Unlicensed Bail Bond Companies Prey Upon Baltimore’s Most Needy

By Myesha Braden and Veryl Pow, Special to the AFRO Each day, about 4,000 people are held in Baltimore City jails on pretrial detention, many because they cannot afford to make bail.  In theory, judges set...

It’s Time to Pay Attention to the Attacks on Union Jobs

By Wendy Smith, Special to the AFRO Before getting a union job, I knew very little about the power of having a voice on the job in a union. Now that I’m in one and...

An Orchestra of Hope for Baltimore’s Future

By Elijah Cummings, Special to the AFRO Anyone with any doubts about the value of “OrchKids,” the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s instrumental music program for inner city students, should listen to what young Asia Palmer, a...

The Big Jump Project and Druid Park Lake Drive

By Leon F. Pinkett, III, Special to the AFRO As the Baltimore City Councilman for the Seventh (7th) District, I have heard from countless residents in the neighborhoods that border the west side of Druid...

Democrats’ Immigration Dogma is Damaging African American Communities

By Tom Broadwater If you're a Democrat and you question the party orthodoxy on immigration, prepare to be excommunicated. That's the grim lesson of a recent fracas involving Our Revolution, the progressive advocacy group founded by...

Step into Who You Are – Embrace and Love Your Natural Hair

Natural hair has never been so popular and so empowering. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the 1960’s slogan “Black is Beautiful” and the electrified and somewhat defiant political jolt it created - those...

Why a Vote For Hogan is a Vote For Trump

Submitted to the AFRO by Larry S. Gibson This election is not mainly about Larry Hogan, or even Ben Jealous. It is about which political party will control Maryland’s state government for the next four...

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...

Today, I Am a (Black) Man (Kofi Elijah Whitehead)

Submitted to the AFRO by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead Written by Kofi Elijah Whitehead I have spent the last four years trying to find answers to the questions that were posed to me by my mother...

Celebrating Pentecost In the Midst of a Divided Evangelicalism?

By Kevin Daniels, Special to the AFRO All around the country and, specifically in the city of Baltimore, people are celebrating the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot). Pentecost is believed by most evangelicals and mainline denominations...

Dispatches From Baltimore: A City at War

Submitted to the AFRO by Wise Whitehead Reading about Baltimore City through the lens of a Black mother offers the outside world an analytical framework for trying to interpret and understand the intricacies of what...

Will Baltimore be the Next Flint, Michigan?

By Cathy Allen, Special to the AFRO Maryland elected officials might be living in a secret world, like the mythical world of Wakanda; where the air and the waters are crystal-clear and clean, foods are...

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