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Fire and Flowering for Gwen Brooks: Blooming in the Whirlwind
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 03 July 2008
The month of June has already folded into July and yet I still feel compelled to pay special hommage in this space to Gwendolyn Brooks-Blakely (1917 June 7-2000 December 3), although there is no way ... read more >>
Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Message Resonates
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 03 July 2008
Excerpts from Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day address, 1852, in Rochester, New York, embody his continued relevance and provide sobering balance to Blacks’ understandable euphoria over ... read more >>
A Journalist’s First Responsibility
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 03 July 2008
As anyone who has regularly read my column is fully aware, I’ve been one of Barack Obama’s most fervent supporters since hours after he first declared his intention to seek the presidency, ... read more >>
The Supreme Court Can’t Shoot Straight
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 03 July 2008
More people will die from gunshots because of the decision of five right-wing Supreme Court Justices to overturn the District of Columbia law governing handgun possession in the District. To reach their ... read more >>
Focus Less on Sexual Orientation and More on Broken Foster Care System
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 26 June 2008
If there was ever an example of why it’s so important to adequately fund foster care and mental illness programs, look no further than Starkeisha Brown and her girlfriend Krystal Matthews who are ... read more >>
COMMENTARY: Weekend Gang Shootout Turns Anger into Fun
Written by MALIK SPELLMAN 26 June 2008
Over the weekend Los Angeles experienced the best shoot out I have ever seen in my life and I welcome many more. Over the past weekend we had a chance to take several high risk youth over to the chino ... read more >>
Insensitive Celebs Still Sounding Off
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 26 June 2008
Look Who’s Using the “N-Word” Now! What do Duane “Dog” Chapman, Don Imus, Michael Richards, Rush Limbaugh, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, George Bush, Amy Winehouse, and now ... read more >>
Summertime Styling: Our Eyes Are Watching
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 26 June 2008
I’m a girl watcher. I said it before and some people wanted to attack me. I made it clear that I’m a girl watcher because there are some serious offenses being committed and I am unafraid ... read more >>
Soweto, Simba and African Youth: Young Lions in Life and Struggle
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 26 June 2008
The observation of African Youth Day this month throughout the world-African community to mark the Soweto Uprising, 1976 June 16, again provides us with a focused opportunity to pay hommage to the courageous ... read more >>
Blacks and Latinos: Lessons from Mississippi
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 26 June 2008
California’s Black and Latino leaders should take a hard look at David Bacon’s essay, “Black and Brown Together,” (American Prospect, March 2008). It’s about a successful ... read more >>
The Modern Black Man: 21st Century Arguments for 19th Century Thinking
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 26 June 2008
Less than three hours after Barack Obama declared his candidacy for presidency, the feeding frenzy began among Black people. It just so happened that Sen. Obama declared his candidacy on the same day ... read more >>
Private Wealth and Public Squalor
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 26 June 2008
Floods ravage the Midwest, as the hodgepodge system of levees is overwhelmed. 24 are dead; damage is estimated at $15 billion and counting. The cost to food supplies has yet to be felt. A bridge falls ... read more >>
One Black Lesbians Thoughts on Gay Marriage
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 19 June 2008
I separated myself from the marriage movement some years ago. Not because I am about as close to getting married as Hillary is to being President. It’s not because wearing white has a way of adding ... read more >>
An Education in Assassination
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 19 June 2008
The High Cost of Segregation Long since the days of slavery when it was against the law for Blacks to learn to read and write; and long since the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education when the US ... read more >>
When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 19 June 2008
It’s not as if a departure ever comes at a good time. And if we don’t see it coming, the pain and anguish that it brings can lay us lower and render it harder to move on with the daily grind ... read more >>
“Obama’s Nomination: The Meaning and Measure of the Historical Moment”
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 19 June 2008
The difficulty of defining and understanding the meaning and measure of a given historical moment lies not only in the complexity and sheer number of factors which shape it, but also in the power and ... read more >>
Killing Spree Underscores Dire Need for Change
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 19 June 2008
Just two weeks ago, this column was about stopping the killing in Los Angeles. Since then, there were fourteen killings in Los Angeles County in one weekend—most in the city of Los Angeles’ ... read more >>
Can We Call Americans Racist and Still Expect to Get Their Vote?
Written by Eric L. Wattree Sr. (Columnist) 19 June 2008
Michelle Obama made a simple statement—“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of this country”—and one would have thought she declared a jihad on America. ... read more >>
The Housing Mess
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 19 June 2008
We witness a staggering failure of leadership. Housing foreclosures in May were up 48 percent over last year, and rising. One in six homes is worth less than its mortgage. Homeowners have lost, according ... read more >>
“Abortion Anyone?”
Written by Dr. Firpo W. Carr (Columnist) 12 June 2008
Two weekends ago saw the release of two box office hits in the classic “battle of the sexes” genre. It was the much anticipated ‘chick flick’ Sex and the City versus the ultimate ... read more >>
A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 12 June 2008
Inevitably, Sen. Barack Obama’s ascencion as the Democratic nominee for President brought up the not-so-small issue of his “Whiteness.” Up until now Obama, has been characterized for ... read more >>
Hillary’s Racism & Misandry Won’t Be Missed
Written by Darryl James (Columnist) 12 June 2008
Now that Barack Obama is the Democratic Presidential Nominee and all the dust is starting to settle in the Democratic Party, people will be taking some deep breaths and refocusing the race. Some people ... read more >>
Routine Resolution in Rome:
Written by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Columnist) 12 June 2008
The recent World Food Summit in Rome closed without dealing with the real causes of the food crisis in the world, opting instead to promise, as predicted, to provide more emergency and dependency-creating ... read more >>
Barack Obama: Audacious and Accomodating
Written by Larry Aubry (Columnist) 12 June 2008
Euphoria abounds and is well deserved. But people must keep in mind that Barack Obama’s presidential priorities and commitments really won’t be known unless and until he becomes President. ... read more >>
The Challenge
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 12 June 2008
With Hillary Clinton’s stirring endorsement, Barack Obama now turns to the general election. John McCain is already taking potshots at Obama. The pundits are speculating on what states are in play, ... read more >>

 

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