CHAVIS: Michelle Obama Resists Taking the Easy Way Out

More than any other first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama continues to stand above those who would attempt to distort her leadership.

CLINGMAN: The Case for Student Loan Forgiveness

High on our agenda should be a demand made to Congress and whoever is running for president for student loan debt forgiveness.

MALVEAUX: The Legalized Torture of Prisoners

Freddie Gray is neither the first nor the last person to die in police custody.

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: Taking Care of Students Without Insurance

It's always very challenging for a parent when a child has a serious health condition. It's even more challenging when a child has a serious condition but has no health insurance to cover it.

MORIAL: A Message for the Class of 2015

Your life's journey — and its achievements — do not end here. Celebrate because you've earned it; bask in your well-earned feeling of accomplishment today because tomorrow you will find that there is much work to be done.

MUHAMMAD: Farewell, Dear Friend, B.B. King

I've been a dedicated B.B. King fan for more than 60 years. Before I knew anything about the blues or about any kind of music really, I was admired this name because he was a hometown hero who had made ...


I have heard all of the stories about black-owned businesses, and why our own people wouldn't do business with us, but I am here to tell you that there are a lot of good, hard working, black business owners who ...

CURRY: How Can You Tell When a Politician is Lying?

The number of candidates who have declared for president has already ushered in a cascade of lies — and the situation will only grow worse as more climb aboard.

ALFORD: The Games in Federal Procurement

Our federal government is the biggest consumer of supplies and services in the world. Its procurement laws are immense and require a lot of policing and updating. Within that system, Congress has the responsibility of ensuring that these laws are ...

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: Criminalizing Poverty Is Big Business

The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri, put a much-needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines can trap low-income people in a never-ending cycle of ...

MUHAMMAD: Why Would Obama Want to 'Take Over' Texas?

The idea that the president of the United States, who is already commander in chief of all U.S. military forces, would be interested in taking over a subdivision, a state — even one as big as Texas — is frankly ...

CHAVIS: Challenging Economic Racism in America, Pt. II

There are many different manifestations of racism in America and throughout the world. But there is not a more insidious form of racism in the United States today than "economic racism."

EDITORIAL: Helping Hands at Howard University

The recent decision by Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick to solicit the financial assistance of Howard University alumni to help prospective graduates is one we applaud.

EDITORIAL: Of Body Cams and Transparency

For the last two to three years, cellphone cameras and other devices have begun to transform the terrain on which police officers deal with people of color in this country.


Why do we seem to commit crimes against our own, and in our own neighborhoods more than on anybody anywhere else?