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I need my father

As an Afro-American grandfather, I now understand that fatherhood is a privilege, not simply a right. I realize that being a father is an institution, professorship of trust, culture, and emotions attached to DNA. There is no question that each ...

The politics of putrid puffery

One distinctive and unfortunate part of African American culture is the too-often repeated exercise of public rants against each other. This habit is not ameliorated because it has a very long-standing tradition within the community, nor is it okay just ...

Fox News favorite ‘people’s sheriff’ should drop his comedic charade

Milwaukee County’s David Clarke could be a valuable voice in the national conversation over police violence. Instead he’s on Fox News blaming ‘Black underclass subculture behavior.’

The politics of sudden, silent death

Clearly, being Black means having a ton of obstacles relentlessly in one’s way forward. Some such hurdles are self-imposed (e.g., too much pork-eating, too much greasy fried food, too much self-hate, too much backward thinking when thinking at all, etc.). ...

Counting the Cost

When racist attitudes, either conscious or subconscious, are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African Americans more likely to be the targets of “blind justice.”

Warren Lane Elementary students unveil mural honoring Jesse Owens

P.S. Arts and students of Inglewood’s Warren Lane Elementary, along with actress Keke Palmer (Akeelah & The Bee, Brotherly Love, upcoming Scream Queens) unveiled a mural this week that honors Jesse Owens, who upstaged Nazi Germany at the 1936 Berlin ...

The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage–using guns, knives, clubs, and chains trying to kill each other, and police officers, too—that leaves nine dead, nearly ...

Counting the Cost

When Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed on May 12, federal budget observers wondered if the underfunding of our nation’s fraying infrastructure was at least partly responsible for the deaths of eight people (according to the New York Times) and ...

Michelle Obama resists taking the easy way out

More than any other first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama continues to stand above those who would attempt to distort her leadership. First lady Obama’s recent commencement address at the Tuskegee University in Alabama exemplified her ...

Counting the Cost

Baltimorean Freddie Gray is neither the first, nor will he be the last person to die in police custody. According to a 2011 report from the Department of Justice, 4,813 people died in police custody between 2003 and 2009 (the ...

‘Ready to Lead’ conference provides vital information for entreprenuers

If ever the saying “it’s who you know that counts” rang true, it’s definitely in the world of the entrepreneur. At least from the standpoint of presenters at last week’s conference for women and minority entrepreneurs.

The politics of respecting the office

In the more than 2,300 days he’s been president of the United States, the sun and wind powering Barack Obama’s tall, clipper ship have more than once been interfered with, as nuts and overly partisan ideologues have disrespected the office ...

For-profit colleges: Buyer beware

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, about 1.7 million people will receive their Bachelor’s degrees, and another nearly 750,000 will receive associate’s degrees this May and June. The numbers have been rising over the past 10 years, with ...

Becoming your own boss with Uber

A lot of people have a lot of things to say about ridesharing. There’s no shortage of opinions on this new innovation. But as someone who partners with Uber, and delivers rides everyday, I figured I’d tell my side of ...

Reparations conference report: Part Two

The Caribbean Reparations Commission (CRC) presented and read its CARICOM National Reparations 10-Point Plan (formally called the Caribbean Restorative Justice Plan) at the New York conference as a foundation document. That plan calls for: