In Cuba, ‘creeping capitalism’ arrives

When the U.S. embassy reopened in Havana on Monday after more than 54 years, it signaled what Cubans have now accepted: creeping capitalism is the future. A stroll through Old Havana is enough to convince anyone that the entrepreneurial spirit ...

Senator grills Red Cross over Haiti donations, spending

The American Red Cross met a deadline this week to answer congressional questions about how it spent nearly half a billion dollars donated after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, but the group says details can't yet be released publicly. And the ...

A presidential perspective on race

It was a remarkable week for President Obama: On Monday he commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders; on Tuesday he called for sweeping criminal justice reform in an address to the NAACP; and on Thursday he became the ...

Rep. Lewis cites attacks on Voting Rights Act

Rep. John Lewis told an audience at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute that the Voting Rights Act is under fire from Republicans seeking to suppress minority votes.

Cape Verdeans mark 40 years of independence

As the independent nation of Cape Verde turns 40, Cape Verdeans reflect on the historic significance of the date.

Watchdog agencies sound the alarm on fraud, scams

One in 10 Americans have been ripped off by consumer scams, according to the Federal Trade Commission. And for African American and Latinos, the odds are even higher that an unscrupulous wheeler-dealer has separated them from their money. That was ...

Confederate symbol under fire as calls widen to ‘take down the flag”

President Obama’s call to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capital in South Carolina in the wake of the Charleston church shooting bolstered the growing backlash against the divisive symbol.

Dolezal's subterfuge underscores changing attitudes race, skin tone

Questions about how cosmetic tastes transmuted from ivory to bronze cannot be so easily answered. How then will there be a satisfactory explanation of the decision by Rachel Dolezal to abdicate her European heritage to assume life as an African ...

Dominican Republic strips Haitian descendants of citizenship, prepares for deportation

Nearly two years after the high court in the Dominican Republic stripped citizenship from people descended from Haitian migrants, the Dominican government reportedly is preparing to send tens of thousands of its former citizens to Haiti.

Passing in reverse?

If you can see past Rachel Dolezal’s tanned skin, darkened and tightly curled hair and claims of black ancestry and acts of cultural and political appropriation, her status as an erstwhile African American might perhaps be taken as a measure ...

When an elder loses a home

Cases of elder financial abuse often present a messy trail of poor decisions, declining cognitive ability, aggressive or unscrupulous lenders and self-serving family members. But the results can be stark: lost dreams, financial ruin and even homelessness for elders or ...

For older homeowners, it’s ‘borrower beware’

Mortgage companies are aggressively marketing reverse mortgages to seniors, but advocates warn that the refinancing scheme isn’t for everyone.

Deportation deferment on horizon

Local immigration advocates and city officials are trying to drum up support in anticipation of the the Obama administration’s new immigration policy implementation. At a city hall press conference last week, speakers underscored the significance of the policy change and ...

Black college alumni seek support for students

Sunday, Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard and many of her classmates are going to give back to Delaware State University in a demonstrative way. As the class of 2015 prepares to walk for graduation, members of the class of 1965 will present ...

Upham's Corner teen has President's ear

President Obama turned last week to a panel of black and Latino youth in New York City for insight. The answer that appeared to stick with the president came from Boston Latin Academy junior Malachi Hernandez.