Without Hip-Hop There is No (Legal) Weed Business

Long before weed became a force for states’ economic booms, the product was a forbidden fruit that many users took a gamble to possess. As a person who grew up listening to the rhymes...

Trayvon Martin: No Right to Be Innocent

The making of the Black man into Public Enemy Number 1 began long before a rainy, dark night in a gated Florida community where a White person with a gun would be seen as...

Healing the Black Family

Today across urban America lie pockets of Black poverty produced largely by housing discrimination, redlining and later, public housing. While some neighborhoods have always been poor, they haven’t always been dangerous. Black families lived relatively...

Supreme Court Must Keep Affirmative Action Alive

“The enduring hope is that race should not matter; the reality is that too often it does.” -        Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Soon, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the...

Going the extra mile

During this summer of the Olympic Games, it is worthwhile to ask ourselves whether we, too, are willing to go the extra mile to achieve the goals that are important to us. Nowhere will...

“Gag Order” Silences the Truth About Police Brutality

How can we effectively combat police brutality if we cannot know the details of that brutality? Last month, amid the fallout from Freddie Gray’s killing, a news story appeared that may not have garnered much attention,...

Getting Children Ready For School

From new backpacks to sharp pencils, parents across the country are doing their best to cross the items off their children’s back-to-school checklists. They want to be sure that when the first day of...

New Wall Street Threat to Homeownership

Private-equity firms, hedge funds and other Wall Street investors are seeking to develop a Real Estate Owned (REO)–to--Rent Securitization Market with the blessing of the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. A...

Another Florida Man Gets Away with Murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder in Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State. It was incredulous that George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman and wannabe cop,...

Why I Still Believe in Bernie: A Father’s Unshaken Hope

Recently, I voted for Bernie Sanders as our next President. Why?  Well, I’m not a millennial.  I’m 40ish, a business law professor and CEO of a STEM nonprofit.  Yet, I support Bernie because he’s an...

A Listless Obama is Still Better than Romney

Somehow, the body snatchers came last Wednesday and took the fire (as in fired up, ready to go) out of President Obama, leaving a rather listless shell of a man who never truly engaged...

Lives in the Balance Part II

Between now and July 4, thousands upon thousands of American lives will hang in the balance as Senate Republicans conspire in secrecy to gut the Affordable Care Act.  Yet, as of this writing, no...

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