Keeping It Real: Shem Walker
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton (Columnist) 23 July 2009
It was a quiet Saturday evening in Brooklyn when Shem Walker visited his mother's home in Clinton Hill. The 49-year-old father of two routinely checked on her, enjoyed the company of his tight-knit family ... read more >>
"Obama, Us and Others: The Problematic of Being President"
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 23 July 2009
The presidency of Barack Obama poses a particular problematic for us as African people, not only because we see it as a historic victory against all odds and one we helped shape and proudly share, but ... read more >>
Gay Racism Must End
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 23 July 2009
The gay community has gone too damned far.I tried to be cool. Even through their "Gay is the new Black" slogan, which offended me deeply.After all, I think it's silly for oppressed groups to compare oppression.But ... read more >>
Economy Can't Run On Empty Pockets
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 23 July 2009
The banks "are healing," says Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. And the soaring profits reported by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan suggest that at least some of the big banks are planning a return to the days ... read more >>
Michael Jackson & Jehovah's Witnesses
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 23 July 2009
Curious fans of Michael Jackson want to know what faith he embraced during the years just prior to his death. They're intrigued with what sparked the Gloved One's spiritual fire in the waning moments of ... read more >>
One Parent's Never-Ending Nightmare with Dorsey High School
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 23 July 2009
Imagine that you've just completed getting your teenage African-American son through four of the most important years of his life, grades 9 through 12 in a public inner-city high school in the Los Angeles ... read more >>
Blacks Not Part of Public School Choice Plan
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 23 July 2009
Déjà vu. Unfortunately, LAUSD's Black students are not even a footnote in the latest proposal for reform. Board member, Yolie Flores Aguilar has introduced a resolution that calls for a different ... read more >>
America: Are We Really that Exceptional?
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 16 July 2009
Well, there's that arrogant, xenophobic, and divisive phrase again--"American Exceptionalism." President Obama is being roundly criticized by many conservatives for refusing to go around the world promoting ... read more >>
If I Were a Husband
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 16 July 2009
Hello World, this topic comes to mind periodically. I seldom think of being a husband unless I am at home with my family or in situations where my friends are accompanied by their spouses. I would imagine ... read more >>
Keeping It Real: Health Care
Written by Rev. Al Sharpton 16 July 2009
The United States of America is undeniably and unequivocally the most dominant and industrialized nation in the world. It's no wonder that countless people still flock to our borders with the hopes of ... read more >>
"Obama in Africa: Rethinking Reality and Responsibility"
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 16 July 2009
In spite of the current usefulness of his color, the progressive character of his consciousness and his early and often-stated desire to repair and remake the country and the world, Barack Hussein Obama ... read more >>
What Michelle Obama Represents For American Women
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 16 July 2009
There was an ignorant email going around right after Barack Obama was elected to the White House.The email was from a Black woman, announcing to Black men that if they use Obama as a shining example, they ... read more >>
This Time, Need Must Trump Greed
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 16 July 2009
Should the beleaguered executives of AIG get another $250 million in bonuses?They say the bonuses are pledged and earned. They've been working hard to sell off parts of bankrupt AIG and to manage under ... read more >>
The Most Famous Rap Song Ever--in the Bible?
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 16 July 2009
Okay, what's the most famous rap song of all time? Would it be one performed by Christopher Wallace, aka "Notorious B.I.G." aka "Biggie Smalls"? What about rap songs by Tupac Shakur? Hello, was that Curtis ... read more >>
U.S. Supreme Court Both Downplays and Affirms Race
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 16 July 2009
The United States Supreme Court in Ricci v. DeStefano continued its erosion of civil rights protections by further narrowing the definition of affirmative action. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that ... read more >>
Thank You (7-9-09)
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 09 July 2009
Hello world, I have some personal news to share with you all! So please give yourself a moment to read my words as many of you are the reason for my good fortune. On July 2, 2008, I submitted my first ... read more >>
An Open Response to Halliburton Ms. Gabriel
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 09 July 2009
I'm writing in response to your June 23rd request for an immediate correction to a statement made regarding the Halliburton Corp. In my June 20th article, Healthcare: Why Can't We Get the Congressional ... read more >>
Rollercoasting with Michael Jackson
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 09 July 2009
The recent flood and flurry of activities and conversations around Michael Jackson's earlier rise and fall and now his resurrection as a central subject of national and global focus represents an E-ride ... read more >>
When Darkness Comes To Light
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 09 July 2009
Sometimes, when humans are subjected to intense pain, their defense mechanisms force them to shut down. And during the shutdown time, there can be darkness.As an adult, I found the healing required for ... read more >>
Washington Fiddles While U.S. Burns
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 09 July 2009
It is time to wake up. This country continues to hemorrhage jobs. The pain is spreading across the country, with young men and minorities taking the biggest hits. Unemployment, now at nearly 10 percent, ... read more >>
Abandoning Black Babies
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 09 July 2009
Mothers of all races abandon their babies. And if social trends from incarceration to medical care are any indication insofar as African Americans are concerned, of the ones abandoned by their mothers, ... read more >>
Blacks and Racial Disparities in Foster Care
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 09 July 2009
In Los Angeles and across the nation, there are large disparities in foster care and Black children are faring far worse than their White counterparts. California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass considers ... read more >>
Michael Jackson and America's Superstardom
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 02 July 2009
I greatly admired Michael Jackson. I admire anyone who's the very best at what they do, and Michael Jackson was definitely that. I remember when I first heard him. He was doing a tune called "Who's Lovin' ... read more >>
Written by Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist) 02 July 2009
"I wake up from dreams and go "Wow, put this down on paper." The whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face, (Michael Jackson)".Hello world, the title, ... read more >>
Frederick Douglass and the 4th of July
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 02 July 2009
As we prepare for the July 4th celebrations and contemplate the racial meaning of the post-racial message of the Supreme Court's recent decision on affirmative action in favor of Whites, and as President ... read more >>