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YOUR VOICE: Former Mayor Andrew Young says the problems we face don’t have anything to do with the Confederate flag. Do you think we should be worried about the flag or is it a waste of time?

Charity Hamidulah, Atlanta “I sort of agree with his opinion. For instance, on my way to my soccer game, I saw some man carrying a Confederate flag, right down Boulevard. It was a shock to see at first, but then ...

For Black Homeowners, the Great Recession Is Not Over

Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt black families, especially black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new ...

July 1 brings dozens of new Georgia laws

July 1 brings the start of a new year for state government, and dozens of laws that go into effect for the first time.

The Confederate Flag Debate!

Chanting “bring it down, bring it down,’’ hundreds gathered in Tuesday’s sweltering heat demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside South Carolina’s Statehouse.

White Mob Attack and Brutal Double Stabbing in Chicago

Four have been charged with attempted murder in a vicious May 30 double stabbing attack on a Black man and woman at a park in the largely Irish neighborhood known as Canaryville on Chicago’s Southside.

The Many Faces of Rachel Dolezal

Since news first broke last week that the now former head of the Spokane NAACP chapter in Washington portrayed herself as Black — even though she was born white — people have not stopped talking about her.

YOUR VOICE: In light of the incident in Charleston SC, do you think churches should have armed security?

Micheal Reaver, John’s Creek “I think arming security is a secondary issue. I think it’s trying to attack a symptom rather than the cause of the illness, which in this case, is racism, flat out.

Georgia’s Permit Rules Keep Ex-Cons Jobless

Some 50,000 blacks in Georgia are barred by law from working in 20 occupations that require a professional license because of their prior criminal convictions.

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Community Efforts Urged to Curb Mass Incarceration

The Black community should take a larger role in curbing mass incarceration and be less reliant on public officials to slow prison growth, says Rev. Hebert Brown III, community organizer and leader of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore.

CAU alum leads clean-up efforts for the AU Center

Horace Henry and a group of Clark Atlanta University alumni members are volunteering to help the school beautify the campus by the time the new Atlanta football stadium opens in 2017.

YOUR VOICE: At 72 percent, Georgia’s high school graduation rate is 9 points lower than the national average. Why do you think that is?

“Personally, to a certain extent, I believe it’s the teachers. All they see is a check, well, most of them. The students, they can, sort of feel that they are not really there for them.

Friends, Family Honor Slain Journalist

Thirty. That is the number of journalists killed on the job so far in 2015, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists,

Ex-Fulton Co. Commish A. Reginald Eaves passes after illness

Former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves and Atlanta’s first Public Safety Commissioner died Tuesday after several recent health setbacks. He was 81.

NEWS Briefs: Sen. Isakson has Parkinson’s; will run for new term

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., disclosed Wednesday he has Parkinson’s disease, but said the diagnosis won’t deter him from seeking a new term next year or compromise his ability to serve if he wins.

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