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Why Black Americans Should Vote Their Race... For Once
Written by DR.?M. TYRONE CUSHMAN 03 April 2008
Reprint from Pasadena Journal I never cease to be amazed at the race-sensitive conscience of Black Americans. Why are we the only race in the world embarrassed to choose itself? Why do we as Blacks ... read more >>
Considering King’s Martyrdom and Message: Losing Illusions and Gaining Truth
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 03 April 2008
Dr. Maulana Karenga The 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calls for us not only to pause to pay rightful hommage to him and the great gift of life he gave us, but it also ... read more >>
Labor Reform Misses Rank and File Blacks
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 April 2008
For Black unionists, labor reforms like those in public education, law enforcement and politics are paper pronouncements, not a reality. They also know that “reform” emanates from privileged ... read more >>
If We Allow Our Best to be Dragged Through the Mud the Average American Doesn’t Have a Chance
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 03 April 2008
Along with the ability to inspire, a president should have the intelligence to see the big picture, the maturity to handle power, and the class to ensure that his or her own personal needs remain secondary ... read more >>
Dr. King’s Trumpet
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 03 April 2008
April 4 marks the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. Forty years later, his dream has been remembered and commemorated. But in many ways, his mission has not yet been realized. ... read more >>
An Unwinnable War with Whites? (Pt 1)
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 27 March 2008
(A Presidential Fight in Black and White) Part 1 of 3 “The white race is a wicked race,” said one prominent national leader. Provocative words indeed. Who’s the author? Malcolm X? ... read more >>
A Response to Pat Buchanan’s ‘A Brief for Whitey’...
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 27 March 2008
Leave it up to Whitey to rewrite history in such a way that favors himself as Blacks greatest savior. And I quote: First, America has been the best country on earth for Black folks. It was here that ... read more >>
Healing and Hope with Obama: Negotiating Race, Racism and Reconciliation
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 27 March 2008
Some of us are sufficiently satisfied just to share space and special moments with them, to have them turn and tell us something nice, to smile at us without racial arrogance, paternalism, maternalism ... read more >>
Jeremiah and America’s Blind Spot
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 27 March 2008
The American media has become absolutely fixated on Rev. Jeremiah Wright. How could he say what he did about America? Why didn’t Senator Obama storm out of the church in protest? And how can Barack ... read more >>
Whores & Wives: Part One of a Three Part Series
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 27 March 2008
Part 1 At 38, Ron had been with enough women to fill twelve issues of Essence. He had loved a few, but mostly, he had either hurt them or had been hurt by them. At this stage in his life, he wanted something ... read more >>
4000 and $3 Trillion
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 27 March 2008
The US military announced Monday that the death toll of US soldiers in the five year Iraq conflict reached 4,000, after four soldiers were killed in a Baghdad bombing. According to icasualties.org, ... read more >>
Is Black Leadership Equal to the Task?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 27 March 2008
Black leadership heads the list of relentless challenges bombarding Black Americans. Unless leaders become more effective, however, responses to these growing challenges will remain fragmented, i.e., ... read more >>
Jeremiah, Jesus and Doing Justice: Obama’s Church, Challenge and Campaign
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 20 March 2008
Has it actually come to this, Black people, that White folks now dare to choose our church, approve and disapprove our pastor and dictate the spiritual and social content of our sermons without blinking, ... read more >>
The Problem with Hillary
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 20 March 2008
The problem with Hillary is that she seems to think she’s smarter than the rest of us. The next time you hear her speaking at a political rally, listen to her closely, then ask yourself, does she ... read more >>
Cheatin’ A** Men
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 20 March 2008
One of the most popular pastimes for American women is discussing how men think and feel and then assigning those assumed thoughts and feelings (which are typically detrimental to women) to “all” ... read more >>
The White Man’s Burden is Not the Black Man’s Responsibility
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 20 March 2008
Well I guess on the bright side of things, there should be no more questions about whether or not Senator Barack Obama is a Christian. If you recall, throughout his campaign for the presidency, he’s ... read more >>
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 >>




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