Gregg Reese


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Julian Bond, charismatic activist and public servant, dead at 75

As the not so new millennium drones onward, and this country continues to be a cauldron of intolerance, this milestone suggests that the venerated memories of the Civil Rights era are not merely dusty entries to be pondered during a history lesson. The passing of active participants of this struggle only serves to highlight the lessons that may be applied to the continued specter of intolerance.

Was it worth it?

Looking at the Riots and their impact on the community

America’s obsession with anniversaries may be likened to an addiction. During the course of this year, in particular, we have or will commemorate the recurring date of numerous notable events.

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Inner City Romance

A mid-century take on cultural appropriation

Alternative publications purport to offer a fresh take on subjects covered by the mainstream media, and often tackle taboo, off-limit issues avoided by the establishment.

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Balancing Act

Muslims and law enforcement negotiate a slippery slope towards mutual understanding

The holy month of Ramadan (June 17 to July 17, 2015) is considered one of the “five pillars” of the Islamic faith. As the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, it is also the period during which the faith's central religious text, the Quran, was first revealed.

Home grown terror:‘Days of Rage’ looks back on the war within

“During an 18-month period in 1971 and 1972, the FBI reported more than 2,500 bombings on American soil—nearly five a day. Yet less than 1 percent of the 1970s-era bombings led to a fatality: The single deadliest radical-underground attack of the decade killed four people.”

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(Not so) overnight sensation

Jazz singer Ed Reed enjoys a thriving career as an octogenarian

One of the many memorable quotes left to us by novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald is his observation that, “There are no second acts in American lives,” which has been widely interpreted to mean that we can never recover from early failures.

Dual talents of Les McCann on display with “Invitation to Openness”

Mixing musical genres is such a given in contemporary entertainment that one is tempted to believe that this is a new phenomenon. In actuality, this co-mingling of “tropes” or stylistic embellishments associated with specific musical idioms to create new and different effects, has been around since the first immigrants to the New World intentionally put together sounds to amuse themselves.

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Race Films

A tale of two distinct motion picture cultures

The saga of the development of American society is a study of the progression of very distinct cultures. This flies in the face of the landmark National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (better known as the Kerner Commission) of 1968, which proclaimed that the “…nation is moving toward two societies, one Black, one White—separate and unequal.”

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The Medal

Coveted by the high and mighty, the Medal of Honor is the symbol of America’s valiant elite

“Someone could receive the Medal of Honor because they are suicidal; or stupid; or grandiose; or lucky; or opportunistic; because they were in the wrong place at the right time; or because they were courageous.”

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Deprived of dignity

Black males encumbered by the weight of racial discrimination

When I glanced at this week’s F.B.I.’s “10 most wanted” list, I was mildly surprised when I saw that no one on it was Black (closer examination did reveal former Black Liberation Army member and alleged cop killer Joanne Deborah Chesimard, better known as Assata Olugbata Shakur, aunt and godmother of the iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, on the list of most wanted terrorists).

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