Dealing with Disrespect from Democrats and Republicans

After last week's column on how the major presidential candidates snubbed organizers of this year's National Black Political Convention in Gary, Ind., I received quite a few emails asking: What can we do about...

NAACP: Facebook Fails the Black Community

By Derrick Johnson, Special to the AFRO “Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” That was a question Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posed...

Black Head Coaches — College Football’s Last Frontier

This season's national college football championship has been decided, but no one knows how much longer we must continue to wait until the head coaching ranks are no longer largely reserved for White males,...

Baltimore Needs a Black-Owned Arts and Entertainment District

About a year ago, I walked into Womb Works on Wallbrook Avenue and there were framed portraits of the staff hanging on the wall. Wombs Works is an African-centered music, dance and theater company...

Legalizing Weed Is Not the Answer

Racial disparities in arrest rates for drugs are a well-documented (and lived) reality.  For decades, drug policy has contributed to skyrocketing incarceration rates among minority populations. That marijuana legalization is promoted as a victory for...

Fatherhood is a Full-Time Job

One of my favorite days of observation is Father’s Day. No, it is not because I am a father and grandfather, and I get to do anything my heart desires. I think Father’s Day...

Racism Raises its Head in Howard County Schools

(Updated 12/14/2016) I am concerned that in the year 2016 in a County where Mr. Jim Rouse spent his entire life trying to build communities that fostered inclusivity and diversity for so many years,...

Even Funerals Are Not Family Reunions Anymore

Most of the relatives on my mother's side migrated from Tuscaloosa, Ala. to Johnson City, Tenn., where my oldest aunt, Julia Mae Cousin, established roots after she was married. Growing up, I divided my...

The Greener Side of Real Estate

A few years ago, I was doing some research on how Maryland was leading the charge when it came to sustainable building practices and stumbled across millions of dollars in the form of: grants,...

What Did America Hear from the Voices of the Unheard

By Kevin Daniels, Special to the AFRO Across the country, many people continue to note the 50th anniversary of the death and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with the subsequent unrest and riots...

Zirkin’s Crime Bill Devalues Black Lives

By Dayvon Love, Special to the AFRO In many of the policy conversations that are happening today about crime and violence there is a tendency lump people who find themselves in the midst of crime...

On Finally Leaving Scandal-Plagued R. Kelly Behind

By Vance Brinkly, Special to the AFRO I remember the first time I came across music by R Kelly. I was 10-years-old, a nerdy, rather chubby kid bent on scavenging through people’s CD cases for movies...
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