Gang Violence and Elderly Children
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 20 March 2008
With far too many of our Black children not making it out of their teens because of being gunned downed throughout our fair City, the above title makes for an interesting enigma. So, what do I mean by ... read more >>
Providing Quality Education a Moral Imperative
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 20 March 2008
Excellence in education is the real goal even though the “achievement gap” for Black students gets the press. Apparently, neither is a moral nor educational imperative for Black adults or ... read more >>
Bear Markets
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 20 March 2008
The economy is sinking. Two million homeowners are in or headed to foreclosure. One in ten homes are “underwater,” worth less than their mortgages. Gas and food prices are soaring. Jobs are ... read more >>
Street Apostle
Written by MALIK SPELLMAN 13 March 2008
California Revolutionary in Politics What does street apostle mean, is the question I set out to answer. Is it a question of social responsibility and commitment to helping our people as a whole to ... read more >>
Hillary Holds Democrats Hostage
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 13 March 2008
Blank statement: Hillary Clinton does not deserve the Democratic Nomination for president-in fact, based on what these primaries have revealed of her character, she doesn’t even deserve her seat ... read more >>
History, Hillary, and Hussein
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 13 March 2008
This Century’s Captivating Couple There’s only one other time in American history when a Black man and a White woman simultaneously entranced a nation. Race, gender, and politics were the ... read more >>
Democrats Can and Should Put an End to this Conservative Era
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 13 March 2008
Is the apparent strength of the Democratic party right now a sign that Americans are becoming more enthusiastic about regulation, redistribution of wealth and other traditional ideas of the left, or ... read more >>
Heroes & Leaders
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 13 March 2008
Ask any young person, especially a young man what they wish to be when they grow up and invariably most will name a sports position or music industry position. But the majority of aspiring athletes ... read more >>
Singing History ith Sonia Sanchez: An Unfinished and Unfinishable Poem
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 13 March 2008
At the heart of our shared history as a people and as Black women and men is this need and search for a way to live and love fully and freely and create the conditions under which we can do both. In ... read more >>
Festering Black-Latino Relations A NON-Priority
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 13 March 2008
Festering Black-Latino Relations A NON-Priority Intense anger, fear and distrust generally characterize the feelings of Blacks (and Latinos) over the recent spate of senseless violence and killings ... read more >>
Black Women Deserve Better... Black People Deserve Better
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 06 March 2008
All this time I thought that, the reason for gay America’s refusal to focus on any other civil rights issue but gay marriage was because of their privilege. But today, it’s clear to me that ... read more >>
Sistas and Supernatural Sex: What to Do When A Spirit Visits You
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 06 March 2008
(Part 5 of 5) “Exorcism” is second on the list of “Comebacks of 2008” according to prognosticators who analyze future trends. The casting out of demons appears before streetcars, ... read more >>
Tammany Telecom?
Written by DR. E. FAYE WILLIAMS 06 March 2008
The term bribery usually conjures images of corrupt businessmen jamming fistfuls of cash into the pockets of public officials in exchange for favors. But the exchange can work the other way as well—public ... read more >>
Black Women In and As History: Sustainers of the World
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 06 March 2008
March marks the beginning of Black History Month II (Women Focus), called in other quarters Women’s History Month, but whatever is done or decided in the larger society or even the world, the question ... read more >>
Protecting Endangered Crystal Stairs
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 06 March 2008
This column tends to focus on issues such as Black leadership, education and police malpractice. This week, it highlights, in some detail, the negative impact of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ... read more >>
The 2008 State of the Black Union
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 06 March 2008
I had the pleasure of watching Tavis Smiley’s entire production of the “2008 State of the Black Union” on CSPAN last week—and as usual, it was quite entertaining. But while I ... read more >>
The Obama-Bass Factor
Written by BARBARA PERKINS 06 March 2008
“Be the Change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Ghandi. “We are bearing witness that words have enormous power and that good is on the side of those who without question are ... read more >>
A Code of Conduct for Blacks
Written by MALIK SPELLMAN 28 February 2008
I prayed to God for my next mission in this life and he told me to talk to some of the brothers and sisters in the Black community to see if they were feeling the concept of a Code of Conduct. And to ... read more >>
Black History: Images on Film
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 28 February 2008
If you really want to know what scares America, don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s the Black man with a gun—this nation put them there. The scariest Black man or woman is the one ... read more >>
Is Obama "Patriotic" Enough?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 28 February 2008
“In the United States the word ‘Pilgrims’ usually refers to the European settlers of New England, who celebrated the ‘First Thanksgiving’ with the Native Americans in 1621,” ... read more >>
My Apology to Charles Knipp for Gay America
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 28 February 2008
At this year’s State of the Black Union, Dick Gregory apologized to President Bill Clinton on behalf of Blacks for our role in allowing Clinton to believe that he was Black. In that same spirit, ... read more >>
Life Lessons of History: Our Ancestors and Ancient Egypt
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 28 February 2008
At the center of our celebration of our history is recognition of the fruitful resources it offers us in both learning and life and our conscious commitment to pay rightful hommage to our ancestors, ... read more >>
LAPD Up Close: Culture and Politics Intact
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 28 February 2008
A discerning look at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reveals an unchanged underbelly, ostensibly impervious to all but rhetorical reform. A federal consent decree, notwithstanding, the department ... read more >>
Will the Real Hillary Clinton Please Stand Up?
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 28 February 2008
After seven years of agony during the Bush administration, America has learned that the most important characteristics to look for in a president is good character and common sense. We’ve learned, ... read more >>
A Stranger's Journey
Written by K. Lee 28 February 2008
As I traveled this great country of the United States, I decided to take a three-day excursion on a train. I didn’t know what to expect, but what I received was priceless. Not only was I able to ... read more >>