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History Has Proven That Mothers Have Been the True Backbone of the Black Family

Much like many of you that are reading this column, I cannot begin to express the gratitude, love, admiration and thankfulness I have for my mother, and all of the other mothers in my life. Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, an American tradition that was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914, according to History.com. According to MothersDayCentral.com, the ancient Egyptians ...

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Bernie Sanders Can’t Win, But Will He Hurt the Party Instead?

Losing is always tough. Sometimes it’s telegraphed and we know it’s coming; and then there are times when we are surprised. “You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser,” said Joe Namath. Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders knows that the end is near; but instead of facing reality, he’s going down fighting. And I can’t blame anyone for fighting to the bitter end. However, when ...

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Bernie Sanders Wants Free College for Everyone, But is it a Realistic Concept?

by Reggie Fullwood “Education is a precondition to survival in America today,” said Marian Wright Edelman. Certainly, that belief was rooted at the foundation of President Obama’s announcement last year that he believes that community college should be free to all Americans. The president's plan was called “America's College Promise.” The initiative would cover students' tuition for qualifying community col ...

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African American Women Have Always Had to Lead Through Tough Times

“We will be ourselves and free, or die in the attempt. Harriet Tubman was not our great-grandmother for nothing,” said Alice Walker. It is that strength and fortitude throughout the years that has helped African American women keep their families together and stable in the face of great adversity. It is hard not to pay homage to the beings I consider the strongest on earth – women. Mary McLeod Bethune said ...

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Why Parents Are Opting Out of High Stakes Testing

A wise man once said,” All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” Why is this quote relevant? Because it is testing season in Florida, and around the country, and students in grades 3 and up will be subjected to hours and hours of testing that will not give their teacher or parents any meaningful feedback. In fact, resul ...

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Politics has Turned into the Real March Madness

I am excited about March Madness, which essentially includes the dozens of NCAA basketball conference tournaments, and then the big dance – the tournament for the “Final Four” and national championship. You have to love basketball games being played all day and every day for a couple of weeks. Then there are the upsets and buzzer beaters – fun, fun, fun! But this year, March Madness is almost overshadowed b ...

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Black History is Bigger Than a One Month Celebration

"Freedom is never given; it is won," said the great organizer and leader A. Phillip Randolph. Black history is a history of fighting for freedoms and recognitions that were once denied. If you walk into any elementary school classroom around the country, regardless of the demographic make up of the children, a vast majority of those students will know who Dr. Martin Luther King is. But if you walk in to tha ...

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Gun Violence and Murders Spike in 2016, But Whose to Blame?

I recently read a quote that said,” Child loss is not an event, it an indescribable journey of survival.” It’s a journey that no parent ever wants to take. Unfortunately, it’s a journey that the parents of 22-month-old Aiden Michael McClendon are taking right now, and my heart goes out to the family. The mother, grandmother and the baby boy were parked in front of a house on the Eastside when a drive by sho ...

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The Real Reason Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are so Popular

I hate to lump a good guy like Sen. Bernie Sanders in with The Donald, but for the sake of this article I will make an exception because it’s hard to separate their impact on the Presidential election. Both candidates are extreme in many ways. For example, Hilary Clinton says that she wants to make college for affordable for Americans. Hell, Sanders says that he wants to make college free for all Americans. ...

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Black Youth Getting Life in Prison at Alarming Rates, but Courts and President Trying to Provide Some Relief

It was a busy week in DC for juvenile justice issues. First, President Obama on announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused, and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences. Many may be aware that the President has been touring federal prisons and actually talking to inmates and looking for real solutions to fa ...

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