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Mr. Mandela: Once More, with Feeling

On Dec. 5, 2013, the day Mr. Mandela transitioned, the last and probably the best, movie made about his life and significant legacy premiered in Toronto, Canada. The movie was and is, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and it is ...

The anachronistic politics of at-large voting

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District School board was considering whether to hold a special election or appoint someone, like a superbly qualified George McKenna, Ed.D., to serve out the term of the recently departed and very effective ...

The politics of building legacies and sleeping in peace

On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the Xhosa son of South Africa, rested his head one final time. His personal struggles and his championing of those agitations of his countrymen for dignity and justice came to a close. ...

The politics of a new Pan African Congress

On Jan. 14-16, the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be the site at which a group of Pan Africanists will meet at the eighth installment of the Pan African Congress Movement begun in 1900 with the gathering ...

The politics of real social change

There are some of us who worry that President Barack Obama’s positive legacy is being tarnished right before our eyes—that this fumbling of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will devastate the significance and accomplishments of his presidency.

The politics of student and youth activism . . . finally

In February 1960, four students, after a few days of planning and discussing the issue, took a mighty risk. They sat down at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., and asked for service. They knew the law would not ...

Black politics and Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day 2013, was more than merely a few more hours away from money-related work. The U.S.A., collectively, paid a proper tribute this past Monday to its military men and women who have continued to defend the country and to ...

The politics of history

Last years’ smash film hit, “Lincoln,” was a great piece of cinematic work. It deserved all of the accolades it received. However, based as it was on the intensive research and documentation that director Spielberg said was done in preparation ...

The politics of delusion

Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, (R-Texas) will not go away. Unlike a House Republican who only has a two-year term and has to constantly rerun for office, the good Senator Mr. Cruz, who was one of the primary architects of ...

The Politics of Street Lit

Since the creation of Black American (African American) culture, every generation of Black folks in the U.S. has produced its own creative literature, music, dance, etc. That is because part of the consistent core and character of Black culture is ...

A gilded gift

Giving further compelling evidence that Black culture is waning steadily and speedily into oblivion, ushered there by this generation of Black folk, recently Dr. Dre (Andre Young), in collaboration with Interscope Records mogul Jimmy Lovine, announced a $70 million donation ...

Shaking up Denver

There have been times in the 20-year history of the National Black Chamber of Commerce that we had to put on our agenda a major lawsuit.

What’s up with African American literacy rates?

In the world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other quick strike information processes, why is there a definite lack of evidence of a steady upward progression of reading and writing skills among African American contributors?

The politics of a consumer-friendly eminent domain

Even though, according to a recent evaluation report by Barclays Bank, the California Homeowner Bill of Rights—which became official on Jan. 1, 2013—is having a definite impact on slowing bank foreclosures in the state, some municipalities still end up with ...

The politics of paying for the N-word

In Lee Daniels’ new movie, “The Butler,” the first part of the story gives one of the most compelling arguments in any modern media for African Americans to cease and desist from calling each other the N-word.