D.C. activist and author Tony Lewis Jr. spoke before nearly 200 people at the University of District of Columbia's Theater of the Arts earlier this month. (Courtesy of John Gordon)
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Tony Lewis Jr.’s Message Gives Students Hope

By his 11th birthday, Tony Lewis Jr.’s father, alleged head of a D.C. drug syndicate, had served nearly two years of a life sentence in a federal penitentiary on the other side of the country. HIs mother also developed what would later be diagnosed as schizophrenia. Even with the guidance of a loving grandmother, Lewis said he navigated life in the District with his street smarts during a time when the city gained a reputation as the “murder capital.” [read more…]

A triumphant Viola Davis shows off her Emmy Award. (Courtesy of houstonchronicle.com)
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Viola Davis Emmy Win Raises Hollywood Diversity Question

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” said Viola Davis in her Emmy acceptance speech last month. Since 1982, five black women have been nominated for best actress in a drama series but Davis is the first to win an Emmy for her lead role on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” (HTGAWM). “Many of our artists could win these awards, but the opportunity is lacking for black actors and actresses. We are in some ways being oppressed,” said Kyris Brown, 32, director of International Affairs and Admission at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
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EDITORIAL: Why Did White America Ignore the March?

Anytime more than a dozen Black men gather in a public space, it’s viewed as news – food and fodder for prime-time TV and print media. So, with thousands of Black men, women and children taking over the National Mall last Saturday, you would have expected to see both the leading local and national television outlets and newspapers out in force to get the scoop – the blow-by-blow if you will. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, very little, if anything was said. Silence, for the most part, remained the strategy of the day.
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Gun Control a Hot Button Topic in This year's Presidential
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EDITORIAL: The Audacity of Demanding Gun Control

How dare the President and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton go on the public airwaves and demand changes in gun ownership in America. How dare they take a tragedy, like the recent mass killing in Oregon at Umpqua Community College, where 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, described as an angry, disconnected young man, went on a rampage, killing nine innocent people and injuring others before being shot and killed by law officials, and politicize the situation. [read more…]