Nice Is a matter of perspective
12/13/2017 9:30:57 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder Sitting in the living room the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me were enjoying some hot apple cider tea and listening to some Christmas music. The song came that referred to Santa’s nice list and naughty list. I was not paying too much of attention, but somebody else in the room was. “Do you think you are on,” my wife said rather sarcastically, “Santa’s nice list or naughty list?” I always get trapped by such questions. I have been married long enough to know that questions are not posed to get an answer, but rather to...

You better watch your mouth: Dental care in the Black community
12/6/2017 1:13:26 AM

By Julianne Malveaux From the time I was a little girl, to just a day or so ago, someone has always told me to watch my mouth. Why? My mouth runs and sometimes it runs unplugged. I’ve been known to flim flam folks with flattery or eviscerate them with evil, sometimes moving from one to the other with just a shrug of my shoulders. But my “mouth-watching” is not the kind of mouth-watchingI’m writing about in this column. I’m writing about the healthy mouth-watching that is critical to our health. Nearly a hundred folks gathered at the National Council of...

NAACP report on air pollution misses the mark We have to focus on the real causes of health disparities in the Black community
12/6/2017 1:11:48 AM

By Uni Blake The health of African American communities is a genuine cause for concern in our country, but attacking the natural gas and oil industry is the wrong approach and detracts from the real work that should be done to reduce disparately high rates of disease among African Americans. Let’s be clear—the natural gas and oil industry is: • Committed to the health and safety of the communities where it operates and to its workers. • Leading the way on reducing U.S. greenhouse gas and other air emissions. • Supporting millions of well-paying...

Why we need more Black men in early childhood education
12/6/2017 1:10:31 AM

By Royston Maxwell Lyttle Principal, Eagle Academy Public Charter School/Grades 1-3 As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive, once they leave our classrooms. Over my more than 15 years in education, I have learned that to fulfill this responsibility, schools must give children the opportunity to learn from men of color. The profound impact Black male educators can have on the trajectory of a child’s life cannot be overstated and...

‘Black Friday’ always results in Red Monday
12/6/2017 1:09:26 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder I’m not sure who come up with this term “Black Friday” but I am definitely not for it. To me, Black Friday is rather devious and I know the only purpose is to get their teeth into my money, which is a sacred area to me. When it comes to shopping, I certainly am not a fan. I really do not like shopping. I get nervous when I’m in the shopping mall, start sweating and have to leave and sit in my car for at least half an hour to regain composure. I have many interests and passions in life, but trust me, shopping is not one of them. I can live...

It is time to get real about Black business
12/6/2017 1:09:07 AM

By Harry C. Alford It dawned upon me back in 1992, that there was no sincere movement or interest in developing Black owned businesses.  Even though Booker T. Washington wrote books about it there was no sincere movement to push forward the thought and reality of “BLACK BUSINESS”.  It was like the term was too rich for American society.  That is silly.  We used the Spanish pronunciation of Black, Negro, for decades, centuries in fact.  It was that old stereo type that Black is bad and White is good.  Angel’s Food cake versus Devil’s...

A litany of Thanksgiving
12/6/2017 1:08:36 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman On this Thanksgiving, I share again the beautiful prayer of great Black theologian Howard Thurman, A Litany of Thanksgiving, which my family reads together each year. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the values we embrace – especially this year as we feel so threatened by the negative forces of division and racial hatred. We must never give up our common vision of all that unites us. I hope we can all share this simple and profound sense of gratitude and the hope that “love and tenderness and all the inner graces of Almighty affection will cover the...

Is the Middle East about to have another war?
11/27/2017 10:04:06 PM

Some significant events have happened in the Middle East within the few weeks. The events have worldwide implications, but the media is too concerned with how President Trump feeds fish in Japan to pay attention. WWI started because of an assassination of some royal in a corner of the Balkans, what event is likely to set the Middle East on fire? Let’s not kid ourselves, the Middle East is hot, arid, and has had tribal and religious conflict since the beginning of recorded history, but it is important because of oil and gas. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)...

Has anyone ever heard of disinformation?
11/27/2017 10:03:42 PM

By Printus LeBlanc Contrary to popular belief, disinformation and misinformation are not interchangeable definitions. Misinformation is untrue or incorrect information that is spread intentionally or unintentionally. Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive and sway public opinion. What if what happened in the presidential election was a Russian disinformation campaign designed to create chaos? Disinformation is a successful information warfare tool used by the Soviet Union, now Russia. Ladislav Bittman, deputy chief of the Czechoslovak intelligence...

Good telecom legislation for business growth
11/27/2017 10:03:17 PM

By Harry C. Alford With reports showing that roughly 80% of consumers consider mobile services indispensable, minority-owned small businesses will require access to resources that will allow them to compete in our fast-paced modern economy. The next generation of wireless, known as fifth-generation or “5G,” will mark another leap forward to redefine the U.S. economy as we know it. It appears that a lot of work must be done to ensure 5G is available for consumers and small businesses to use. Recent research by Accenture shows that 5G will require the deployment of more...