A Year In Review: 2017 won't be forgotten
1/10/2018 2:20:10 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Love it or hate it, 2017 will be a year not soon forgotten. Barack Obama, a constitutional law professor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and the nation’s first Black president, graciously handed the keys to the White House to a reality TV star who has been accused of sexual assault. Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began signing dozens of executive orders that threatened to rollback much of the progress that was made during the previous eight years under the Obama Administration. And, it was the Trump Administration that not only slashed...

Spiritually speaking, real Christians have always had targets on their backs
1/10/2018 2:19:51 AM

By James Washington I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas preach a sermon, one night, that really caught my attention. He reminded those in the audience that most of the Bible was written from a jail cell. I think his overall message had something to do with his prison outreach ministry, which I understand to be significant. I was so struck, however, by the reality of God’s Word and direction coming from the deep faith of those imprisoned, that the concept has never left me. What is it about being a believer, a walking, talking believer that somehow...

As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important.
1/10/2018 2:19:15 AM

By Armstrong Williams As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important. As one of only three African American owned TV station licensees in the country, I recently wrote the FCC voicing strong support for the advancement of minority ownership and diversity. I saw the pending Tribune-Sinclair merger as presenting a historic opportunity for the FCC and Justice Department to advance minority ownership within the context of the divestiture requirements the government would require for regulatory...

Relocating U.S. embassy to Jerusalem a bad move
1/10/2018 2:18:19 AM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. I wasn’t really surprised by Trump’s willingness to threaten the world for daring to stand up to his aggressive move of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; hearing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggest that the U.S. was taking names, made this entire scenario something close to comical. If Palestinian lives were not at stake it would, indeed, be the making of a comedy. What is noteworthy is that the Trump Administration is not even going through the pretense of attempting to lead the world. Instead, their approach...

As the old year fades, so does my memory
1/10/2018 2:17:40 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me it is. Looking back over a year's span of activity, my memory seems to pick and choose what it remembers. After all, I do not have the brain capacity I once had. Often some old-timer will moan about how much he misses the good old days. I am not sure if he is thinking of World War II or the Great Depression. I am positive that during the Great Depression, some wonderful memories were created, but I am not sure anyone wants to return to those thrilling days of yesterday. The bad was not as bad as we remember and...

Hope for the new year
1/10/2018 2:15:12 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman This is a time to stand and fight for the futures of our children and the soul of our nation with all our might! I am strengthened every morning by reading these words over my kitchen sink — based on a poem first published in 1905 and anonymously adapted over the years. Its bottom line: Never, ever give up fighting for what you believe in.   If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think that you dare not, you don’t; If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch that you...

Papa John's founder exiting as CEO weeks after NFL comments
1/3/2018 9:54:56 AM

By Joseph Pisani Papa John's founder John Schnatter will step down as CEO next month, about two months after he criticized the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by players—comments for which the company later apologized. Schnatter will be replaced as chief executive by Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie on Jan. 1, the company announced Thursday. Schnatter, who appears in the chain's commercials and on its pizza boxes, remains chairman of the board. He is also the company's biggest shareholder. Earlier this year, Schnatter blamed slowing sales growth at...

Rihanna heard the song and wanted it
1/3/2018 9:51:41 AM

Rihanna heard the song and wanted it By Mesfin Fekadu After SZA created the drums-drenched, reggae-tinged song “Consideration,” she thought she had finally found the sound of her debut album. But there was one problem: Rihanna heard the song and wanted it. “And I'm just like, ‘It has a video. I shot a video already to it. It's coming out on Wednesday. That was going to be the first song to prep the album,”' SZA recalled in a recent interview. Rihanna kept SZA as a featured artist on the track, which opens her critically acclaimed...

Actor, activist and father: Ossie Davis remembered
1/3/2018 9:46:19 AM

Actor, activist and father: Ossie Davis remembered Ossie Davis would have turned 100 this year. His children remember his life. By Stacy M. Brown Entertainer and activist Ossie Davis would be 100 years old if he was alive today. Yet, it’s impossible to celebrate his life without also honoring the storied career of his wife and life partner, Ruby Dee. Given the heightened racial tensions in America, it’s also hard to ignore that Davis and Dee always stood out as dedicated activists for freedom, justice and equality. “We raised them well,” joked Nora Davis...

Congress still needed to bolster Trump effort to end Obama’s war on coal
12/27/2017 1:34:29 AM

By Robert Romano “Congress has abandoned much of its responsibility to legislate and has instead given unelected regulators extraordinary power to control the lives of others.” That was President Donald Trump on Dec. 14 letting the American people know specifically why his administration has had to spend much of its first year in office taking apart the administrative state in Washington, D.C., where it is bureaucrats who make law, not Congress. “This excessive regulation does not just threaten our economy, it threatens our entire constitutional system,” Trump...