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The Face of School Choice

A little more than 10 years ago, a young woman named Denisha was part of a vicious cycle. Her mother dropped out of school, her uncle had dropped out of school and her brother would goon to drop out of ...

Is Hip Hop a culture?

My students recently had a debate over an issue that has troubled them. It is repeated below.

Ebola knows no borders

When it comes to matters of trade and economics, experts are eager to speak of “globalization.” People are keen to talk about the dissolution of borders and the many ways that countries work together across the globe. At least part ...

The politics of one step forward

Like a well-appointed suitor who is totally used to controlling the relationship he established for himself, American racism knows how to give a little hope now and then to keep us hanging on. So, the Florida man who argued with ...

Countering voter suppression moves

The Supreme Court recently blocked an appeals court ruling that would have restored seven days of voting in Ohio. In just three sentences, the court reduced voting access for tens of thousands of Ohioans, in yet another effort to suppress ...

School superintendent race is referendum on teachers’ unions

While the battle for Superintendent of Public Instruction between two Democrats is drawing attention because it is the most hotly contested statewide political race, in the end the contest may not so much depend on voters’ feelings about the candidates ...

Eric Holder’s legacy

After being confirmed as the nation’s first African American Unites States attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tip toe around the volatile subject of race.

African Americans less ready to retire

When the Federal Reserve Board issued its Survey of Consumer Finance (SCF), its findings were not surprising. The report, which is issued every three years, reflected the improved economic conditions since 2010, when the Great Recession was at its peak. ...

The politics of pimping victimhood

Let me wade into the gator-filled waters here. Why haven’t we heard the voice of Janay Palmer Rice through all this sound and fury over the horror of her husband hitting her? Wasn’t she the victim? Didn’t she take the ...

The Boomerang Generation

One of the most interesting findings of the data recently released by the Census Bureau is that so many recent college graduates live with their parents. Described as “boomerang” graduates, a third of them occupy a basement, a spare room, ...

Making sure our returning citizens succeed at home

There are about a million African Americans in the criminal justice system, which makes the United States number one in terms of the number of Black people behind bars. Fortunately, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, State Sen. Holly ...

Practical Politics

State Senator Rod Wright is going to jail. At least, that was the sentence meted out to him by L.A. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy this week. Wright is to begin a three-month term in the county jail on Oct. ...

Practical politics

Within this musical and literary generation, one of the most persistent challenges is in coping with the habit of millennials to “sample” virtually everything, yet still call it their original creativity. Several much noted artists—like Diddy, Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams—owe ...

America needs a raise

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months–an all time high.

Jazz titan Gerald Wilson dead at 96

Gerald Wilson, the prolific Jazz arranger, bandleader, composer, educator, and trumpeter, died at his family home in Los Angeles on Sept. 8. Perhaps the ultimate testament to his musical versatility was his ability to transition from the swing era of ...

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