When I ran for Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I pledged to turn the tide on the county’s underinvestment in economically vulnerable communities, and fully engage all residents as we work to build a more equitable Miami-Dade.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
I love Labor Day because that’s when the family reunion goes down. Naw, not mama ’nem; my political family. This group is as diverse and entertaining as my immediate family. Each year, I and the fam’ meet up for breakfast. The Dallas AFL-CIO sponsors the repast to gather up the Union brother…
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
In a culture that worships celebrities and amplifies their words and actions, the coronavirus pandemic has presented an opportunity for some to apply and others to confuse.
“If we continue that trajectory within the next five to seven to 10 days, I think we’re going to see failure of the hospital system in Mississippi.”
For members of Texas Legislature and those who work in its orbit, the days since the 87th regular session ended on Memorial Day have been anything but a summer break or a return to our lives as part-time lawmakers.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
The images of desperate Afghans trying to leave their country, clinging to airplane wheels, passing infants over razor wire and pleading to enter the gates of the airport have been on the news 24/7.
Syesha Mercado is a mother who has endured the “medical kidnapping” of her two children after receiving the order that they be removed from her custody.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
One year ago, after the brutal murder of George Floyd, the summer of 2020 gave us a great white awakening to the truth of systemic racism, and the big pledge to address it. For a moment, it seemed like every company had tapped their PR agents to compose pro-BLM solidarity statements and pled…
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
In one his most cynical and transparently political moves yet, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had his board of education invent the term “COVID-19 harassment” and make it an acceptable excuse for parents to qualify for the state’s private school voucher program.
Florida and Texas lead the country in pediatric COVID-19 cases. At the time of this writing, Texas had a record 142 children admitted to hospitals with COVID-19, and Florida was not far behind with 135. In both states, governors have fought masking and lockdown measures that would protect th…
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
At least 60 Seattle bars and restaurants as of Friday began requiring customers to prove they have been vaccinated as a requirement to eat or dine inside, as the highly infectious COVID-19 delta variant spreads through Washington state.
The reality for many Black communities, especially Black-owned businesses, is that they must continue to rely on lawmakers and regulators to protect them from virus spread and outbreak.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
In 1859, the English naturalist Charles Darwin wrote his famous book, “On the Origin of Species,” which was his theory that nature selects out the strongest and fittest, who survive to pass on their genes to the next generation. We are now seeing his theory in real time.
I recently overheard a couple of young teenagers say they would like to be just like women on the television shows “Basketball Wives,” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Ironically, because of their flashy clothes and foul language, young girls think this is what Black women and our…
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
The rest of the country may not be as interested in Miami's diaspora communities, but a hop, skip and a jump from U.S. soil, storms are brewing and I'm not talking natural disasters. These are man-made.
Recent demonstrations in Miami in solidarity with a sudden, organic uprising in Cuba against the regime's oppressive dictatorship has prompted significant debate.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews abortion cases that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion, there is a lot of attention being paid to abortion rights – but not enough emphasis on the full range of reproductive health and rights issues.
For decades, the Black press corps has been the vanguard of the Black community’s history and the guardian of our future. It has been one of the few institutions that has acknowledged our pain while making space for our promise. Both the journalists and the publishers who employ its members …
National Minority Health Month is celebrated during the month of April and Black America, health disparities and COVID-19 are at the forefront of pandemic news. An April 7, 2020 headline in the Washington Post read, “The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly h…
In an update to last week’s Black Press USA op-ed on the George Floyd Justice in Police Act, the federal police reform bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives late Wednesday and now goes to the Senate, where it faces stiffer opposition.
Congressional Black Caucus members are reportedly pushing for Shalanda Young to replace Neera Tanden as President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and for good reason.
CVS has a heavy footprint in Miami-Dade’s Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, in a county that is nearing 70% Hispanic. That’s why the pandering was particularly sinister when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last week, in the Hispanic-heavy city of Hialeah, that all CVS y más and the company…
Now that the latest impeachment trial of the 45th president is over, perhaps our legislators can turn their attention to working people, or more accurately, to those who used to work and are now not working.
Last week, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reintroduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 as protests against police brutality and lack of accountability continued. The most recent ones occurred last Tuesday in Rocheste…
Fear is an old friend now. It’s something we used to attempt to live with or conquer in pre-pandemic days. Now it greets us every morning with the sun like an evil Cheshire cat clawing at our brain.
COVID-19 has killed more than 285,000 people in the U.S., and the death toll continues to rise at a rate of about 1,000 per day. We know, however, that families and communities don’t count their losses in thousands or hundreds; they count them one by one – a father, a teacher, a sister, a fr…
A pastor friend posted a prayer request for Trump. I respect him as a pastor for turning the other cheek and praying for someone as despicable as Donald Trump. But although I am a Christian man, I find it very hard to pray for our nation’s leader.
This has been an incredible week, and I am not sure where to start. The first presidential debate was a disaster for someone who likes true, intellectual discourse. Trump screamed and lied and apparently damaged himself further in the polls. The oddsmakers have him losing the election by 68%…
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