Dr. Boyce: Getting Out of Your Own Personal Prison

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I just spoke to my friend Ryan Mack about our “Never Going Back” initiative to attack the problems of mass incarceration and recidivism in America. During the conversation, I had a revelation: Most of us are just a step away from being incarcerated, or have yet to understand what it truly means to be free. Sure, […]

Julianne Malveaux: The Conspiracy to Steal the 2012 Election

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Attorney Barbara Arnwine, leader of the DC based Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is on a mission. She wants to make sure that every citizen has the right to vote.  On its face, it seems like a retro mission, since the right to vote has long been established.  But one look at her Map of […]

Dr. Byron Price: How the Dysfunctional Educational System Feeds Mass Incarceration

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by Dr. Byron Price, Your Black World. Graham Boyd (2001) asserted the “war on drugs” is the New Jim Crow.  He used this metaphor to illustrate the erosion of rights African Americans are subjected to under this pernicious campaign.  Moreover, many of the same rights fought for during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the […]

Julianne Malveaux: Congressmen Focus on Sex, but Not Issues

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What do Congressional representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla.), and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) have in common?  Each of them has taken time to comment on the predicament of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, but none of them has mentioned the fact that the average unemployed person has now (as of May) been out of […]

Julianne Malveaux: History’s Hostages and the Paradox of Loyalty

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by Dr. Julianne Malveaux. History belongs to she who holds the pen.  When the lion is writing, he ate.  When the prey is writing (but she didn’t survive) she was eaten but also offered a valiant fight.  We celebrate our holidays and milestones through the lens of those who won the war, not through the […]

Derrick Z. Jackson: A Lesson for Cornel West

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by Derrick Z. Jackson. IT WAS not enough for Cornel West to ridicule the first African-American president as a “black mascot.’’ The loquacious professor also fired his blunderbuss at Michelle Obama. In the process, he splattered a generation of black people freeing itself from narrow identities and stereotypes. The Princeton African-American studies professor belittled the […]