REYNOLDS: Hip-Hop Role Models Wanted

What does the platinum pair Beyoncé and Jay-Z so honored by the Obama White House have to do with the homicide epidemic sweeping across black communities? Some would argue a lot.

EDITORIAL: Trayvon Martin

One year ago on July 13, a jury of six women in Sanford, Florida, acquitted neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Releasing Psychological Chains

To me, the issue of race and the psychological effects of slavery still haunt us, each and every one of us, every day, and in most of our decisions.

SPRIGGS: Memories

Memory is a selection of facts, ignoring those that don't serve the agreed upon framework. The Civil War is a key example.

JESSE JACKSON: ‘Apartheid Avenue' Two Blocks from the White House

Diplomats who abuse their immunity from prosecution to keep their "imported" domestic workers as virtual slaves are a repeated scandal. What has not gained as much media coverage and public exposure is the flagrant abuse of sovereign immunity by international ...


Like clockwork, one of the District's congressional overlords has seen fit to interfere in the internal affairs of our city.


During his years in public life, it didn't take long after meeting Wayne Curry to know that he lived and breathed Prince George's County

MUHAMMAD: You Break it, You Own it, America

America's friends all seem to be afraid to fight for their own countries.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: School Boundaries and Subtle Racism

Unless someone takes a stance and calls out these school boundary changes for what they really are, I can only imagine how many more of our aspiring black students from underprivileged households will be unfairly judged by racist faculty members ...

SPRIGGS: Missing the Point

Currently, the debate on American colleges and universities is dominated by the cost of tuition. This debate misses the point.

CURRY: Democrats 'Ain't Loyal'

Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from the popular Chris Brown song, "Hoes Ain't Loyal." Bryant could have avoided controversy — and been on point — if he had instead said, "Democrats ain’t ...

DANIELS: The Supreme Court's 'Religious Freedom' Scam

Last week, the Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court's conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about "religious freedom."

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: Breaking the Code of Silence

Michael Patrick MacDonald has helped people share their own stories and see the "possibility of transforming trauma into voice."

CHAVIS: The Black Press — The Voice of Black America (Part I)

Amid last week's annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association's annual convention in Portland, Oregon, I was reminded repeatedly that Black Americans have had a long, storied tradition of newspaper publishing.

LEON: The Meaning of July Fourth for the African-American

As America celebrates July Fourth, as the grills smoke, the salads are tossed, pools filled, and fireworks displayed, take a moment to reflect. Reflect upon how far we have come as a nation and yet how far we have to ...