July 10, 2020

Dr. James Hildreth remembers the event that changed the direction of his medical career some 30 years ago and put him on the front lines against a deadly virus sweeping across the globe with devastating consequences for Black and Brown communities in the United States.

“I took care of a patient who just profoundly affected me,” recalled Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tenn. “That happens wi...

Before COVID-19 caused businesses to close their doors and residents to stay at home, Project Pneuma, a nonprofit serving Baltimore City boys with emotional challenges, would meet for three hours a day, four days a week. 

In addition to academic enrichment, students at Project Pneuma learned about honor, forgiveness, self-control and discipline through martial arts, learning foreign languages such as German or common Greek, pra...

July 4, 2020

John Lewis: Good Trouble isn’t filmmaker Dawn Porter’s first documentary but just may be the first set to debut with such perfect timing.

The tragic, preventable deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery inform African Americans and citizens of the world that racial prejudices still devastate.

Good Trouble, set to debut in theaters and on demand on July 3, is an in-depth look at the life and times...

December 9, 2019

 We need to transform our priorities for Black liberation in the United States of America. The next 400 years of Black life in America requires everyday people fighting for their liberation, along with leaders and organizations. We can no longer withstand the brutal and entrenched attacks from political, cultural and corporate forces focused on trying to deny our humanity.

As I reflect on more than 15 years of my own Black femi...

September 10, 2019

As executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), David Johns works to end racism, homophobia and LGBTQ+ bias. It’s a battle with high stakes — one he was uniquely prepared to fight.

“As a Black boy growing up in Inglewood, being gay was not a possibility,” Johns said. “I had same-sex desires, but it was not something I could have acted on in any way, shape or form.”

Johns had no examples of Black LGBTQ+ men...

Months after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for the racist images on his yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1984, he remains in office, a battered and chastised public figure. But maybe this isn’t a bad thing. A quick resignation would have elicited rhetorical condemnations, a symbolic “washing of hands” and sent the wrong message that everything has been resolved.  It most certainly has not bee...

June 10, 2019

As the ramifications of the 2016 and 2018 elections continue to pile up and the stakes in 2020 loom large, scores of young Black go-getters gathered in Washington, D.C., in May to swap notes and set a political game plan.

The rally point was the second annual Black Millennial Convention (BMC), which aims to “advance racial equity, increase Black political power, and expand civic engagement” among people of African descent, ages...

May 10, 2019

Oct. 17, 2018, began like any other pre-dawn Thursday morning, except that the light in Danye Jones’ basement bedroom was still on when his stepfather, Derek Chatman, entered the North St. Louis County home after his overnight shift. Annoyed, Chatman yelled Danye’s name. No response.  Danye’s mother, Melissa McKinnies, ran downstairs from her bedroom to investigate the racket.

A single brick from the back patio lay at the foot...

May 10, 2019

Roadside assistance. That’s all Corey Jones wanted in the early hours of Oct. 18, 2015. Instead, Nouman Raja — a Florida police officer in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle — shot him to death. On March 7, a jury convicted Corey Jones' killer of manslaughter and attempted murder, marking the first time in 30 years that an on-duty police officer in Florida has been convicted in this type of shooting. It’s a just outcome tha...

The real Oscar Grant was a young man who loved God, who treasured his family and who wanted to make a difference in the community and in his family's life.

As a kid, Oscar loved the spotlight. When we had programs at church, he would be one of the first to volunteer to say the scripture out loud or to do the prayer. Eventually, he joined the choir. One time he sang a solo, and he was so loud. It was so funny. Before he joined t...

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