Michael Cottman commentary

When I first interviewed then-candidate Barack Obama on his campaign plane in 2008, he talked passionately about fatherhood, uplifting Black men, and the importance of men of color taking responsibility for parenting their children. Two terms in the White House and eight years later, President Obama is still talking eloquently about empowering Black men in […]

Show us the money. That could easily become the family mantra for the surviving lawsuit-crazed children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While the King siblings  — Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. III — have reportedly spent millions of dollars suing each other over the years, we now learn that none of […]

Donald Trump doesn’t want to be President of the United States. I didn’t talk to Trump; I don’t know Trump, but my gut tells me that he doesn’t really want the job. I’m not convinced that Trump is as crazy as some have suggested, but he may be crazy like a fox. In fact, Trump […]

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak to a coalition of Black and Hispanic journalists on Friday in her continued efforts to court voters of color and secure the White House in November. The Democratic nominee for president is on track to become the first female president but she needs broad and solid support from African-American, […]

Donald Trump enjoys promoting the politics of fear. In his doom-and-gloom view of America, Trump, during his acceptance speech for President, put panic in the hearts of many Americans by portraying this republic as a dangerous place in “crisis” and where “crime is through the roof” in inner cities across the country. Once again, Trump […]

Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson is dead from Gavin Long’s bullet. Jackson is Black. And Long is Black. Long is a cold-blooded murderer who ambushed Jackson and several other police officers Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Long killed two other cops and wounded a few others. It was a senseless, cowardly act. Long, 29, […]

If you’re African-American and planning a vacation, you may want to check out a hotel before booking Airbnb. Hosts on Airbnb haven’t exactly welcomed Black folks into their homes. Racial discrimination, according to a Harvard study, is rampant during online bookings, especially if hosts with Airbnb conclude that the folks who are booking are Black. […]

Jim Crow is back. The notion of a post-racial society after President Barack Obama was elected as the nation’s first black president has just been blown up: America’s public schools are re-segregating at an alarming rate. Decades of racial progress in public schools is now being erased, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report […]

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder should be ashamed of himself. Snyder is staging a shameless damage control ploy to show that he is taking charge of…

The awkward, racially-charged joke by Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about Black folks wasn’t funny. At least I…