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Black empowerment today, tomorrow, forever

Black empowerment today, tomorrow, forever

The presidency of Donald J. Trump has morphed into a system that seeks to promote White supremacy, better known as “Make America White Again.” His concept of how the government works is a laughing matter. His foreign policy isn’t based on working together with foreign powers to help end war and establish peace; it’s centered […]

Hillary Clinton should never return

Hillary Clinton should never return

Hillary Clinton is back. She is wearing makeup, posting on Twitter and making public appearances. She declared that she is “ready to come out of the woods” and made a campaign-like visit to Scranton, Penn. She has licked her wounds and watches as her losing strategy of linking Donald Trump with the Russian government gains […]

Starting a Black union will end construction union racism

Starting a Black union will end construction union racism

It has been 45 years since my mentor, Dr. Arthur A. Fletcher, implemented “the Philadelphia Plan.”  This was a federal program used to integrate unions.  From the beginning, the construction trades resisted with violence and Jim Crow-style segregation.  Take the pipefitters’ union halls in Chicago. They have been successfully sued various times, but still will […]

A sense of déjà vu after reading Chuck Berry tributes

A sense of déjà vu after reading Chuck Berry tributes

I like Chuck Berry’s music well enough, but I’m hardly a fan. I never bought any of his records. I never attended any of his concerts. Yet I know enough about his pioneering role in the music industry to appreciate why he is hailed as “the father of rock ‘n’ roll.” But, with all due […]

Controversial case of Neil Gorsuch

Controversial case of Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court nominee ruled against trucker fired who feared death and abandoned trailer  BY TRESA BALDAS DETROIT FREE PRESS/TNS DETROIT – Curled up on a bunk in his broken-down truck, waiting three hours for help in sub-zero temperatures, Detroit resident Alphonse Maddin feared death was near. He had zero feeling in his feet. His torso […]

Florida’s Finest – March 31, 2017

Florida’s Finest – March 31, 2017

Thousands of Caribbean culture lovers converge on South Florida every year on the Columbus Day weekend to attend the annual Miami Broward Carnival, a series of concerts, pageants, parades, and competitions. On Carnival Day, “mas” (masquerade) bands of thousands of revelers dance and march behind 18-wheel tractor-trailer trucks with booming sound systems from morning until […]

A Decade of Dreams

A Decade of Dreams

For 10 years, Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine have partnered with Walt Disney World to host the Disney Dreamers Academy. Florida was well-represented with 14 students from 100 selected nationwide. BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER “You don’t let other people stop your dreams because it’s not theirs, it’s yours. My mind has been expanded, and […]

THE FINAL FOUR

THE FINAL FOUR

A preview of the teams heading into the big dance BY DREW DAVISON FORT WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM/TNS March Madness didn’t disappoint yet again. An upset-filled tournament is always a welcome sight, and there were plenty this time around. Top overall seed Villanova didn’t make it to the second weekend. Neither did 2-seeds Duke and Louisville. […]

Out and about at the Miami Open

Out and about at the Miami Open

Florida Courier photojournalist Kim Gibson captured some of the action at the Miami Open, which is being held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne. Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals of the 31st Miami Open on Monday night by upsetting seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetzova 6-3, 7-6 (4). On Wednesday night, Venus defeated No. […]

Childbirth for women in their 30s at 50-year high

Childbirth for women in their 30s at 50-year high

The higher birthrates among older women help offset a decline in births among younger women age 15 to 24. BY TIM HENDERSON STATELINE.ORG/TNS WASHINGTON – Women in their 30s are having babies at the highest rate since the 1960s, providing a rare bright spot in what’s an otherwise stagnating U.S. population. For women in their […]