23 years later!
Written by Malik Spellamn 24 September 2009
23 years later!I was released from slavery twenty-three years ago as of September 4, 2009. Never in my elementary school years did I say to myself that I wanted to go to prison and be a slave. In 1986 ... read more >>
Celebrating Nkrumah's Centenary
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 24 September 2009
Celebrating Nkrumah's Centenary: Reflections on His Unfolding LegacyThere is no end to the lessons we can learn from careful and continuous study of the lives of the great men and women who distinguish ... read more >>
The Lie of a Post Racial America
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 24 September 2009
The Lie of A Post Racial AmericaPresident Barack Obama did not speak it first nor proclaim it to be in place. There has been talk of a "Post-Racial" society, but simply put, it is not yet here.And it can ... read more >>
G-20 Leaders Still Have Work Cut Out
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 24 September 2009
G-20 Leaders Still Have Work Cut OutThis week, the leaders of the G-20, representing about four-fifths of the world's economy, gather in Pittsburgh, for their annual talkfest. As they come together, experts ... read more >>
Michael's Murky Murder Mystery?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 24 September 2009
Michael's Murky Murder Mystery?"They're trying to kill me"Though the media hype has died down around the controversial and mysterious death of Michael Jackson, millions of fans from around the world are ... read more >>
The Disappearance of Mitrice Richardson
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 24 September 2009
The Disappearance of Mitrice RichardsonThe story of the disappearance of Mitrice Richardson, after the Agoura Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff's released her into the middle of the night ceased to be breaking ... read more >>
Obama’s Agenda and Rights' Attacks Interconnected
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 24 September 2009
Obama’s Agenda and Rights Attacks Interconnected Conservative extremists are attempting to annihilate President Obama who at times, gives them additional ammunition. He is being hit from several ... read more >>
Bravo, Mr. President! (9-18-09 Edition)
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 17 September 2009
As I sat back last night and watched president Obama speak before the joint session of congress, I was delighted to be able to say to myself, now that's the man I voted for. He spoke with eloquence, he ... read more >>
Improving Children's Health is In All Our Hands
Written by Isadore Hall, III 17 September 2009
Improving Children's Health is In All Our HandsGrowing up in Compton, California has had a big impact on my life. My neighbors were raised around gang violence, drug abuse and limited access to food that ... read more >>
Reclaiming Our Universities
Written by The Alliance for Equal Opportunity in Education 17 September 2009
Reclaiming Our Universities The NumbersWe are living in a city with one of the largest and most prestigious public universities (UCLA) without an equitable presence of Black people. Our tax dollars ... read more >>
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Tired  I am tired, truly, no jokeEven though my tone is soft and my words lift heat through soil.I am tired with lifeSuccess has not a home that nourishes protectionNor does love have shelter that harbors ... read more >>
Keeping It Real: Obama’s Health Care Speech
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Keeping It Real: Obama’s Health Care SpeechFor the past several weeks, all we have been inundated with is negativity; a decline in President Obama's approval ratings, scare tactics, weakening support ... read more >>
Caring for Caster Semenya
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Caring for Caster Semenya: Defending Her Sense of SelfThe international public pillorying of the world champion runner, Ms. Caster Semenya, raises a series of red flags of rightful concerns, but none more ... read more >>
Caught In The Act
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Caught In The Act When teenagers discover sex, the entire world can change and change rapidly.Such was the case for myself and my high school love, Gina.Once we began going steady, we began to live ... read more >>
Fed-run Health Care a Proven Success
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Fed-run Health Care a Proven SuccessThe health care debate seems upside down and inside out. The legislators who claim to be worried about costs are railing against the measures that would help get costs ... read more >>
Michael Jackson & Religious 'Holidaze'
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Michael Jackson & Religious 'Holidaze'Birthdays, Babies, and the BibleWhen Michael Jackson was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in good standing with the organization he neither celebrated the anniversary ... read more >>
Don't Be Afraid of the Black Girl: Serena Williams
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Don't Be Afraid of the Black Girl: Serena WilliamsWhat happened Saturday during the women's semifinal at the United States Open between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters is just another example of how ... read more >>
Black on Black Violence Now a Horrific Norm
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 17 September 2009
Black on Black Violence Now a Horrific Norm Despite citing a reduction of overall crime, the Los Angeles Police Department recently formed a task force to combat a significant spike in homicides, especially ... read more >>
Response to Anthony Samad: Accountability is More Than Self-Serving Talk
Written by Advocates for Black Strategic Alternatives 17 September 2009
Response to Anthony Samad: Accountability is More Than Self-Serving Talk  The Reagan trickle-down model of educational, economic and political and other opportunities has long been an erratic drip. ... read more >>
Back to School. Back to What?
Written by Bll A. Lloyd 10 September 2009
New tennis shoes. Good ones. I got them every year just before Labor Day. They were a key part of our family's back-to-school ritual. I still associate September with new shoes. Households all over Los ... read more >>
I Bear Witness
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 10 September 2009
I Bear WitnessI sit, I watch,And I grow ever more obsoleteAs I bear witness:I bear witness To a once vibrant people greedily gulping down society's hemlock. Even as they claim to be "keeping it real", ... read more >>
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 10 September 2009
DesireHello World, I trust another day has passed with you offering yourself confidence in knowing that your goals will be accomplished; whatever those goals may be, making your next mortgage payment, ... read more >>
Holder and the Civil Rights Division
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton (Columnist) 10 September 2009
Holder and the Civil Rights DivisionRev. Al SharptonIt was 1957 and the nation was in the midst of the largest sweeping cultural change since the abolishment of slavery. Integration was taking root in ... read more >>
Tickets = Poor Folks & the Police
Written by Malik Spellman 10 September 2009
Tickets = Poor Folks & the Police I once heard a very wise man that we all know who told us that he controls your movement and controls your thinking! Well at the time he said this to us I was fully ... read more >>
We Must All Work Together
Written by Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte 10 September 2009
We Must All Work TogetherBy Marguerite Poindexter LaMotteNearly 20 years ago, my predecessors on the Board of Education, with laser like focus, decided to prove to the public that children and families ... read more >>