Emmett Till shares a happy moment with his mother, Mamie Till.

Revisiting the Life and Murder of Emmett Till

We can never forget of the anguish and terror Mamie Till Mobley felt as she went through the horrific details of identifying the body of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till. It is in those details that should serve as a constant reminder what it was like to be black and living in America when the […]

The great Jackie Robinson remains one of the icons in Major League Baseball. Photo Courtesy of National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Real Meaning of Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was not bigger than life. He simply gave us a better perspective about it. No. 42 was not the first person to illuminate bravery. But he painted a much clearer picture for us to understand what it is to have courage in the face of relentless adversity. A four-sport letterman star at UCLA […]

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Phi Beta Sigma to Sponsor Documentary of Congressman John Lewis

Washington, DC- The John Lewis Documentary Project is the much anticipated film documenting the life and legacy of Civil Rights icon, and a United States Congressman. Lewis is a profile in courage of a gentleman Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. proudly calls one its legendary members. Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President and Micheal Cristal, […]

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Remembering our Blackness

African Americans have lost their blackness. As a race, the identity crisis of this group people shifted somewhere in the early and mid-70s and never came back. Once the Civil Rights Movement era claimed victory for blacks through the action of the Voting Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the dismantling […]


Much Ado About ’12 Years a Slave’

Much have been said about “12 Years a Slave.” The epic slave film, directed by Steve McQueen, has made the rounds of all the awards shows, snagging a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. The movie has also received Academy Awards and NAACP nods as well. What’s the big deal about Hollywood being enamored with […]

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Football Fumbles: Pale to the Redskins

  A slur is a slur. No matter how you cover it up and pretend its doesn’t exist, an insult is an insult. In case you missed it, there is an uproar over the NFL’s Washington Redskins.  Many people are upset about the name being used. I’m upset and I am not a Native American. […]

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Collins’ Announcement No Jackie Robinson Moment

Jackie Robinson didn’t have the option of playing it safe. Jason Collins did. Robinson could not go into his closet and take off his blackness when he became the first black American to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. While Robinson feared for his safety and […]

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Why the New Minorities are Joining the Democratic Party

The Republican Party today has a race neutral and culturally accommodating philosophy.  What that means is that they pretend that race and culture are not major factors in determining success in America. They profess that if we all work hard, value education, discover what we want to do in life and pursue it, we could succeed. […]

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Blacks Can’t Lose Sight of Social Justice

Commentary  By M. Starita Boyce Ansari, Ph.D. (Black News)-Fifty years ago, Americans from community after community came together and committed to a vision for justice and equality. People fought. People died. People transcended the small interests of their own needs, as Blacks, Jews, women, gays and lesbians, took real risks to advocate for change and […]

Bernice King and Martin Luther King, III, children of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., viewed the inscription wall while touring the construction site of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial./PRNewswire

MLK: The Spirit of a Lion

I don’t see the timidity of a lamb when I think about slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I see the raging ferocity of a lion instead. He was meek but he wasn’t a turnover puppet. King walked by the nonviolence standards he preached about. But he was always ready and prepared […]

Civil rights icon Julian Bond shares the stage during a panel discussion with NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous./Dennis J. Freeman/news4usonline.com
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NAACP: Relevant Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By Dennis J. Freeman There are a lot of haters. More than a few doubters have bashed the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. That could only mean the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is doing what it is supposed to do: agitate and make people feel uncomfortable. For years, people have […]

Speaker John Boehner is the face of the Republican Party./Photo Credit: PR Newswire

The Republican Party and its Cast of Clowns

By Dennis J. Freeman  Commentary Business and real estate mogul Donald Trump says he has “a great relationship with the blacks.” He’s also investigating whether or not President Barack Obama is an American citizen. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann wants to lead an anti-government revolution from the party of idiots. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants […]

The legendary Fred "Curly" Neal dribbled his way into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame with the Harlem Globetrotters./Photo Courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters

Dazzle of Curly Neal and Harlem Globetrotters not Forgotten

By Dennis J. Freeman   news4usonline.com Black History Month Feature        The NBA would not be where it is today without the contributions to the sport of basketball by the likes of Fred “Curley” Neal and the Harlem Globetrotters.  The Harlem Globetrotters is one of just six teams inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The spectacular mesmerizing […]

Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Rev. Jesse Jackson converge at the "Keep the Vote Alive" march celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in 2005./Reggie Sanders/PRNewswire

Black Voters Must Rise up Against Apathy and Arrogance

By Dennis J. Freeman        We have been silent for too long. It is now the time to act. African Americans can no longer afford to sit still on their laurels and not vote. This country is at an impasse with so many difficult issues going on around us that all Americans are affected. However, African […]

Actor Mel Gibson (left) stands with Interstate Chairman Norm Miller in a 2007 photo-op./PRnewsFoto

Dr. Laura, Mel Gibson, Race and the N-Word

By Dennis J. Freeman We knew it would come sooner or later. Black folks knew it had been hiding. It had been lurking somewhere, just waiting to expose itself. Well, the recent avalanche of the N-word used by high-profile white celebrities have outed the myth of a post-racial lovefest that was supposed to happen now […]