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 >>
Malcolm X, History and Struggle: Grounding, Insight and Action
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 21 February 2008
It is Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, freedom fighter, warrior-priest and prophet, opener of a new way to understand ourselves and the world, who taught the indispensability of an effective knowledge ... read more >>
An Appointment with Destiny
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 21 February 2008
You’re slipping, Hutch. Your lack of customary objectivity has finally betrayed your loyalties. I came to your site to comment on your Huffington Post article, “What Will Obama Do When There’s ... read more >>
America’s Choice
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 21 February 2008
It’s only February and already seems like this election campaign has been with us forever. The Republican field of White men in dark suits has been winnowed to one: Senator John McCain. On the ... read more >>
Sistas and Supernatural Sex: A World Wide Web of Intrigue
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 21 February 2008
Part 4 of 5 The World Wide Web is indeed intriguing. Cyberspace is the place where hardware and software are wed. The Internet itself is a large international network of computer hardware. You can touch ... read more >>
Black Leadership Redux, Redux
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 21 February 2008
Fading civil rights gains, huge demographic changes, crisis in educating Black children and diminishing political clout are among current challenges that demand effective Black leadership. Of course, ... read more >>
Black History-Cops and the People
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 21 February 2008
America is a funny land. Not funny as in “ha ha,” but funny as in strange. So strange that even though cops have historically been at odds with Blacks, people try to pretend that there is ... read more >>
Black Love: A Complementary and Species-Compelling Need
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 14 February 2008
It is not an exaggeration to state that there is no issue of greater importance, urgency or enduring impact in terms of the foundation, functioning and future of us as a community and a people than the ... read more >>
I’m a Sellout for Supporting a Non-Slave?
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 14 February 2008
I received your e-mail last night, but instead of giving in to the knee-jerk tendency to immediately respond, I thought I’d take the night to respectfully consider some of the issues you’ve ... read more >>
Divide Us Not
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 14 February 2008
Hillary wins Hispanics; Obama wins Blacks.” Increasingly pundits suggest this voting pattern reflects not these candidates, but more permanent divisions. Hispanics and Blacks are rivals, we’re ... read more >>
Black History or African History?
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 14 February 2008
It’s Black History Month and wherever you are, you should be either studying Black History, or planning to create Black History. Instead of discussing some great achievements by Black men or Black ... read more >>
Sistas and Supernatural Sex: A Valentine of a Different Kind
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 14 February 2008
Part 3 of 5 When it comes to supernatural sex, “sistas” aren’t the only ones involved among humans. Yes, “brothas” are dragged into the illicit orgy of events. (Okay, ... read more >>
Obama and Blacks: Change or Masked Tradition?
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 14 February 2008
It’s too early to know whether Barack Obama is a genuine change agent vis a vis Blacks’ concerns or just an enticing mirage. The question of where he stands is vital, whether or not he wins ... read more >>
Just Be a Woman About It
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 07 February 2008
Last week, I wrote a piece called “Man Up!” Of course, it was well-received, because it took men to task. But the balance of it all is also discussing what women need to do to make things ... read more >>
Sistas and Supernatural Sex: Treatment from Tinseltown and the Therapists
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 07 February 2008
Treatment from Tinseltown and the Therapists Part 2 of 5 Dr. Luke, an ancient first-century physician, used the Greek word for “therapy” at Luke 12:42 when he quoted Jesus as describing the ... read more >>
History, Heritage & Self-forgetfulness: Renewing Memory and Continuing Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 07 February 2008
It is in these months of February and March, designated as Black History Month I (General Focus) and Black History Month II (Women Focus) that we have set aside time and space to celebrate ourselves ... read more >>