IT WAS DAY ONE of the Democratic National Convention, and liberal icon Rev. Al Sharpton stood with conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on the floor of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. They were discussing the Democratic party’s propensity for taking the black vote for granted. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton can’t afford to do so. Not with the…

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I want to be proud on this, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but I can’t. Not while mourning I’m the untimely demise of all that the Voting Rights Act represents. I mourn because just 27 percent of eligible voters participated in Philadelphia’s mayoral primaries. I mourn because we’ve been lulled…

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INTRODUCING REAL TALK, a new video series from Solomon Jones. We’ll talk to the people who make a difference both in Philly and on the national stage, holding no-holds-barred conversations on the real issues that affect our communities. Vote or shut up Episode 1 is on the only issue that matters right now–voting. Click the video…

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ELECTION DAY is one of those days that every parent should have circled on his or her calendar because it’s one of the most important days for your kids, whether you know it or not. You do want to make sure that kids aren’t being dragged down the street for several blocks, right? I guess I…

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WHEN PRESIDENT Barack Obama told a New York audience that the push to restrict voting rights was a political ploy, he had a point. But the voting-rights battle is more than a partisan fight. It is, at its core, a struggle to wrestle away civil-rights gains made byh minorities in general, and blacks in particular.…

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