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...

Getting at the Root of Black “Homophobic” Speech

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...

The Hidden Connection Between Addiction and Mental Illness

By Katie Bellamy Nearly half of all clients walking into addiction treatment have an underlying mental illness. Around 40 percent, to be exact. This equates to nearly eight million adults in the U.S., according to the Substance...

The Invisible Institution

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...

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...

`Tell Them That We Matter’

Submitted to the AFRO by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead For the past five months. I have spent my days driving around and visiting the Black Butterfly neighborhoods of Baltimore City. I visited the schools, the...

How Can It Be National Wellness Month When There is an Opioid Crisis?

Submitted to the AFRO by Kevin Daniels and Anthony Estreet All around the country, the month of August has been designated as National Wellness Month with the focus on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines....

COMMENTARY: White Churches Have A Moral Responsibility To Stand Up

Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson In 2019, we will commemorate 400 years since the first 20 slaves were transported by ship from Africa by white slave traders and landed in Jamestown, Va. Now four centuries later,...

Fairness for Black Travelers

You learn a lot about the character of an organization when things go wrong. For the team at Airbnb, hearing the outcry from African American travelers who were denied lodging because of discrimination was...

The Supreme Court Case Unions Are Anxiously Watching

By Kenneth Wiley, Special to the AFRO It’s hard to imagine things getting any worse for African-Americans these days, whether it’s police shootings, Starbucks or the rise of hate crimes. However, no one is talking...

Ending Price Gouging By The Prescription Drug Industry

By Elijah Cummings, Special to the AFRO If you suspect that you and your family are paying far too much for the prescription medicines that help you stay healthy and alive, your suspicions are justified...

COMMENTARY: The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25...
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