today in black history

March 23, 2017

Maynard Jackson, the first Black elected Mayor of Atlanta, was born on this date in 1938 in Dallas, Texas.



Mr. President, Ferguson Calls

August 21, 2014 7:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

It is time for this President to speak without equivocation on racism in America. Read More


End American Media Apartheid

Support Black TV station ownership

May 01, 2014 7:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Sign our petition to the FCC to support waivers of Joint Sales Agreements. Read More


Supremely Wrong

April 24, 2014 6:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Justices continue the trek backward in America to the days of Jim Crow. Read More


When a King Dies

April 03, 2014 10:30 am

By NorthStar News Staff

46 Years after MLK’s death, we search for the meaning of our struggle. Read More


When it’s Time to Exit the Stage

March 04, 2014 12:00 pm

By NorthStar News Staff

Too many of us hold on to positions too long. Read More


Hate as a Political Brand

January 29, 2014 11:30 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Republicans have fully embraced hate as their political brand. Read More


Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

December 05, 2013 12:00 pm

By NorthStar News Staff

The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. Read More


Grambling’s Goal Line Stand

Issue is beyond the gridiron

October 23, 2013 11:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Football team’s courageous stand should be a wake-up call to states. Read More


Hate the Game, Not Miley

August 29, 2013 6:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Her behavior is a symptom of a larger disease. Read More


Now What?

August 26, 2013 8:30 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Let's make certain there won't be a 100th anniversary March on Washington. Read More


Reminisce but Go Forward

August 23, 2013 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

We must not allow sentimental feelings to trip forward momentum. Read More


Should we carry the ball and be targets?

July 18, 2013 7:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Why should young Black athletes support their own demise? Read More


Ain’t No Sunshine if Zimmerman Walks

July 09, 2013 8:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

It will be time to organize our outrage if the jury lets a killer walk. Read More


Rachel Jeantel

July 01, 2013 9:30 am

By NorthStar News Staff

She is deserving of our love, support and admiration for her courage. Read More


Our Worst Week

June 28, 2013 12:00 pm

By NorthStar News Staff

By far, the past week has been one of the worst this century for Blacks. Read More


The other Miami Heat

Court’s Blackness Cast Shadow on Courtroom

June 21, 2013 7:30 am

By NorthStar News Staff

A different sort of heat reigns down on Black men in our nation. Read More


State of the Union

February 11, 2013 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Jobs, gun control and economic inequality must be centerpieces of speech. Read More


The Politics of the Moment

November 15, 2012 6:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

We must move past electoral euphoria and focus on policy choices. Read More


Thelma & Louise

November 12, 2012 7:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

GOP could reprise Thelma & Louise and drive nation off fiscal cliff. Read More


Vote Rage

November 10, 2012 7:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Obama haters are in full tilt rage over the President’s electoral triumph. Read More


The New Mandate

November 08, 2012 6:30 am

By NorthStar News Staff

President Obama was given a New Mandate in winning re-election to office. Read More


Karma is a Mother

November 08, 2012 5:30 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Republicans get a visit from the ghost of elections past. Read More


Get out and Vote

November 05, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

There is too much at stake for you to sit home on Election Day. Read More


National Voter Registration Day

September 25, 2012 6:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

We must reinvigorate a culture of voting in the Black community Read More


Remembering Troy Davis

It is time to abolish the death penalty

September 21, 2012 6:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Let us never forget the injustice committed on September 21, 2011. Read More


Mrs. Obama on Center Stage

September 04, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Michelle Obama will be the headliner tonight at the Democratic Convention. Read More


Ugly Americans

August 31, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Republicans left a trail of ugly on the Gulf Coast after their convention. Read More


The Let them Eat Cake Ticket

GOP ticket offers up a steady diet of resentment

August 17, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan share disdain for most Americans. Read More


The Resiliency of Hate

August 07, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Gunman tied to Sikh temple shooting has white supremacist ties. Read More


Gun Wrongs

April 16, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Gun lobby’s hands are stained with blood that cannot be washed away. Read More


Not About Race?

April 06, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Downplaying "race" only amplifies its role in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Read More


Patient No More

March 29, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Black Americans need to move past patience to action, and then to change. Read More


Wanted: Real Black Men

March 23, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Will Black men finally stand up for Black boys? Read More


Police Spies

February 27, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The New York City Police Department's spying on Muslims is unacceptable. Read More


Race to the Bottom

February 10, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Silence on a number of injustices betrays Black history. Read More


Truth Serum

February 03, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Republican candidates are revealing much about state of their party. Read More


2012: A Year for Common Sense

There is only one viable option in November

January 31, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Black Americans need to wake up and understand what’s at stake Read More


A Time to Lead

President must move nation despite Congress

January 24, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The President will lay out his election year priorities in tonight’s speech. Read More


The Crow Flies

January 19, 2012 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

It appears Republicans are intent on resurrecting Jim Crow. Read More


FAMU President Needs Time Out

Ammons should step down pending investigation

December 21, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Florida A&M's president should take a voluntary leave of absence. Read More


Leaving Iraq

December 02, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Fulfilling a promise, U.S troops leaving Iraq by end of month. Read More


World AIDS Day 2011

December 01, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Take steps to make sure you are positive that you are negative. Read More


Music to Die For?

Florida A&M Band Death Demands Answers and Change

November 29, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

FAMU must address cultural issues that led to drum major’s death. Read More


Giving Thanks

November 23, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

We offer our thanks as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Read More


A Super Thud

November 22, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Congressional deficit committee fails to reach agreement Read More


The Ambush at Zuccotti Park

A police assault on constitutional rights

November 16, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Occupy movement must regroup, return and organize for political change. Read More


Veterans Day

November 11, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Saluting those who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. Read More


Fire Joe Paterno

His exodus should be immediate

November 10, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Penn State University must fire head football coach Joe Paterno. Read More


The Final Round

We are in your corner Smokin’ Joe

November 07, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Like he always has, Joe Frazier will fight the final round like a champ. Read More


Out of Iraq

October 24, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

In 2002, we opposed the Iraq invasion. We fully support the withdrawal of troops. Read More


Upon this Solid Rock

October 19, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Dr. King takes his rightful place among the Founding Fathers. Read More


When Giants Leave Us

A generation borne of struggle and committed to change bids farewell

October 06, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

In Memoriam: Honoring Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Professor Derrick Bell. Read More


Media Man Crush on Christie

Journalists love affair with the New Jersey governor

October 05, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Fawning over Chris Christie will not end with his non-candidacy in 2012. Read More


Shameful

Georgia’s Execution of Troy Davis

September 21, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Taking an innocent life does not equal justice; blood stains hands of GA Parole Board. Read More


Complacency Kills

How can chance occur, if we refuse to change ourselves?

September 14, 2011 12:00 am



Low turnout in Baltimore symbolic of self-inflicted wound. Read More


First Speech, Now Action

Can the President move his jobs agenda?

September 09, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The President must now find a way to get jobs bill passed by Congress. Read More


It Stops, When We Stop It

There should be no sanctuary for murderers in our midst

August 05, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Epidemic of gun violence is killing the future of the Black community. Read More


American Apartheid

A Generation of Disposable Americans

July 28, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Wealth inequality is setting stage for apartheid in the United States. Read More


With Intent to Fail

GOP is a party adrift; with no moral compass

July 23, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Republicans in Congress are intentionally sabotaging deficit talks. Read More


GOP’s Crying Game

July 19, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Republicans push country to the brink to score cheap political points. Read More


The Real War

Deficit conflict exposes underbelly of American politics

July 15, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

There will be real victims and casualties from the war on the Hill. Read More


Govern Like its 2008

President Obama needs to rediscover his campaign focus

June 08, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The President needs to stand and deliver on job creation. Read More


The Struggle post-Brown

It's time to renew our fight for public education

May 17, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Education must be the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Read More


Texas' Wrong Turn

State wants to arm college students

May 10, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Texas Senate moves to allow concealed weapons on campus. Read More


Photo Will Not Please Skeptics

Obama’s critics seek chaos, not truth

May 04, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Images of bin Laden's corpse will not quiet the President's critics. Read More


A Rich Fool

Trump embarrasses himself and the nation

April 28, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Billionaire proves that money can’t buy common sense. Read More


A Fight worth Fighting

Blacks must turn attention to budget fight on the Hill

April 21, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

It’s the dollars that matter most in determining who gets served. Read More


The Business Case for Peace

Savings from military cutbacks could spur job growth

March 17, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

President’s call for innovation must be met with real dollars. Read More


Remember Wisconsin!

Governor Walker’s actions are the shot across the bow

March 11, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Wisconsin represents a call to action for the American worker. Read More


White Girls Can Step Too

We don’t have to own stepping for cultural authenticity

March 09, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

We are too big as a people, to fall prey to such trivial matters. Read More


The New Hate

New York Congressman ushers in new era of demonizing difference

March 07, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Rep. Peter King can’t mask his true sentiments toward Muslims. Read More


Defending the Public Defender

New Jersey official’s courageous stand

February 28, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

New Jersey official takes a stand against bullying tactics of Governor. Read More


Showdown in Wisconsin

Attack on unions has real consequences for Black workers

February 23, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The Battle of Madison marks a watershed moment for Black workers. Read More


Black History Month

Our Past informs the Future

February 01, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Blacks have always faced the future, while heeding the past. Read More


Airhead Politics

Ignorance is now en vogue

January 26, 2011 12:00 am



Ignorance is the new "smart" in American politics. Read More


MLK Day @25

We urge a return to relevancy and action

January 17, 2011 12:00 am



On the 25th anniversary of MLK Day, let us return to the work of Dr. King. Read More


Pushed Over the Edge

Loughner mentally ill? Maybe, but a little encouragement always helps.

January 14, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Running away from the truth means we are bound for another tragedy. Read More


Remembering Bob Weaver

Pioneering economist was a trailblazer in government

January 13, 2011 12:00 am



On anniversary of his appointment, we remember a trailblazer. Read More


Spare us the Hypocrisy

This MLK Day we need to speak truth to power

January 10, 2011 12:00 am



It’s time we called out those who divide us in this nation. Read More


Raining Lies

NYC Meteorologist is latest to exploit men of color

January 07, 2011 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

New York City television personality deserves punishment for lie. Read More


Our New Year’s Perspective

December 31, 2010 12:00 am



We approach 2011 with great hope for the Black community. Read More


Rangel’s Censure

December 03, 2010 12:00 am



The aftermath of the censure of Rep. Charles Rangel. Read More


Thank You Veterans

We must honor our military veterans

November 11, 2010 12:00 am



We must honor our veterans for their service to our nation. Read More


The Color of Congress

November 04, 2010 12:00 am

NorthStar News Staff

White, conservative Republican men will control the 111th Congress. Read More


Voting is Black Power

November 01, 2010 12:00 am



Electing the first Black President was just the first step toward real change. Read More


Mr. President: JOBS!!

President Needs to Address Black Joblessness

October 08, 2010 12:00 am



The President needs to step-up and confront Black joblessness. Read More


White House Makeover

Overhaul needed to get administration on track

September 22, 2010 12:00 am



Summers departure should be the beginning of an extreme home makeover. Read More


Accountability is the Key

Chisholm Commission has its work cut out

September 21, 2010 12:00 am



Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission sets its course. Read More


CBC Must Step Up

Time for a Plan

September 16, 2010 12:00 am



We need real leadership from the Congressional Black Caucus. Read More


A Time for Justice

September 10, 2010 12:00 am



It's time Americans validated the principles of justice and equality. Read More


Supreme Stupidity

Conservative justices once again show their stripes

June 29, 2010 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Conservatives on the high court once again defy common sense. Read More


Silence of the Lambs?

Eerie silence by Black groups over Kagan nomination

June 28, 2010 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Black groups on sideline as Kagan nomination is considered. Read More


A Human All-Star

In Memoriam: Manute Bol

June 21, 2010 12:00 am



Professional sports lost a true humanitarian with the death of Manute Bol. Read More


Fathers Matter

June 20, 2010 12:00 am



On Father's Day we salute all dads and encourage men to support their children. Read More


Today’s Primaries

Real issues go obscured behind angry rhetoric

June 08, 2010 12:00 am

NorthStar News Staff

Today's primaries might reveal the true nature of the electorate. Read More


Holding BP Accountable

Consumers can invoke their own penalties

June 02, 2010 12:00 am



Consumers can do their part in sending a strong message to BP. Read More


The Curse of Crude

Gulf oil spill will haunt nation for decades

May 28, 2010 12:00 am



The BP oil spill should force the nation to think about energy policy. Read More


Saints Go Marching In!

Who Dat Nation Comes Up Big

February 08, 2010 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Carrying a city on their backs, the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl. Read More


Who Dat?

Big Easy a Winner No Matter the Final Score

February 07, 2010 12:00 am



Whatever the final score of the Super Bowl, New Orleans is a winner. Read More


A Black History Month Challenge

Time for the community to get back in the game

February 01, 2010 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

A challenge to infuse a sense of purpose into Black History Month. Read More


Time to Vote Today

Don't complain tomorrow

November 02, 2009 12:00 pm



If you truly care about your community, you will vote today. Read More


Mauling in Ann Arbor

Game reveals racial disparities in higher ed

October 18, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Black college football is being pimped for a large payday. Read More


Bum Rush

Restrict Limbaugh’s Hot Air Act to Radio

October 15, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The NFL is safe again now that Rush Limbaugh has been chased away. Read More


Chicago Murder is Last Straw

September 30, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStarNews Staff

Derrion Albert's life must be honored and his death not in vain. Read More


CBC Comes of Age

Annual Conference offers opportunity to engage policy debates

September 22, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Congressional Black Caucus is pivotal to President's agenda. Read More


Our Domestic War

The unfinished business of civil rights

September 14, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

It's time we stopped ignoring the truth and confront racists in our nation. Read More


Murder at Clark-Atlanta

Senseless loss of life should spark outrage

September 04, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Jasmine Lynn went to Atlanta for an education, she is now a victim of gun violence. Read More


Encouraging another “Dallas”

Gun-toting Obama haters are a threat

August 18, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The presence of guns at a presidential event is a warning to us all. Read More


Policy Thugs

Attacks make clear this is not about healthcare

August 12, 2009 12:00 am



The ugliness on display at health care forums is not about policy. Read More


Justice Sotomayor

A historic seat on the Supreme Court

August 07, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. Read More


Beers Leave Aftertaste

Obama tries to chill controversy over Gates arrest

July 31, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

It will take more than a few beers to reconcile racial bias in this nation. Read More


The Rotten Garden (State)

New Jersey takes another trip down Corruption Lane

July 27, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Like a group of kids on a field trip, politicians rode the bus to their arraignment. Read More


Stupidly, Yes.

President puts Cambridge police in check

July 24, 2009 12:00 am

NorthStar News Staff

For his honesty, the President has come under criticism by people who doubt Dr. Gates’ claims that the police acted without cause and their actions were racist. The offending officer has spoken publicly and said emphatically that he is not a racist and the local police union is supporting him. No matter what the counter-claim, the fact that the President of the United States made his opinion known is a true sign that change has come to the nation’s capital. Read More


The Education of Henry Louis Gates

Harvard Prof Becomes “Everyman” in Black Struggle

July 22, 2009 12:00 am



Noted scholar faces indignities usually reserved for nameless. Read More


Our Votes Count

New data shows strength of Black vote

July 21, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Newly released Census data shows power of Black vote in 2008 election. Read More


NAACP @ 100

A History of Triumph over Adversity

July 15, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

We salute the NAACP as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Read More


Obama in Africa

U.S. must move beyond symbolic

July 13, 2009 8:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

President's tough love message must be accompanied with support for Africa. Read More


Gone Too Soon

Remembering Michael Jackson

June 29, 2009 12:00 am



We honor the memory of Michael Jackson for what he meant to our community. Read More


Voting Rights Preserved

Section 5 continues to serve a useful purpose

June 24, 2009 12:00 am



The recent Supreme Court decision preserves voting protections. Read More


Supporting Sotomayor

We need to embrace her as our choice

June 10, 2009 12:00 am



Let's throw our support behind Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Read More


A New Approach in Middle East

Obama sets balanced tone in Cairo speech

June 08, 2009 12:00 am

NorthStar News Staff

President pursues a Middle East agenda forged by truth and common sense. Read More


Help for Katrina Victims

At last, common sense prevails

June 05, 2009 12:00 pm

By NorthStar News Staff

Finally, the victims of Hurricane Katrina are being offered real help. Read More


Off-duty but in Plain Sight

New York City’s response already smells foul

June 01, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

The shooting of a Black, off-duty NYC police officer raises questions. Read More


A Supreme Pick

Sotomayor will be a fine addition to the Court

May 27, 2009 12:00 am



President Obama has made a wise choice in his nomination of Judge Sotomayor. Read More


The Truth Hurts

Time to deal with truth of the Confederacy

May 20, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Reaction to Walter Fields' critique of Yates family proves the point. Read More


Arizona State’s Insult

Flimsy excuse for not conferring honorary degree

May 15, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Arizona State University's snub of President Obama is an insult. Read More


Break the Supreme Court Quota

Obama should not fear a Black appointment

May 04, 2009 12:00 am



The appointment of a second Black would prove we are truly a post-racial society. Read More


100 Days

The Obama era takes root

April 29, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStarNews Staff

We take a look at President Obama's first 100 days in office. Read More


U.S. MIA

White House errs in skipping UN conference

April 20, 2009 12:00 am



The Obama administration has erred in its decision to skip this week’s United Nations Durban Review Conference that starts today. Read More


Gun Violence

Time to Declare a National Emergency

April 06, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Over the last three days we have heard news of several violent episodes in which guns were used to kill. Read More


We Will Never Forget

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 04, 2009 12:00 am



April 4 marks the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Read More


Why Black Power?

It is time for a truthful account of movement

April 01, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

With a Black man now holding the office of President of the United States, the topic of “Black Power” might seem a strange choice as the subject of a symposium of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Read More


Trouble in Oak Town

Could a job have prevented officers’ deaths?

March 25, 2009 12:00 am



The City of Oakland California is reeling from the shooting over the weekend of four police officers, all of whom have died, at the hands of a parolee. Read More


The Village Mob

Time for real remedies to control corporate excess

March 20, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Over the last few days the public anger over the bonuses received by executives at American International Group (A.I.G.) has resembled the villagers storming Frankenstein’s castle with torches ablaze. Read More


D.C.’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic

All out effort required to fight the spread of disease

March 16, 2009 12:00 am



The District of Columbia’s health department is due to officially release statistics on the status of HIV/AIDS in the nation’s capital and the numbers point to an epidemic, with particularly devastating implications for the city’s Black community. Read More


It Takes a Village

March 13, 2009 8:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

We are living during a very difficult time in our nation’s history. The current recession is taking a toll on communities across the country and Blacks have been particularly hard hit. Read More


An Education President

Obama takes important step in reforming education

March 11, 2009 10:11 am



More so than anything, the story of Barack Obama’s success is one in which education played a key role in determining his destiny. Read More


Michael Steele’s Cowardice

Hardly Man of Steele

March 04, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

If Michael Steele wanted to set himself apart as the new chair of the Republican National Committee, he certainly achieved that goal with his embarrassing apology to conservative radio talk show blowhard Rush Limbaugh. Read More


Out of Iraq

Soon is not soon enough

March 03, 2009 12:00 am



Long before President Bush committed this nation to war in Iraq, this website in its former life as thenorthstarnetwork.com, opposed a U.S. invasion of Iraq. Read More


Is This the Best You’ve Got?

Jindal's performance should give GOP the creeps

February 27, 2009 12:00 am



So much for being the “anointed one.” Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is touted as a rising star in the Republican Party and his selection to give the GOP response to President Obama’s almost State of the Union address Tuesday night was suppose to be Jindal’s coming out party. Read More


Alan Keyes is…Crazy

Does harm to GOP’s outreach to Blacks

February 25, 2009 12:00 am



Let’s be clear about one thing. You can be Black, Republican and sane. While we may often disagree with the GOP on matters of public policy, particularly its far-right wing, we know that many Black Republicans fervently believe in the party’s fundamental economic and social message. Read More


Steele’s Disappearing Act

GOP chair reinforces party’s racial blind spot

February 23, 2009 6:48 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Just when we thought the Republican Party had made a turn in the right direction with the selection of Michael Steele as their new chair, the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland is missing in action. Read More


Who Owns News Media Matters

February 20, 2009 12:00 am



Hundreds of people gathered yesterday afternoon in New York City outside the headquarters of the News Corporation to protest a racially insensitive cartoon in the New York Post, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Read More


Love Her to Death

Chris Brown saga highlights silent killer

February 19, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

They seemed like the perfect couple. Teen heartthrob Chris Brown and his stunning girlfriend, hit maker Rihanna. Perhaps that was the first sign that something was not quite right. Read More


NAACP Turns 100

Civil rights group still has work to do

February 12, 2009 8:00 am

By NorthStarNews Satff

It started out as a “movement,” a meeting of Black intellectuals, white feminists, clergy, and concerned whites in Niagara, New York and evolved into a modern creation, the civil rights organization. Read More


Alex the Lyinghearted

Not looking for perfection; just common sense

February 11, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Baseball superstar's admission of drug use should not be casually dismissed simply because of his undeniable talent. Read More


GOP plays politics as people suffer

Republicans risk credibility with stimulus stand

February 10, 2009 12:00 am

By NorthStar News Staff

Over the last week the Republican Party has managed to take all of the positive attention gained from the selection of Michael Steele as its first Black chairperson and flush it down the toilet with their politically motivated opposition to the economic recovery legislation under consideration. Read More


Not Playing with a Full Deck

Bush Team’s Self Interest Wearing Thin

February 06, 2009 12:00 am



So, while the nation’s economy is going down in flames, the very team that lit the match has nothing better to do than to sit back and take cheap shots at an administration that is barely three weeks old. Read More


The Tax Man Cometh

Obama Appointees Hit by Tax Problems

February 04, 2009 12:00 am



It was bad enough when Timothy Geithner, now the Treasury Secretary, faced questions over his failure to pay taxes as he was being considered for the post. Read More


Chairman Steele

February 02, 2009 12:00 am

NSnews Staff

Late Friday afternoon Michael Steele made history when he was selected the new chairperson of the Republican National Committee. Read More


Apology Due

Inauguration Fiasco Unacceptable

January 25, 2009 12:00 am



The Presidential Inaugural Committee owes an explanation and apology to the tens of thousands of individuals who possessed tickets but did not gain access to the 56th Presidential Inauguration due to an utter lack of planning. Read More


Completing Dr. King's Mission

Agenda for Economic Justice Unfinished

January 19, 2009 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

We come upon the National Holiday celebrating the birthday of the late civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a renewed sense of hope as we prepare for the inauguration of our nation’s first Black President. Read More


Reid’s Unnecessary Showdown

Don’t Blame Burris for Senate Soap Opera

January 08, 2009 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

So, there they were, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Dick Durbin, the senior member of the upper house from Illinois, and the man chosen to fill the remaining two years of Barack Obama’s Senate term, Roland Burris – exchanging niceties and smiles one day after the infamous showdown on the Hill. Read More


Touché Governor Blagojevich!

Burris should be seated next week

January 01, 2009 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

No matter what we might think of Governor Rod Blagojevich, we have to give him his due for sheer nerve. In the face of political scandal, imminent indictment, and possible impeachment, he one upped his critics, and defied his party, by appointing someone whose fitness to represent Illinois in the Senate cannot be reasonably challenged. Read More


GOP's Third Rail Politics

Candidate for RNC Chair Reinforces Party Image

December 29, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

You would think that after the shellacking Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin took at the polls on November 4 that Republicans would be working in earnest to recast their party. Read More


Notre Dame’s Fumble

Defying the spirit of (Touchdown) Jesus

December 15, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

It is one of the most storied programs in college football history. The Catholic school in South Bend, Indiana that plays in a stadium that at one end aligns with a mural of Christ, aptly nicknamed “Touchdown Jesus” because the depiction is with arms stretched upward in a manner a referee would declare a score. Read More


Selective Outrage

GOP saves Wall Street; Leaves Blue Collar Workers Stranded

December 14, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

So, after two weeks of posturing and pontificating, Republicans in the Senate balked at providing Detroit automakers the assistance the “Big Three” – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – has indicated it needs to make it the first quarter of next year. Read More


Killing Fields

Our Youth are Dying in the Streets

December 09, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

We are profoundly saddened and angered over the killing of 14 year-old Ronald Jackson in Baltimore on Sunday night. He is the latest among hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of Black youth in our country who have been gunned down in senseless acts of violence. Read More


New Deal with Labor for Recovery

Access to jobs should be precondition for Black support

December 08, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

Now that President-elect Barack Obama has made clear his intention to use infrastructure projects, including transportation and schools, as a cornerstone for a massive jobs program aimed at stimulating the economy, Black leadership at all levels must insist that construction trades unions end practices that have prohibited Blacks from gaining access to union jobs. Read More


Why NorthStar?

Our Commitment to Frederick Douglass' Legacy

December 03, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

Our mission is simple – to provide news and information from a perspective that is relevant to the experiences of Black people in this nation. Read More


Still Keeping the Faith

Powell’s Legacy Unappreciated

November 29, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

November 29 marked the 100th birthday of civil rights and political legend Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. And unlike the celebrations and memorials that will be held around the country marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. next month, there will be little or no mention of Powell today. Read More


Giving Thanks

Much to be thankful for despite difficult times

November 27, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

These are difficult times for many Black Americans and on this Thanksgiving, for some, it may be difficult to find a reason to be thankful. Read More


Obama's Recovery Plan

Must Address the Working Poor

November 24, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

We are pleased that President-elect Obama has announced he will propose an Economic Recovery plan aimed at putting Americans to work in transportation infrastructure, public school buildings and clean energy projects. Read More


Time to Step Up

November 12, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

Over the course of the last two years the issue of personal responsibility has gained currency in our community, first with the controversial crusade of entertainer Bill Cosby and then espoused by Senator Barack Obama on the campaign trail. Read More


The Hudson Family Tragedy

October 30, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

The Hudson family tragedy reflects a larger crisis. Read More


HIV/AIDS: Beyond Crisis

Survival of Community At Stake

September 14, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

New CDC data on the incidence of HIV/AIDS should raise a new sense of urgency in the Black community Read More


Doing Right by Haiti

September 12, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

Black Americans must rise to the occasion and help Haiti during its time of great need. Read More


So Hard To Say Goodbye

September 10, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems intent on staying in office for a third term. Read More


GOP's Wrong Turn

September 06, 2008 12:00 am

By NSnewstv Staff

The bill may come due this November on a decades long strategy of divisive politics by the GOP. Read More


Are We There Yet?

NSnewstv Editorial

August 28, 2008 1:33 am

By NSnewstv Staff

Despite the tremendous success of Senator Barack Obama this election year, we can't lose sight of th Read More


Affirmative Action; Affirmative Defense

Quota Mythology Misleads Public; Fuels Opposition

August 28, 2008 1:33 am

NSnewstv Staff

Just in time for the presidential election, it appears that foes of affirmative action, fueled by no Read More


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