Let’s extend Mother’s Day

This past Sunday, many of us celebrated the amazing women in our lives.

Fear of African-Americans in Mississippi in 2017

Imagine sitting in your home with your spouse and children.

A test for the Trump coalition

The recent wispy vote in the House of Representatives and subsequent haranguing from national party Democrats on the fate of their political opponents create many inflection points for pundits and policy watchers alike.

Supporting families with more community schools

Bringing schools and communities together as partners to build a better future for students and families is common sense. Since 2014, we have launched 150 community schools across the city, and this September, 69 additional schools will be transforming their ...

The City’s Last Bastion of White Privilege

For the first time in history, people of color and women make up most applicants for the upcoming New York City firefighter test, which many fire department officials celebrate as an important high-water mark in the long-running battle to diversify ...


I recently saw “Sweat” on Broadway, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Her poignant play follows a small factory town in Pennsylvania during the 2000 election season.

Upon the wings of a dove

Sometime in the womb, as we evolve over months from a single-celled organism into the complex mass of neurons and flesh that we recognize as ourselves, an awareness of our place in the world emerges.

Unmasking the disease of a thousand faces

Lupus—a complex, devastating and life-changing autoimmune disease that currently has no cure—is not easily understood or explained.

Cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline

“I am innocent.” These three words caught my attention as I watched “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part documentary series that aired on SpikeTV throughout the month of March to the beginning of April.

Remembering LA 25 years later

I have read several thought pieces reflecting on the 25 years after the Los Angeles uprisings, after the acquittal of the police officers involved in the brutal beating of motorist Rodney King.

Shelters and jails, de Blasio’s new homes for us!

Mayor Bill de Blasio came into office talking about a “tale of two cities,” one white and wealthy, and the other Black, Brown and poor.

Reinstating the UHF Discount will help advance minority ownership

The FCC’s April 20, 2017, decision to reinstate the UHF Discount should be heralded as a significant opportunity to advance diversity and minority broadcast television ownership.

Change begins with one, therefore it shall begin with me

The title of this piece is my mantra that I created years ago because I feel it is important that I am one of the standard-bearers for change.

URBAN AGENDA: Not Too Late For `Fair Fares’ in City Budget

Now that Mayor de Blasio has released his FY2018 Executive Budget, the City Council has an opportunity to tweak his spending priorities so that they better serve to mitigate New York City’s affordability crisis.

Trump’s planned HUD cuts would devastate working families

A single mother fears her 5-year-old son will get sick or injured because of the pipe leaks that are causing the walls and ceiling of her apartment to crack and crumble.