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Racism’s Ongoing Devastating Impact
November 8, 2018
Racism is as real as ever and Black lives have always mattered. However, most people, including many Blacks, deny or minimize the devastating effect of racism and tend to act as though somehow, Black lives are less valuable, even less sacred than white lives. The Black Lives Matter movement has the potential for strengthening sustainable unified Black leadership which would distinguish it from the many failed attempts to build a Black united front since the civil rights era. Hopefully, it will succeed, but remaining unapologetically Black is a daunting challenge and time will tell. ... read more »
First Black Principal Player for New York Philharmonic Honored in LA 
November 1, 2018
A story of a young boy from the South Side of Chicago, who eventually makes musical history sounds like something from a movie. But this isn’t a movie. This is real. This is the real life story of Anthony McGill.   ... read more »
Remembering the Million Man Match: Reflections on Memory and Mission
October 25, 2018
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 behind. We sacrifice so much in our rush to for­get, stay in style or keep in harmony with the official writers and rulers of so­ciety. However, whatever we are and will become, we must give appropriate attention to our history, in spite of all the counsel from outside to forget the past, worship the present and forfeit our future for things embraced and en­joyed now. ... read more »
Obama Tells Voters to Step Up Or ‘Things Can Get Worse’
September 13, 2018
Former President Barack Obama says the November midterm elections will give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics,'' taking another swipe at his successor as he raises his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House.  ... read more »
Council Approves Renaming Rodeo Road Obama Boulevard
August 31, 2018
City Council President Herb Wesson proposed the name change last year and noted that then-candidate Obama held a campaign rally at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center on Rodeo Road in 2007. The 3.5-mile street runs from near the Culver City border east to Mid-City and is not to be confused with upscale Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. ... read more »
Black Leadership Accountability Essential
August 30, 2018
Many Blacks, perhaps most, initially considered challenging Obama’s decisions sacrilegious, and   more than a few continued to regard him as an icon to be neither properly                                           critiqued nor criticized. Although   increasingly concerned with his decisions, Blacks also needed to be concerned about ineffective Black leadership in general, especially in light of the daunting challenges in the 21st century. ... read more »
America’s Teachers Need More Community, Parental Support
August 27, 2018
The latest data from the Center for American Progress shows that the average salary for an attorney is more than two times that of elementary and middle school educators. The Washington Post reported last week that nearly 1 in 10 hosts who rent out their apartments, homes and spaces on Airbnb are teachers. Low salaries, compared with other college graduates, may inhibit highly-effective professionals from pursuing a career in education; specifically for people of color who currently make up just seven percent of public school teachers. ... read more »
Sustaining Righteous Community Outrage
August 23, 2018
Righteous outrage must be sustainable.it is necessary to bring about the political pressure crucial for actual long range change.  Of course, ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Black community itself to forge its own future which requires new mindsets and most important, new behavior. Developing sustainable righteous outrage is only one of other important tasks that collectively, we must undertake as part of a self-determined Black agenda. ... read more »
AMEs Issue Statement on Black Clergy and President Trump Meeting
August 5, 2018
Editor’s note: President Donald Trump met with African American pastors at the White House on Aug. 1, and many of the attendees applauded his administration. Pastor Darryl Scott of Ohio referred to Trump as the “the most pro-black President that we’ve had in our lifetime,” according to the White House transcript of the meeting. ... read more »
School Choice Not the Right Choice for All Students
May 31, 2018
The Trump Administration has proposed to decrease funding to authorized investments for public schools while increasing funding opportunities for school choice programs and private school vouchers. Ninety percent of children in America attend public schools. Increased funding to school choice programs, while reducing funding to public schools is a strategy that leaves behind our most vulnerable students ... read more »
Blacks, Minorities Largely Absent During Inauguration
January 25, 2017
African Americans, Hispanics, in fact most people of color, were a rarity at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. ... read more »
Trump Speaks of Ending “Carnage” as He Enters White House
January 25, 2017
Donald Trump's inaugural address was heavy on nationalism and populism. ... read more »
THANK YOU America by President Barack Obama
January 19, 2017
My fellow Americans, It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. ... read more »
Remember That Time President Obama Went To Roscoe’s?
January 19, 2017
On the campaign trail for re-election in 2011, President Obama made a pit stop for some chicken and waffles ... read more »
Saying Goodbye to the Obamas is hard to do
January 19, 2017
And while the Obamas may have used the office of the presidency to change the world, the pressures of the outside world didn’t change them. The Obamas stayed true to their selves, true to their roots. They may have lived in the Whitehouse but they kept their black identity —whether it was Barack going falsetto to sing Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together, or Michelle dancing to Uptown Funk on Ellen. Without a doubt, the Obamas brought soul to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ... read more »
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