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Black by popular demand


The black vote is said to be the determining factor in whether the Democrats hold the U.S. Senate.  President Obama is on black radio shows, and of course “Little” Al’s TV show, giving us the rundown on how important our turnout is to next month’s election. The Dems and Repubs are outwardly admitting that the black vote is the x-factor in this election.

Isn’t it great to be wanted and needed, even if it is just for one day?  All across the nation, black is popular once again, all because it’s voting time.

  • Written by James Clingman-NNPA News Service
  • Category: Commentaries

How to pick the best school for your child


Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or daughter.

While educational choice is expanding across the country and everyday there are even more opportunities out there for a child to attend a high-quality school, it still can be an intimidating task for a parent to find the perfect school for their child to attend. While quality, through examining test scores and Department of Education reports on a particular school, and reputation can be easy to determine in your community, there are many aspects to a school environment that can maximize your child’s potential for success.

  • Written by Kevin Chavous
  • Category: Commentaries

Ebola: A long and ugly tradition of treating Africans as savages


Of the nearly 10,000 people who have been infected by the Ebola virus, fewer than 20 have been outside of the African continent.

But you wouldn’t know it from much of the alarm that’s being raised in some European news outlets and by the outrage of some American politicians who can’t understand why President Obama hasn’t banned flights from the affected West African countries. The Obama’s administration’s announcement last Tuesday requiring anyone flying in from Ebola affected countries to come through one of five designated screening airports has not quieted critics who accuse him of not doing more to “protect Americans.”

  • Written by Lekan Oguntoyinbo-NNPA News Service
  • Category: Commentaries

Out of my jurisdiction


The charred remains of a once sturdy house arrest my attention on my everyday commute. It was such a beautiful home but what is left now is just a shell, covered in ashes.

The story of what happened is almost unbelievable. Just around the corner from where this home is, there is a fire station. Not even a half-mile distance separates a home that nearly burned to the ground and the place that is tasked with putting out fires.  A friend of mine relayed to me that he drove by the house on fire and then passed the fire station. The inactivity at the station was alarming. And the reason why there was no response from this station was because as close as this home was, it was out of their jurisdiction.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: Commentaries