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Obama’s trump card: The black vote

Obama’s trump card: The black vote

That black voters will again give President Obama a sky-high percentage of their vote in 2012 was never in doubt. What is in doubt is how many will make up…

Yayne Abeba reflects on September 11 aftermath

Yayne Abeba reflects on September 11 aftermath

Yayne Abeba is an Ethiopian American commentator and comedian.

Obama’s Freedom Riders

Obama’s Freedom Riders

Fifty years ago this summer, hundreds of young people organized, rode buses into the deep South and got arrested for challenging Jim Crow segregation in inter-state transit. They were beaten,…

DREAM Act a win-win: Good for immigrant Women and the economy

DREAM Act a win-win: Good for immigrant Women and the economy

“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”

U.S. Women’s Soccer: Not quite America’s team

U.S. Women’s Soccer: Not quite America’s team

What a thrill. What pride. What a show of skill and prowess by the U.S. women's national soccer team in the 2011 Women’s World Cup even as they lost in…

The Serengeti under threat

The Serengeti under threat

The name Serengeti is a corruption by English and Swahili of the Maasai word Siringet. Siringet means a vast land that runs forever. Our modern understanding of Serengeti is that…

2010 election dubbed most racist in decades

2010 election dubbed most racist in decades

If the election of 2008 was a referendum on race, the midterms are feeling like a recount. The dominant political discourse of 2008 centered on an improbable question: Could a…

A phenomenal African Awards Gala

This year’s 2nd African Awards Gala presented by Mshale was absolutely phenomenal. The special event honored members of the African community in Minnesota who have and continue to make an…

Gun Violence and Children

Gun Violence and Children

Recently, the United Nations expressed new concern about a crisis many Americans know little about: The use of child soldiers in global conflicts, especially in Somalia. Somalia, whose government collapsed…

Ramadan: An American-Egyptian Perspective

Ramadan: An American-Egyptian Perspective

Across cultures and peoples, the principles of Ramadan are the same: self control and the cleansing of the body and mind. However, my celebration of Ramadan varies, depending upon where…

The form makes no Census

The form makes no Census

Like President Obama, I completed my 2010 U.S. Census form. Unlike the president, I did not answer “Question 5 - Race,” by checking “Black, African American, or Negro,” even though,…