Special Order 40 vs Divisive Racial Opportunism
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 08 May 2008
Jamiel Shaw’s parents’ fervent plea that their son’s death not be used as a tool for encouraging anti-Latino sentiment fell on deaf ears. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Special ... read more >>
Repeating History: They Wanted King to Shut Up Too
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 05 May 2008
I refuse to live my life tip toeing around as to avoid making people feel uncomfortable when it comes to race, class, and America’s memory problem when it comes to Blacks. As I said before, ... read more >>
Let it Go
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 01 May 2008
Most Americans subscribe to a religion—Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, etc. With those subscriptions come admonishments to forgive, but how many actually can do what is required to actually forgive? ... read more >>
What Would You Do If...
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 01 May 2008
One day you got a call from your 87-year-old Grandma, a grandma who is the least political person you know, who is a Jehovah’s Witness, and is just about—no make that, THE nicest and sweetest ... read more >>
Centuries-Old Segregation in the Congregation
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 01 May 2008
Was Wright Wronged? Well over a year ago a writer for Jeremiah Wright’s church magazine contacted me saying she wanted to review my book, Germany’s Black Holocaust: 1890-1945. In an email ... read more >>
Dear ‘Mr. Liquor Store’
Written by MALIK SPELLMAN 01 May 2008
As you may know, you are the first person we as humans turn to when we are feeling down. If our children are born we celebrate the birth of a child with you in mind. You seem to be in all of our thoughts ... read more >>
"Taking Lives and Faking Justice: Code Blue and Casualty Black”
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 01 May 2008
It clearly would be a welcomed and rightful relief if we could, following and expanding on Barak Obama’s initial appeal, actually erase racialized discourse, eliminate the many subtle and savage ... read more >>
Escalating Downward: The Collapse of Urban Public Schooling
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 01 May 2008
Today’s column, “Escalating Downward: The Collapse of Public Schooling in the United States of America,” is an exception to academia’s accustomed disconnect with “real ... read more >>
The Rev. Wright is Wrong: It is God’s Will That We Use Common Sense
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 01 May 2008
Most people who have any interest at all in Sen. Obama’s campaign for president are scratching their heads over what could possibly be governing Rev. Wright’s decision to go public at this ... read more >>
A View from Haiti
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 01 May 2008
It’s the middle of the day; the sun is up, the heat rising in Port au Prince, the capitol of Haiti. Thousands of young men and women fill the streets, lining up, moving from place to place. They ... read more >>
The Quality of the Air We Breathe
Written by TINA SIMMONDS 24 April 2008
A visitor to Los Angeles once stated, “Los Angeles is the only place where you can actually see the air that you breathe.” That statement pretty much sums up air pollution not only in Los ... read more >>
The Mayor Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is
Written by MALIK SPELLMAN 24 April 2008
Los Angeles finally has a mayor who has put his money where his mouth is. This message is to personally thank the Mayor for his input. It is not very often that we find someone who is listening to the ... read more >>
Thick, Healthy or Fat?
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 24 April 2008
I remember in the late 1980s when Black men first started using the word “thick” to define a woman with ample bottom and/or breasts. We knew what we were describing and it was more about ... read more >>
The Cuban Connection
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 24 April 2008
With all the fanfare going on here in the US with the presidential elections, mainstream media (and even the Black press) have not given much attention to the end of a remarkable era in Cuba. Fidel ... read more >>
“In Honor of Aimé Césaire: Thinking Clearly and Dangerously”
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 24 April 2008
Aimé Césaire (1913-2008), one of the great minds and men of African people and the world, made transition last Thursday at the age of 94, rising up in radiance, highly valued and vindicated ... read more >>
Cosby’s Current Specialty: Defaming Ghetto Youth
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 April 2008
Dr. Bill Cosby castigates poor and working-class Black inner-city youth. He says, “Black children are running around not knowing how to read or write and going nowhere.” To unemployed Black ... read more >>
Clinton Supporters Beginning to Jump Ship-As a Simple Matter of Conscience
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 24 April 2008
Hillary Clinton has done a lot of talk about the value of experience, and her selfless dedication to America during these primaries. But it’s just that—talk, and many of her supporters are ... read more >>
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 17 April 2008
There are people in every corner of society who are willing to sell their very souls for personal gain, for wealth and fame, or for nothing at all. Amongst African Americans, we often see soul-selling ... read more >>
Special Order 40 Not the Problem... Just Another Distraction
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 17 April 2008
In case you weren’t aware, sound bytes from politicians and well meaning street corner activists on the evening news don’t end gang violence. Neither do rallies, candle vigils, or press conferences ... read more >>
An Unwinnable War With Whites? (Pt 3)
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 17 April 2008
Barack Obama and Introspective Politics Part 3 of 3 Barack Obama has overwhelming support among Blacks in his bid to be President of the United States. He could easily be conceived as that ‘Black ... read more >>
Obama, Elections and the Movement: Problematics and Challenges of Change
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 17 April 2008
This election, like those before it, generates its own special illusions, born of both unbridled hope and unrestrained hype, constantly nurtured as another needed “hook” to insure success ... read more >>
Black on Black Violence: A Hideous Conundrum
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 April 2008
Part 2 of 2 Black on Black violence diminishes human life but increasingly, is more likely to occur in inner-city neighborhoods. Pervasive violence exists with muted outcry from both the victims ... read more >>
An Open Letter to the Super Delegates
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 17 April 2008
I realize that many of you feel that you owe the Clintons your loyalty, and others are waiting to ensure that you act in the Democratic Party’s best interest, but when is enough enough? Even the ... read more >>
Whores & Wives: Part Three of a Three Part Series
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 10 April 2008
Part 3 At 24, life was good for Pam. She was close to her family and an active part of her church and community. She had worked hard to get through nursing school and was glad to be back home. Pam attended ... read more >>
Hillary’s Lies Threaten to Unravel Clinton Legacy
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 10 April 2008
Hillary Clinton’s ravenous ambition and sense of entitlement has clearly blinded her to reality. If she wasn’t so blinded by the arrogance of believing that America owes her the presidency, ... read more >>