by Deron Snyder
Condoleezza Rice doesn't mind being among the best in her field, and she hasn't been shy about being first, either, whether it was the first African-American woman to serve as national security adviser, secretary of state or Stanford University provost.
Now she can add another precedent to her list: the first African-American woman to become a member at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters.
As a parent, what lengths would you take to ensure that your child had an opportunity to achieve the American Dream?
If you love your child as much as I love my two daughters, the limits to your sacrifice are endless.
Marian Wright Edelman once said, "Education is a precondition to survival in America today." I believe this to be true. Despite my family's socio-economic status, I knew that a quality education would blaze a trail to a better life for my daughters and allow them to reach their God-given potential.
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines turned faux rapper when he thumped out a rhythmic message to the press vehemently denying that there have been any meetings, back room deals, or nervous talk at the White House about dumping Joe Biden and replacing him with Hillary.
Reines had to move quickly to squelch the incessant media chatter about a Biden exit for two simple reasons. One it's not going to happen.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been carefully trying to put some distance between him and running mate Paul Ryan's radical budget proposal but he has a major problem – his plan would make even deeper cuts than the Ryan plan.
A careful analysis of Romney's plan by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) observed: "Governor Mitt Romney's proposals to cap total federal spending, boost defense spending, cut taxes, and balance the budget would require extraordinarily large cuts in other programs, both entitlements and discretionary programs.
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
President Obama has been hearing one persistent grumble from the moment he entered the White House. And that's that he has not said and done enough to boost African Americans.
It's been nothing more than a low intensity grumble for two simple reasons. One is that African Americans backed him in near record numbers in his 2008 presidential drive. They will back him again in November in vote numbers that will equal or come close to those they gave him four years ago.
by Raynard Jackson
When Mitt Romney addressed the NAACP during their national convention, I thought his speech was horrible and quite a waste of time because he said nothing that would be of any interest to the black community.
Most people, of all political stripes, thought my analysis was right on the mark. But not those in the Romney campaign. They would have been upset if anyone had been as critical of the candidate, but I think they were especially perturbed that this unflattering portrait was being painted by a longtime black Republican.
This month at the Indiana Black Minority Health Expo, I delivered the keynote address before a group of people eager to learn more about the benefits of eating a nutritious diet and how it plays an important part in preventing and reversing many of the health problems that continue to plague our community.
The group was receptive to the information, as much as I was eager to present it to them via facts, figures and illustrations.