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Is the Democratic National Committee evaporating?

Is the Democratic National Committee evaporating?

There was a time when it seemed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seemed to be invincible.  It was the early 1990s and this newcomer from Arkansas, William Jefferson Clinton, was the right guy at the right time.  He named a guy who came out of nowhere named Ron Brown to head the DNC.  That […]

Trump launches an attack on education

Trump launches an attack on education

The effort to repeal and replace health care is generating headlines, and the attempt to investigate our 45th  president’s Russia connections is of high importance. The specious claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, too, has generated interest, largely because it is unprecedented for one president to accuse another of a felony, and because […]

We need Black newspapers now more than ever

We need Black newspapers now more than ever

OSCAR H. BLAYTON GUEST COMMENTARY In 1960, Blacks in Virginia watched as the state changed the laws against trespass to make it a more serious crime, and the penalty was raised from a $100 fine to $1,000.  This action was taken by the then all-White legislature in an attempt to combat the civil rights movement […]

Coffee and pictures in the White House

Coffee and pictures in the White House

There is nothing unusual about so-called Negro leaders being invited to state, federal and local government institutions to meet with newly elected politicians. Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Liberals do it. Conservatives do it. Politicians of all political persuasions and perspectives, at some time during the early stages of their terms in office, invite […]

Reflections on my life of advocacy

Reflections on my life of advocacy

March 2017 marks the 24th year this column has appeared in Black newspapers and periodicals around the world. It’s time to reflect, assess, evaluate, and decide whether to continue writing the column or bring it to an end. First, I sincerely thank you, the readers, for indulging what must be an obsession for me: economic […]

Foreboding ‘Shelby’ ruling replaces hope of Selma

Foreboding ‘Shelby’ ruling replaces hope of Selma

esseIn “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens contrasted the plight of the poor in France with the lavish wealth of the aristocracy, the city of need with the city of greed. That harsh exploitation eventually erupted in the French Revolution, and the brutal revenge of the revolutionaries on their former oppressors. In some ways, […]

Time for free tuition at HBCUs, public universities

Time for free tuition at HBCUs, public universities

Black folks with nothing better to do were up in arms for a day about Kellyanne Conway’s feet buried in the Oval Office sofa messing with her phone while the presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities crowded around Donald Trump’s desk. Some others have written about Betsy DeVos’s note on HBCUs, which revealed her stunning […]

Meeting with Trump was ‘troubling beginning’

Meeting with Trump was ‘troubling beginning’

DR. JOHN SILVANUS WILSON JR. GUEST COMMENTARY Editor’s Note: This letter was addressed “To The Morehouse College Community” and posted on the school’s official website on March 1.    I spent… two days in meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill.  As some of you may know, all HBCU presidents were invited to […]

Who really played HBCUs?

Who really played HBCUs?

JERELL BLAKELY GUEST COMMENTARY Editor’s Note: This is an edited version of a commentary originally posted on www. HBCUDigest.com. Donald Trump’s recent outreach to the HBCU community has stirred the passions of many HBCU stakeholders who have expressed skepticism and outright outrage around the president’s efforts to support HBCUs. Even his Oval Office invitation to […]

Let’s talk about feeding the ’hood

Let’s talk about feeding the ’hood

Malcolm X once said, “Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a diner, unless you eat some of what’s on that plate.” In an economic sense, ever since the first person of African descent stepped off a slave ship and set foot on an American shore, Black people have never been properly fed! We have […]