Category: Op-Ed

A Win for Black Entrepreneurship: Is the New FTC Ban Good for Black Businesses?

In what has since created shockwaves across the nation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 for banning noncompete agreements, which goes into effect 120 days after the rule is officially published in the Federal Register. This decision will undoubtedly have significant impact on both employers and employees alike, but what about black entrepreneurs?  

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Football Legend O.J. Simpson Dies but the Obsession Remains Alive

So much of the analysis around the Simpson case ignores the general context of the criminal justice system’s treatment of Black men. Black men in America are disproportionately incarcerated and given longer sentences than white males. Because of Simpson’s wealth he was able to do something most defendants cannot do: Hire the best multi-expert legal team available. The reality of a Black man being acquitted in the murders of a white woman and man was clearly jarring to many commentators. 

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COMMENTARY: Lady Day and The Lights!

With just wrapping up Women’s History Month there are more heroines that get left out than featured. “Lady Day” brought some sunlight to one of the darkest eras of modern American history. You know that American history they keep trying to erase. Eleanora Fagan Gough, aka Billie Holiday, aka Lady Day, made a statement that bears rehearsal and rethinking. She once said, “we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough.”

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OP-ED: A Silent Killer No More

Political provocateurs are determined to stir up controversy over Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s failure to tell President Biden about his treatment for prostate cancer. Yet, his desire to keep the matter private—and out of the public eye—is in line with what many men, particularly men of color, have done for decades. The reticence to share details of a medical condition is understandable, but prostate cancer is a silent killer in the Black community and the time has come to give it a voice.

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A Pathway For Black Educators Who Raise Up Legacies

In Los Angeles, I witness the immense yet untapped impact Black educators can have in inspiring and empowering our youth daily. However, stark representation disparities create barriers for many of our Black students struggling to envision education careers without those shared cultural mirrors. The absence of more diverse mentors ripples through generations. My aim is to construct accessible pipelines now guiding young Black scholars into the classroom to realize the tremendous potential. California desperately needs more Black educators not only as role models, but to unlock possibilities for students who will reshape our future. Now is the time to remedy the gaps that have constrained them for too long.

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Commentary: My Fight for Democracy Is Guided by the NAACP’s Enduring Legacy

In the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, a trailblazer in the founding of the NAACP, “The power of the ballot we need in sheer self-defense — else what shall save us from a second slavery? Freedom, too, the long-sought, we still seek — the freedom of life and limb, the freedom to work and think, the freedom to love and aspire.”

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Opinion: Oakland’s Failure to Apply for State Crime Prevention Grants Is Devastating Blow to Citizens

We are shocked, perplexed, and furious that the City of Oakland forfeited millions of dollars in crime prevention funding by missing a state grant deadline. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Board of State Community Corrections approved awards for dozens of cities and counties – divvying up $267 million that Gov. Gavin Newsom touted as the largest ever single investment to combat retail theft.

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