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The Invisible Institution

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In the season of slavery, historians defined the Black church as the “invisible institution.”  The name was given because Blacks assembled to worship under a shroud of secrecy because such gatherings were outlawed by those who had the mind...

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

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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 big afros that were so...

All Politics is Local to the Black Church

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By K. A. Slayton, Sr. Most are familiar with the phrase made popular by former House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, “all politics is local,” and whether we agree with this notion or not, time has proven this observation to be...

Look to Public Libraries for Real Leadership

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Submitted to the AFRO by Susan Benton No matter where you lie on the political spectrum, it’s tough not to argue we are in turbulent times. Can we depend on our local and national government leaders to guide us through...

Yes, Donald Trump Is A Racist

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By Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead When I was younger, my Nana used to say that there were some things in life that were undeniably true: The earth was going to spin. Nothing was certain, but death and taxes. It was hard...

How to Kick A** and Hold on to My Broken Pieces

By Karsonya Whitehead, Special to the AFRO I was raised by baby boomers: the last Jim Crow generation whose lives were shaped by the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, the words of Martin Luther King Jr., and the...

Dems Left Us Black and Blue, So We’re Going Green

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By Rev. Annie Chambers, Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, Glenn L. Ross, and Sylvia Harris The AFRO recently ran an op-ed by an author who called out the Democratic Party for allegedly supporting immigrants’ rights over African Americans’ rights. While we wholeheartedly condemn...

Using White Privilege to Speak for Black People- Not so Fast

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Submitted to the AFRO by Marlyn Thomas In the vein of being politically correct while trying to fight against white privilege by leveling the playing field, the new civil rights element of 2018 became white people using their privilege to...

Environmental Fake News and The Truth

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By Cathy Allen, Special to the AFRO Last week I was on social media and ran across a post with a lovely picture of a honey bee covered in pollen inside a flower bloom with the caption, “Maryland will be...

Legalizing Weed Is Not the Answer

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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 racial justice is ironic at...

Getting at the Root of Black “Homophobic” Speech

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I've received an overwhelming response to my recent piece about The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) demand for CNN to fire Roland Martin due to what they perceived as homophobic tweets. Most people agreed with my position,...

The Big Jump Project and Druid Park Lake Drive

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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 Hill Park regarding how unsafe...

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