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By CHARLENE CROWELL

Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher education rises, borrowing to cover those costs often becomes a family concern across multiple generations including the student, parents, and even grandparents or other relatives.

Today’s 21st Century jobs usually demand higher education and specialized skills to earn one’s way into the middle class. In households where educational loans are inevitable, it becomes an important family decision to determine which institutions are actually worth the debt incurred. Equally important is the institution’s likelihood of its students graduating.

Higher education institutions that do not provide its students and graduates with requisite skills and knowledge become money pits that lead to deeper debt and likely loan defaults. more

OPINION: Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

By BILL FLETCHER, JR.

In kicking off the New Year, the central committee of the right-wing, governing Israeli party—the Likud—unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the annexation of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Though this was technically an advisory opinion, most observers recognize that this represents the views of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s administration.

For years, the Israeli government has been doing a dance where they have, on the one hand, increased the illegal settlement of Palestinian territories while, on the other hand, claiming that they uphold the ultimate goal of a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. more

By LAUREN WILLIAM REED

If you didn’t know it Omarosa is out as “Black outreach” in the Trump White House. Omarosa Manigault Newman, who achieved a measure of fame playing villain on “The Apprentice” cemented a relationship with President Trump that led to a White House appointment, will be leaving her position A firebrand antagonist, Ms. Manigault-Newman was serving as the most senior African-American staffer in the White House and was tasked, in part, with fostering positive working relationships between the administration and leadership in the Black community. However, sources with firsthand knowledge of her relationships with the Black community feel that during her 11-month tenure, Manigault Newman, turned off many of the constituencies with whom she'd promised to build bridges. more

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE

Millions of Americans in states like California, Illinois and Kentucky are already in peril because of the horrendous government mismanagement of teacher's and state worker's retirement money.

Americans are in further peril because we will face severe hardship in this country if the long-term path of our Social Security program continues. Our government leaders must take steps to resolve the road Social Security is on. We must pay back what has been borrowed from the fund and stop buying trillions of dollars in Treasury securities that we cannot pay back to ourselves.

We are the biggest owners of our National Debt. more

OPINION: It’s Time for America to #TrustBlackWomen

By LATASHA D. MAYES

After Roy Moore’s defeat at the hands of Alabama voters—driven by Black voter turnout, especially the votes of Black women—we saw the celebration, credit-taking, and meaning-making that usually accompanies a progressive electoral victory. But one thing was different this time. This time, mainstream media and social media feeds flooded with messages acknowledging and thanking Black women for our role in the outcome.

Welcome to the reality Black women have known about—and named—for decades.

One of the hashtags that took off amid the Alabama election returns and the following days was #TrustBlackWomen. But what does it mean to trust Black women? What does it mean to advance a policy agenda that addresses the issues Black women face in this country? more

OPINION: Is Donald Trump the Worst President on Minority Issues in 50 Years?

By LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE

Donald Trump, a man best known as a “birther” with a reality TV show and a real estate empire, who claimed that Mexico was sending drugs and rapists to the United States, was sworn in as president on January 20, 2017. What happened next was predictable and we should expect more of the same in 2018.

Here are seven decisions from the past year confirming that Trump has been the worst president for African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities over the last 50 years.

1. Trump picks Jeff Sessions to succeed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the U.S. Trump went out of his way to make sure that his administration’s justice policy reflected 1940s America, when he selected Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as his Attorney General. more

OPINION: The Justice Department Could Make it Harder for Minorities to Own Media Companies

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS

As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important.

As one of only three African American owned TV station licensees in the country, I recently wrote the FCC voicing strong support for the advancement of minority ownership and diversity. I saw the pending Tribune-Sinclair merger as presenting a historic opportunity for the FCC and Justice Department to advance minority ownership within the context of the divestiture requirements the government would require for regulatory approval. more

Beyond the Rhetoric

By HARRY C. ALFORD

The crisis concerning the Korean Peninsula is as bad now as it ever has been. The beginnings go back to the Russo – Japanese War during the beginning of the 20th Century. Japan, in effect, won the war by gaining additional territory through significant land grabbing of islands placed between the two nations and a significant sea battle that was won by Japan. That short conflict gave Japan a thirst for imperial conquest. It would not be long before the entire world would be alert to the ever-growing Japanese Imperial Empire. more

By GLENN MOLLETTE

How did 2017 go for you? Was it a good year or a not so good year? Regardless of what happened you can't change 2017. The year is behind us and 2018 is ahead of us.

What can you do to make 2018 a great year?

Make a list of what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Don't make it so long that it's overwhelming. Most people's list can go on and on and then it becomes a daunting task. more

We Who Did Or Did Not Vote Helped Elect A Very Rich, Spoiled, Draft Dodger, Con Artist, Moron And Player Name TRUMP.

Excerpt from my book, “What We Blacks Need to Do”—Let our vote be our voice. Obama was the good, Nixon the bad and TRUMP is the ugly.

I wish I had the power to impeach TRUMP with my one vote, but only my North Carolina 7th District Republican congressman, David Rouzer can cast that vote for me. Rep. Rouzer will not vote against his mentor and hero TRUMP. He has bought (hook, line and sinker) into the TRUMP doctrine of bragging, greed, lying, nepotism, cheating, racial, sexual and religious discrimination, slandering, hiring unqualified people, and disrespecting ladies. more