Pass Me a Rock: It’s Lunchtime in the County Jail
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 24 January 2008
Why is it that we have to pay Ben Bernanke millions of dollars to bring in a truckload of Ph.D.s just to tell us that we’re hurtin’? And even then they won’t give us a definitive answer—”Ah, ... read more >>
Excuse Me But I Didn't Mean to Turn You On
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 24 January 2008
I never cease to be amazed at the excuses we make for our behavior. For example, in the case of R. Kelly...”yeah the girl was underage and he was a grown ass man but she was asking for it.” ... read more >>
American Politics: Part 2
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 17 January 2008
Part 2 Last week, in American Politics, Part 1, I stated that while too many people think it is enough to repeat the myriad voting slogans designed to motivate the masses, I believe that real discussion ... read more >>
Eyes on the Prize
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 17 January 2008
When I think back on Dr. Martin Luther King on his birthday, I know he would have been both pleased and troubled by our current state. He would surely have been pleased at the picture of the Democratic ... read more >>
King, Obama and the Movement: Keeping Faith in the Future
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 17 January 2008
In this month in which we dedicate serious and sustained remembrance, reflection and recommitment to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, it is only appropriate that we reject the corporate ... read more >>
Hard Challenges Require Recommitment Not Resign
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 January 2008
Urban Perspective is principally description and exhortation directed at removing barriers to Blacks’ rights and progress. Downplaying negatives with “positive spin, as some suggest,” ... read more >>
COMMENTARY: Education in South Los Angeles
Written by MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA 17 January 2008
Fifty years ago, nine courageous students in Little Rock fought taunts, violence and police intimidation so that the doors of opportunity would open to African-Americans across the country. Here, today, ... read more >>
COMMENTARY: Fresh & Easy Markets Writes South L.A. a Check Marked Insufficient Funds
Written by REVEREND Dr. Lewis Logan 17 January 2008
As Los Angeles prepares to celebrate the life and sacrifice of a true African-American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must also recognize our historical obligation to carry on his life’s ... read more >>
Voices on: Challenges for African Americans
Written by Francis Taylor (Contributing Writer) 10 January 2008
Question: As we contemplate the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. and anticipate the success of Barack Obama, what do you think are the biggest challenges facing Blacks in 2008? ... read more >>
COMMENTARY: HIV/AIDS: We've Got to Deal with It
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton 10 January 2008
If anyone knows me, they know that I’m going to speak up when others sit quietly by. When other presidential candidates ignored the issue of gay marriage in 2004, I showed my support by marching ... read more >>
American Politics: Part 1
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 10 January 2008
Part 1 In America, right now, history is being made and we are all witnesses. For the first time, a serious Black presidential candidate is on deck and even if American Politricks (election stealing, ... read more >>
Why Do We Fight the N-Word Then Support American Gangster? They’re Both Saying the Same Thing–Ni**er
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 10 January 2008
Why are we flocking to the movies and spending our hard-earned money to support “American Gangster?” And why did Denzel Washington, a brother that has brought so much pride to our community, ... read more >>
Jesus Christ and Worldly Politics
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 10 January 2008
He was neither liberal nor conservative With the election year finally here, what better time to ask, WWJD, or, “What Would Jesus Do?” The answer is simple: Nothing. No, he would neither ... read more >>
An Ambivalent Embrace of Obama: The Maturity or Masking of America
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 10 January 2008
It is a fundamental lesson of our history, witnessed and inscribed in the hard-rock reality of our daily lives and enduring struggle, that there is no easy walk or way to freedom, no shortcut or quick ... read more >>
Race, Poverty and Class Still Limit Blacks' Progress
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 10 January 2008
Last year was not particularly good for Blacks, but not substantially different than others in recent memory. Despite claims to the contrary, Blacks’ progress-social, political, economic—continues ... read more >>
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 10 January 2008
A new year beckons. A fresh start. A new direction. After the calamities of the past months—from Iraq to the mortgage crisis, from Katrina’s stain to our prisons’ shame—we take ... read more >>
The Mis-Education by the Negro?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 03 January 2008
Dyson, Smiley, and West take on the 'N-Word' The perennial best-selling book, The Mis-Education of the Negro, by Carter G. Woodson is standard reading for “conscious” brothers and ... read more >>
Top Ten Thoughts from 2007
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 03 January 2008
2007 was one hell of a year. The hopes and fears of a few years came to rest in these twelve months. The Subprime Mortgage debacle, Michael Vick’s “Dog Days” and the Asian product difficulty ... read more >>
Notes for the New Year: Ancient African Ethical Teachings
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 03 January 2008
Now, at the beginning of this the year of our people 6248, let us again, in the tradition of our ancestors, wish for African people everywhere, as well as all the peoples of the world: blessings without ... read more >>
Partisan Politics Not Designed for African Americans
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 January 2008
African Americans’ interests are not served by partisan politics but most are Democratic Party loyalists. And unfortunately, Black elected politicians often support Party over constituent priorities. ... read more >>
We Can't Blame a Lack of Knowledge on the White Man Because Knowledge is Free
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 03 January 2008
A lady told me that I contradicted myself in last week’s article. She said I indicated that if we learned to think more efficiently, we could resolve our own problems, and we wouldn’t need ... read more >>
Voices on: Happiness for the New Year
Written by Francis Taylor (Contributing Writer) 03 January 2008
Mary Armstrong, Office Manager, Los Angeles, CA - A happy new year for me will include maintaining a loving and harmonious relationship ... read more >>
Voices on: Resolutions for 2008
Written by Francis Taylor (Contributing Writer) 27 December 2007
Delilah Lanoix-Harris, SMS Transportation, CEO, Los Angeles, CA - As a business owner, I will continue to grow my business and increase revenue ... read more >>
What Happens When We Die?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 20 December 2007
Where is Ike Turner Now? Part 2 of 4 Ike Turner, legendary music icon and former husband of the inimitable Tina Turner, died last week about the same time I wrote last week’s article discussing the ... read more >>
Christmas, Religion and Jesus
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 20 December 2007
Sadly, most people have no idea where the Christmas holiday traditions come from, but they swear that it is all about Jesus. Surprise! The Christmas holiday as we know it is really an aggregation of ... read more >>