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The DNA of a Black woman, by Chuck Richardson

There is something magical about a fearless, intelligent, incorruptible Black woman — a woman willing to sacrifice and face any obstacle she must for a greater cause than herself. Black women have been, and continue to be, the crucible of ...

All workers need paid sick days, by Sarah Milston

In Virginia, we currently have no law requiring employers to offer paid sick days for their workers. This means that working Virginians aren’t guaranteed the right to earn paid time off based on the hours they work.

Obstacles in working toward racial equity, by Julianne Malveaux

President-elect Joe Biden has included working toward racial equity in his administration’s agenda, outlining how he will expand opportunities for Black folk and other people of color. Specifically, his Build Back Better document includes a 20-page report titled, “The Biden ...

Grateful even in 2020, by Ben Jealous

This hasn’t been a normal year, and it isn’t going to be a normal Thanksgiving.

Equity and diversity in marijuana legalization, by Phillip E. Thompson

This week, Gov. Ralph S. Northam threw his support behind the legalization of marijuana.

The first 100 days, by Marc H. Morial

The 77.5 million votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are the most ever cast for a presidential ticket, breaking the previous record set in 2008 for President Obama.

Roll up sleeves and get to work, by Julianne Malveaux

It took five days for the 2020 election to be called for former Vice President Joe Biden.

COVID-19 defeated Trump, by A. Peter Bailey

First, I must admit that my prediction of a Donald J. Trump victory in the 2020 presidential election was wrong.

Selfless concern, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

An old axiom states that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” In other words, no one knows, cares or does anything about your pain or discomfort unless you are courageous enough to identify it.

Slipping through the COVID-19 cracks, by Julianne Malveaux

Economic recovery will be a long time coming. The Federal Reserve Bank says our coronavirus recession will last into 2021 and perhaps even into 2022. If a vaccine is developed, a distribu- tion plan still needs to be worked out.

The other pandemic: Social determinants of health, by Glenn Ellis

There is an old saying, “When America catches a cold, Black people get pneumonia.”

Politicians can stop police killings, by Ben Jealous

Millions of Americans have come out in big cities and small towns to protest the killings of unarmed civilians — often Black people — at the hands of law enforcement. If we want our demands for justice and accountability to ...

Monsters are scary – so are brilliant Black women, by Julianne Malveaux

I was frightened of monsters when I was a child. Not so sure why, but my brother, who loved to plague me, used to tell me they were lurking under my bed. I shook and I shivered, and I cried ...

Between hope and despair, by Julianne Malveaux

Black people occupy a place between hope and despair.

What’s at stake, by Ben Jealous

The Republicans’ rush to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election is a terrible threat to Black people’s civil rights and the health of our communities.

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