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OPINION: The cost of not doing business

You have heard the term, “the cost of doing business,” which means folks in business have certain costs that come with the territory. Some characterize it by saying, “It takes money to make money.” Agreed, of course, but how much money does it take for businesses that Black consumers support to make more money? What is their cost of doing business within the Black consumer segment? ...

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OPINION: The CBC — Then and Now

Too often people who have experienced and endured long-term oppression and suffering take for granted some of the socioeconomic and political indicators of progress. In other words, it is important periodically to assess both the setbacks and the gains Black America has made during the past 50 years. ...

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OPINION: Bluster is not a strategy

Bluster is on the loose. With ISIS, an al-Qaida offshoot, proclaiming a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, Russia facing off with Ukraine, Libya descending into a civil chaos, the Taliban striking in Afghanistan, pundits and politicians are raising a drumbeat of demands for muscular action, condemning President Obama for his caution and supposed passivity. ...

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OPINION: Domestic violence

It’s time to place the onus for abuse squarely at the feet of those responsible. A first step in this process is in re-framing the issue of domestic violence: It’s not just a problem between two people. It’s a problem that impacts a community and affects the lives of countless others — most commonly children. It’s a problem, that if not resolved in its beginning, will become the foundation for a geometric i ...

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