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COMMENTARY: Spoiler Culture; What is Wrong with You?

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — It varies between movies, television series, and even surprises on musical projects. It appears that no one is safe from spoilers. Stay off social media, they said. Fine. Cool. Then, of course, I innocently turn on a podcast to distract myself from the heinous traffic situation in Houston only to have one of the hosts casually throw in a major spoiler to a film I’d yet to see in a segment UNRELATED TO THE TOPIC AT HAND […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Reparations NOW! Are Blacks Close to Finally Getting Their “40 Acres and a Mule”?

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — it comes to the concept of granting “reparations” to Black people as a form of restitution for the years that Blacks spent subjected to the barbaric institution of slavery in America, it has seemingly been overlooked and ignored by the majority of legislators that have come and gone in the U.S. Congress. Even former U.S. Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) once proposed to create a Commission to study how to appropriately compensate the descendants of slaves for decades, with those conversations falling on deaf ears. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Coming together in Support for a Better New Orleans for All

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — It is again springtime in New Orleans. Which means people across our City will be outside using the many amazing parks and other outdoor facilities enjoying the Big Easy and all it has to offer its citizens. On May 4, 2019 there is millage proposal renewal on the ballot and Data News Weekly believes it is good for our City and we encourage our readers and citizens across the City to get out and vote YES to PW Parks and Recreation – 6.31 Mills Tax. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: In Memoriam of My Favorite Person In the World

THE AFRO — Beatrice Portia Robinson Yoes was born April 23, 1917 in Chester, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. She came to Baltimore when she was a little girl with her mother Ada and her sister Elizabeth. Let me give you a sense of how long she lived and what she witnessed in the history of this country. In 1934, when she was 17 President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his official capacity as President of the United States, honored the last living Confederate veterans of the Civil War. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Start Earlier-Child Care

THE AFRO — Imagine the fear and anger you would experience upon hearing from your child care provider that your child has been exposed to toxic chemicals. Over ten years ago, this was the reality for hundreds of parents in the New Jersey metropolitan area as they received news that their children were exposed to toxic mercury vapors 30-50 times beyond acceptable limits. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Building Trust through Process

MILWAUKEE COURIER — The reform-minded space we are in today around Youth Justice Reform is exciting, and is what our community knows must happen. We can finally start helping our young men and women instead of continuing to break them down. For a strong next generation, we must cultivate a system that can course correct when it is wrong. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Embracing My Imperfections Studying Abroad in London

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Growing up in North Carolina, I was shy and my need to be perfect in everything I did made it difficult to connect with others. I always thought I had to be perfect: playing basketball, earning high grades, being the perfect daughter, etc. I feared how others would judge me so I rarely opened up to others. But, traveling to London as a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow in the summer of 2017 was an opportunity for me to grow. […read more]

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
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COMMENTARY: President Trump: Destroying the American idea

WESTSIDE GAZETTE — “It is clear that it does not matter how many people are assassinated, how many buildings are invaded by some deranged person who believes he is doing the will of the President or how many letter bombs are put into our mail delivery system. He has shown the ranting and lies will continue. Simply put, President Trump does not care what he looks and sounds like…” — Rasheed Z. Baaith […read more]

Too many on both sides of the political aisle and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue feel we are beyond the ability to honesty work for national healing. God help us to keep it from becoming part of this ongoing American tragedy.
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COMMENTARY: A nation dangerously divided

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The deaths of those two African Americans in Jeffersontown were just as significant. Yet, it was difficult for the current administration in Washington to classify these murders as acts of terror. In fact, there are strong feelings that if it were not for the Jews murdered in Pittsburgh, the Jeffersontown murders would not have even been considered newsworthy. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: President Trump’s Latest Idea: A Cruel and Unconstitutional Attack on American Birthrights

The purpose of the birthright provision of the 14th Amendment was wide ranging. It was a direct assault on the dreadful Dred Scott decision, and overturned the idea that former slaves were not citizens and therefore had no rights a white man must respect. It reflected the language of the 1866 Civil Rights Act and negated the infamous Black Codes that were adopted to limit the rights of former slaves. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Baltimore City Schools, Throwback to Jim Crow Era

AFRO — During the era of Jim Crow it was not unheard of to have Black children sitting in hot classrooms with no regard for their health. It was not unheard of for a system to intentionally work to poorly educate Black children and force them to endure the type of conditions that were designed to break their spirit. It was not unheard of to expect Black parents to quietly complain but publicly comply with the law. It was not unheard of to have overcrowded classrooms, dark and dingy hallways, dust and asbestos, and very few resources and innovative designs. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: The Abuse Won’t Stop Until We Change Police Culture

THE PASADENA JOURNAL — Baltimore, a city already under a federal consent decree to reform its police department after a Justice Department investigation into the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police found rampant, systemic abuse of black residents by cops. Contrary to the usual response to such recordings, police and city officials acted quickly after Officer Arthur Williams was caught on camera Saturday, Aug. 11, savagely beating a defenseless DaShawn McGrier. […read more]