Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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Washington, D.C., has a higher percentage of Black residents than any state in the country, and they have no voting representation in Congress. This is systemic racism in action. It is long past time to give Washington’s 712,000 residents the representation they deserve by making D.C. our 51…

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Vice President Kamala Harris returned from her mission to Latin America battered and bruised. It was her first mission abroad as VP and it didn't go well. She went there to deliver a message, one that was hard to hear and – it appeared – even harder to deliver.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021
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It's been a long road since the 1981 Time magazine cover story about Miami titled “Paradise Lost?” Along the way, some have felt paradise was found and lost again, but the truth is, it's in the bloody gutter. It has been for a long time – one dead Black body at a time. 

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What does director, producer, writer, professor Spike Lee, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price have in common? There are many similarities, but let’s focus on one specific issue.

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I’ll never forget the first day of my Ph.D. program. As I listened to others in my cohort, I was blown away by their intellect and accomplishments. I felt I didn’t belong and secretly, I was waiting for the program to tell me that they’d made a mistake in my admission. No matter what I had d…

Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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I hope you’ve paid attention to the chatter following the “bombshell” announcement by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has decided not to seek another term this fall. Full disclosure: I have mad love for the mayor. On a number of fronts, our lives parallel: roots in Crawfordville, Ga.…

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I am responding to a recent letter to the editor in The Miami Times entitled, “Our children are dying because we have failed them.” Sadly, I, like many others, am in agreement with the writer’s opening statement regarding the ongoing devastation within our urban communities. Shootings occur …

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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Moments before three guilty verdicts in the trial of disgraced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin came down and exaltation erupted across the country, in Columbus, Ohio, 16-year old Ma’Khia Bryant was fighting for her life.

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Last week, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, then the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, stood on the House floor and vowed to continue denouncing a Republican narrative of a stolen presidential election.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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As I sit at my desk, I can’t help but notice that in a few days we will celebrate the 67th anniversary of the landmark May 17, 1954, Supreme Court decision ofBrown vs. Board of Education that led to the eventual racial integration our schools. I appreciate the work and sacrifices that my anc…

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Oklahoma became a state on Nov. 16, 1907. The newly created Legislature enacted several Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation and creating voter registration law that disenfranchised most Black residents.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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As a midwife in South Florida with a practice that is 85-90% Black, it was difficult to know what to say to my clients in the wake of the murder of Ma’Khia Bryant. With International Day of the Midwife on May 5, we are reminded once again that state violence is a big factor in why Black midw…

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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As I watched the Derek Chauvin verdict announcement, waves of relief washed over me. And while many around the country savored this moment of actual accountability for a bad law enforcement actor, we need to understand why the reaction has been so visceral.

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On Aug. 7, 1930, a very hot night in Marion, Ind., a mob of approximately 4,000 angry white people broke into a police station and pulled Tom Shiff out of his cell, beat him to death and then hung him on a tree. The mob then returned to the jail, grabbed Abe Smith, beat him and then tried to…

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Just when you thought tensions couldn’t get any higher as we waited for the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, Judge Peter Cahill found a way.

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