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Shameful misuse of a tragic death

by Richard B. Muhammad

BALTIMORE - Out of Hattiesburg, Miss., has come disturbing and tragic news of two police officers killed in what was described as a traffic stop. One of the slain officers... »

Editor's Notebook: Baltimore, Md.

by Richard B. Muhammad | May 5, 2015 - 11:29:14 AM

#‎freddiegray‬ Scenes from weekend of reporting on gatherings, rallies, protests, marches and celebration of the charging of six police officers in the death of unarmed Black male connected to encounter with Baltimore police officers. States Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced charges against the officers on May 1 in downtown Baltimore. »

The death of Eric Garner and a granddaughter's right to know

by Richard B. Muhammad | Feb 10, 2015 - 8:49:24 AM

The chilling death of Eric Garner, captured on videotape with his plaintive 11 cries of "I can't breathe" stoked anger, outrage and deep, deep pain. Now that a secret grand jury has failed to indict police officers in the chokehold death, a New York judge is weighing whether the secret proceeding should be made public. »

Banking on truth: Hip hop artist unrepentant on reparations and race

by Richard B. Muhammad | Jan 6, 2015 - 1:31:26 PM

Azealia Banks isn’t the queen of Twitter beefs. She is a talented and a rare person: An unapologetically Black artist with a social conscience and a strong voice. »

The demise of the Black apologist

by Richard B. Muhammad | Nov 27, 2014 - 1:18:27 PM

Seeking nearness to the White power structure while structural racism, structural inequality and systemic destruction plague our children is the wrong thing at the wrong time. If God is just how can one justify urging compliance with the oppressor instead of urging the oppressor to do justice? »

Black youth and the movement for reparations

by Richard B. Muhammad | Nov 18, 2014 - 4:50:34 PM

Reparations, redress for slavery and centuries of suffering, was a major part of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Holy Day of Atonement address in Jamaica last month. »

A Muslim murdered: A brotherhood seeking justice

by Richard B. Muhammad | Oct 9, 2014 - 1:06:58 PM

By every public account given Brother Arthur Hearn was an honorable man, a family man, a mentor, a barber and a pillar of the Woodlawn community where he worked for many years. »

Fires rage in Ferguson

by Richard B. Muhammad | Sep 8, 2014 - 1:35:52 PM

FERGUSON, Mo.—Fire still burns in Ferguson, not the fires that attracted mainstream media, but the fire and desire for liberation in this St. Louis suburb struck by an uprising and protests that captured the world’s attention. »

Action, not apathy, brings victory

by Richard B. Muhammad | Jul 23, 2014 - 10:25:30 AM

It is typical today for people to say nothing can be done and to walk away from challenges. The feelings of powerlessness, apathy, or perhaps both are stronger than the desire to see a wrong made right or to press forward for a just cause. »

An ugliness deeply rooted in America’s psyche

by Richard B. Muhammad | Jul 9, 2014 - 1:07:48 PM

When the federal government tried to bus immigrants, many of whom were women and children into the town of Murrieta, Calif., residents turned out and turned the buses back. »

Pimpin’ ain’t easy, it’s devastating

by Richard B. Muhammad | Jun 17, 2014 - 12:16:28 PM

Violence and drugs are ever present tools and threats. Unlike drug trafficking, which may require some capital upfront or an advance of product, sexual slavery just requires a single woman to put out on the horror stroll and the money starts coming in. »

Karl Evanzzz: A Throwback Huckster & Old Lies

by Richard B. Muhammad | Jun 4, 2014 - 10:07:44 AM

It’s common on social media to join “Throwback Thursday,” and post a picture or two from back in the day. Some things and some hucksters need to stay in the past, under their master’s bed, or wherever they find nearness to him. Karl Evanzz is one of them. »

End Economic Gangbanging

by Richard B. Muhammad | May 15, 2014 - 9:37:15 AM

With the weather breaking in Chicago, in a scenario found in Black areas, there will be more people out, more people about and predictably more violence and more victims. Activists and advocates will be out in full force night and day working to stem gangbanging. »

A Message to ‘Massa’ Bundy

by Richard B. Muhammad | May 1, 2014 - 1:06:35 PM

After threatening federal authorities with weapons, and surrounded by other angry White men waving flags and guns, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy shot off his mouth. This time he derided the Negro people for their lack of productive ways and their addiction to welfare and violence. »

My Minister and, my alma mater, Morgan State University

by Richard B. Muhammad | Apr 15, 2014 - 9:32:09 AM

BALTIMORE, Md. - There are few things as dear to me as my Nation, my family and Morgan State University, where I went to school and graduated. All three of these institutions helped to develop me, nurture, protect and give me a chance to make something of myself. »

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Shameful misuse of a tragic death

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The death of Eric Garner and a granddaughter's right to know

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The demise of the Black apologist

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Black youth and the movement for reparations

Reparations, redress for slavery and centuries of suffering, was a...

A Muslim murdered: A brotherhood seeking justice

By every public account given Brother Arthur Hearn was an...

Fires rage in Ferguson

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Action, not apathy, brings victory

It is typical today for people to say nothing can...

An ugliness deeply rooted in America’s psyche

When the federal government tried to bus immigrants, many of...

Pimpin’ ain’t easy, it’s devastating

Violence and drugs are ever present tools and threats. Unlike...

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