Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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This is Native American History month. Native American history and African American history are often distorted by Hollywood, and history that doesn’t fit the American narrative is frequently glossed over. For instance, it is not often publicized that slaves revolted and killed their white m…

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African Americans and other communities of color across the United States of America will spend the traditional Thanksgiving holidays this year with multiple perspectives, ranging from gratefulness of having life itself to increasing feelings of speculation about our future destinies and pro…

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Like many of you, I watched the Kyle Rittenhouse trial with interest and read many stories from various publications about the case. I wasn’t surprised when the jury found him not guilty of the deaths of two men during civil unrest in August 2020.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
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There has been a rise in sightings of all-black American flags in Florida and across the country. While not only sinister in appearance, the meaning is even more so: “no quarter.” Their sharp spike began with a tweet about a police officer in Illinois who hung this flag outside his house and…

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John Grisham wrote a novel set in the south called “A Time to Kill.” In it,A group of white men brutally rape an 11-year-old Black girl, after which they urinated on her and throw beer bottles at her. Her father exacted his revenge and was tried for murder. It was an all-white jury, and duri…

Tuesday, November 09, 2021
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My prediction is that Kyle Rittenhouse, the white teenager who fatally shot two people and injured a third, will walk in his trial. Rittenhouse crossed state lines with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle from Illinois to Kenosha, Wis., “to defend private property” where protests were in moti…

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Have you stopped to think about why you give? Are you motivated by a tax deduction or because it’s something you have a deep personal interest in? Do you tithe at your church? Are you moved by a direct personal appeal or a tug at the heartstrings?

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“Black and Missing,” a four-part documentary series by Geeta Gandbhir and journalist Soledad O’Brien, follows sisters-in-law and Black and Missing Foundation founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson as they fight an uphill battle to bring awareness to the Black missing persons cases that are marg…

Tuesday, November 02, 2021
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Imagine you’re 18 years old and convicted of a murder you didn’t commit. The jury found you guilty on shaky evidence and recommended life imprisonment, but the judge decided the crime was heinous and deserved the death penalty.

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The denigration of our state university has begun as the DeSantis Republican hammer was recently made evident when the University of Florida administration prohibited three professors from providing expert testimony in a lawsuit challenging a new law that critics claim restricts voting rights.

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Before I get into just what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) means – and has meant – to the working men and women of this nation, I want to start by citing a couple of pieces of data because I think they tell a real story.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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Election Day is coming, but the polls are expected to be thin. In these off-year, nonpartisan, municipal elections, history shows only a handful of residents will be inspired to get off the couch. According to the Miami Herald, as few as one in nine eligible voters will do their civic duty. …

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Gen. Colin Powell was born in Harlem, N.Y., of Jamaican immigrants. My father, a son of Grenadian immigrants, was born there, too. Both grew up in the tougher parts of Harlem and the Bronx; my dad would say there were no soft parts in either borough. Both men served in the military and both …

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As a lifelong student of history, I believe that past is prologue and I tend to rely on history to help inform my decisions in public life. I often paraphrase George Santayana, who is credited with having said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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Everyone has heard the tragic story of Gabby Petito. It captivated headlines and news reports for weeks on end, chronicling the search, the desperate pleas from her family and the eventual discovery of her remains. Televisions and every portable device blasted her picture. As one can imagine…

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This year we have an opportunity to do something that we will not be able to do for another 10 years: ensure our future by demanding a fair and accessible community districting process. We will do that by engaging in the redistricting process, or the redrawing of district lines. The drawing …

Tuesday, October 05, 2021
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I think our Constitution is a wonderful document written by men shaped by philosophers from the Age of Enlightenment, men who wanted to create a document “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare…

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I had not planned to have a policy conversation when I boarded my connecting flight from Detroit to DC. But the young white woman, totally professionally dressed, seemed to want my ear. She was coming to Washington to do “advocacy,” she said, around workplace flexibility and “reimagining wor…

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Millions of dollars that should be spent on school building maintenance, teacher salaries and educational resources are instead being blown on jury verdicts and legal settlements because Miami-Dade County Public Schools can't seem to keep their male teachers in check.

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