Self-Reflection v. Genuflection: Obama, Jesse and Generation Talk
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 17 July 2008
Even if we maintain our iron-clad embrace of Obama and give him our whole heart, mind and soul, and our total say-what-you-want support, it is not wrong or irrational to save at least a little consideration ... read more >>
Obama Shifting: Principled or Just Expedient?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 July 2008
Barak Obama has changed positions on several issues during the course of the campaign. Although a staunch Obama supporter, I believe whether his shifting (“flexibility”) is principled or ... read more >>
Obama Has My Support: As Long as He Remembers Who’s the Boss
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 17 July 2008
I’m both a progressive and Obama supporter, so it goes without saying that I’m deeply disappointed with his reversal on the FISA issue. But the mere fact that Sen. Obama felt it both safe, ... read more >>
My Life Goal
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 17 July 2008
My life goal is to inspire every person on earth in a positive fashion. I can do it. Hello world, I hope all of you who read my work allow your own noetic thoughts to guide you through a clear path. ... read more >>
A “Barack Attack” Over Iraq
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 10 July 2008
The McCain Camp Complaints of “Inconsistency”   Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, attacked his democratic rival over alleged inconsistencies in ... read more >>
Black Women Hate Black Men
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 10 July 2008
I think that it is sad indeed that R Kelly’s case is being compared to the Mike Tyson rape conviction. In that case, I still maintain that Tyson was also a victim, not just the woman who allowed ... read more >>
Affirmative Action and Racial Justice: Requiem, Reaffirmation and Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 10 July 2008
It is clearly no accident or unintentional oversight that there has been no major marking or significant discussion, and in most cases not even minor mention, of the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court ... read more >>
Reopen MLK Hospital with Patients Top Priority
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 July 2008
Reopening Martin Luther King Hospital (MLK) must be predicated on providing quality health care for the poorest population in Los Angeles County. Reportedly, the University of California (UC) is set ... read more >>
A Sense of Pride is a Terrible Thing to Lose
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 10 July 2008
When I look back on the sixties it seems like it took place on another planet. There was so much to be proud of during that period. We didn’t have much in terms of material things, but we had pride, ... read more >>
COMMENTARY: Question, Should I Have Taken Her Virtue?
Written by ALFONZO TUCKER 10 July 2008
Hello World! My name is Alfonzo Tucker. If you recall the historical decision of Roe versus Wade, well, that is the year I was born. So you the reader have a better understanding of me. I’m a bit ... read more >>
Racism Leads to Cancellation of Black Gay Pride Annual Beach Party in Malibu
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 03 July 2008
The 2008 Independence Day holiday weekend marks the 20th anniversary for Los Angeles’ Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride best known as At the Beach Los Angeles Black Pride. While ... read more >>
The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword
Written by MALIK SPELLMAN 03 July 2008
Is it part of a person’s nature to be rude and personify a very negative spirit towards people that they don’t know anything about? I know of a very rude, disrespectful, power wielding Sheriff-wanna-be ... read more >>
Obama on the Bible vs. Dobson on the Divine
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 03 July 2008
Clash of Black & White “Christians”? Focus on the Family founder James Dobson felt it was his Christian duty to lambaste Barack Obama’s understanding of certain Scriptural ... read more >>
Black Men Hate Black Women
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 03 July 2008
Now that I have your attention, you have to know that the title is far from the truth. At least it is for any sane person, but not for a growing number of Black women who are now using the R. Kelly acquittal ... read more >>
Fire and Flowering for Gwen Brooks: Blooming in the Whirlwind
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 03 July 2008
The month of June has already folded into July and yet I still feel compelled to pay special hommage in this space to Gwendolyn Brooks-Blakely (1917 June 7-2000 December 3), although there is no way ... read more >>
Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Message Resonates
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 July 2008
Excerpts from Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day address, 1852, in Rochester, New York, embody his continued relevance and provide sobering balance to Blacks’ understandable euphoria over ... read more >>
A Journalist’s First Responsibility
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 03 July 2008
As anyone who has regularly read my column is fully aware, I’ve been one of Barack Obama’s most fervent supporters since hours after he first declared his intention to seek the presidency, ... read more >>
The Supreme Court Can’t Shoot Straight
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 03 July 2008
More people will die from gunshots because of the decision of five right-wing Supreme Court Justices to overturn the District of Columbia law governing handgun possession in the District. To reach their ... read more >>
Focus Less on Sexual Orientation and More on Broken Foster Care System
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 26 June 2008
If there was ever an example of why it’s so important to adequately fund foster care and mental illness programs, look no further than Starkeisha Brown and her girlfriend Krystal Matthews who are ... read more >>
COMMENTARY: Weekend Gang Shootout Turns Anger into Fun
Written by MALIK SPELLMAN 26 June 2008
Over the weekend Los Angeles experienced the best shoot out I have ever seen in my life and I welcome many more. Over the past weekend we had a chance to take several high risk youth over to the chino ... read more >>
Insensitive Celebs Still Sounding Off
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 26 June 2008
Look Who’s Using the “N-Word” Now! What do Duane “Dog” Chapman, Don Imus, Michael Richards, Rush Limbaugh, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, George Bush, Amy Winehouse, and now ... read more >>
Summertime Styling: Our Eyes Are Watching
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 26 June 2008
I’m a girl watcher. I said it before and some people wanted to attack me. I made it clear that I’m a girl watcher because there are some serious offenses being committed and I am unafraid ... read more >>
Soweto, Simba and African Youth: Young Lions in Life and Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 26 June 2008
The observation of African Youth Day this month throughout the world-African community to mark the Soweto Uprising, 1976 June 16, again provides us with a focused opportunity to pay hommage to the courageous ... read more >>
Blacks and Latinos: Lessons from Mississippi
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 26 June 2008
California’s Black and Latino leaders should take a hard look at David Bacon’s essay, “Black and Brown Together,” (American Prospect, March 2008). It’s about a successful ... read more >>
The Modern Black Man: 21st Century Arguments for 19th Century Thinking
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 26 June 2008
Less than three hours after Barack Obama declared his candidacy for presidency, the feeding frenzy began among Black people. It just so happened that Sen. Obama declared his candidacy on the same day ... read more >>