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A Call to Rescue My Sisters: The Case Against the Show “Sorority Sisters”
Written by By: Dr. Valerie Wardlaw Freelance Writer 19 December 2014
       This opinion piece is not written against any individual sorority member featured on the reality show “Sorority Sisters.”  It is important that I say this upfront. This piece is a call ... read more >>
Don’t Let Tempting Predatory Loans Spoil Holidays
Written by By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist 19 December 2014
      From Christmas carols to decorations that celebrate the season, the holidays mark the time of year when families and loved ones anticipate joyous celebrations and gift-giving. It’s a season ... read more >>
The White Majority’s Racial World of Fantasy
Written by Lee A. Daniels 19 December 2014
        Now, in the season that’s supposed to exalt goodwill toward all, comes fresh evidence of the important role the White majority’s unwillingness to consider Black Americans as their ... read more >>
Let’s Have a Real Conversation about Race
Written by By John A. Powell NNPA Guest Columnist 19 December 2014
  Thousands recently took to the streets in protest and outrage following a Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict a White police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed Black teenager, we ... read more >>
The Moral Vocation of Leadership: Dedication, Discipline, Sacrifice and Service
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 18 December 2014
  This last weekend found Tiamoyo and me in St. Louis giving a pre-Kwanzaa lecture, meeting with deeply-involved young activists of the Organization for Black Struggle and, of necessity, going to Ferguson ... read more >>
ARE THE EFFECTS OF RACISM INDELIBLE?
Written by larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 18 December 2014
      Most people believe racism and bigotry are the same, they are not.  Any individual or group can be bigoted, however, racism is the ability of one group to control another based on race or ... read more >>
A Criminal Justice System that Suffocates Us
Written by By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
          “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head ... read more >>
Will Video Cameras Reduce Police Brutality?
Written by By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
            “I can’t believe that in the 21st century in the United States of America, we can’t get a simple indictment for a murder of a man that was caught on videotape,” said New ... read more >>
Yes, Marching Still Makes a Difference
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
        “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”   “No Justice, No Peace,”    “I Can’t Breathe”   “Black Lives Matter”     Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue ... read more >>
Diversity Map Needed for America
Written by By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 11 December 2014
            Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a ... read more >>
10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations
Written by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League, 11 December 2014
“The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcement of the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is new to a generation, but not to the nation.  Young ... read more >>
In this Season of Celebration: A Forest Fire of Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 December 2014
  It is an irony and tragedy of history that as we come into this season of celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa and of calling for peace and bringing good in the world, unfortunately, we lack the ... read more >>
Blacks and Latinos: Cooperation or Antagonism
Written by Larry Aubry 11 December 2014
      Immigration reform is just the latest issue confronting Black-Latino relations that continue to simmer on the back burner of social and political priorities.  Blacks generally feel immigration ... read more >>
Ferguson: Holding Ground, Expanding Gains, Pushing Our Lives and Battlelines Forward
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 04 December 2014
      Surely, it is a heavy, hard-gained and well-learned lesson of history, that regardless of major or minor gains or setbacks along the way, the struggle must and will continue until the ultimate ... read more >>
Nobody Knows the Trouble We’ve Seen
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 04 December 2014
      Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen   Nobody knows my sorrow   Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen   Glory hallelujah!       Those are the opening lyrics to “Nobody knows ... read more >>
Open Letter to the President and Board of Tournament of Roses Association
Written by By MARTIN A. GORDON Chair and Facilitator, Pasadena Community Coalition 04 December 2014
    Our community of Pasadena has major concerns about the lack of diversity in the Tournament of Roses Association in regards to its staff. We have other concerns as well about the Tournament, but ... read more >>
Solar policies come at the expense of communities least able to afford them
Written by Arley Johnson 04 December 2014
    In the drive to develop certain sectors in our nation’s economy, we have all too often seen policies born of good intentions produce damaging consequences, particularly for people on the economic ... read more >>
ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE BLACK PRESS
Written by larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 04 December 2014
   Historically, the Black press was the eyes and ears of the Black community, and a strong Black press is needed now more than ever.  Erin Aubry Kaplan’s commentary, “Black Media in the Age ofAccountability ... read more >>
Debt Collectors Target the Elderly
Written by By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist 26 November 2014
      For succeeding generations, retirement has been the time when older Americans reaped the benefits of their years in the workplace. Oftentimes at ceremonies, workers would receive a gold watch ... read more >>
Why Blacks Should Support Immigration Reform
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 26 November 2014
  As I watched President Barack Obama address the nation on his “controversial” Executive Order on immigration reform, I was reminded of the evening that I was inside Riverside Church in New York ... read more >>
Child Watch Learning to Love What You Have
Written by MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN 26 November 2014
In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that’s wise far beyond her years: “The most important lesson I learned is that being happy ... read more >>
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 26 November 2014
The histories and holidays of the oppressed, colonized and enslaved are, of necessity, different from the history and holidays of the oppressor, the colonizer and the enslaver. Likewise, their interpretations ... read more >>
Does Immigration Reform Benefit Blacks?
Written by Larry Aubry 26 November 2014
    Last week, President Barack Obama moved to block deportation of 5 million “illegal immigrants.”    The problem is Black immigrants are not a significant part of immigration reform and many ... read more >>
Are Republicans Ready to Welcome Blacks?
Written by By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
      Raynard Jackson  Since the Republicans takeover of Congress on Nov. 4, I have received numerous emails and phone calls from many of my friends who are Democrats indicating that they are ready ... read more >>
Midterm Election Lies and Consequences
Written by By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  One source of the widespread losses the Democratic Party suffered this month in the midterm elections can be traced to the Ebola crisis that began claiming numerous victims across the U.S. last month—a ... read more >>
Democrats Did Not Invest Wisely in Black Candidates
Written by By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
    A total of $172 million. That was the record amount the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised in 2013 and 2014. But that money was poorly spent, which helped account for such ... read more >>
Blackonomics We Need a President of Black America
Written by By James Clingman NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  After the “Tuesday Evening Massacre” of  the Elephants over the Donkeys, in January 2009, I wrote an article that warned about our being complacent and resting on the mere fact that we had elected ... read more >>
The Legacy of Marcus Garvey
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  Marcus Garvey   Dr. Ben Chavis  This year marks the 100 anniversary of the founding of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  I believe it ... read more >>
New Senate Majority Leader is Clueless
Written by By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
     Rev. Jesse Jackson  In response to what he calls the president’s “war on coal,” Future Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell says, “I’m going to war with him.” For McConnell, ... read more >>
Loretta Lynch Deserves Swift Confirmation
Written by By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  Loretta Lynch (AP Photo)      Julianne Malveaux African American women were excited about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United ... read more >>
Midterm Tea Without Sympathy: Shifting Places in Race-Based Seats
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 20 November 2014
Dr. Maulana Karenga  No matter what else is read into the results of the midterm elections, as I argued in 2010, it does not signal the end of time or the end of the world as we know it. Nor does it ... read more >>
Blacks Must Set Their Political Agenda
Written by Larry Aubry 20 November 2014
    Larry Aubry              The Democrats’ massacre in the recent mid-term elections was no big surprise,  the handwriting was on the wall for quite some time.  Since then, mounds ... read more >>
A True Appreciation of War Veterans
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist 20 November 2014
  My late father was born on what was originally called “Armistice Day” – now celebrated as Veteran’s Day – November 11.  He went on to serve in World War II in the U.S. Navy, stationed ... read more >>
Sweet Home Alabama
Written by By George E. Curry 20 November 2014
        George Curry  It’s been almost 50 years since I lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala. I go back from time to time, but not much after Mama moved to Cleveland about 35 years ago and later to Augusta, ... read more >>
Race and the 2014 Midterm Elections
Written by BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS JR. 13 November 2014
    Is there any doubt about the preeminence of the race factor that helped to determine the outcome of the 2014 midterm elections across the United States?  I have no doubt. Many of the Democrats ... read more >>
For Love and Struggle: Striving for the Greater Good
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 13 November 2014
  No matter what we say about the demands of the Movement or the struggle to change society and the world and bring a new history into being,the wide sweep of history ultimately finds its foundation ... read more >>
Ferguson Viewed by Retired Black LAPD Officer
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 13 November 2014
                Print and social media banter around the killing of unarmed Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson continues and there are protests every day in Ferguson.  ... read more >>
Tasting a “Taste of Soul”
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. 06 November 2014
  Black Americans are blessed, not cursed. I say that because it is true and verifiable. As a people we are blessed with intellectual genius, creativity, ingenuity and a vast multitalented reservoir ... read more >>
Online Colleges Flunk Common Sense
Written by By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 06 November 2014
    The most common model of college attendance is that a young person who graduates from high school and heads directly to college, perhaps taking a year off in between to work, take a “13th class. ... read more >>
Child Watch The Monster of Poverty
Written by By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 06 November 2014
      Each year at Halloween, our neighborhoods are bustling as children go door to door dressed as zombies, vampires, skeletons or something else fantastic and scary. For many children Halloween ... read more >>
Our President Has Carved Out A Mixed Legacy At Best
Written by larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 06 November 2014
                There was always something about Barack Obama that bothered me, despite the euphoria that surrounded his campaign for president in 2008.  My concern stemmed from his speeches ... read more >>
Sojourner For A Season: Truth-Speaker For Life
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 30 October 2014
      There is no written or reliable record on the day of her birth, but we do know the date of her transition, November 26, 1883; and we know too some central themes of the sacred ... read more >>
Blacks, not Hispanics, Key to Election Victory
Written by By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 30 October 2014
          Although Latinos are growing at a faster rate than any other ethnic group in the United States, they will have less of an impact on whether Democrats retain control of the Senate than ... read more >>
MACY’S Model of Fairness
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 30 October 2014
      I am always on the alert to make sure that Black Americans are treated fairly and justly. No, I do not go around searching all the time for what is wrong with society and with the world in ... read more >>
Closer to the Finish Line
Written by By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 30 October 2014
        With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection ... read more >>
FERGUSON: FROM A MOMENT TO A MOVEMENT
Written by larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 30 October 2014
                The following commentary, Ferguson October: From a Moment to a Movement is by Tia Oso, National Coordinator for the Black Immigration Network (BIN) and Black Americans ... read more >>
The Rise and Fall of Voter ID Laws
Written by Marc Morial NNPA Columnist 24 October 2014
  “The Court holds that SB 14 creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional ... read more >>
For-Profit Colleges Targets People of Color
Written by Charlene Crowell 24 October 2014
  Weeks before the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) announces a new rule governing career education programs, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has released research that finds high-cost, for-profit ... read more >>
Remaking History With Mrs. Hamer: Raising Questions, Empowering Our People
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 24 October 2014
This is the month of remembering and raising up Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), honored giant in a generation of great leaders. Let us raise and praise her sacred names, life-giving work and liberating ... read more >>
Jesse Jackson Makes a Difference
Written by BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS JR. 24 October 2014
      I know about Black American leadership from both a personal and a professional perspective that spans more than five decades of observation and involvement. After recently the participating ... read more >>
BLACK STUDENTS HOME LANGUAGE MUST BE HONORED
Written by Larry Aubry 23 October 2014
                                                                                               10/16/14               Last ... read more >>
WE MUST SUSTAIN RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE AND ACTION
Written by Larry Aubry 23 October 2014
          It’s been two months and protests over the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo. cop have continued. But will Blacks ‘outrage and action be sustained?  ... read more >>
Black Consumers Still Left Behind in Recovering Mortgage Market
Written by By Charlene Crowell 16 October 2014
  When it comes to assessing the nation’s housing industry, one key measure that all housing industry stakeholders take note of is the annual Home Mortgage Disclosure Act report, commonly referred ... read more >>
LGBT’s ‘Urge to Marry’ Merge
Written by By Larry Buford Contributing Writer 16 October 2014
  The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on October 6 not to hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases cleared the way for same-sex couples to wed in more added states across the country. Hooray ... read more >>
We All Deserve A Fresh Start and Leadership with Integrity at the Helm of our Sheriff's Department
Written by By Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray 16 October 2014
    By Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray   Just over two years ago, I had the privilege of serving as the Vice Chair of the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence (CCJV). This blue ribbon panel was ... read more >>
Remembering the Million Man March: Reflections on Memory and Mission
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 16 October 2014
There is so much damage done to memory and mission in our lives and to our sense of self by large and small concessions to the constant call to let go and move on regardless of what is lost or left ... read more >>
The Foreclosure Crisis Economic Violence Shatters the 'Dream' for Millions
Written by Martin Luther King III 09 October 2014
  Martin Luther King III    Last year, my family and I were honored to join millions around the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark "March on Washington." Beyond the powerful ... read more >>
A Champion for Equal Justice for All - Attorney General Eric Holder Bids Farewell
Written by Marc Morial - President & CEO, National Urban League 09 October 2014
  Recently, as I stood with a group of civil rights leaders and grieving family members at a press conference in Washington, DC to demand a full federal investigation of the police killings of two ... read more >>
Jordan Davis’ Killer to be Jailed for Life
Written by Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. 09 October 2014
  Dr. Benjamin Chavis      Justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 23, 2012 in a dispute over loud music has not come without a struggle.  ... read more >>
Environmental Education
Written by Monique McGhee, Special to the Sentinel 09 October 2014
  By Monique McGhee University of Southern California- Master’s Program m.monique18@gmail.com   Every parent wants the best for their child. Unfortunately, our education system is failing to prepare ... read more >>
Ebola: Fight the Disease, not the Victims
Written by Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 09 October 2014
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.  The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa is a global health emergency. Countries around the world must join together to mobilize the resources, build the isolation ... read more >>
Kawaida, Cultural Nationalism and Struggle: Setting the Revolutionary Record Straight Part II
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 09 October 2014
    Part II. Clearly, Us saw and defined itself as a revolutionary vanguard organization and second to none in its ideology, intention and practice directed toward radical transformation of self, society ... read more >>
NAVIGATING 21st CENTURY CHALLENGES
Written by Larry Aubry 09 October 2014
Larry Aubry               A compelling question is how Blacks will navigate increasingly hostile political and economic challenges. Many of us are more adept at perpetuating rather than ... read more >>
Violence Against Women and Children is Wrong - No Tolerance, No Excuses
Written by Marc H. Morial 03 October 2014
  "I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate." Adrian Peterson    The NFL may have inadvertently ... read more >>
Health Centers Key To Student Success
Written by Mark Ridley-Thomas 03 October 2014
    When former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) visited a local high school in my district, he brought more than 900 students to their feet, cheering and clapping ... read more >>
We Need to Talk About Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Written by By Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO The New Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital 03 October 2014
Every October, people lace up their sneakers and walk to support efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. In a sea of pink, there are heart wrenching stories of survival, homemade signs in memory of loved ... read more >>
Decriminalizing School Discipline
Written by Marian Wright Edelman 03 October 2014
      The purpose of public schools is to educate not exclude children, and to help identify and meet child needs, not make children serve adult convenience, self-interest, and systems. So huge reforms ... read more >>
BLACK IMMIGRANTS, BLACK AMERICANS AND POLICE ABUSE
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 03 October 2014
              Black Americans for Just Immigration (BAJI) issued a media release, August 25, 2014), titled, “Black immigrants and Black Americans Demand End to Police Brutality and Criminalization ... read more >>
Kawaida, Cultural Nationalism and Struggle: Setting the Revolutionary Record Straight
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 03 October 2014
      Part I. As September, the month of celebrating Us’ 49th anniversary draws to an end and there is much talk about developing a national strategy of struggle, it is of no small importance to ... read more >>
The High Cost of Child Poverty in America
Written by By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 25 September 2014
   Just released U.S. Census Bureau data reveal 45.3 million people were poor in America in 2013. One in three of those who are poor is a child. Children remain our poorest age group and children of ... read more >>
Silicon Valley Must Embrace Diversity
Written by By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist 25 September 2014
    While the number of African American, Latino and women consumers of Internet and broadband products and services is rising, their numbers at the major Silicon Valley companies continue to lag way ... read more >>
The CBC – Then and Now
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist 25 September 2014
    By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Too often people who have experienced and endured long term oppression and suffering take for granted some of the socioeconomic and political indicators ... read more >>
The Boomerang Generation
Written by Angela Howard 25 September 2014
            One of the most interesting findings of the data recently released by the Census Bureau is that so many recent college graduates live with their parents. Described as “boomerang” ... read more >>
FERGUSON: DIFFERENT VERSIONS, SAME CONCLUSION
Written by Larry Aubry 25 September 2014
    Outrage over his death emerged throughout the country, people felt unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown was unjustly killed by a Ferguson cop; many believe he was murdered. Despite differing versions, ... read more >>
Thinking Deep About Blackness: Stressing the Serious and Sacred
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 25 September 2014
    In the Sixties and even for a short time afterward, Blackness was conceived and engaged as a very serious and sacred thing. It was serious because it dealt with our identity and our duty derived ... read more >>
The Lessons of Ferguson – Part Three
Written by By Marc H. Morial 18 September 2014
To Be Equal      —  Sherrilyn Ifill, Esq., writing in the National Urban League’s 2014 State of Black America  Less than a year from now, on August 6, 2015, the nation will celebrate the 50th ... read more >>
Diversity Must Become a Business Priority
Written by By Jesse Jackson, Sr. 18 September 2014
          Last week, in a highly choreographed, tightly organized presentation, Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With the spotlights on and a global audience, Apple paraded ... read more >>
Racism is not a Card Game
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. 18 September 2014
    Whenever someone accuses an African American of playing the “race card,” I cringe. Racism  in America is not a card game. There is no such thing as “playing the race card” when it comes ... read more >>
EMPOWERMENT REQUIRES UNACCUSTOMED UNITY
Written by Larry Aubry 18 September 2014
EMPOWERMENT REQUIRES UNACCUSTOMED UNITY                                                                         Even talking about Black unity has fallen out ... read more >>
Righteous and Relentless Struggle: Reflections on the Principle and Practice
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 18 September 2014
Righteous and Relentless Struggle: Reflections on the Principle and Practice Dr. Maulana Karenga   We cannot say it too often, stress it too much and certainly must never downplay in any way the definitive, ... read more >>
TRACKING POLICE ABUSE: YOUTH JUSTICE COALITION
Written by Larry Aubry 11 September 2014
TRACKING POLICE ABUSE: YOUTH JUSTICE COALITION Larry Aubry                                                                               ... read more >>
In Remembrance and Reaffirmation: Harnessing Hurricanes and Whirlwinds of Righteous Anger
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 September 2014
In Remembrance and Reaffirmation: Harnessing Hurricanes and Whirlwinds  of Righteous Anger Dr. Maulana Karenga   Nine years ago, we met to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our organization Us ... read more >>
Lessons of Ferguson, Part II: Criminal Justice System on Trial
Written by By Marc H. Morial 11 September 2014
To Be Equal   Lessons of Ferguson, Part II: Criminal Justice System on Trial   By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Fannie Lou Hamer, legendary ... read more >>
Nov. 4: A Day of Reckoning
Written by By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. 11 September 2014
Nov. 4: A Day of Reckoning   By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Black Americans and others who want to contribute to the future progressive transformation of our nation and world have an ... read more >>
The Lessons of Ferguson, Part I: Economic Inequality
Written by TO BE EQUAL MARC H. MORIAL 04 September 2014
    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am haunted ... read more >>
Cops Lied about ‘Suicides’ of 2 Handcuffed Black Men
Written by GEORGE E. CURRY 04 September 2014
            Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” In case after case, when police are caught killing an unarmed African ... read more >>
The Emotional Toll of Growing Up Black
Written by MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN 04 September 2014
      CHILD WATCH   • MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN         Terrell Strayhorn, a brilliant Black Ohio State University professor, recently opened the Educational Testing Service and Children’s ... read more >>
Us: A 49-Year Struggle To Be Ourselves and Free Ourselves
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 04 September 2014
      As we celebrate and self-consciously reflect on this the 49th anniversary of our organization Us, we, of necessity, pay grateful homage to our ancestors, spiritual anchors and unerasable evidence ... read more >>
STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT INJUSTICES
Written by Larry Aubry 04 September 2014
STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT INJUSTICES   Police killing unarmed young Black men has again captured national attention. This time, the focus has been 18-year-old Michael Brown’s tragic killing in Ferguson, ... read more >>
LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY CRUCIAL FOR BLACKS
Written by Larry Aubry 26 August 2014
A lack of accountability among Black leaders stifles Blacks’ progress.  And their usual silence on many important issues is egregious. Predictably, they do join in expressing outrage over blatantly ... read more >>
Garvey’s Letters from Atlanta:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 26 August 2014
Rebuilding and Becoming the Whirlwind and Storm: Throughout the global African community, we gather together this month to celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Universal Negro Improvement Association ... read more >>
The Liberation Psychology of Frantz Fanon: Struggle as Normative and Necessary
Written by Maulana Karenga 31 July 2014
  To have read Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) in the original French or the translated English, especially The Wretched of the Earth, and to grasp and embrace his understanding of armed struggle, decipher ... read more >>
ONGOING SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE AND RACIAL PRIDE
Written by Larry Aubry 31 July 2014
  An awkward silence intruded an otherwise lively and informative panel discussion on the implications of today’s critical challenges for African Americans.  The uneasy non-response followed a question ... read more >>
DISTRICT 1 RACE NOW ALSO A REFERENDUM ON DIRTY POLITICS
Written by Larry Aubry 25 July 2014
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WENDY'S CORNER
Written by Wendy Gladney Dean 24 July 2014
  One of the things I enjoy is keeping in touch with people.  In today’s fast paced society filled with lists and agendas, I am just as guilty as the next person in dragging my feet.  When I was ... read more >>
Defending Marlene Pinnock and Ourselves: Issues of Justice, Agenda and Struggle
Written by Maulana Karenga 17 July 2014
  We are again deeply involved in an ongoing and urgent conversation and struggle around one of the most critical and enduring issues facing us as a people—police violence. For whatever old names ... read more >>
DON’T DEAL WITH THE DEVIL WITHOUT A DISCLAIMER
Written by Larry Aubry 17 July 2014
  Julianne Malveaux’s column, “Did UNCF Make a Deal withthe Devil?,” begins,  “When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments ... read more >>
It’s Time We Get Serious about Combatting Child Sex Trafficking
Written by By Faye Washington 14 July 2014
Not long ago, I read a startling statistic. The United States now ranks in the top 5 countries in the world for child sex trafficking. This alarming stat illuminates the fact that we as a country are ... read more >>
Bethune, Democracy and July 4th: Courageous Questioning and Constant Struggle
Written by Maulana Karenga 10 July 2014
  Usually when we want to confront and discount America’s founding myth of creating a democracy of free and equal persons, its hypocritical and high-hype claims of justice for all and its self-congratulatory ... read more >>
CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT THE SAME
Written by Larry Aubry 10 July 2014
  The 50th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 was celebrated throughout the nation with high profile television and print media coverage. It supposedly changed the face ... read more >>
Frederick Douglass and the 4th of July: Searching for Affirmative Answers
Written by Maulana Karenga 03 July 2014
  As we celebrate July 4th and contemplate its particular meaning for us as a people and as President Obama calls us to Americanization without racial distinction while leaving distinctions of wealth, ... read more >>
4th of July
Written by Wendy Gladney Dean 03 July 2014
  The Fourth of July is when we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence declaring our freedom from the Kingdom of Britain and celebrating the history, government and traditions ... read more >>
INTERRACIAL COLLABORATION TOUGH BUT NEEDED
Written by Larry Aubry 03 July 2014
  Cross-racial/ethnic collaboration in recent decades has been spotty, at best, and more often than not, illusory.  For Blacks, such collaboration is increasingly necessary but arguably, more difficult ... read more >>
How Forbes.com got it wrong on Slavery, Reparations, and the Cost to Build a Nation
Written by Antonio Moore 01 July 2014
In a piece recently written on Forbes.com entitled "If There Should Be Reparations For American Slavery The Amount Should Be Around About Nothing" author Tim Worstall took on the task of assessing ... read more >>
Kwame Ture in Remembrance and Reflection: Pan-Africanism, Revolution and Culture
Written by Maulana Karenga 26 June 2014
    In the month of June we pay special homage to Kwame Ture (June 29, 1941—November 15, 1998), tall and unwavering tree in the revered forest of Pan-Africanist freedom fighters; tireless unifying ... read more >>
TEACHER TENURE RULING WON’T HELP CHILDREN Part II
Written by Larry Aubry 26 June 2014
      Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling that California tenure and other teacher job security laws are unconstitutional is far too sweeping.  It benefits neither teachers ... read more >>
TEACHER TENURE RULING WON’T HELP CHILDREN
Written by Larry Aubry 19 June 2014
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu recently ruled that California teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional. His opinion is far too sweeping and will likely do little, if anything, to improve ... read more >>
Campaigning With Dr. McKenna: Forging A Future For Our Children (Part 2)
Written by Maulana Karenga 19 June 2014
  Part 2. In addition to the people’s rejection of an imposition and their reaffirmation of self-determination; the excellence of Dr. George McKenna as a candidate; and the dedication, determination ... read more >>
Campaigning With Dr. McKenna: Forging a Future for Our Children
Written by Maulana Karenga 12 June 2014
  Part I. Certainly, we realize it is a first step in a longer and larger struggle, but the election results last week for LAUSD District 1 in which Dr. George McKenna, the community’s choice, won ... read more >>
INCOME INEQUALITY GROWING
Written by Larry Aubry 12 June 2014
  Last April, the National Urban League issued its annual State of Black America report titled “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America.”  It found the income gap between Blacks and whites ... read more >>
Wendy's Window on Maya Angelou
Written by Wendy Gladney Dean 05 June 2014
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”  The words of Dr. Maya Angelou are many, but when I think ... read more >>
Wendy's Window
Written by Wendy Gladney Dean 29 May 2014
There’s a saying, “a body in motion stays in motion.”  I live a life that stays in motion.  I truly love what I do and I am grateful it has purpose.  Over the years I’ve learned the necessity ... read more >>
BLACK LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY: DÉJÀ VU
Written by Larry Aubry 29 May 2014
    I’ve changed the title of this column from “Urban Perspective” to “A Black Perspective”,   which the column has always been about.  “Urban Perspective” was overly broad and reflected ... read more >>
Celebrating African Liberation Day: Empowering the People; Strengthening the Struggle
Written by Maulana Karenga 29 May 2014
  On this the 51st anniversary of the founding of African Liberation Day, we join Africans on the continent and in the diaspora, as well as other peoples around the world, to remember and pay rightful ... read more >>
Message From Malcolm: Anchoring Insights in Unsettling Times
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 22 May 2014
Each year since 1966, we of the organization Us have publicly celebrated the birth and commemorated the martyrdom of Min. Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Indeed, in the midst of much fear and silence ... read more >>
Charter School Segregation and Civil Rights
Written by Larry Aubry 22 May 2014
The Civil Rights Project (UCLA) annual report, Choice Without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards calls the charter school movement a major political success but ... read more >>
Lunch with Limbiko: A Mother's Day Message
Written by Maulana Karenga 14 May 2014
  Again and for the fifth year, we celebrated this month your birth and life, your work and the way you walked in dignity and grace as an African woman in the world. And as always and ever, we did ... read more >>
Additional Necessary Notes on Racism: Take Aways Without Being Taken
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 08 May 2014
  Those who seek and are satisfied with simply the minimum get just that and often less. These are those who “negotiate” or rather petition from positions without power and often depend in undignified ... read more >>
LAUSD DISTRICT 1 ELECTION AND LAUSD DISTRICT 1 ELECTION AND BIG MONEY POLITICSBIG MONEY POLITICS
Written by Larry Aubry 07 May 2014
    The special election for LAUSD School Board District 1 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte is less than a month away.  However, the battle lines  for choosing ... read more >>
Mothers Just Want Their Daughters Back
Written by Wendy Gladney Dean 06 May 2014
Many of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day this coming Sunday with the joy of our children and loved ones, but there are mothers crying in pain as they try to figure out how to get their daughters ... read more >>
Superficial Anger at Racism:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 01 May 2014
  There is a wealth of lessons to be learned from this latest eruption and exposure of racist rage and ranting by Don (Tokowitz) Sterling, declaring his deeply felt hatred and hostility toward Black ... read more >>
LAPD SPYING WRONG AND MUST STOP
Written by Larry Aubry 01 May 2014
  The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals that collaborate and take collective action.   The Coalition rejects all forms of police oppression and any policy ... read more >>
Black Leadership: Why the Downward Slide?
Written by Larry Aubry 24 April 2014
Recently, there’s been an alarming increase in the number of Black leaders, elected officials especially, convicted, charged with criminal violations or allegedly behaved unethically.   The growing ... read more >>
Reconsidering Racial Justice: Some Necessary Notes
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 24 April 2014
The history of Black people in this country is a complex, engaging and thought-compelling history, a history of Holocaust and enduring hope; of savage enslavement and yet an unsupressable desire and ... read more >>
Black Men and Women Rising:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 18 April 2014
  We have come again to a beautiful and hopeful time: Spring, the promise of new and renewed life; Easter and conversations, imaginations and initiatives of resurrection, renewal, repeating life, “coming ... read more >>
Promise Zones Not Promised to South L.A.
Written by Larry Aubry 17 April 2014
This column on February 13, 2014  (Promise Zones, Negligence and Accountability) began “South Los Angeles was righteously outraged on being excluded in the first round of Promise Zones, even though ... read more >>
Black Men and Women Rising:Resurrection After Social Death
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 17 April 2014
We have come again to a beautiful and hopeful time: Spring, the promise of new and renewed life; Easter and conversations, imaginations and initiatives of resurrection, renewal, repeating life, “coming ... read more >>
PROMISE ZONES NOT PROMISED TO SOUTH LA
Written by Larry Aubry 17 April 2014
    This column on February 13, 2014  (Promise Zones, Negligence and Accountability) began “South Los Angeles was righteously outraged on being excluded in the first round of Promise Zones, even ... read more >>
Becoming Our Black Selves Again: Righteously Being and Freeing Ourselves
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 April 2014
It was once how we understood and asserted ourselves as a people, even when we thought it was a matter of communal modesty and morality not to claim it in a self-righteous, arrogant and unseemingly ... read more >>
THE ASIAN COUP, DIVERSITY AND RESPONDENTS
Written by Larry Aubry 10 April 2014
  Opposition from Asian American groups to Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5) (It would delete parts of Proposition 209) killed the measure.  SCA 5 had been supported by Senators Ted Lieu (Torrance), ... read more >>
King and the Psychology of FSelf-Respect, Resistance and Resiliencereedom:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 03 April 2014
In this month of his martyrdom when we and the world turns to talk about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929—April 4, 1968) in honorific and praiseworthy ways, we, as a people, have a special ... read more >>
IS PEAK OIL AN INCUBATING GLOBAL TSUNAMI?
Written by Larry Aubry 03 April 2014
Residents in areas surrounding the Baldwin Hills oil wells are conducting a sustained anti-fracking campaign.  (Fracking is fracturing the land by injecting fluids into cracks, forcing them to further ... read more >>
Black Love: A Complementary and Species-Compelling Need
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 27 March 2014
I t is not an exaggeration to state that there is no issue of greater importance, urgency or enduring impact in terms of the foundation, functioning and future of us as a community and a people than ... read more >>
NO SURPRISE, AMERICA’S SCHOOLS STILL RACIST
Written by Larry Aubry 27 March 2014
URBAN PERSPECTIVE Education Secretary Arne Duncan denounced the inequities in America’s schools cited in the U.S. Department of Education’s survey, Data Collection.  Duncan:  “The inequities ... read more >>
Sustainers of the World: A Classical African Conception of Womanhood
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 20 March 2014
As we close out this month of celebration, commemoration and meditation in special and rightful hommage to African women and to women as a whole, it is important to reaffirm our continuing commitment to ... read more >>
MY BLACK BROTHER’S KEEPER, REALLY?
Written by Larry Aubry 13 March 2014
                                                                                           President Obama’s ... read more >>
21st CENTURY’S DAUNTING CHALLENGES
Written by Larry Aubry 06 March 2014
  The 21st century poses increasingly daunting challenges for Black Americans. Therefore,   renewed principled leadership is required for sustainable solutions to current problems. Blacks’ individualistic ... read more >>
Peace on Earth
Written by Nicole Williams 09 January 2014
One of the goals or themes of the holiday season is peace.  Many of the songs and traditions of the season reflect the idea of peace.  Peace on earth, goodwill toward man and so on.  So like many, I ... read more >>
Our Environment and Our Economy
Written by Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III 09 January 2014
  With the adoption of AB 32, the state’s Global Warming Solution Act, California confirmed its role as a leader in addressing the challenges of climate change.   Now as we move from the rulemaking ... read more >>
Annual Founder’s Kwanzaa Message: Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa- Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 27 December 2013
Each season and celebration of Kwanzaa reaffirms our commitment as African people to create, celebrate and sustain good in the world. For rightly conceived, the celebration of Kwanzaa is about embracing ... read more >>
Blackonomics
Written by James Clingman, NNPA Columnist 23 November 2013
Jim Clingman The Mis-Education of Black People The title of Carter G. Woodson’s famous book – The Mis-Education of the Negro –says it all. It is shameful and quite sad to hear and read some of ... read more >>
Taste of Soul
Written by David G. Brown 24 October 2013
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The Million Man March and Day of Absence:Remembrance and Recommitment
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 24 October 2013
As we look back and remember one of the greatest marches in U.S. history and its companion project, the Day of Absence, which occurred October 16, l995, it is important that we place it in the context ... read more >>
Poverty’s Varied and Often Obscure Faces
Written by Larry Aubry 24 October 2013
    Poverty has been a disowned truth throughout history and a soiled part of the fabric of every society.  (One could also argue that it has not been scorned, but deemed necessary by the   ruling ... read more >>
Out of Order
Written by David G. Brown 17 October 2013
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Following Our Foremother Fannie Lou Hamer:Courageously Questioning America
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 17 October 2013
In these uncertain and unsettling times of the self-silencing of the lambs, the fearful and fatigued surrender of summer soldiers, and the out-of-control hate-filled howling of ice age winter wolves, ... read more >>
The Black Press: Its Role and Accountability
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 17 October 2013
The role of the Black press (print and electronic) in the 21st century is more important than ever.  (As this is written, the partial shutdown of the federal government is disproportionately affecting ... read more >>
106 Days? Hardly Working
Written by William Spriggs Special to the Sentinel 11 October 2013
In all the coverage of the shutdown of the federal government forced by House Speaker John Boehner, little has been shared on how things got to this point. Too much of the coverage portrays the budget ... read more >>
Time for a Dignified Minimum Wage
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous 11 October 2013
This summer, minimum wage workers in California abandoned their posts at fast food restaurants and retail stores for spots on the picket line. They joined workers in cities across the country to demand ... read more >>
U.S. Will Hear Arguments to Overturn Prop 209 on October 15
Written by Leon Jenkins 11 October 2013
The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments whether to affirm the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Proposal 2, the Michigan Constitutional Amendment, (which is identical ... read more >>
Backfire
Written by David G. Brown 11 October 2013
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NEW LEADERSHIP MODEL NEEDED FOR BLACK UNITY
Written by Larry Aubry 11 October 2013
These days Blacks wonder whether things will get any worse, because arguably, we are the ones most negatively affected by any measure of social, economic or political progress.  So, will things get ... read more >>
Fannie Lou Hamer Walking Off the Plantation: Questioning and Transforming America
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 October 2013
Fannie Lou Hamer was born 1917 October 6 in Mississippi in the midst of the racial madness and social mayhem called White supremacy in which walls of brutal separation were built in life and law to imprison ... read more >>
Obama Care
Written by David G. Brown 02 October 2013
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Complete
Written by Alfonso Tucker 26 September 2013
Distractions can be enticing, like television when you have work to complete. Unwanted sleep because your body is fatigued. What happens to the mind when your goals seem far from reach? I am challenged ... read more >>
Government Shut Down
Written by David G. Brown 26 September 2013
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Meditations on the Movement:Us’ 48 Years of Relentless Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 26 September 2013
Part 1: We were/are both products and co-producers of the Black Freedom Movement, members of a defiant and determined generation and organization, Us, which self-consciously responded to Frantz Fanon’s ... read more >>
CONTINUING VIOLENCE, CONTINUING COMPLACENCY
Written by Larry Aubry 26 September 2013
Recently, a rash of alarming deadly violence got extensive television and newspaper coverage and momentarily, serious discussion among the citizenry.  There has also been a spate of homicides in certain ... read more >>
State Should Work Smarter to Recover Lost Revenue
Written by Jerome E. Horton 25 September 2013
Who would walk past a $20 bill lying on the ground without picking it up? The State of California, which does the functional equivalent by not going after approximately $9 billion in revenue lost annually ... read more >>
GREAT BEGINNINGS FOR BLACK BABIES AT THE FOREFRONT OF SAVING OUR BABIES
Written by Rae Jones 20 September 2013
When Great Beginnings for Black Babies was founded in 1990, nearly 19 of each 1,000 Black babies born succumbed to infant mortality.  Generally defined as the death of a baby before its’ first birthday, ... read more >>
Joy and Pain
Written by Sen. Roderick D. Wright 20 September 2013
On a recent morning, I was given the opportunity to lead my colleagues in prayer at the opening of the day’s Senate Session, setting the tone for the work we would do that day on behalf of our communities.  ... read more >>
To Be Equal: New Fed Chair Needs to Back Main Street
Written by Marc H. Morial NNPA 20 September 2013
“The Federal Reserve Chairman is not only one of the most important economic policymakers in America, he or she is one of the most important policymakers in the world.” President Barack Obama Welcome ... read more >>
DC Shooting
Written by David G. Brown 20 September 2013
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SLIDING DOWNWARD: THE COLLAPSE OF URBAN PUBLIC SCHOOLING
Written by Larry Aubry Larry Aubry 20 September 2013
Today’s column consists of excerpts from “Escalating Downward:  The Collapse of Public Schooling in the United States of America,” a paper by Floyd D. Hayes III, Ph. D., Senior Political Science ... read more >>
Against Warmongering in Washington: Upholding the Practice of Peace
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 20 September 2013
The warmongers in Washington have stepped back from the brink of waging war against the Syrian people, but no one should imagine they have been converted to peace or have lost faith in the devastating ... read more >>
Stop and Frisk
Written by David G. Brown 12 September 2013
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A. PHILIP RANDOLPH: CULTURAL GROUNDING KEY TO HIS SUCCESS
Written by Larry Aubry 12 September 2013
A.Philip Randolph was a multi-faceted, multi-talented Black leader renowned for his organizing skills and access to powerful people, including two United States presidents.  He played a prominent role ... read more >>
Towards Serious Re-Africanization: Kawaida, Culture, Revolution and Resistance”
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 12 September 2013
Culture, we said in the Sixties, is the first and fundamental ground of resistance; cultural revolution precedes and makes possible and sustains the political struggle, and revolution and resistance ... read more >>
Syria
Written by David G. Brown 06 September 2013
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Us, Culture and Struggle: Ultimately Engaged on the Ground
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 06 September 2013
The founding and developmental unfolding of our organization Us, September 7, 1965, was in a fateful and furious year, a time and context of decisive turning. It was the year of the assassination and ... read more >>
STILL MARCHING FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW, UNLESS……
Written by Larry Aubry 06 September 2013
Print, electronic, and social media reveled in the glow of the myriad commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington.  But the hype, only a salve on an unhealed wound, blurred the unsettling fact that ... read more >>
Islam – A Religion of Peace?
Written by Eric E. Vickers Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 29 August 2013
If Islam is ever to be understood and appreciated by Americans, then Muslims will need to stop trying to convince them that it is a “religion of peace.”  Having just completed my 35th Ramadan – ... read more >>
Whites Who Kill Blacks More Likely to Escape Punishment
Written by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent 29 August 2013
Kimberlé Crenshaw says subtle bias often an issue. When the Florida jury found George Zimmerman, a White neighborhood watchman, not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon ... read more >>
Nielsen: Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist 29 August 2013
Isn’t it fascinating how a person can have a single idea or dream planted, take root and change the world as we know it?  Well, that’s exactly how Nielsen came to be. This week, Nielsen will celebrate ... read more >>
Child Watch “Where Do We Go From Here?“
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 29 August 2013
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing ... read more >>
After the March on Washington
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 29 August 2013
The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice.  More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by busses, ... read more >>
50 Years Later: The President’s Response
Written by Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 29 August 2013
On August 28, on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “Dream” oration, President Barack Obama spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, joined ... read more >>
Marching Orders for the Future
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 29 August 2013
Now that we’ve had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ... read more >>
Why we still march
Written by Sherrilyn A. Ifill 29 August 2013
50 years after the seminal event of the civil rights era, the work is still unfinished Constance Baker Motley, the great civil rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, was not planning ... read more >>
The Godly Hope of MLK’s Dream Deserves a Humble Response
Written by Larry Buford 29 August 2013
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963, infused hope and inspiration to the mixed masses in a most profound way. Now 50 years later ... read more >>
THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR CHILDREN IS . . .
Written by Dr. Rosie Milligan 29 August 2013
The best thing you can do for your children is to lead them to God and teach them the Word of God. The second-best thing is to teach them how to read. The third thing is to teach them to think for themselves ... read more >>
Be an Advance Guard for Jobs
Written by William Spriggs 29 August 2013
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - In August 1963, as was the case 100 years earlier when the cemetery for the heroes of Gettysburg was dedicated, many speeches were delivered; but one stood out as a galvanizing ... read more >>
Is the Civil Rights Movement Over?
Written by Amanda Susskind and Nolan Rollins 29 August 2013
Ask any schoolchild when the Civil Rights Movement took place, and she will likely tell you it was in the 1960s.  Recent events have made us wonder what we can do to recreate a similar sense of urgency ... read more >>
'We Have Come So Far; Still So Much Has Stayed the Same'
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous 29 August 2013
This past weekend I joined over 150,000 people at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was a powerful moment that showed us how Dr. King's dream is still alive, yet reminded us how far ... read more >>
50TH ANNIVERSARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Written by Leon Jenkins, President Los Angeles NAACP 29 August 2013
I was very young during the initial march on Washington in 1963, living in the deep south. Even though I did not attend the march, over the years seeing footage of the march, and Dr. King, John Lewis, ... read more >>
Making the March Meaningful: Re-Reading and Reaffirming Our History
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 29 August 2013
    It is a strange but constantly occurring thing, the tendency to appropriate our history and culture as simply another expression of the self-congratulatory narrative the American established ... read more >>
March on Washington 50th Anniversary
Written by David G. Brown 22 August 2013
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Who Cares about Inglewood’s Public Schools?
Written by Joe Bowers 22 August 2013
Lately, when we read reports about the Inglewood Unified School District, we have to wonder if any one cares. Inglewood Unified once considered the jewel of the South Bay, now is unfairly thought of as ... read more >>
King’s Unfinished Symphony of Freedom
Written by Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 22 August 2013
This weekend, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best known for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Dream.” Fifty years later, the dream challenges us ... read more >>
Why We’re Still Marching
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 22 August 2013
For a while, it looked like the 50th anniversary observance of the March on Washington would expose a sharp split in the Civil Rights Movement. Al Sharpton jumped ahead of his colleagues by cornering ... read more >>
ARE GANG INJUNCTIONS REALLY EFFECTIVE?
Written by Larry Aubry 22 August 2013
Gang injunctions are again in the spotlight: Echo Park in Los Angeles and the city of Inglewood are both in court this week regarding gang injunctions-and even the Los Angeles Times is questioning their ... read more >>
Re-Reading and Reflecting on James Baldwin: Rethinking Race and America
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 22 August 2013
The last time I saw James Baldwin was at a memorial colloquium on Hoyt Fuller at Cornell University in 1984 at which we were both presenting. He was talking, as always, about the problematic reality ... read more >>
Book Review: Ain't Nothing Like Freedom
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 09 August 2013
“Elected six times to the House from the state of Georgia, Cynthia McKinney cut a trail through Congressional deceit like a hot ember through ash. She discovered legislators who passed laws without ... read more >>
Urban League Launches New Civil Rights Movement
Written by Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist 08 August 2013
“Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination…as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities…we believe that the State of Texas should ... read more >>
What White America Needs to Know About Lil Wayne, Rev. Sharpton, and Race
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick 08 August 2013
    And What Bill O’Reilly forgot about when he attempted to school Black America   Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton has come under fire from Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly for his distribution ... read more >>
American's discussion on Race
Written by David G. Brown 08 August 2013
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Commemorating the Watts Revolt: Rightful Remembrance and Renewed Resistance
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 08 August 2013
The Watts Revolt of 1965 August 11 still stands as a historical moment and marker of a turning point in the Black Freedom Struggle, signaling the historical exhaustion and end of the Civil Rights phase ... read more >>
LATINO-BLACK RELATIONS: A LESSON FROM MISSISSIPPI
Written by Larry Aubry 08 August 2013
Black-Latino relations in Los Angeles have always languished on the political back-burner. Actually, neither Los Angeles City nor County has ever adopted sustainable policy designed to improve race relations, ... read more >>
Labor Unions at another Crossroad
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist 08 August 2013
Next month, the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the U.S., will hold its convention in Los Angeles.  Breaking with tradition, the AFL-CIO will be opening its doors to community-based ... read more >>
Royal Baby
Written by David G. Brown 01 August 2013
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IT’S TIME TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR BLACK IMMIGRANTS
Written by Larry Aubry 01 August 2013
A comprehensive immigration reform bill has been passed by the U.S. Senate but it will likely die in the Republican controlled House of Representatives. However, the Senate bill itself is weak and not ... read more >>
Relationships and Resistance: Deep Thinking about Life and Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 01 August 2013
Each summer since 1977, the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies (Us) has held a Seminar in Social Theory and Practice bringing together activist-intellectuals, educators, lay people, professionals ... read more >>
Viewing trends from coast to coast
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 01 August 2013
Have I told you how much I love being part of the cutting edge research of the latest and greatest in technology and how consumer trends and behaviors impact that technology; or how much I especially ... read more >>
What Blacks Can Learn from South Africa
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 26 July 2013
Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18.  He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom ... read more >>
From conversation to action: After Trayvon
Written by Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist 26 July 2013
President Barack Obama eloquently described the agony experienced among African-Americans from the slaying of Trayvon Martin. He called for a more thoughtful “conversation” on race, convened not ... read more >>
One-Year Ago
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 25 July 2013
I wrote you a love letter, encouraging the gift we are to each other! The combination of fear and desire lets me know I can compare you to no other! Time has elapsed and our love increases, each ... read more >>
To Be Equal: Justice for Trayvon – It’s Not Over Yet
Written by Marc Morial NNPA Columnist 25 July 2013
“Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered.” Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin We were stunned by the outrageous not guilty verdict reached by a jury of six women in the shooting ... read more >>
Finally, the Barack Obama I Voted For
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 25 July 2013
For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself ... read more >>
Emmett and Trayvon: How Racial Prejudice Has Changed in the Last 60 Years
Written by Elijah Anderson Special to the Sentinel 25 July 2013
Separated by a thousand miles, two state borders, and nearly six decades, two young African- American boys met tragic fates that seem remarkably similar today: both walked into a small market to buy ... read more >>
Fiscal Follies: Watch the Conversation on Budget Surplus
Written by William Spriggs Special to the Sentinel 25 July 2013
The White House has announced changes in projections for fiscal health. In June, the government gained a surplus and the projected deficit for this year will be $214 billion less than originally projected. ... read more >>
Let’s Talk About Race ‘til We’re Blue in the Face
Written by Larry Buford 25 July 2013
Let’s have the conversation – not so much about the George Zimmerman trial – but a real conversation about race in America. I know it’s hard for many to swallow the ‘not guilty’ verdict. ... read more >>
Most Wanted
Written by David G. Brown 25 July 2013
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Zimmerman Verdict and Civil Rights, Still Much To Do
Written by Areva Martin, Esq. 25 July 2013
Like many around the world, I am extremely disappointed with the jury verdict in George Zimmerman's case. As an attorney and officer of the court, I applaud the jurors for their service and I respect ... read more >>
Raising Up in Resistance: Crafting a Strategy for Continuing Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 25 July 2013
We are engaged today all over this country in a righteous and relentless struggle against conditions of injustice and oppression that socially sanction and legally allow police and vigilante violence ... read more >>
COSBY ON TRAYVON: SAME DYSFUNCTIONAL MESSAGE
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 25 July 2013
De ja vu.  Dr. Bill Cosby’s comments on Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s acquittal are a variation of his myopic theme that race no longer matters much in America.  He knows the historical, ... read more >>
Don't Name Your Boy 'Sue'
Written by Larry Buford 20 July 2013
Nothing wrong with being tough – it’s a mean old world, but the definition of manhood is much more than brawn and sex. Joe was a hard man – a brazen, no nonsense stern man. He was a man shaped ... read more >>
Investigate the racial context behind Martin’s death
Written by JESSE JACKSON 20 July 2013
If Trayvon Martin were not a young black male, he would be alive today. Despite the verdict, it’s clear that George Zimmerman would never have confronted a young white man wearing a hoodie. He would, ... read more >>
Looking Beyond George Zimmerman
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 20 July 2013
Trayvon Martin might not be dead except for the fact that George Zimmerman carried a gun and acted as a wanna-be policeman.  Rev. Al Sharpton and others deserve props for rallying people and insisting ... read more >>
Honoring Trayvon, Saving our Sons: Recommitment to Community and Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 20 July 2013
So, there we were once again at this painfully uncomfortable, but familiar place, waiting and wondering, waiting for simple justice in the case of the killing of Trayvon Martin, hoping for the best and ... read more >>
BLACKS MUST STAND THEIR (COMMON) GROUND
Written by Larry Aubry 20 July 2013
It is past time that Blacks’ behavior reflects their prolonged suffering from racism and the criminal justice system.  George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict was only the latest of countless officially ... read more >>
California Department of Education Wrecks Inglewood Schools
Written by Jennifer Bihm (Contributing Writer) 20 July 2013
It has been over four and a half months since the California Department of Education undertook the highly questionable action of taking over the total operation of the Inglewood Unified School District. ... read more >>
Ghosts of Revolutions Past
Written by Eric Kyle Henry Lee Sentinel Contributing Writer generalinfo@lasentinel.net 19 July 2013
   A woman walks past a makeshift memorial for Trayvon Martin Thursday April 12, 2012, on the sidewalk outside the complex where he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. (AP PHOTO/CHRIS ... read more >>
Was Trayvon Martin Rear-Ended by Zimmerman?
Written by Larry Buford 12 July 2013
On Monday (7/8) the defense attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial brought forth testimony from a parade of witnesses who vouched that the screams for help on the 911 tapes were those of Zimmerman and ... read more >>
Obama should Lead Fight to Revive Voting Rights Act
Written by Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist 12 July 2013
President Barack Obama should lead a forceful drive to revive the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively disemboweled by the Supreme Court’s recent decision. All celebrate the 1965 Act as the most ... read more >>
Commission To Study Child Welfare Agency Is Step In Right Direction
Written by Congresswoman Karen Bass 12 July 2013
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors deserves a great deal of credit for establishing a citizen’s blue ribbon commission to study the county’s child welfare agency.  The commission will be ... read more >>
Immigration Reform
Written by David G. Brown 12 July 2013
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THE PRICE OF BLACK DISUNITY IS MUCH TOO HIGH
Written by Larry Aubry l.aubry@att.net 12 July 2013
Last week’s column focused on the need for sustainable, righteous outrage among Black people.  This week deals with Blacks’ lack of unity, an underlying cause of such outrage .Black leaders especially, ... read more >>
The Legacies of Mary M. Bethune: Knowledge, Sacrifice, Service and Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 12 July 2013
We cannot pass the month of July without paying homage to our foremother, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, born July 10, 1875, laying down in peace and rising up in radiance May 18, 1955.  Let us pour libation ... read more >>
Even Though It’s Legal, I Still Can’t Marry My Girlfriend
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick 11 July 2013
  [Recently] the Supreme Court of the United States of America cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in the state of California.  Unfortunately, for my girlfriend and I, we still can’t ... read more >>
FIREWORKS: A RISKY THRILL!!
Written by Larry Buford 11 July 2013
The arrest of former NBA Wizards team member Gilbert Arenas for possession of illegal fireworks brings to mind the threat we face this time each year. In 2002, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ... read more >>
Can Congress Redeem Itself?
Written by William E. Spriggs 11 July 2013
In the latest polls for May and June, Congress' approval rating is a mere 14 percent. This reflects a clear dissatisfaction with Congress not doing something meaningful to help American households. Highjacked ... read more >>
We Must Build Our Greatest Strength: Diversity
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous 11 July 2013
"For a country regarded as the paramount leader in a multicultural world, the United States has yet to embrace its own diversity; continuing failure to do so will have profound consequences for governance." That ... read more >>
Voting Rights Act
Written by David G Brown 11 July 2013
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BLACK’S RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE MUST BE SUSTAINED
Written by Larry Aubry 11 July 2013
Black leaders, Black media and the Black community’s outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision gutting the Voting Rights Act is thoroughly justified. However, the question is, will this ... read more >>
Frederick Douglass and the 4th of July: Still Searching for Affirmative Answers
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 July 2013
As we prepare for the July 4th celebrations and contemplate the real racial meaning of the post-racial message of the Supreme Court’s recent retrograde decisions on affirmative action and the Voting ... read more >>
The Bridge: Independence Day For Africans, Part 1
Written by Darryl James 27 June 2013
On July 4, 1776, when the United States of America gained its independence from Great Britain, Africans in America were still in slavery.  The nation talked about independence, but there was none for ... read more >>
Will Texting and the ‘Cloak of Anonymity’ Doom the English Language?
Written by Larry Buford 27 June 2013
Although the U.S. Department of Education reports that the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is the highest at 78 percent than it’s been in nearly 40 years, it should not obscure the fact that ... read more >>
REFLECTIONS ON A JOURNEY HOMEWARD
Written by Larry Aubry 27 June 2013
This column, first written in 1987, is purely personal.  I share it again because it reflects a reaffirmation of family and culture that honed the values and direction of my life’s struggle to help ... read more >>
Paula Deen: Recipe for Disaster
Written by Jennifer Bihm (Contributing Writer) 27 June 2013
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COMPLACENCY ENSURES BLACKS’ CURRENT STATUS
Written by Larry Aubry 20 June 2013
Complacency is killing us. Its counterpart, silence, is also problematic, even crippling at times.  Unfortunately, Black people, in general, and Black leadership, in particular, tend to perpetuate a ... read more >>
Maintaining the Meaning of Juneteenth: Staying Focused on Freedom
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 20 June 2013
The celebration of freedom is to be encouraged and applauded everywhere and all the time, and the celebration of Juneteenth, June 19th as Emancipation Day, is, of necessity, no exception. For freedom ... read more >>
Inkblot
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 20 June 2013
What I see within the black and white card presented to me is love. The sharp edges remind me of the difficult times. The surrounding white portion is the world, for which we are blind, and in the ... read more >>
Beyond the Rhetoric: The ‘Colored Entrance’ to White-Owned Businesses
Written by Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist 20 June 2013
For the most part, corporate America employees are satisfied with their careers.  There is usually a chart to review in terms of responsibility.  Is the employee moving up the “ladder” and heading ... read more >>
Attack on Holder is attack on civil rights
Written by Ben Jealous 20 June 2013
 The continued political attacks aimed at U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder represent the most insidious kind of political gamesmanship. Holder is among the finest attorneys general to ever serve this ... read more >>
Understanding the Need for Full Employment
Written by William Spriggs 14 June 2013
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WE NEED OUR FATHERS
Written by Dr. JAWANZA KUNJUFU 14 June 2013
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Virginia's Restoration of Voting Rights: An American Issue
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous 14 June 2013
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NSA's Spying
Written by David G. Brown 14 June 2013
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Sexual Assaults
Written by David G. Brown 30 May 2013
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Your Contribution
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 30 May 2013
The difficulty of parenthood is “sacrifice.” Providing house and food alone will not suffice! Do not except the local underpaid teacher to raise your child, remember your baby is one of several ... read more >>
Black Students Flock to STEM Fields, Yet Business Lobby Pushes for More Temporary Workers
Written by William Spriggs 30 May 2013
Recently, young people watched or read about President Obama speaking at Morehouse College and first lady Michelle Obama addressing the graduates of Bowie State University. Hopefully they were inspired ... read more >>
The State of Equality and Justice in America: "We are Dangerously Close to Regressing"
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton 30 May 2013
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the great "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom". It was there, at one of the largest rallies for human rights, that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered ... read more >>
IMMIGRATION REFORM EXCLUDES BLACK IMMIGRANTS
Written by Larry Aubry 30 May 2013
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently sent an immigration reform bill to the full Senate for further debate and future action.  In an open letter to the Committee, the Black Immigration Network ... read more >>
African Liberation Day: Liberation Is Coming From A Black Thing
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 30 May 2013
When we defiantly declared on the burning battlefields of the Sixties that “liberation is coming from a Black thing”, we meant that it would come from a process and practice that Black people, ... read more >>
White House Scandal
Written by David G. Brown 24 May 2013
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The Liberation Ethics of Malcolm X: Some Preliminary Notes
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 24 May 2013
Among the many and greatly valued gifts and good of the legacy of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, none is more important than his role as a moral teacher and the liberation ethics that formed the core of ... read more >>
MALCOLM X CHALLENGES UNMET BUT REMAIN CRUCIAL
Written by Larry Aubry Larry Aubry 24 May 2013
I apologize for this belated, but no less heartfelt, annual tribute to Minister Malcolm X. His life exemplifies service as well as the need for us to constantly struggle for justice and equality.  ... read more >>
Mental Physical and Emotional Support!
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 23 May 2013
The twist in your hips commands the attention of every man within your mist. It is flattering for which you will choose me to offer sentiments. However, I am in love and my ego views your advancement ... read more >>
Child poverty is the real scandal
Written by JESSE JACKSON 23 May 2013
 Washington is descending into another silly season. Let’s end this diversion of dust and smoke as partisans hype mock “scandals” for political profit. The real scandals — like that of children ... read more >>
My Tea Party 'Taliban' Comment...What is the Lesson Here?
Written by Julian Bond Special to the Sentinel 23 May 2013
Julian Bond Sentinel File Photo I have always suspected that racists didn't like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof.  When I told MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on May 14th that the Tea ... read more >>
A Message to the USDA: Continue to Respect Black Farmers
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous Special to the Sentinel 23 May 2013
There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of Black farm ownership in America. But we can do our best to move forward.  In 1999 the U.S. Department of ... read more >>
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF BLACK MEN AND BOYS
Written by Larry Aubry 17 May 2013
Good news.  Reversing the exclusion of Black men and boys from opportunities and benefits accorded other groups has become a priority for a growing group of philanthropic organizations. For instance, ... read more >>
Your Vote is Your Voice
Written by David G. Brown 17 May 2013
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The Bridge: Pledge Allegiance to The Cash, Part 2—Lead Us Into Cash
Written by Darryl James 17 May 2013
“Lead us not into temptation,” goes The Lord’s Prayer. But in the Black community, those who pose as “leaders” do nothing but lead us into the wrong ways. Why? Because they are all about ... read more >>
Student loan crisis is coming to a head
Written by JESSE JACKSON 17 May 2013
The student loan burden is reaching crisis proportions. Young Americans are being saddled with unsustainable debts. A New York Federal Reserve Bank study found that a stunning 43 percent of 25-year-olds ... read more >>
No Second Class Families
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous 17 May 2013
African Americans have spent much of our history fighting for equal treatment. Just two generations ago, our parents and our grandparents were banned from eating at certain restaurants, attending certain ... read more >>
“Malcolm, Liberation, Jihad and Justice: Righteous Warrior and Witness to the World”
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 17 May 2013
The day of birth and welcome into the world of Al Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Min. Malcolm X, May 19, remains a special and sacred day of remembrance, marking and meditation for the advocates of our organization ... read more >>
Gay NBA and NFL Athletes
Written by David G. Brown 10 May 2013
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Letters to Limbiko: Lady With a Rainbow in Her Hand
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 10 May 2013
It began as a flowering and overflowing of memories and meditation on your birthday, May 3, musings on the uplifting and enduring good you brought me, us, family and friends you love, the many students ... read more >>
A NOTABLE RESPONSE TO A COMMUNITY-MAYORAL COVENANT
Written by Larry Aubry 10 May 2013
In response to the Black Community-Mayoral Covenant, authored by the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance’s (BCCLA), Leimert Park merchant Jackie Ryan,  offers   some provocative observations ... read more >>
Breakfast
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 10 May 2013
She likes her eggs over hard. Light spice with cherry tomato’s on the side. I am blessed to have her she is my pride. Soft smiles over hot rice, this brief moment must suffice. Her day is long; ... read more >>
The Bridge: Pledge Allegiance to The Cash, Part 1
Written by Darryl James 10 May 2013
In America, we are taught at an early age to place our hands over our hearts and pledge allegiance to the flag. But many of us have no idea what we are doing. When we pledge allegiance to the flag, ... read more >>
Clarence Thomas’s Deep-Seated Jealousy
Written by Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist 10 May 2013
For someone who seems to revel in being silent during the Supreme Court’s traditionally lively oral arguments – when a public display of his professional competence would be appropriate – Clarence ... read more >>
Blacks Underrepresented in Immigration Debate
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 09 May 2013
The Senate’s Gang of Eight have put together an 844-page monstrosity known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, legislation that President Obama says he ... read more >>
Wangari Maathai and Serudj Ta: Facing Mt. Kenya, Repairing the World
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 02 May 2013
Last month during which we celebrated Earth Day and the birthday of one of earth’s most honored, capable and committed advocates, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, author and activist, Dr. Wangari ... read more >>
BLACK STUDENTS NEED SCHOOL CLIMATE BILL OF RIGHTS
Written by Larry Aubry 02 May 2013
The School Discipline Policy and School Climate Bill of Rights will help schools keep students in the classroom to access learning by ensuring schools prioritize the use of alternatives to suspensions ... read more >>
Gun Bill
Written by David G.Brown 02 May 2013
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Perfection
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 02 May 2013
On paper, his resume is excellent. On paper, her resume is exceptional. That is the opinion of some. However, he is less than six feet tall and his bank account is not six figures strong. Her mood ... read more >>
Learning to Teach Students How to Learn
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 02 May 2013
African American students achieve at a different level than White students.  Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year ... read more >>
Remembering How Black South Africans Won their Freedom
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 02 May 2013
A trip to South Africa provides painful reminders of the protracted struggle to establish democracy, how the United States propped up the White minority-rule government and the courage Black South ... read more >>
Realities in Black and Brown: Critical Concerns and Common Ground
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 25 April 2013
There is no easy way or walk to freedom; no shortcuts to justice; no quick fix for conceiving and constructing the good and sustainable society and world we all want and deserve to live in.  Indeed, ... read more >>
A BLACK COMMUNITY—CANDIDATE COVENANT
Written by Larry Aubry 25 April 2013
I. Preamble We, the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA) an independent and social activist organization dedicated to representing, promoting and protecting the social and economic interests ... read more >>
Race for the Cure for Domestic Terrorism
Written by David G.Brown 25 April 2013
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Black History more than just a month
Written by David G.Brown 19 April 2013
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Contemplating a Collective Vocation: Self-Determination, A Moral Imperative
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 19 April 2013
Every people must have, put forth and pursue a clear and compelling vision of what it wants for itself, of what it defines and seeks as a good society and world, and what place it wants to occupy in ... read more >>
HONOR LEGITIMACY OF STUDENTS’ HOME LANGUAGE
Written by Larry Aubry 19 April 2013
This column ran last year and received the New America Media Award for print journalism.  However, although affirming Black students’ home language is critical for developing their full potential, ... read more >>
There’s Power in the Purse
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist 19 April 2013
Depending on the day, what you’re reading or who you’re listening to, the economy is either still in the tank, in recovery, getting worse or is on the upswing.  Whatever the fluctuating state ... read more >>
Reparations in order for 1963 bombing
Written by JESSE JACKSON 19 April 2013
It was terror that shook the nation. On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls, all dressed in white ... read more >>
Time to Get Smart on Crime
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous 19 April 2013
The United States has five percent of the world's people but twenty-five percent of the world's prisoners. For the sake of our families and future we must do better.  Our nation leads the world in ... read more >>
'Building Righteous Relationships: Ending Unrighteous Dealings'
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 April 2013
  Having just past the month of March in which so much of our interest and attention was rightfully turned toward the ways, wonder and well-being of women, it is important, even imperative, that a ... read more >>
THE POST-RACIAL HOAX REINFORCES WHITE PRIVILEGE
Written by Larry Aubry 11 April 2013
Those who claim America is a post-racial society are also more likely to accept an offer to climb snow-capped mountains in Florida.  Any measure, of public education, the criminal injustice system, ... read more >>
The Burden of Unemployment
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 11 April 2013
Unemployment rates were “little changed” in March 2013 – they were either holding steady or dropping by a tenth of a percentage point or so.  The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 to 7.6 percent ... read more >>
The State of Equality and Justice in America: 'No One Can Change the Change'
Written by Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. 11 April 2013
The state of equality and justice in America is shameful-especially since the election of President Barack Obama. Unlike many of my friends who think America is going to hell in a hand basket, and have ... read more >>
The Bridge: The Blame Game
Written by Darryl James 11 April 2013
Any given single Black woman over the age of thirty-five is likely to list a host of problems with Black men as the reason for her inability to find love and marriage. And, any give single Black mother ... read more >>
Korea
Written by David G. Brown 11 April 2013
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Unemployment Numbers
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous 11 April 2013
Coming the day after the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the new unemployment numbers show that unemployment is still high - and remains much higher for African ... read more >>
Commentary: White Student Unions; Same Story Different Script
Written by Eric Kyle Henry Lee Contributing Writer generalinfo@lasentinel.net 11 April 2013
A few students on multiple campuses have formed white student unions in efforts to establish "a confederacy of like minds united in pursuit of common political, cultural, educational, and social interests ... read more >>
BLACKS STILL NOT PART OF LABOR UNIONS’ REFORMS
Written by Larry Aubry 05 April 2013
For Black unionists, labor reforms, like those in education, law enforcement and politics, are mostly rhetoric, not reality.  They must understand that reform emanates from privileged conversations ... read more >>
Repairing and Remaking the World: An Environmental Vision of Justice
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 05 April 2013
As Earth Day (April 22) approaches this year, it provides an important opportunity to focus on critical environmental issues in a post-Katrina era of devastating storms and flooding; increasingly disastrous ... read more >>
Gay Marriage
Written by David G. Brown 05 April 2013
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45 years after King, struggle goes on
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist 05 April 2013
April 4 marked the 45th year since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Dr. King, 39, at the time, has now been gone from us longer than he was with us. A monument ... read more >>
CHILD WATCH The NRA is Afraid of the Truth
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 04 April 2013
Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation ... read more >>
Medical Condescension Can be Deadly
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 04 April 2013
Anna Brown, a St. Louis-based homeless woman, needed treatment for a sprained ankle. She went to three emergency rooms seeking treatment. In the third hospital, St. Mary’s Health Center, Brown was ... read more >>
The 1963 March on Washington, Black Labor and Today
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist 04 April 2013
August 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Publicly associated with Dr. King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech, this march brought more than 250,000 people ... read more >>
Zero and Counting
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist 04 April 2013
Are you a Zero-TV household? No, I don’t mean restricting the kids’ TV viewing to the weekends or until after they’ve completed homework. I mean – do you watch TV the traditional way or on ... read more >>
To Be Equal Voting is a Fundamental Right, not an ‘Entitlement’
Written by Marc Morial NNPA Columnist 04 April 2013
“No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen ... read more >>
A Year Later, Trayvon Martin Tragedy Still Stings
Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous Special to the Sentinel generalinfo@lasentinel.net 04 April 2013
One year later, the Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings - and some people are still throwing salt on the open wound. Last week George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, posted a tweet comparing ... read more >>
Guided by Bradley’s Legacy, Investing in South L.A.
Written by Wendy Greuel Special to the Sentinel 04 April 2013
Two decades ago I started my career in public service, working with Mayor Tom Bradley. This man was a towering figure in my life who inspired me and taught me to put people first and find practical ... read more >>
LAPD SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY POLICIES ARE FLAWED
Written by Larry Aubry 28 March 2013
Anyone shooting a video, using binoculars, taking notes, drawing diagrams, taking a picture and even looking up at a building, can be considered a potential terrorist and placed on a Suspicious Activity ... read more >>
Considering King’s Martyrdom and Message: Losing Illusions and Gaining Truth
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 28 March 2013
The 45th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calls for us not only to pause to pay rightful hommage to him and the great gift of life he gave us, but it also calls for us to ... read more >>
The Bridge: Angry Or Empowered?
Written by Darryl James 28 March 2013
Sometimes it’s hard to talk to or about Black women without catching heat and inevitably hearing the now empty catchphrase: “You hate Black women!” It seems that for some Black women, any disagreement ... read more >>
GOP latest attempt to rebrand themselves
Written by David G. Brown 28 March 2013
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DOES W.E.B. DU BOIS’ VOTING PLAN FIT TODAY’S POLITICS?
Written by Larry Aubry 21 March 2013
On October 20, 1956 W.E.B. DU Bois delivered an eloquent indictment of U.S. politics while explaining to The Nation magazine readers why he would not vote in the upcoming presidential election.  He ... read more >>
CHILD WATCH: Missing Leadership and Core Values
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 21 March 2013
“It will not be sufficient for Morehouse College, for any college, for that matter, to produce clever graduates, men fluent in speech and able to argue their way through; but rather honest men, men ... read more >>
To Be Equal -Trayvon Martin: One Year Later
Written by Marc Morial NNPA Columnist 21 March 2013
  “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.”- Sybrina Fulton, ... read more >>
U.S. and Europe, not the Catholic Church, Blowing Smoke
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 21 March 2013
The selection of Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the next leader of the Catholic Church was, in some ways, inevitable.  Latin America is home to the largest Catholic population in the ... read more >>
A Southern Governor Breaks with the Past
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 21 March 2013
There are some painful things from my childhood in segregated Tuscaloosa, Ala., that I will never forget. At the top of the list is Gov. George C. Wallace’s June 11, 1963 “Stand in the School House ... read more >>
Ten Stupid Things To Say
Written by Darryl James 21 March 2013
      1     My dog won’t bite. First, he’s your dog and second, you don’t know where I stand. I might be afraid or allergic or just don’t want your dog to be on me. And, you don’t ... read more >>
Women are Wired Differently
Written by Women are Wired Differently 21 March 2013
      As I write, Chaka Khan’s empowering “I’m Every Woman” loops in my head – like a soundtrack. (By the way, have you seen her lately? All slim, trim and more fabulous than ever).  ... read more >>
"March Madness"
Written by David G.Brown 21 March 2013
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Black Unemployment has not Improved
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 14 March 2013
When unemployment numbers were released on Friday, commentators reacted joyfully.  Alan Krueger, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisors, described the creation of 247,000 jobs as a ... read more >>
CHILD WATCH: An All-American Crisis
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 14 March 2013
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dr. Martin ... read more >>
Keep Voting Rights Act Section 5
Written by Jennifer Bihm (Contributing Writer) 14 March 2013
“I risked my life defending that right. If we are ever to actualize the true meaning of equality, effective measures such as the Voting Rights Act are still a necessary requirement of democracy.” ... read more >>
America’s Racial Wealth Gap Triples over 25 Years
Written by Charlene Crowell, NNPA Columnist 12 March 2013
By: Charlene Crowell, NNPA Columnist   As long as most of us can remember, Black communities have taught and believed that a college education is the key to social and economic advancement. But according ... read more >>
State of Emergency For Black Youth and Education?
Written by Rep.Karen Bass 12 March 2013
State of Emergency For Black Youth and Education? By Rep.Karen Bass Special to the Sentinel   We need to declare a state of emergency regarding African American education in Los Angeles if a recent ... read more >>
Ending Violence Against Women
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist 07 March 2013
Bill Fletcher March is the official month to “discuss” women and it could not arrive too soon.  What is sad about both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Month (March) ... read more >>
Turning the Clock Back on Voting Rights
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 28 February 2013
  Shelby County, Ala. is suing the Justice Department because they think that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its reauthorization in 1982 and 2006) is unfair.  The facts: The small ... read more >>
CHILD WATCH: What Killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 28 February 2013
Tuesday, February 26 marked one year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a gun wielded by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman after he saw Trayvon walking home from a 7-Eleven ... read more >>
The GOP’s Game: Political Chaos
Written by Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist 28 February 2013
It’s déjà vu all over again. If this is America in the age of the Obama presidency, here we are at another point of political brinkmanship between the president and the Republicans in Congress. This ... read more >>
Lessons from Mark Essex and Christopher Dorner
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 28 February 2013
Over a 43-year career in journalism, I have been blessed with some memorable experiences: I have covered presidential and vice presidential campaigns, I have flown on Air Force One, I have gone to ... read more >>
BLACK IMMIGRANTS NOT PART OF IMMIGRATION REFORM First of two parts
Written by Larry Aubry Larry Aubry 28 February 2013
Immigration is again on the front burner for President Barack Obama and Congress.  A bi-partisan group of eight senators crafted an immigration bill and plan to meet with business and labor leaders, ... read more >>
Creating and Killing Christopher DornerPart II: An American Saga and Sign
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 28 February 2013
It comes as no surprise that even though most people do not condone or defend all that Dorner did, they still feel he had strong grounds for his grievances. For Black people and other communities of ... read more >>
The Bridge: African History in America
Written by Darryl James 28 February 2013
At the close of another Black History Month, will you wait until next year to study or to share history of Africans in America, or will you continue the study and dissemination all year long? And ... read more >>
Sequester
Written by David G. Brown 28 February 2013
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Cherishing and Choosing Life: Black Ethics, Culture and HIV/AIDS
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 25 February 2013
This time of marking National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, finds us as a people again as ever, on the battlefield for a better way forward; for social and racial justice; for equal consideration, ... read more >>
The Bridge: Black History—Oscar Micheaux
Written by Darryl James 25 February 2013
  The controversy over the images in “Django Unchained,” a white man’s film continues to brew in America. Whether you love or hate the film, the most important message was that Blacks have done ... read more >>
Creating and Killing Christopher Dorner: An American Saga and Sign
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 25 February 2013
Part I. Seldom can a society seriously question itself; even less often can it honestly criticize itself and almost never can it openly and self-consciously condemn itself, either for the evil and horrible ... read more >>
WEDDED TO DEMOCRATIC PARTY UNHEALTHY FOR BLACKS
Written by Larry Aubry 02/14/13 25 February 2013
African Americans’ interests are not well-served by partisan politics yet most are diehard Democratic Party loyalists. It doesn’t help that Black politicians also tend to be more loyal to the Party ... read more >>
The Bridge: Educate Yourselves
Written by Darryl James 25 February 2013
It’s Black History Month. Whether that means very little or a lot, you should still make the effort to learn about your past, which goes beyond slavery. And speaking of slavery, you should refuse ... read more >>
CONTINUING SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE AND RACIAL PRIDE
Written by Larry Aubry 02/21/13 25 February 2013
Prelude: An awkward silence intruded on an otherwise lively and informative panel last weekend on the implications of today’s critical challenges for Africa Americans. Silence followed questions ... read more >>
Lil Wayne Insults the Memory of Emmett Till
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 22 February 2013
The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was a watershed moment, marking the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement. While visiting relatives near Money, Miss., the Chicago native was murdered ... read more >>
Whitney M. Young, Jr.: The Powerbroker of the Civil Rights Movement
Written by Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist 22 February 2013
He was one of the great civil rights leaders of his time—so influential that he graced the cover of an issue of  Time magazine.  He was on easy social terms with some of America’s leading corporate ... read more >>
State of the Union on Point
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 22 February 2013
I was among the 33.5 million people who sat riveted to their televisions, parsing every second of the State of the Union address.  I was stunned to learn, through a Washington Post article by Lisa ... read more >>
Blackonomics: Putting Economics Before Politics
Written by James Clingman NNPA Columnist 22 February 2013
It has always been intriguing to me that we have elected thousands of Black politicians since Reconstruction, especially since 1970, while the number of Black economic advocates pales in comparison.  ... read more >>
CHILD WATCH: The Courage and Vision of Medgar Evers
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 15 February 2013
“One hundred fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after the March on Washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors, which has allowed us to move from a nation of unborn ... read more >>
Whole Foods and Whole Fools
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 15 February 2013
There is a Whole Foods store about three blocks from my home, and around the corner from my gym.  I am enamored by the displays of produce, the red peppers contrasting the yellow ones, the kale, chard, ... read more >>
What We Can Do to Reclaim Black Children
Written by Susan L. Taylor NNPA Special Contributor 15 February 2013
Six years after I first heard them, the statistics still haunt me: Eighty-six percent of Black children in the fourth grade read and do math below their grade level. Black girls between the ages of ... read more >>
Killing Black Teens – Literally
Written by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist 15 February 2013
The death of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student at King College Prep High School on Chicago’s South Side is finally receiving the national attention that it deserves. An honor student ... read more >>
Chris Dorner: Same Story Different Script
Written by Eric Kyle Henry Lee, LAWT Contributing Writer 15 February 2013
Man strikes against society, murders police officers, then disappears promising to do it again. Manhunt three states wide, suspect still at large, seen in multiple locations ranging from San Diego to ... read more >>
LOCKE HIGH: RETURNING TO ITS COMMUNITY ROOTS
Written by Larry Aubry 11 February 2013
The Alain Leroy Locke High Alumni Foundation has endeavored to convince the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to remove Locke High from Green Dot Public Charter Schools and return it to the ... read more >>
Education
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 01 February 2013
Knowledge is the key to success in all aspects of ones life. Fear not judgment or life exercise read and write! To live with out strife, one must have education to direct a positive path through life. Whether ... read more >>
Conversations with Dr. Carver: The Languages and Lessons of Nature
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 01 February 2013
George Washington Carver (January 10(?), 1864-1943) was a remarkable and multidimensional man, one of the great scientific minds of the 20th century, whose impressive intellectual range is reflected ... read more >>
The Bridge: Move On?
Written by Darryl James 01 February 2013
Many of us deny it, but we have American mindsets. Why wouldn’t there be an American mindset for us? Very few of us are actually free thinking and enlightened, otherwise there would be no ... read more >>
STRONG BLACK LEADERSHIP KEY TO SUSTAINED UNITY
Written by Larry Aubry 01/31/13 01 February 2013
The 21st century is well underway but President Barack Obama’s re-election, notwithstanding, the problems facing Blacks today are as daunting as ever.  The 2nd Inaugural Address is widely described ... read more >>
Bilingual Job Qualifications: Are Blacks Being Left Out?
Written by Eric K. Lee Contributing Writer 01 February 2013
Forming from a culture of clashes, race relations throughout American history have hardly ever been ideal. A nation built on continuous immigration, each demographic of the present day population have ... read more >>
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: NO PLACE FOR VIOLENCE
Written by Assemblymember Chris Holden 18 January 2013
Chris Holden Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  was killed 44 years ago by an assassin’s bullet, but his legacy lives on in his words and actions. Now more than ever, Dr. King’s message of nonviolence ... read more >>
CHILD WATCH New Year’s Resolutions
Written by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist 12 January 2013
As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure ... read more >>
Boehner: Intemperate, Ignorant and Out of Control
Written by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist 12 January 2013
Congressman John Boehner was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote.  Needing 218 votes, he barely clinched it with 220.  His narrow vote reflects the fact that no ... read more >>
HOROSCOPES: January 9 – 15 ,2013
Written by Staff Report 11 January 2013
HOROSCOPES: January 9 – 15 ,2013   ARIES   An unexpected piece of excellent advice comes from an old friend. Heed well what is said. Follow your intuition concerning matters at work. Your gut ... read more >>
Wilmington Ten Pardons: Black Press at its Best
Written by George E. Curry, NNPA Columnist 11 January 2013
  “I wish to congratulate Mary Alice Thatch, publisher of the Wilimington Journal who led the way and propelled the effort to enlist myself and my colleague Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the Chicago ... read more >>
Remembering Rosa Parks: For Her, Our People and Our Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 11 January 2013
The marking of the passing of Ms. Rosa Parks, 12 years ago last month, immediately brings to mind the long, hard and heroic struggle waged by African people to expand the realm of freedom and justice ... read more >>
How Social Are You?
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 27 December 2012
  How Social Are You? Cheryl Pearson-McNeil   Channel surfing over the weekend, I stopped on a favorite old romantic comedy that was centered on a relationship that blossomed over emails.  The ... read more >>
Truly
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 20 December 2012
She offered herself to me within a lustful plea My mind became sublime, daydreaming about past times    A text message, with so much heat, I can hardly touch it to read I respond with physical stimulation ... read more >>
The Bridge: The Roots Of Christmas & Jesus, Part 2
Written by Darryl James 20 December 2012
As for the actual Christmas tree, the Germans used the Evergreen tree to worship the Yule God. Sound familiar? Of course-Yuletide greetings...Yule logs..."Yuletide carols being sung by the choir..." ... read more >>
LAUSD NEGLEGENCE AND CRISIS AT CRENSHAW HIGH
Written by Larry Aubry 12/20/12 20 December 2012
John Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), summarily proposed, and will likely receive school board approval to reconstruct or "transform" Crenshaw High, one of only ... read more >>
RACIAL COLLABORATION TRICKY BUT NECESSARY
Written by Larry Aubry 13 December 2012
Racial/ethnic collaboration, for Blacks, is increasingly necessary but arguably, more difficult than ever. It requires agendas built on unity and mutual respect which Black leadership (and the Black ... read more >>
Love Letter, the second
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 13 December 2012
I recall being afraid to accept myself caring so deeply for a woman that I would not allow myself to actually love her, beyond a moment of lust. This became so easy for me that I created a persona around ... read more >>
Founder's Annual Kwanzaa Message "Kwanzaa, Us and the Well-being of the World: A Courageous Questioning"
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 13 December 2012
The celebration and season of Kwanzaa is a deeply meaningful and special time of remembrance, reflection and recommitment for us as a people throughout the world African community. It is a time of appreciative ... read more >>
The Bridge: The Roots Of Christmas & Jesus, Part 1
Written by Darryl James 13 December 2012
For most of the Free World, Christmas is a holiday season celebrated more for its shopping, overeating and gift giving than the actual religious significance it once contained. The season is represented ... read more >>
Christmas Love
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 06 December 2012
Mistletoe kisses with seasonal hugs The cheer in your voice helps everyone feel loved Family gatherings with suggestion of jovial décor  Long shopping lines and gifts to the poor Christmas Love Occurred ... read more >>
Self-Cultivation and Struggle: Sacred Insights from the Ancestors
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 06 December 2012
In a world in which we are compelled to wage relentless struggle against social forces of oppression, evil and injustice, it is good, indeed necessary, to pause and meditate on the internal struggle ... read more >>
The Bridge: The Death of Marriage
Written by Darryl James 06 December 2012
I recently pulled out of a relationship panel discussion in which I was supposed to be the moderator. I watched it morph from a panel of Black men speaking into something else when two women were added ... read more >>
ORGANIZED LABOR, BLACKS AND IMMIGRATION
Written by Larry Aubry 12/06/12 06 December 2012
    Blacks are staunch union loyalists but remain outsiders in organized labor. This persistent irony must be addressed if Blacks are to receive proper benefits from their respective unions--and ... read more >>
A battle in Michigan for the American Dream
Written by JESSE JACKSON jjackson@rainbowpush.org December 10, 2012 29 November 2012
Tuesday, thousands will demonstrate at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing to protest a frontal assault on working people. Republican majorities in the state House and Senate have vowed to jam through ... read more >>
Brother/Sister Mentor
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 29 November 2012
Hello World, the topic of discussion this week relates to guidance! I recently found myself communicating with a group of young African American students (in Richmond CA). These particular groups of ... read more >>
Victory on Measure J: Still Struggling on Crenshaw
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 29 November 2012
While an emerging new coalition worked hard for the re-election of Pres. Obama on a national level against the big-money funded madness of the Right, another coalition was waging and winning an important ... read more >>
The Bridge: A Black Holiday Season
Written by Darryl James 29 November 2012
There was a time when the Christmas holiday season didn't get cracking until right after Thanksgiving. But as time has past and as the nation has become more commercial, the Christmas promotions have ... read more >>
'Fiscal cliff' scare just a fake crisis
Written by BY JESSE JACKSON jjackson@rainbowpush.org Last Modified: Nov 20, 2012 29 November 2012
Why do imaginary phantoms terrify, while real-life horrors seem normal? Why do our elected representatives act in ways that trample the values of those who elected them? Consider the current debate ... read more >>
BACK TO THE FUTURE: OBAMA'S FIRST ELECTION
Written by Larry Aubry 29 November 2012
  The Urban Perspective column that follows ran a week after Barack Obama became president. Arguably, his top accomplishments during the first term were passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act and ... read more >>
Happy Thanks Giving! (2012)
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 23 November 2012
Happy Thanks Giving! Wake to the aroma of Greens and Black-eyed Peas! You wont be able to sleep in, as your home is overcome with family.Laughter from children and discussion from the elderly; blessed ... read more >>
Voting Rights Violations Still Widespread
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 23 November 2012
Anti-Black attitudes are increasing. Fifty-one percent of all Americans, an increase of 3% over four years, now express such attitudes, according to a recent Associated Press poll. So why has the U.S. ... read more >>
Give Thanks, Pray For Peace at Home…and Around the World
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 21 November 2012
  Wellington’s Road As we gather for the holidays—wars wage in our families, outside our homes and in other countries. The Israel and Palestinian conflict have many all over the world bothered ... read more >>
The Potluck Party
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 20 November 2012
  Wellington's Road Hey! You are cordially invited to join decline an exclusive club that’s always in style, politically correct and sure to make the most of any situation.  No this isn’t the ... read more >>
Bain sends Illinois jobs to China
Written by BY JESSE JACKSON (Columnist) 11 October 2012
  Rev. Jesse Jackson Mrs. Dot Turner has worked at what is now Sensata Technologies in Downstate Freeport for 43 years. The company does sophisticated work creating sensors for automobiles. It enjoyed ... read more >>
Whatever You Choose To Do...Make Sure It's YOUR Choice
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 11 October 2012
  Wellington's Road Vote! Vote! Vote! It's the word of the day ringing in everybody's ear. The emphasis is that there is so much more at stake this time around than any other time. I have no doubt ... read more >>
Escaped with Their Lives
Written by Larry Buford (Columnist) 11 October 2012
  Recently I wrote an article titled "I Went Missing" which was an exploratory on how the expression entered the American lexicon, and how it diminishes the effect of the verb "went." For instance, to ... read more >>
IMMIGRATION: BLACKS AND LATINOS COLLIDING II
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 October 2012
   Larry Aubry Today's column continues the discussion about immigration, citing and expanding portions of Dr. J. Owens Smith's (CSU Fullerton) paper, "The Impact of Immigration on the Socioeconomic ... read more >>
IMMIGRATION: BLACKS AND LATINOS COLLIDING
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 October 2012
  Larry Aubry First of two parts California recently passed the Dream Act. It creates new hope for undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children who have completed some college or served ... read more >>
Ignore debate zingers, focus on issues
Written by BY JESSE JACKSON 03 October 2012
Rev. Jesse Jackson As Wednesday's presidential debate approaches, the political junkies are gearing up for a shoot-out. If history is any guide, much attention will be paid to the political horse race. ... read more >>
The Death of Everything
Written by By Darryl James (Columnist) 03 October 2012
  In America, the people claim the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. African descendants in America have been wrestling with those rights since we were brought to this land in chains. We ... read more >>
Reconsidering Racial Justice:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 03 October 2012
Some Necessary Notes The history of Black people in this country is a complex, engaging and thought-compelling history, a history of Holocaust and enduring hope; of savage enslavement and yet an unsupressable ... read more >>
Vote
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 03 October 2012
  Life has been lost for the privilege to choose! Literacy is not a factor; policy has the freedom to be misconstrued. Liberal or Conservative, the extreme at odds. Democracy allows our opinions, ... read more >>
The Influence of Man
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 13 September 2012
High School basketball star Tony Farmer stole his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment building where he beat and kicked the crap out of her. He took her belongings, berated her and attempted to ... read more >>
Counter GOP by telling the truth at Dem convention
Written by Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 12 September 2012
Rev. Jesse Jackson Inevitably, the Democratic Party fest in Charlotte, N.C., will be compared to last week's Republican gathering in Tampa, Fla. The speeches by the vice president and president will ... read more >>
Are you at the table or on the Menu?
Written by Jerome Horton (Columnist) 12 September 2012
  Jerome Horton President Obama vs. Mitt Romney -Tax Avoidance or Tax Planning While it is certainly not illegal or even wrong for the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife to ... read more >>
Don't Doubt Daniel!
Written by Firpo Carr (Columnist) 12 September 2012
  Dr. Firpo W. Carr Proof of Jesus Series: Article 7 The Bible book of Daniel is both historic and prophetic. If you've ever heard expressions like, "He's been through the fire," or, "The handwriting's ... read more >>
NOW PRINCIPLED BLACK LEADERSHIP AN IMPERATIVE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 12 September 2012
Larry Aubry (First of two parts) Given the nation's reaffirming move to the right, the unprecedented obscene denigration of President Obama, and slippage in his iconic status among Blacks, effective ... read more >>
GIVE IT TO ME!
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 05 September 2012
  Fears, the emotional pain, the worries of life that leave you drained. Give it to me! Smiles, the adoring highs, the moments in time that create memories divine! Give it to me! Your voice, hearing ... read more >>
Ethical Insights from Odu Ifa:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 05 September 2012
  Choosing to be Chosen Nowhere is the profundity and beauty of African spirituality more apparent than in the Odu Ifa, the sacred text of the spiritual and ethical tradition of Ifa, which is one of ... read more >>
Dirty Black Secrets, Part 2- Countering Lies & Deception
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 29 August 2012
    Last week, I discussed a powerful dirty Black secret: Many Black women are a huge problem for Black America. One of the reasons is that they are the strongest perpetuators of feminism in this ... read more >>
The Importance of Putting Obama's Words in Context
Written by Jonathan P. Hicks 29 August 2012
To say the least, Barack Obama is not a man who is inclined to speak often or passionately on the topic of race. His comments on the subject, on the rare occasions when they are offered, are well-planned, ... read more >>
Auto Safety for Our Children Must Know No Restraint
Written by Dr. Victor Garcia and Latondra Newton 28 August 2012
“If I only knew.”   The words of an anguished mother involved in a car crash in which her young child died haunt us, but also inspire us each day as we work to help make sure that every person – ... read more >>
Music Makes the World Go Around
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 28 August 2012
  Music Makes the World Go Around    When you and I talk about technological leaps and bounds, frequently we’re focused on the way we communicate with each other.  And, I write here a lot ... read more >>
OLYMPIC GOLD!
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 27 August 2012
OLYMPIC GOLD! If you’re one of the millions of viewers who watched the Olympics recently, you’re not alone. Nielsen research shows that the all-important, mega-produced opening ceremony in London ... read more >>
Grief
Written by Alfonzo Tucker 24 August 2012
Hello World, I write to you all this week within the mind state of grief. Unfortunately, we all have a date that will conclude our natural existence here on earth. However, how we cope with these conditions ... read more >>
Architect of Shame
Written by Faye Morrison, DNC Delegate 24 August 2012
In one week the Republican Party faithful will gather in Tampa, Florida to nominate Mitt Romney, to run against President Barack Obama, for President of the United States. Undoubtedly, the Republicans ... read more >>
What Are The Obama Campaign Managers Thinking?
Written by Walter Smith Special to the NNPA from the New York Beacon 24 August 2012
What Are The Obama Campaign Managers Thinking? By Walter Smith Special to the NNPA from the New York Beacon The response from the Obama Campaign managers to NNPA Chairman, Cloves Campbell was "The audience ... read more >>
Rastafarian!
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr 24 August 2012
Rastafarian! Jammin' Jamaica in the news  It's approaching a fortnight since the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, England (a "fortnight" is British for "fourteen nights," ... read more >>
Need I Say It Again
Written by Cloves C. Campbell 24 August 2012
Last week I penned an article titled "Show Me the Money." The article questioned whether or not the Black Vote was being taken for granted by the OBAMA campaign due to the small amount of resources allocated ... read more >>
Rebuilding A Culture of Struggle: Breaking Chains Instead of Hugging Them
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga 24 August 2012
To refresh our memories of ourselves at our best, to recommit ourselves to principles and practices that demand and draw from us the excellent, uplifting and enduring, and to rebuild our Liberation Movement ... read more >>
The Price of Black Disunity is Much Too High
Written by Larry Aurby 24 August 2012
The horrific fight between Los Angeles' three Black city council members over redistricting was totally void of civility and any semblance of positive common ground. It was a revealing, niggardly example ... read more >>
Inexcusable, Reprehensible... Ultimately It's A FAIL!
Written by Brian W. Carter 24 August 2012
There isn't anything that can be said for the actions taken against Xavier University student, Ronald Weekley Jr. by the police but FAIL! The officers in blue responded as if they were apprehending someone ... read more >>
The Bridge: Dirty Black Secrets, Part 3-Alphabet Soup
Written by Darryl James 24 August 2012
  A dirty little secret that no one wants to tell is that many of the same organizations that were founded to "help" Black people have now become serious problems for Black people.   Those problems ... read more >>
Romney's agenda: Class warfare
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson 24 August 2012
Raise taxes on the rich? "Class warfare" the Republicans rail. Any discussion of inequality, says Mitt Romney, should be held privately "in quiet rooms." Yet the Romney agenda for the country opens a ... read more >>
In The Storm, Part 2
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 24 May 2012
These were not my streets. I didn't grow up here and I didn't have any family here. I didn't know where my friends were. There was no group of people I could go to and stand with to move in a specific ... read more >>
President Obama said Yes, Will the people say No?
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 24 May 2012
Wellington's RoadRecently, President Barack Obama endorsed same-sex marriage, effectively putting the civil issue in motion to becoming reality. It has been the talk of the town in may towns across the ... read more >>
We need smarter kids, not more smart bombs
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 24 May 2012
 Rev. Jesse JacksonChicago is girding for the opening of the NATO Summit on May 20. The ministers and heads of state will be greeted by a rich array of protests, marches, events and counter-summits. Security ... read more >>
Driving Wills (What Are You Driving At?)
Written by Larry Buford 24 May 2012
If driving a car is a privilege, sex a preference, parenthood a choice, and immigration conditional--to name a few issues--why in the world are so many people clamoring for civil rights these days? Rights ... read more >>
Maintaining +Malcolm's Legacy:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 24 May 2012
Practicing the Morality of RemembranceClearly, Min. Malcolm X was/is a giant in a generation of great leaders, a moral teacher that lifted up the light that lasts, and a leader who like the top of the ... read more >>
Rep. Hahn Votes No on Tax Cut for the Wealthy
Written by Rep. Janice Hahn, 36th District 27 April 2012
Congresswoman Janice Hahn"Cutting taxes on the wealthy fails to create jobs"Washington, D.C.--This afternoon, Congresswoman Janice Hahn voted no on a Republican bill that would give huge tax breaks to ... read more >>
Twenty Years - One Los Angeles
Written by Wendy Greuel, L.A. City Controller 27 April 2012
Wendy Greuel, L.A. City ControllerSeeing palm trees on fire. Looking out my office window and watching a car being overturned as the very same image was being broadcast live on my TV. Watching the smoke ... read more >>
Michael, Whitney, Tupac, Biggie
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 27 April 2012
 Dr. Firpo W. CarrAnti-Defamation law proposed"A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth." (Ecclesiastes 7:1, New International Version) Indeed, if you ... read more >>
Hey Cell Phone Junkies!
Written by Larry Buford 27 April 2012
The people who really need to read this article probably won't because they're too busy yapping on their cell phones. Maybe those who do read it can make a copy and somehow slip it to someone they know ... read more >>
NEW ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDED FOR BLACKS' PROGRESS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 April 2012
The word "accountability" is used so often and indiscriminately, it has become an almost meaningless buzz word, especially for those in leadership positions. Today's column examines some implications of ... read more >>
Be Brave
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 27 April 2012
Fear stifles ambition. A brave man will Love without submission! Not because her Love is euphoric or enabling via addiction, more like the gift that is accepted freely with out contradiction! Be Brave, ... read more >>
Don't Think You Have Forever...
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 27 April 2012
Wellington's RoadBrian W. Carter, Staff WriterLife is fleeting. It doesn't seem like it at first or during but it is fleeting. We waste so much time on things that just don't matter.Now I've probably written ... read more >>
Are the Democratic and Republican Parties One and the Same?
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 27 April 2012
.Those of you who like to go around saying that there's no difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties should pause a moment to take note. The Republican led United States Supreme Court is ... read more >>
King Day of Sacrifice
Written by Rev. Eric Lee 27 April 2012
Rev. Eric LeeJustice, Jobs & Continued StruggleOn April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered by an assassin's bullet. As the foremost leader and prophetic voice of the Civil Rights ... read more >>
Time to revive national civil rights commission
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 27 April 2012
Prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case--Trayvon was the young African American shot to death on the streets in Sanford, Fla., by a self-appointed community watch volunteer--have decided not to send the ... read more >>
Did Real Rulers Rouse a Real Jesus?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Proof of Jesus Series: Article 2In the March 22, 2012, issue of the Sentinel, Article 1 of the Proof of Jesus Series (entitled, "Was Jesus Christ a Real Person?") appeared wherein scholarly observations ... read more >>
On Saving Pennies (Rainy Day Blues)
Written by Larry Buford 20 April 2012
The other day I decided to coin-roll all the pocket-change coins I'd been saving. It took about four hours and I ended up with five rolls of nickels, one and two-thirds rolls of quarters, seven rolls of ... read more >>
Notes from the Battlefield:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Trayvon, Strategy and StruggleIn thinking deep and determined about the strategy and struggle for justice for Trayvon Martin and all the other Black boys and men, and persons and peoples of color similarly ... read more >>
WILL TRAYVON BE ANOTHER WASTED OPPORTUNITY?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Unfortunately, the odds are Trayvon Martin's tragic death will be just another wasted moment, not a spark that ignites a movement. When the spotlight of media coverage is gone and the strident outcry over ... read more >>
American Riots:
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 20 April 2012
The Red Summer The so-called "Liberal Democracy" that America has been enjoying may be nearing its end.Two important signs that the current economic and political system may be breaking down are overproduction ... read more >>
a hoodie
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 20 April 2012
When my eyes opened I could see myself in a place illuminated with memories of my life. I feel a surreal sense of peace, euphoric the opposite of strife.Was it my time, the answer I cannot speak, yet I ... read more >>
Renew the movement to fight for civil rights
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 20 April 2012
We mourn Trayvon Martin, the young African American who, armed only with candy and a soft drink, was shot dead for the offense of "walking while black."George Zimmerman, the vigilante who shot him, has ... read more >>
Racist Dogs On Notice:
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 20 April 2012
You Can Not Have Another Trayvon!I am Trayvon Martin.My son is Trayvon Martin.As such, I am placing venomous, racist dogs on notice that if any Trayvon I love is given the treatment that the piece of crap ... read more >>
CBCF Statement on the Tragedy of Trayvon Martin
Written by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 20 April 2012
 The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) wishes to express its condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin. We are dismayed that such a terrible tragedy occurred, and are in full support of the ... read more >>
Racist Christians?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Discrimination in the Congregation?Some say "Christian" America's Bible Belt lassoed Trayvon Martin and hung him high. Easter is fast approaching, and Christendom's elated. But many lament that Sunday ... read more >>
Name That Presidential Candidate!
Written by Larry Buford 20 April 2012
Names like Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and even Barack Obama were all recognized "brand" names when the nominees took office as president. To date, there are many who still ... read more >>
For Trayvon and Our People:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Radical Racial and Social JusticeThe savage and senseless murder of Trayvon Martin drives another nail in the coffin of "post-racial" confusion and double-talk about the devastating racial and racist reality ... read more >>
Remnants of Slave Justice:
Written by Dr. Brenda Wall 20 April 2012
Emmitt Till to Trayvon Martin The brutal murder of innocent Emmitt Till in Money, Mississippi a generation ago was so horrific that it galvanized national and international media attention and became pivotal ... read more >>
JUVENILE RE-ENTRY BARRIERS MUST NOT BE MINIMIZED
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 April 2012
Legislation and resources, though inadequate, tend to focus on the barriers confronting adults returning to society after being incarcerated. Although just as serious, problems facing juveniles returning ... read more >>
Trayvon Martin's Parents Re-live a 'Nightmare'
Written by George E. Curry, NNPA Special Contributor 20 April 2012
WASHINGTON (NNPA)--On the night of Feb. 26, Tracy Martin and his girlfriend had gone out to dinner in Sanford, Fla., leaving his 17-year-old son, Trayvon, behind at the townhouse with plans to watch the ... read more >>
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Statement on Passage of Senate Transportation Bill
Written by U.S. Rep. Karen Bass 22 March 2012
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement on the passage of the Senate's two-year, $109 billion transportation bill by a vote of 74 to 22:"I applaud the Senate ... read more >>
Institutionalizing the Afrocentric Initiative:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 22 March 2012
Securing a Centered Way ForwardOn Saturday, 2011 March 17 in Philadelphia, Dr. Molefi Asante, his wife and co-worker, Ana Yenenga Asante, and his colleague, Dr. Ama Mazama, opened the Molefi Kete Asante ... read more >>
The Party of Lincoln?
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 22 March 2012
Conservative: (noun) one who adheres to traditional methods or views.(verb) marked by or relating to traditional norms.I am something of a unicorn. I was raised as a Democrat, and taught in school that ... read more >>
Digital Shoppers R Us
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 22 March 2012
Cheryl Pearson-McNeilRemember back in the day when Yellow Pages encouraged everyone to: "Let Your Fingers do the Walking," to quickly and efficiently thumb through its pages to locate any business or service ... read more >>
NEW LAPD ORDER STILL CRIMINALIZES INNOCENTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 March 2012
Effective January 2, 2012 Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Special Order 11, (SO 11) was superseded by Special Order 1 (SO 1). Despite the addition of non-discriminatory language and a separate procedure ... read more >>
Visible Black Children
Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist 22 March 2012
Whether it is in the southern United States of America or in northern Uganda in Africa, Black children are not "invisible." Black children throughout the world should be given the same respect and sense ... read more >>
A Message to the Hood
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 22 March 2012
(Knowledge is the Key)Some people take umbrage with my defining myself as a hood rat. They say that by doing so, I'm not only demeaning myself, but I'm also demeaning other Black people in the process. ... read more >>
The Complaint
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 22 March 2012
Ever so freely, my voice discomforting to all who listen.While standing in line, a pace of two steps per minute, when my coffee is finally served the whipped cream will dissipate, thus the beginning of ... read more >>
HOW CONNECTED ARE YOU?
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 22 March 2012
Cheryl Pearson-McNeilThe rapid-fire, head-spinning way in which technology continues to evolve never ceases to amaze me. Nielsen recently released its Nielsen and NM Incite's U.S. Digital Consumer Report, ... read more >>
Black Women, HIV/AIDS and Health:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 22 March 2012
Towards An Undisputed DignityThe critical juncture in history at which we stand now, confronting the devastating scourge we call HIV/AIDS is an unprecedented and precarious situation, aggravated and made ... read more >>
Dismissing Black Mythology
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 22 March 2012
If you haven't read the works of Chancellor Williams of George James, you may still be amongst the thinking Blacks who realize that misinformation about the standing of Africans and African Americans has ... read more >>
We have to choose what kind of a people we are
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 15 March 2012
Even while we see jobs coming back, the tsunami created by the Great Recession is hitting cities and counties with full force. Suffolk County, one of the largest New York counties, has declared a financial ... read more >>
Apolitical Politicians?
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 15 March 2012
Non-participating participants?How can one be a budding politician and simultaneously be apolitical? How can you maintain a hands-off approach when it comes to the political process, while at the same ... read more >>
Once A Month
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 15 March 2012
Wellington's RoadOn a Friday, I took my mother and sister out to eat in town. It was my turn to choose the restaurant and I was fitting the bill.We went to a restaurant in West Hollywood. I ordered the ... read more >>
Waxing Cold
Written by Larry Buford 15 March 2012
Seems like everywhere we go these days--whether to the super market, to the corner store, to the gas station and other public places--someone has their hand out asking for spare change. I used to give ... read more >>
SILENCE PREVAILS AS SCHOOLS FAIL BLACK STUDENTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 15 March 2012
Public schools fail to educate Black students and a prolonged silence of the total community, parents and Black leadership especially, contributes to the problem. Inequities and near criminal negligence ... read more >>
"Reality TV" Decays The Brain
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 29 February 2012
Wellinton's RoadBrian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff WriterWives, Shores, Girls and Celebrity Couples...these television shows are all the rage today. It seems that there is a new one every month. We follow ... read more >>
Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, and Boyce Watkins:
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 29 February 2012
  The Treacherous TrioDuring these dire times it is incumbent upon the Black community to recognize, assess, and correct the historic flaws in our mores that represent the self-hating and destructive ... read more >>
Luck
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 29 February 2012
In life, you can create a successful path, achievement is not based on chance.Monetary gain is not produced by hope!There is no such occurrence which yields free spending of a currency note.If you wait ... read more >>
Human Tragedy and Triumph = Ratings Magic
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 29 February 2012
 Cheryl Pearson-McNeilI am always fascinated by the impact of human emotions on our consumer behavior--whether those emotions are inspired by tragedy or triumph. Two television broadcasts made ratings ... read more >>
Black History, Red Tails & Tuskegee:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 29 February 2012
Critical Conversations 'Bout OurselvesNo matter what we think, say or write about the movie Red Tails, about its message, meaning, worthiness or weight, the discussion is ultimately and unavoidably about ... read more >>
Black History: The Beginning Determines The Ending
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 29 February 2012
It's Black History Month and wherever you are, you should be either studying Black History, or planning to create Black History.Instead of discussing some great achievements by Black men or Black women, ... read more >>
Faith & the Family Unit
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 29 February 2012
Witnesses receive praise(Part 4 of 4) In this final installment, I'll address further criticisms leveled against Jehovah's Witnesses by lady preacher Charlo Crossley Fortier of the Bread of Life Foursquare ... read more >>
L.A. Radio Show's Whitney 'Crack Ho' comment...
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 29 February 2012
...should be wake up call to Black AmericaBlacks who condemn John and Ken Show for the offensive Whitney Houston comment, should equally and forcefully condemn some of the rap lyrics that espouse the same ... read more >>
The Subtraction of Division
Written by Blair Hamilton Taylor 29 February 2012
Blair Hamilton Taylor"One ever feels his twoness--an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from ... read more >>
REFLECTIONS ON A HOMEWARD JOURNEY
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 February 2012
Today's column, written in 1987, is purely personal. I share it again because it reflects a reaffirmation of family, culture and early years that help to hone my values and the direction of my life's struggle.Feelings ... read more >>
The Endangered Middle Class is on Life Support..
Written by Terry Angel Mason 27 January 2012
and the Republicans are Poised to Pull the Plug! Part 1: Don't Blame the President! Don't Blame the Congress!Blame yourselves!It is January 2012, and the insanity of the 2012 presidential election has ... read more >>
RE: Jay's Jazz Journeys:
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 27 January 2012
Before You Point Your Finger at Fellow Musicians, You Should Smell it FirstI found Jay Jackson's L.A. Jazz.Com review of the open-mic and jam session held at the Industry Café in Culver City, Ca both ... read more >>
Remembering What King Really Said,
Written by Tony R. Wafford 27 January 2012
 Not Just What Makes Us ComfortableAs we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth, it is my hope that we reflect on King's life and what he was really all about. If you read King and study his life ... read more >>
Dreams and Doubts
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 27 January 2012
Hello World! I'll start this article with a question, "Are your dreams consumed by your Doubts?"I ask you to read this article with an open and clear understanding of your personal worries, fears, qualms, ... read more >>
Reclaiming King:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 27 January 2012
Matters of Race, Reflection and PracticeIf the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to be more than a corporate and foundation-funded program of safe, de-Africanized and ... read more >>
Public Forced to Spectate as Commission Fumbles Coliseum Away
Written by Councilman Bernard C. Parks - 8th District 27 January 2012
The public should be protected and kept informed as negotiations on a modified lease continue between the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the University of Southern California.Concerns over the preservation, ... read more >>
BLACKS IN LABOR:
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 January 2012
OUTSIDERS BUT PART OF THE PROBLEMLabor unions are an inedible thread in the fabric of American society. It is not hard to imagine what this country would be like without the worker incentives and safeguards ... read more >>
The Substance of a Speech, the Hope of a Dream
Written by Larry Buford 27 January 2012
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, infused hope and inspiration to the mixed masses in a most profound way. Now almost 50 years later the profundity ... read more >>
A Crisis Delayed
Written by Rep. Karen Bass--D-33 27 January 2012
Days before Christmas, the American people made their outrage heard loud and clear when Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to agree to a temporary extension of vital benefits for working ... read more >>
A Manual Of Forgiveness
Written by Jeorald Pitts 27 January 2012
 Jeorald PittsAll of us has or has had, a personal relationship with hurt, resentment or anger. Now its time to consider building a relationship with forgiveness. (If you don't already have one) As simple ... read more >>
"That" Kind of Man
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 27 January 2012
 As an educated man who is clearly a thinking person, I confuse a great number of people.To some, a thinking man should also be an extremely tolerant man.To others, a thinking man who writes critical ... read more >>
South Carolina shows how far we have to go
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 27 January 2012
The Republican presidential primary in South Carolina captures the news, but too little attention has been paid to the state itself. South Carolina reflects the triumph of Dr. Martin Luther King and the ... read more >>
A Joyful Noise for Modern Matthew
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 27 January 2012
College EditionIn past weeks I've quoted or otherwise called attention to my new book, Modern Matthew: Good News for Today--College Edition. And I can assure you that releasing the college edition of the ... read more >>
Today
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 06 January 2012
 I woke to the rhythm of my conscience thumping against my temples.I desire so desperately to succeed yet achievement is not simple.Tomorrow will not guarantee progress or the satisfaction that rest between ... read more >>
Indulgence with a Cause
Written by L. C. \"Chris\" Strudwick-Turner 06 January 2012
Everyone has their favorite Starbucks drink. Triple grande, whole milk, extra caramel, macchiatto. Double tall cappuccino, extra dry; grande, soy mocha with caramel, on top of whip.A guilty pleasure; our ... read more >>
Righteous Reflection on Being African:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 06 January 2012
A Kwanzaa MeditationDuring this Kwanzaa, as always and as our ancestors centuries before us, we gather together again to celebrate and share the good we've gained and garnered; to remember in reverence ... read more >>
A Lasting Season
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 06 January 2012
Christmas Day has come and gone.While Christians want to bitch and moan that Jesus is allegedly being taken out of the celebration of Christmas, it is my contention that the representational sentiment ... read more >>
Electorate suffers from a PAC attack
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 06 January 2012
'Newt Gingrich has more baggage than the airlines." Romney is akin to "big spending liberals." Beware of "smooth talking politicians." In Iowa, after a breather for Christmas, voters are once more being ... read more >>
All the Buzz About the Bible
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 06 January 2012
The fame of God's NameYou've been victimized by a religious conspiracy that's 400 years old this year! I kid you not. This conspiracy makes Dan Brown's bestselling books the Da Vinci Code and Angels & ... read more >>
THE STEADY COLLAPSE OF URBAN PUBLIC SCHOOLING
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 January 2012
Today's column is Escalating Downward: The Collapse of Public Schooling in the United States of America, by Floyd D. Hayes III, Ph. D., Senior Political Science Lecturer and Coordinator of Africana Studies, ... read more >>
OUR EDUCATIONAL FOCUS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Written by Rev. Eric P. Lee 06 January 2012
Quality Education has ALWAYS been the great equalizer to the social, political, economic injustices that Black people have faced in America. People of African descent, were forbidden from reading and writing...and ... read more >>
An Open Letter to President Obama
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 22 December 2011
PART 1 12-8-11Mr. President:I've been one of your biggest supporters every since you arrived on the political scene. But I must admit, my support of you has become far from unwavering and much less enthusiastic ... read more >>
I said it before, and I'm saying it again...
Written by Tony R. Wafford 22 December 2011
..."Post Racial Society My A**"I once hear that the greatest sickness in the world today, is to believe something just because you wish it to be so. And for all of you Negroes that believe we are living ... read more >>
Dreaming With a Broken Heart
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 22 December 2011
She wore a zebra print, form fitting, long skirt.Her complexion is the color of warm sands that sooths the soles of ones toes.Her smile is stained within the presents of my thoughts. One day she would ... read more >>
An iHoliday, anyone?
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 22 December 2011
 Cheryl Pearson-McNeilWhen parents read the holiday classic, The Night before Christmas to their children, assuming of course this is a tradition that is still being followed, are they doing it from a ... read more >>
Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 22 December 2011
Deep Meanings and Expansive MessageKwanzaa was conceived as a special time and space for meditating on the rich and varied ways of being and becoming African in the world. One focus for such culturally-grounded ... read more >>
The Roots of Christmas & Jesus, Part 2
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 22 December 2011
Religion and/or spirituality are personal choices and lifestyles that should be unifying forces, not divisive elements.I notice that whenever a person runs from divergent beliefs it is because they are ... read more >>
To gain workers' votes, Gingrich slanders poor
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 22 December 2011
Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich appeals to working Americans by slandering the poor. Gingrich recently denounced child labor laws as "truly stupid," suggesting that schools should fire janitors and ... read more >>
"Merry Tricksmas"
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 22 December 2011
The hijacking of a holiday?If you're like millions of folks around the world, you're preparing to do something that-according to the Bible-Jesus and his family never did: Celebrate Christmas. Wait. It ... read more >>
INGLEWOOD CITY COUNCIL SILENT ON COP KILLINGS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 December 2011
In 2008, Inglewood Police Officers killed several unarmed men. And despite pledging transparency, the Inglewood City Council has yet to comment on the status of any of the four investigations of these ... read more >>
Increased Taxes Is Not The Answer
Written by Patrick Williams 22 December 2011
Incessant tax hikes and their compounding discouragement on individual entrepreneurships have depressed California's free market society, particularly in inner-city areas, where there is usually an affinity ... read more >>
Mississippi Acts Against AIDS for World AIDS Day
Written by Tony Wafford 22 December 2011
I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center (ICL), Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Inc. (AEH), Toney's Barber Shop and the ACT Against AIDS Leadership Initiative joined in partnership to ... read more >>
Timing
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 22 December 2011
I am lonely, yet not afraid. I long for the type of love that is consistent, not short term, the kind that fades. Society states; "her clock is ticking and soon he will be too old to play." Yet why ... read more >>
Black, Like, Love
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 22 December 2011
Hello World, I hope you all enjoyed the Thanks Giving Holiday! Friends, family and love-ones are what truly make these holiday seasons festive. While at home, this past Thanks Giving, with my family (which ... read more >>
Precious Time
Written by Jeorald Pitts 22 December 2011
Today I was watching T.V. and noticed the previews of a new movie starring Justin Timberlake called "In Time," in which every one is given 25 years of time to live, and the things you purchase has to be ... read more >>
Eldrick (Tiger) Woods, Please Allow Me To Introduce Aset:
Written by Shujaa Komoyo (Harold L. Baker, Jr.) 22 December 2011
Resurrecting a Troubled Sports Icon From the Soul UpMost people can relate to the old adage that "No one can hurt you like a loved one." This holds true for people in all walks of life, including top tier ... read more >>
The Roots Of Christmas & Jesus, Part 1
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 22 December 2011
For most of the Free World, Christmas is a holiday season celebrated more for its shopping, overeating and gift giving than the actual religious significance it once contained.The season is represented ... read more >>
A Market For Niggers
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 22 December 2011
In the marketplace of America, they say that everything is for sale.And, for the most part, it is true.Malcolm X made it popular for people to understand and chastise Blacks who willingly participating ... read more >>
Cost of broken health care system is killing us
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 09 December 2011
I suffer from a harsh case of gout that requires constant treatment. Suddenly this year, I discovered that the generic drug I was using that cost about 3 cents a pill had been banned and replaced by a ... read more >>
We salute our soldiers, but we fail them at home
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 09 December 2011
America honors the men and women who fight for their nation. Ads beckon the young to join the armed forces and see the world. We provide training, decent pay, benefits, the best in uniforms and equipment. ... read more >>
'Dealing with Debt'--for Dummies
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 09 December 2011
How to survive in the "last days""Remember this: There are some terrible times coming in the last days. People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will ... read more >>
Racing with Racism
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 09 December 2011
Will we ever put the brakes on bias?As we embark upon the 30-day gestation period where Black Friday morphs into a White Christmas, America still labors with the pain of deeply embedded racism. Just ask ... read more >>
It's Time to Speak Out to Stop Child Abuse
Written by U.S. Rep. Karen Bass 09 December 2011
For several weeks, we have been astonished by the child sexual abuse allegations against former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky and, most recently, the grand jury report that detailed ... read more >>
NAVIGATING EVERMORE DAUNTING CHALLENGES
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 December 2011
The twenty-first century poses increasingly daunting challenges for Black Americans and solutions will require new motivation and leadership. However, Blacks' individualistic and materialistic values mirror ... read more >>
WHITE PRIVILEGE PERPETUATED BY MINIMIZING RACE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 December 2011
 The bogus claim that America is a post-racial society is fueled not only by conservatives but liberals as well. (Post-racial America was one of Barack Obama's campaign themes.) This de facto counter-progressive ... read more >>
Commemorating Loss, Cherishing Life:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 09 December 2011
Us, HIV/AIDS and Lessons LearnedEach year we mark and find great value and meaning in commemorating World AIDS Day, December 1, for it is good and right to remember and pay homage to the millions whose ... read more >>
Holding America and Obama Accountable: Part 2
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 09 December 2011
 Crafting a Protocol and PracticeThe urgent need to develop a well-conceived and conscientiously practiced protocol of exchange concerning how we discuss and approach President Obama emerges from the ... read more >>
When I Am Weak
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 08 December 2011
You gracefully nurse the potency that is within me. The basis of your gift is that you understand my internal conflict. When I am weak, your vision guides me to a positive peak. You are the destiny I ... read more >>
Self-Seeking
Written by Jeorald Pitts/Lil Tone 08 December 2011
Jeorald Pitts/Lil ToneThe Actor/Comedian Steve Harvey once said something simple, but profound that really meshed with my mental. He said: "I was who I was, I am who I am and I'm cool with both of them". ... read more >>
Holding America and Obama Accountable:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 08 December 2011
Crafting a Protocol and Practice-Part IIn the precise measure that a people perceives themselves as their own liberator and realizes that no leader or ally is a substitute for their own work and struggle ... read more >>
The Giving of Thanks
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 08 December 2011
"We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.' -Malcolm XThe above quote from Malcolm X is in reference to the celebration of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock in what they would call ... read more >>
Lesson of White House strafing: Limit guns now
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 02 December 2011
Protest has returned to Egypt's Tahrir Square; the Bears won their fifth in a row; a man stands accused of strafing the White House; China warns of a long recession.Wait a minute. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez ... read more >>
Occupy Paradise
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 02 December 2011
Rich Man, Poor Man(Part 2 of 2)I wrote the following about the wealthiest one percent before they were popularly known as such in the October 23, 2008, Sentinel issue of this column:"'Into the streets ... read more >>
When Giving Is the Thanks
Written by By Larry Buford 02 December 2011
The American Thanksgiving holiday is sandwiched between our two highest-grossing commercial holidays--Halloween being second, and Christmas first. This year in America alone Halloween spending was expected ... read more >>
IS LATINO IMMIGRATION IN BLACKS' BEST INTEREST?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 December 2011
"Mexicans ("illegal immigrants") are taking our jobs." This is the clarion claim of countless Blacks', especially those in poor neighborhoods. Although supporting evidence is inconclusive, the claim is ... read more >>
Democratic Blackness vs. Republican Blackness
Written by by Ezrah Aharone 02 December 2011
Ever since Republican Herman Cain, a self-described "Black conservative," remarked that two-thirds of Black Democrats are "brainwashed," the question of his "Blackness" has been contrasted with that of ... read more >>
Ms. Rita Edmond: A Second Glance at Destiny
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 02 December 2011
I'm about to throw you a curve here. I'm sure it's going to strike you as beyond curious that during these dire political times that I would be writing about music. But mark my words, I'm discussing much ... read more >>
TIME
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Hello World, I write to you all today within a positive and true state of mind, difficult, yet only because I must remain true and honest within self. Allow me to explain! The title, "Time," is in reference ... read more >>
Rehabilitation Versus Incapacitation
Written by Jeorald Pitts 18 November 2011
Jeorald PittsWith 2011 Marking the 221st birth year of the first U.S Penitentiary. It's unfortunate that the Philosophical Course that our prison systems should be operating under is still being debated. ... read more >>
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 18 November 2011
Cheryl Pearson-McNeilI've got some great news for you. And it flies in the face of the steady stream of negative stories and statistics you're consistently bombarded with about African-Americans. But here ... read more >>
Weather Warning-Storm Rising:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Unoccupying and Decolonizing the WorldOur entry into the current conversation about the emerging Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) is informed by a critical understanding and appreciation of our people's ... read more >>
The Sadness of The Man In The Mirror
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.I wonder if those who ignored Michael Jackson's drug addiction will give it any attention.I wonder, because ... read more >>
U.S. can't stand by while racism ravages Libya
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Before leaving the G-20 meetings in Cannes, France, President Obama joined with French President Sarkozy to pay tribute to the two countries' alliance and celebrate the successful intervention in Libya ... read more >>
The new face of employment discrimination:
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Spanish speakers preferredUnemployed African-Americans have more than just “ethnic” sounding names, criminal records, and their educational background working against them now, when trying to pass ... read more >>
Conrad Incarcerated
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Mesereau Remembers MichaelOn Monday, November 7, 2011, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Michael Joseph Jackson. Though formal sentencing is ... read more >>
Nurturing Our Future
Written by Rep. Karen Bass (CA-33) 18 November 2011
 There is no greater measure to the global success of our society than the health and happiness of our children. Every child around the world deserves the basic right to a family in a safe and loving ... read more >>
PRINCIPLED BLACK LEADERSHIP AN IMPERATIVE
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 November 2011
(The following paper was presented last April at a UC Santa Barbara conference: California Dreamin': Social Vision and The Crisis of California's African American Communities)First of two parts Things ... read more >>
Something to Live For.
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 18 November 2011
The swirl within your stomach as morning lifts your eyelids to another breeze. The chance to formulate positive thought, then transfer that energy to your offspring. Something to live for, After a polite ... read more >>
The Sacred Narrative of Africans:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 18 November 2011
A Chosen and Challenged PeopleEach day and beyond the set-aside celebration and commemoration of our history, it is essential that we reaffirm who we are and our obligation to honor this identity and the ... read more >>
Africans in America--A Bloody Fight
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 18 November 2011
In America, many of the most ignorant citizens pretend that African Americans came here as slaves and never contributed anything to the nation.Even as slaves, Africans contributed by literally building ... read more >>
As Obama finally acts, he exposes GOP strategy
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 18 November 2011
 'We can't wait." Finally, President Obama has had enough of what he rightly calls an "increasingly dysfunctional Congress." Over the past week, he has begun to use his own authority to issue executive ... read more >>
Case Closed
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Murray vs. MichaelAlthough it is billed as the People of the State of California versus Conrad Murray, M.D., it could be characterized in a more vulgar or pedestrian way: a strong, towering, well-built, ... read more >>
A CHAMPION FOR FACES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 November 2011
Derrick Bell was a compassionate scholar and intellectual force. He was a champion of civil rights for African Americans, but with unwavering commitment, pursued racial and social justice for all Americans. ... read more >>
Botswana: A Well Kept Secret
Written by Harry C. Alford 18 November 2011
Beyond the RhetoricThere are 54 nations comprising the continent of Africa. We look at these nations, too often, as all the same - third world striving to enter the second world. South Africa is an exception ... read more >>
President Obama: Respect workers' Rights-
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 18 November 2011
-Emancipate United States Postal WorkersPART IIAs pointed out in Part I of this series, on August 13, 2011, after Carrier Sylvester Burton inadvertently left part of his mail in the station, he alleges ... read more >>
Youth Group
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 31 October 2011
Hello World, the other day I was given the opportunity to speak to a youth group at a Church in Vallejo CA, (Tabernacle of David). The reason why I believe this event is worthy of note is because, of the ... read more >>
This is my purpose
Written by Jeorald Pitts 31 October 2011
 Jeorald PittsSince the development of the cognitive part of our brains, man has been plague with the thought and desire to find their purpose in life. Although we'd like to believe its our intellect ... read more >>
Power Watching
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 31 October 2011
Cheryl Pearson-McNeilDon't you just love this time of year? The crispness of the air. Trees showing off their gorgeous fall colors. Our kids settling (hope springs eternal) into the still kinda' new school ... read more >>
COOLEST TASTE OF TRUE SOUL
Written by M. Elliott Aubry 31 October 2011
Danny Bakewell really did it this time. Not that he hasn't done it real big before, but the 6th Annual Taste of Soul food and music festival last Saturday on Crenshaw was an experience to behold. Just ... read more >>
An Inconvenient Genocide:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 31 October 2011
Ethnic Cleansing and Racial Lynching in LibyaIt is, perhaps, part of our self-focused consciousness and convenient forgetfulness as a country and not wanting to know or acknowledge the real suffering of ... read more >>
President Obama:
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 31 October 2011
Respect workers' Rights - Emancipate United States Postal WorkersPART IIn a June 9, 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama told the people of Egypt, " But I do have an unyielding belief that all people ... read more >>
To rescue our economy, bail out the homeowners
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 31 October 2011
When I was growing up in South Carolina among hard-pressed families, food would often be short. Mothers with two lamb chops and five children wouldn't give the lamb chops to the biggest child and cut off ... read more >>
JOBS, RACE AND HERMAN CAIN
Written by Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) 28 October 2011
Democrats and Republicans chant in unison jobs, jobs, jobs. President Obama offers an American Jobs plan, but Republicans use the filibuster in the Senate to kill it and a Republican majority will not ... read more >>
DON'T THROW THE PRESIDENT UNDER THE BUS, BUT ...........
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 October 2011
Blacks are in a quandary. Increasingly, they are acknowledging that President Obama is mortal, makes mistakes and should be held accountable for his decisions. However, they will not be party to the far ... read more >>
Get Off My Back
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 28 October 2011
The old song goes: "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." And it's a beautiful sentiment.Such a sentiment can apply to siblings, but to other family members and even to close friends.But when it comes to the ... read more >>
"August the 18th"
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 13 October 2011
Cream tone skin with common brown eyes I noticed your mannerisms and was truthfully surprised Balance within thought is what carries your stride Your hips have an unusual sway, they speak from intellect ... read more >>
The West Athens/Westmont Community Task Force
Written by Jeorald Pitts/Lil Tone 13 October 2011
Everywhere you turn all you hear people talking about is the recession that has been strangling our economy. Now there is talk of a possible double dip recession Conversely we hear little about the recession ... read more >>
The current economic recession
Written by Professor Charles Ogletree 13 October 2011
The current economic recession has hurt almost everyone in the country who doesn't work on Wall Street. But it probably won't surprise many to learn that the harshest effects are being felt in communities ... read more >>
DEBILITATING POVERTY IS CORROSIVE
Written by JULIANNE MALVEAUX , NNPA Columnist 13 October 2011
The fall of the Roman Empire is best captured in the phrase that "Nero fiddled while Rome burned". Set on pursuing his own pleasures and indulgences, Nero could not see the walls crumbling around him. ... read more >>
Untitled
Written by Eric Lee 13 October 2011
Not long ago, Kaiser Permanente held a special significance in both the Los Angeles and the national economy. As one of the largest and most profitable corporations in America, it was also one of the most ... read more >>
Choosing to Be African:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 13 October 2011
Struggling and Striving Ever UpwardIn the 60's when we first collectively declared that we are an African people, we did not do so simply to reaffirm our historical source of origin and reclaim a history ... read more >>
The Stupid Top Ten
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 13 October 2011
Man, freedom of speech is wasted on many Americans who speak freely, but say some of the stupidest things. Sometimes, when I repeat some of the stupid things I have heard from people, my intelligent friends ... read more >>
We ignore poverty, but it is on the rise
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 13 October 2011
Poor people are invisible in our nation's capital. Republicans defend the affluent, calling them "job creators," Democrats champion the middle class and those boldest stand with "working families." The ... read more >>
Mesereau Mulls Murray
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 13 October 2011
But what about Sony & AEG?(Part 4 of 4) By way of reminder, the following is a portion of an exclusive interview I conducted with Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr.--the lead attorney who successfully represented ... read more >>
LAPD'S SPECIAL ORDER 11 TRAMPLES CIVIL RIGHTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 October 2011
Over the past several years, anti-poor, economic, and anti-immigrant pressures have reached an alarming high in Los Angeles. Through the criminalization of poverty, homelessness and migration, those at ... read more >>
This Labor Day Must Be More Than a Holiday
Written by Dr. John E. Warren 02 September 2011
Appropriately 126 years ago, the first Labor Day holiday was established to honor American workers and their place and importance in our society. It was set aside as a time for parades and celebrations. ... read more >>
"Recognize Love"
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 02 September 2011
  Understand you're responsible and try not to squander the opportunity. You have prayed and now life has offered you true accountability. The mental, physical and emotional pleasure you will share can ... read more >>
Malcolm and Kawaida on Culture:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 02 September 2011
Recovery, Revolution and ResistanceThe current conversations surrounding the rightful and wrongful reading of the life and legacy of Malcolm X and the 46th anniversary this month (September 7, 1965) of ... read more >>
A King Sized Mistake
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 02 September 2011
I'm accustomed to having a divergent viewpoint, even though some people still get all strange and twisted reading my column.But to those who still think on a regular basis, this piece should come as no ... read more >>
They hate government--until they need it
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 02 September 2011
Irene has hit, leaving destruction in its wake. We could track Irene and prepare for it; we could not stop it. And now, states and localities, despite the secessionist mumblings of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, ... read more >>
Tavis/West:
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 02 September 2011
  We Know We're Hurting, Now Tell Us the Truth About WhyThis is a reprise of an article that I did back in December of 2005. At the time, I pretty much predicted what we're going through today. No, I ... read more >>
HELPING BLACK MALES: RHETORIC VS REALITY
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 02 September 2011
Black males are a not a major public policy consideration and are more accurately described as rhetorical and statistical priorities Poor young Black males, in particular, are discussed and researched ... read more >>
Michael Meets Mesereau (Part 1 of 4)
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 02 September 2011
Exploring the trails to the trialsOn Tues-day, August 16, 2011, I sat down and interviewed Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., the famed lead attorney for Michael Joseph Jackson during the child molestation trial ... read more >>
WAFFORD's CORNER:
Written by Priscilla Valldejuli 29 August 2011
MY STORY-GROWING UP PUERTO RICANI was born and raised in Puerto Rico until the age of 13 when my Parents (Dad a prominent CPA, Mami a housewife with 7 children, I being the eldest) decided it would be ... read more >>
Noesis Therapy Part Five
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 29 August 2011
Hello World, my past few articles and poems have been based on the pursuit and cultivation of "Love." This article will align with the same idea, however, under a slightly different premise. For example, ... read more >>
A PORTRAIT OF REMEMBRANCE of Michael Buchanan
Written by Jeorald Pitts/Lil Tone Tone 29 August 2011
Today I am using the traditional English language by utilizing nouns, verbs and adjectives as a brush to paint a Portrait of Remembrance and the celebration of the life of our young brother Michael Buchanan.In ... read more >>
U.S. Postal Service:
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 29 August 2011
Is the Budget More Important Than Employees Exposed to TB?According to a very reliable source, on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, when the employees showed up for work at the United States Postal Service's Los ... read more >>
Contemplating Anna Julia Cooper:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 29 August 2011
The Undisputed Dignity of WomanhoodAccepting her doctorate from the Sorbonne of France, at the age of 65, Dr. Anna Julia Cooper said, "I take at your hands . . . this diploma, not as a symbol of cold intellectual ... read more >>
Julius Hollis: The ADE Story
Written by Julius Hollis ADE Founder & Chairman 29 August 2011
As we prepare to celebrate the noble achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the dedication of the monument honoring him this week in our nation's capital, our economy is in the midst of imploding ... read more >>
Who Needs "Help?"
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 29 August 2011
Racist crapheads in America just can't let slavery and/or Jim Crow die.In the South, ignorant, inbred, toothless, cousin-lovin' pig-squealin' freaks of nature refuse to stop pursuing the embrace of the ... read more >>
King's monument to unfinished work
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 29 August 2011
The memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King opened Monday on the Mall in Washington. Dr. King will take his place with Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and FDR. The monument features a 30-foot figure of Dr. King, ... read more >>
Jay-Z and Kanye West: Hip-Hop Empowerment
Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist 29 August 2011
This is a well-deserved salute to two global icons of hip-hop culture. Two successful Black men who transcend race and social division have attained the pinnacle of worldwide impact with their artistic ... read more >>
Heal the World
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 29 August 2011
 Why is it wicked in the first place?Having endured the bogus trial of Michael Joseph Jackson until its culmination some six years ago (has it been that long?), and bracing for the trial of Dr. Conrad ... read more >>
Not Just White Noise
Written by U.S. Rep Karen Bass 29 August 2011
 Africa--the cradle of civilization; a land with breathtaking natural scenery and perhaps the richest history of any place on Earth. It is said that all people, from any nation, can trace their origins ... read more >>
RACE A MAJOR FACTOR IN FOSTER CARE DISPARITIES
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 August 2011
In Los Angeles and across the nation, there are clear disparities in foster care and Black children are faring far worse than their white counterparts. For Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass, foster ... read more >>
A Dream Both Realized and Deferred
Written by Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist 29 August 2011
If one were to look up "tenacity" in a dictionary, one might well simply search for logo of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, or a photograph of the MLK Memorial Foundation's Executive Director Harry Johnson, ... read more >>
The Tavis/West Poverty Pimp Tour
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 18 August 2011
Tavis Smiley and Cornel WestWhy Attack a Sleeping Sentry Before Repelling the Invading Hordes?While Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have the right idea in terms of the need to confront power, it's their motives ... read more >>
family
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 18 August 2011
Love is unquestionably the stability of the family foundation. Family structure has been cultivated since conception. Creation is a gift shared between lovers after courtship produced obligation. Responsibility ... read more >>
Manufactured Maids, Mammies and Falsified History:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 18 August 2011
No White Help WantedWith all due respect to our beloved, beleaguered, besieged and still-believing President, cottonland consciousness and practices are still with us, in life and literature, at sites ... read more >>
Conflicted Minds
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 18 August 2011
America is a nation of conflicts and confusion.For example, many people proclaim America to be a Christian nation.And with that proclamation, one would imagine that the so-called "Christians" would seek ... read more >>
America can't be saved from the top
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 18 August 2011
Poverty is spreading in America.One in five children are being raised in poverty. Millions of Americans depend on food stamps. Some 25 million are in need of full-time work. Veterans are coming home from ... read more >>
If He Will Not Fight, Then We Had Better
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Columnist 18 August 2011
 The fight over the increase in the debt ceiling should have taught us a few lessons. These include that there is a wing of the Republican Party--the Tea Party faction--that is quite prepared to fly their ... read more >>
England Struggles to Understand Causes of Riots
Written by George E. Curry, NNPA Columnist 18 August 2011
England's attempt to fully understand rioting touched off by a policeman's fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year old Black man, in many ways mirror the debate that followed the urban unrest that the ... read more >>
Is Michael Really Dead?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 18 August 2011
Would he purposefully deceive?There are a number of sincerely devoted fans of Michael Joseph Jackson who believes the Moonwalker is still walking around on earth. They believe the King of Pop is going ... read more >>
SILENCE CONTRIBUTES TO BLACKS' 2ND CLASS STATUS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 18 August 2011
Silence is golden but can also be problematic, even crippling. Unfortunately, the latter pertains to Blacks' silence generally as well as Black leadership and tends to reinforce rather than alleviate an ... read more >>
Courtship
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 11 August 2011
While mesmerized by your splendor, I told myself, "If her personality is as attractive as her appearance, she may honor me by accepting my last name."My confidence carried the weight of change, though ... read more >>
Joe College
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Hello world, I sincerely desire this article to reach every person who reads it, "in good health!" Several weeks ago, I wrote an article titled, "Ms. Jackson State." After speaking with many people regarding ... read more >>
Remembering the Watts Revolt:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 11 August 2011
 Living the Legacy of ResistanceWe are a long ways from those first solemn and joyous commemorations of the Watts Revolt in which we paid rightful hommage to the martyrs, gave due deference to the injured, ... read more >>
"Garvey's Lessons of Life and Work:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Being the Best of Ourselves"The month of August easily brings to mind the Honorable Marcus Garvey who stands as a model and monument in this sacred narrative we name and know as African history. Certainly, ... read more >>
Ready For Love
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 11 August 2011
At any given moment, when we are single, many of us will proclaim that we are ready for love. But we never stop to ask ourselves if we truly have the preparation and knowledge base required for love.We ... read more >>
Death of Reason
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Today I grieve.I grieve not for the passing of humanity into the ether, as defined divergently by many. I grieve not for those I have loved or those who have loved me who are now a part of the great beyond.I ... read more >>
Fix is in against working Americans
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Don't fall for the con. The fix is in. Working Americans are about to get fleeced--unless someone stands up for them.Standard & Poor's, the rating company, contributed directly to the mess we are in ... read more >>
A bold step--in wrong direction
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 11 August 2011
To paraphrase conservative icon Barry Goldwater, "extremism in defense of injustice is no virtue." The deal that went down in Washington on the debt ceiling proves that. It is a bold step in the wrong ... read more >>
The Wealth Gap and the Souls of Angry White Folk
Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Columnist 11 August 2011
The report recently released by the Pew Research Center that showed that the wealth gap between white families on the one hand, and African American and Latino families on the other was greater than at ... read more >>
Happy 50th Birthday, Mr. President
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Happy Birthday, Mr. President,But I've got to be honest, you have me about as hot as fish grease right now I just can't figure out what's going on in your head You go out and give these rousing, voice-quivering ... read more >>
Will The Real President Obama Please, Please Stand up?
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 11 August 2011
I've been a steadfast Obama supporter every since the very first day he arrived on the political scene, but I must admit, it hasn't always been easy. First, even as a candidate, he reversed his position ... read more >>
The Gloved One & White Gangs?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Putting the Crips & Bloods to Shame!In his Bad video (1987) Michael Joseph Jackson featured rival street gangs. And having lived in Los Angeles, he was quite familiar with the Crips and Bloods--two ... read more >>
LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILES IS WRONG
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Senate Bill 9 changes California law that requires youth under the age of 18 to be sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison. The law is absolute; regardless of an inmate's positive growth there ... read more >>
WAL-MART VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS: BLACKS SAY WELCOME
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 11 August 2011
Wal-Mart exploits Black workers and others of color throughout the world, yet labor unions and Black civil rights groups are on meeting with Wal-Mart regarding expanding its operation in South Central ... read more >>
Say Yes
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 29 July 2011
At thought with a controlled rhythm of sound, Metronome.A cerebral high hidden behind my smile, invisible.I am nourished by your word, "hello."Your bountiful impressions always coat my frown, incomparable.I ... read more >>
"How I Spent (Am Spending) My Summer"
Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil 29 July 2011
Cheryl Pearson-McNeilRemember back in the day when we had to chronicle our "How I Spent My Summer" adventures at the start of every fresh new school year? Well, this week's column is kind of a version ... read more >>
Conversations with Dr. Carver:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 29 July 2011
The Languages and Lessons of NatureGeorge Washington Carver (July 12, 1884-1943) was a remarkable and multidimensional man, one of the great scientific minds of the 20th century, whose impressive intellectual ... read more >>
Fake crisis on debt hides real problems
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 29 July 2011
Something is terribly amiss in America. In Washington, we witness around-the-clock meetings on a fake crisis ginned up by politicians over how to raise the debt ceiling. Yet no attention is devoted to ... read more >>
Issue of My Heart
Written by Timothy B. Jones 29 July 2011
On May 24, 2010 I underwent one of the most serious of all operations, a heart transplant. This is my story and I hope that many black men and women will read this and do whatever is necessary to LIVE.I ... read more >>
Gangbanging is Over-rated!
Written by Biko N. Poindexter-Hodge, Sentinel Intern 29 July 2011
Gangbanging is so overrated, and being a gang member or part of a gang isn't cool. A gang is a group of people, through the organization, formation and establishment of an assemblage that share a common ... read more >>
Wattree's Pearls of Limited Wisdom
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 29 July 2011
*The greatest lesson in wisdom, intelligence, and class is the understanding that one doesn't corner the market on any of them*When you choose to live in a fantasy, you're forced to view reality as a myth ... read more >>
OBAMA AND BLACKS: AN UNTIMELY CONUNDRUM
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 29 July 2011
It is clear that right wing extremists (overwhelmingly white) are intent on destroying President Barack Obama's credibility. Increasingly however, erstwhile staunch supporters, including Blacks, are complaining ... read more >>
The Jackson Journal
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 29 July 2011
The most popular everNo, Michael Joseph Jackson hasn't left a secret tell-all journal with me. True, he told me some secrets; but he didn't leave a journal (at least not with me!) He did, however, have ... read more >>
It's Ok
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 22 July 2011
Wellington's RoadIf you need to be angry. Be angry. Let the scream run until it’s tired. Release the embers. Let it burn. Let the tears waterfall. Extinguish the wild flame. A well overflowing inside. ... read more >>
We are our Brothers and Sisters' Keepers
Written by Pastor Robert Smith 22 July 2011
  On Thursday June 30, 2011 on its front page, one of the headline captions in the Los Angeles Sentinel read as follows: "Local family wins Verizon Wireless Sweepstakes!" This article reported that the ... read more >>
Lady Beast
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 22 July 2011
 You want to mean everything to me. Yet you lie to yourself and me.You want me to care more for you than I do myself, yet your love is hidden, out of reach within a high guarded shelf.You labeled yourself ... read more >>
Racing Toward The Bottom
Written by Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist 22 July 2011
While a Department of Education program embraces "a race to the top", our nation's current stance toward our 14 million officially unemployed people represents nothing less than a race to the bottom. We ... read more >>
Christian Conservative Group Lauds Slavery
Written by Rev. Eric P. Lee, President/CEO Southern Christian Leadership Conference-CA 22 July 2011
The institution of slavery was a better environment to raise Black children in than the current environment with laws against discrimination in housing, education and employment. (My interpretation of ... read more >>
Kawaida, Reaffirmation and Resistance:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 22 July 2011
Cultivating A Culture of StruggleThis 33rd Annual Seminar in Social Theory and Practice to be held July 24-30, 2011 at the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies (Us) here in Los Angeles, like all our ... read more >>
The Confusion of Feminism
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 22 July 2011
Many of today's women who label themselves "Feminists" believe that any man who doesn't fully buy into the propaganda is a misogynist.It's actually deeper than that.A man can fully support the rights of ... read more >>
As the rich thrive, more fall in cracks
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 22 July 2011
When I checked in late at night at a hotel in Indiana last week, I was greeted by the night desk manager, a young woman with a noticeable limp. She said she had stepped in a hole, ripped up her leg, had ... read more >>
The King of Pop & "Carmageddon"
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 22 July 2011
Is mankind being driven to "the end"?In case you haven't heard, before the name "Carmageddon" was associated with Los Angeles' infamous "4-or-5-hour freeway"--officially known as the 405 freeway--it Carmageddon ... read more >>
SECURING JUSTICE FOR BLACK IMMIGRANTS
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 22 July 2011
Immigration reform is an intractable, highly contentious issue in Congress and cities with large numbers of immigrants. However, the debate around immigrant rights has excluded Black immigrants, which ... read more >>
I'm Standing on Principle
Written by Tony R. Wafford 15 July 2011
 I'm always writing about how I feel about issues without fear of popular opinion, I just try and said what I think is right. So I want to share a personal issue I have been dealing with for the past ... read more >>
My Brotherhood
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 15 July 2011
Hello World, if I may, please allow me to capture your attention for a few brief moments as I would like to discuss with you my opinions of brotherhood.This past week I had the pleasure of attending my ... read more >>
The Liberation Psychology of Frantz Fanon:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 15 July 2011
Struggle as Normative and Necessary To have read Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) in the original French or the translated English, especially The Wretched of the Earth, and to grasp and embrace his understanding ... read more >>
He Who Laughs..., Part 2
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 15 July 2011
 Who's Culture?Critical thinking and independent thought are rare in a world of social seeding and engineered popular culture.Yes, popular culture, which once developed organically from Black culture, ... read more >>
Spending cuts add to jobs crisis
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 15 July 2011
We have a brutal - and worsening - jobs crisis in this country. The human casualties are mounting. But Washington doesn't get it. The focus there is on cutting spending, not on creating jobs. We witness ... read more >>
BLACK COMMUNITY LEADERS URGE REDISTRICTING COMMISSION...
Written by Jackie Dupont-Walker 15 July 2011
TO STOP GUTTING OUR POLITICAL REPRESENTATIONPresident, Ward Economic Development Corporation and Chair, Social Action, 5th District AME ChurchAfrican Americans who are watching the recent maneuverings ... read more >>
MJ & the "faithful slave" (Part 4 of 4)
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 15 July 2011
When slaves become kingsAs stated in Part 1, "The Governing Body represents