ “is a bet that your father placed that you must now […]

Why Trump lies about voter fraud, crime

Why Trump lies about voter fraud, crime

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE NNPA COLUMNIST During a recent interview on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, President Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller lied about voter fraud during the 2016 elections. Miller couldn’t produce a shred of evidence when Stephanopoulos pressed him on the subject. But Miller was just repeating what his boss said shortly before the […]

Europe ponders how to manage without US

Europe ponders how to manage without US

Foreign leaders dazed and confused over mixed messages from White House BY NICK WADHAMS AND MARC CHAMPION BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence flew out of Munich on Sunday, Feb. 19, leaving America’s allies relieved of some of their worst fears about the new administration’s foreign policy, yet still uncertain as to […]

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’

What historic win meant for GOP leader from South BY JASON DICK CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – Sen. Tim Scott sees a lot of progress in his election and the election of the first African-American president more than eight years ago. Both show “what’s possible,” he said. Roll Call’s series of interviews with lawmakers and Capitol […]

Florida’s Finest – February 24, 2017

Florida’s Finest – February 24, 2017

Film director and producer F. Gary Gray received this year’s Excellence in the Arts Award from the American Black Film Festival. The “BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors’’ aired Wednesday night on BET and Centric. Films directed by Gray include “Friday’’ “Set It Off,’’ “The Italian Job’’ and “Straight Outta Compton.’’ He will […]

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

BY TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Nelson Mandela said he was inspired by their love story, calling the nation they led “a shining beacon of light and inspiration to the rest of us in southern Africa.” Mandela was speaking of Seretse Khama and his wife, Ruth Williams Khama, who helped Botswana make a smooth, peaceful transition […]

1 MILLION VISITORS SINCE SEPTEMBER

1 MILLION VISITORS SINCE SEPTEMBER

The Smithsonian Institution’s national museum has become the premier place for Black history and culture BY BREANNA EDWARDS THEROOT.COM The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has reached a huge milestone in the few months it has been opening, hitting its 1 million visitors mark last week. The Smithsonian Institution […]

Wal-Mart goes small with pilot convenience stores

Wal-Mart goes small with pilot convenience stores

Quick-service sites open in Texas and Arkansas BY MARIA HALKIAS DALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS CROWLEY, Texas – In a parking lot on Main Street in this nondescript town of 14,000, Wal-Mart is testing out what it hopes could be its next small thing — a genuine convenience store. Walk into the 2,500- square-foot store, and the […]