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On Saturday, Oct. 11, a 20-year commemoration and attempted repeat of the 1995 Million Man March occurred in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall where they are building the gigantic National African American History Museum and not far from the ...

The politics of ‘getting it’

In late September during a Sunday afternoon speech at the Edward Kennedy Institute in Boston, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) demonstrated that not all elected White lawmakers are deaf, dumb and blind to what Black folk have been trying to say ...

The politics of copyright infringement redux

Ever wonder what ultimately happened in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement lawsuit after the eight-person jury unanimously voted that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringed on the Gaye family’s copyright for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give it Up?” ...

Practical Politics

The Black Lives Matter Movement has most recently been in the news confronting 2016 presidential candidates about their political stances and on whether these candidates can understand what the phrase “Black Lives Matter” even means. The movement has been media-savvy ...

The politics of Pan African education in the 21st century

Colonial education in Africa was fundamentally aimed at teaching Africans that Europeans were superior in everything, and that the purpose of African life was to follow whatever Europeans said and go wherever they led. Africans were to stay divided and ...

The politics of early evaluation

Okay, President Barack Obama has committed himself to do an adventure episode with Bear Grylls. Hmmm. It will certainly show the strength he still has left in his presidency after the kitchen sink has been thrown at him these last ...

Practical Politics

At first glance, the Iran nuclear deal appears to be another “other people’s problem” issue that does not relate to the everyday “bread-and-butter” concerns of the nationwide Black community. It’s not about another negative police relationship in which the police-as-warriors ...

The politics of the Iran nuclear deal

At first glance, the Iran nuclear deal appears to be another “other people’s problem” issue that does not relate to the everyday “bread-and-butter” concerns of the nationwide Black community. It’s not about another negative police relationship in which the police-as-warriors ...

The politics of President Obama in Africa

Cementing his role as the African Diaspora president and hero of everywhere Africans, President Barack Obama spoke recently to a huge audience at the African Union headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. This was the headquarters featuring the great statue of ...

The politics of building presidential legacies

Lately we've been assaulted daily with details of speeches and sound bites from a deluge of Republican presidential hopefuls, especially Donald Trump. Sorry Republicans, none of you have a snowball's chance in hell of winning the presidency in 2016. However ...

The politics of historical delusion

One news source reported this week that one of its investigators interviewed one of Dylann Roof's cousins, who said that Roof had been trying to romance a young White girl recently who rejected him in favor of hooking up with ...

Practical Politics

In February 2014, to add to the public policy executive order he’d already issued in July 2012 regarding assisting African American youth to overcome the systemic obstacles against their success in the USA, President Barack Obama issued an order to ...

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 ...

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.). ...

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 ...