By Charlene Crowell Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family’s commitment to higher education. And when these institutions are among the more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities...
By Julianne Malveaux The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Forum is always an exciting combination of a policy wonk reunion, a series of issues forums, and the ever-present parties, receptions, and celebrations. Some enjoy deriding the gathering as “nothing but a party,” but in fact it’s an opportunity for networking,...
By Julianne Malveaux The most recent data on minority-owned firms in the United States was collected in 2012 (and released at the end of 2015). It showed that the number of minority-owned firms rose from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012. Hispanic-owned firms grew the most rapidly...

TOO LATE TO ASK?

By Julianne Malveaux The day after 52 percent of the people who voted that Britain should leave the European Union, Google was deluged with questions. The most common – what is the European Union? That suggests that the people who voted to leave the European Union didn’t even know what...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader The good news is…it’s over. After the most contentious campaign for the presidency in the history of the United States, this horrible reality show is coming to an end – for now. There are some deep wounds from this no-holds-barred competition that may never...

The Chatterbox

By Ima Gontellit, Chicago Crusader NOW YOU SEE We was just hiding up under our bunk beds from all the bullets flying outside around the New Shady Rest One Foot In Senior Center when someone yelled across the room. They said right after they teeth fell out: “Now you see why...
Every once in a while, I am honored with the presence of parents who insist that their child(ren) sit in on our financial session. While it might seem boring to the young person at first, (depending on their age) the parent(s) recognize the importance of training up a child...
By Vernon A. Williams A well-known coach called a timeout during the final seconds of a championship game. Pacing frantically in the huddle, he notices that the team’s worst free-throw shooter was still in the game. For obvious reasons, he should not have been. So he looked at one player on...
By Julianne Malveaux Our nation’s 45th President is dead set on a trade war. He has increased tariffs on goods produced in China, and he has now indicated that he will increase tariffs on goods produced in Mexico. While the President will say that this is a tax on the...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford History shows that we, the children of Africa, have not had happiness or peace for most of our existence on this earth. There has been no other holocaust that has spanned over centuries like ours.  In fact, collectively we endure many holocausts depending on...