Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:49
Bill Duke, Filmmaker and Author
As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday, we are immersed in an intensive, often divisive, conversation about race in America. Sixty years after King marched through the streets, like he did in Selma and cities throughout the South, we find ourselves still on the streets battling many of these same issues. The 2014 "battle" has focused on how police treat us in our communities, which have pitted "white police" against black citizens. My concern is that we are too narrowly focused. We need to make sure we battle this issue of race on all fronts. Today, we face prejudice from those outside the black community and from within it as well. Let's face it: Skin color is still an issue in our community. The bullying that takes place between dark skinned and light skinned people is alive and well – and quite honestly Martin Luther King would be hurt to know that we're not living up to his call for us to judge each other by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:41
Marian Wright Edelman
In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:09
George E. Curry NNPA Columnist
Sandwiched between the deaths of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, the passing of former Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke III at the age of 95 did not get nearly the attention it deserved.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:04
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist
President Obama's historic announcement that the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, after more than five decades of strategic political and military opposition, is today resonating positively throughout Black America. It is in the economic, cultural and political interests of 42.7 million Black Americans across the United States to focus on the new emerging opportunities to strengthen relationships with the people and government of the Republic of Cuba.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:58
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Commentary, New America Media
There were two big takeaways from President Obama's Cuban opening. The first is obvious. After 55 years of U.S.-backed invasions, covert efforts to sabotage and overthrow Fidel Castro, an embargo, and a Cold War freeze in diplomatic relations, the U.S. policy toward Cuba has been an abject failure. Raul Castro remains the official government head, and Fidel, is still a presence in Cuban life and a bigger than ever figure internationally. Obama took the logical step that almost certainly would have been taken years ago, except for a politically retrograde GOP and older, politically connected Cuban Americans, and that is to normalize relations with the island.