In the Direction of Light

As the nation prepares, with all sorts of dark imaginings, for an unpredictable era of governance after Donald Trump?s win at the presidential polls...

Letter from a Reader

??A reader I will identify only by her initials, JL, emailed me about my Editor?s Note in the Summer 2016 issue of TNJ, titled...

His Purple Majesty

I was in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, heading to my hotel in an SUV with other writers and publishing executives attending the Virgin...

A Meeting of Minds

On Feb. 12, the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY) Inc. held its 40th Annual Legislative Business Conference in Albany, N.Y. Black...

Greater Efforts, Grander Victories

When late civil rights champion Julian Bond gave the commencement address at Wagner College in 2014, he quoted from his grandfather?s commencement address at...

The Power of Choice

A fruit vendor waylays you at the top of the stairs when you exit the subway station at my stop. Sometimes it?s a man,...

Broken Wing

While on safari in Uganda?s Queen Elizabeth National Park in November, I saw a small bird hopping along our trail. One wing hung low,...

America?s Communities

For a moment I expected the lone, young white officer striding down my block to doff his hat and cheerfully respond to my ?good...

Touch the Sky

The statement ?The higher you build your barriers, the taller I become? pretty much sums up the collective experience of people of African descent...

Stand Your Ground

The perpetrators show up when you?re most likely to be at work. The only proof that they were there is the notice in your...
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