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Criminalizing poverty

Kalief Browder, a teenager who spent three harrowing years in a New York City jail on charges that eventually were dropped, took his own life as a result of the trauma he suffered.

Objectification of the highest order

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has given us even more reasons to believe he is not fit to be seated on the nation’s highest court.

City committed to ‘open and fair competition’

Re “Shift in city procurement practice hurt black-owned businesses,” Free Press Sept. 13-15 edition: Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney and his administration are committed to ensuring open and fair competition for contracts with small, minority, local and emerging businesses.

Explanation, please

Re Column “Why is he there?” by Stephen Tillett, Free Press Sept. 13-15 edition:

Russian hackers targeted black community

The right to vote is a precious thing. More than simply permission to cast your ballot, it’s the right to make your voice heard and decide the direction of our country. To deny that right to someone is to silence ...

The right to vote is a precious thing. More than simply permission to cast your ballot, it’s the right to make your voice heard and decide the direction of our country. To deny that right to someone i

Two very talented African-American women — Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka — went out to play a game of tennis in the recent U.S. Open final. I’m sure each of them looked forward to a great game.

Getting ready for Nov. 6

Elections have consequences. The chronic drama, turmoil and horrid decisions emanating from the Trump White House prove that the November 2016 election had dire consequences for this nation.

Marcus-David Peters

The death of a loved one is never easy. The death of a loved one at the hands of police certainly is devastating.

Disasters happen; preparation is key

We hope that Hurricane Florence will come and go quickly, and that damage to people and property will be minimal despite the National Weather Service’s predictions of a likely wallop by wind, rain and flooding.

‘Why is he there?’

While driving my daughter to school, I was listening to CNN on the radio as some commentators discussed Bob Woodward’s latest book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

Prostate cancer: To screen or not

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and there are some important facts about prostate cancer that black men — and the women who love them — should know.

Should Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School building be renovated?

If renovation of Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School is a viable alternative to what assuredly will be more expensive new construction, then my colleagues on the Richmond School Board should have considered — and can still consider — that as an option ...

Memories of the ‘Queen of Soul’

My most precious memory of the great Aretha Franklin occurred in the early 1970s when I was an associate editor of Ebony magazine and working in Johnson Publishing Co.’s New York office.

Finding our ‘moral center’

Our longest war has not been in Afghanistan. It has been the war waged against the American people by our politicians in Washington. They have steadily passed laws to make life a living hell for the American people while talking ...

Immigrants, Caucasians, Native Americans and ‘America as we know it’

At one time, this country was the home of those labeled Native Americans. Slowly, then rather viciously, this country became home to invading Europeans, many of them criminals, murderers, thieves, debtors and rapists — the rejects of their various countries ...