Is It Safe Now to Talk About How the Congressional Black Caucus’ State of the Union ‘Protest’ Was Just Kente Cloth Cosplay?

I was on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh during the State of the Union, so I missed the entire thing. Actually, “missed,” in this context, is somewhat misleading. Because even if I had been able to watch it, I probably wouldn’t have. Because the absurd theater of what happens when President Donald Trump…

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Will Honor Recy Taylor During Trump’s State of the Union

On Sept. 3, 1944, 24-year-old Recy Taylor and two friends were on their way home from a late-night church service in Abbeville, Ala., when a group of white men abducted and raped her. Taylor refused to stay silent about the assault. Two grand juries refused to bring charges against her attackers. Taylor, who died at…

Too Sick to Socialize, but I Went to the NY Urban League’s Black & White Champagne Brunch and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Conference in DC Anyway

Three weeks. That is how long I’ve been sick with an unknown virus (the thing doctors tell you when they don’t know what it is but know it won’t kill you). It’s not the flu. It’s not a cold. But it is one thing—a jerk. Just the biggest jerk of a disease ruining my social life by forcing me to be actually antisocial,…

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference Slated to ‘Rise’ Above Trump-Era Shenanigans

For the first time since the Obama administration left office and subsequently moved most of the chocolate and reasonable, left-brain thinking out of the White House, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., is upon us. It all starts Wednesday.

Congressional Black Caucus Struggling With Question of Whether to Admit Afro-Dominican Congressman

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), the first Dominican American elected to Congress and who succeeded former Rep. Charles Rangel in representing New York’s 13th District, identifies as a “Latino of African descent”—and that designation is a cause for debate among members of the Congressional Black Caucus who question…

A Group of Black State Legislators You Probably Don’t Know Just Met to Get Ready for the Age of Trump

Unbeknownst to the vast majority of folks, there are more than 10,000 black elected officials nationwide on the local, state and federal levels. Even less known is the fact that 700 of them are state legislators: state representatives, delegates and state senators, many congregating in state capitals in nearly all the…