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America is My Home
September 20, 2019
This year, as that date approached, I was listening to one of my all-time favorites, Luther Vandross's "A House Is Not A Home," when the question popped into my head: Do I consider America to be my home, or just my house? ... read more »
Us, Culture and Struggle: Ultimately Engaged and Achieved on the Ground
September 19, 2019
This is a sankofa retrieval of thoughts on an anniversary past that still reveals positions and principles as relevant and real as rain in monsoon season. And it is reflective of the deep and enduring commitment we of Us have to the priority of our people, opposition to our oppressor and oppression, and to a communitarian African way of life and thus to the unfinished and ongoing liberation struggle we must continue to wage to achieve this. ... read more »
Confronting the Abandoning Crisis…Poverty and Homelessness Beyond the Urban Core
September 19, 2019
Here’s a staggering number - 553,000. Imagine what you would do if 553,000 dollars were deposited into your bank account today. Imagine what you can see if you travel 553,000 miles around the world? That is a significant number. The truth is that’s the number of homeless people recorded in the United States in 2018. Yes, the most developed country in the world allows a whopping 17 percent of its population to live on the streets. California holds a total of 113,952 abandoned homeless individuals; this represents 20 percent of all homeless people in the United States. Approximately 15,179 are veterans. People in this country are turning a blind eye as if this is some “new normal.” We have abandoned our neighbors, and homelessness is a clear symptom.  ... read more »
Trump and the Weather
September 19, 2019
There have been repeated stories of the repression of science under this administration. Scientists have been informed not to use this word or that word. The suppression of scientific exploration and publication of new research on climate change. This is all being done under the cover of night. But now we have a story where it is quite public that this administration not only wants to dictate reality, but it wishes to suppress those who contradict them, irrespective of the truth. ... read more »
Kamala Harris is the Best Player in American Politics
September 19, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris’s debate performance last Thursday night in Houston, Texas was phenomenal. She has received a lot of credit for her wit, her pith, and her smart decision to train her fire on Donald Trump as opposed to needling the other Democratic candidates sharing the stage. She has been commended for being personable and quick on her feet, absolute and aerodynamic even in the face of tough questions.  ... read more »
Ask Dr. Jeanette ‘Re-Invent Yourself’ ‘The Best Is Yet To Come!’ (part 2)
September 19, 2019
Someone said to me, “I don’t want to hear about Israel.” ... read more »
Flying While Black: Stop the U.S. Congress from Raising Air Travel Taxes
September 19, 2019
America’s airports are well-positioned to continue to fund infrastructure improvement projects without needlessly reaching into the pockets of America’s working families and robbing them of one of the few affordable luxuries available to them. Congress must stand up for working people and refuse this tax increase. ... read more »
The Time is Now to Help Prevent Gun Violence in Urban Neighborhoods
September 19, 2019
At the beginning of this summer, I wrote an Op-Ed for the National Newspaper Publishers Association. I asked for support for the anti-violence programs around the country and many of you responded. For that, I am grateful. ... read more »
The Difference Between Your Calling & Your Career
September 19, 2019
Oprah Winfrey said, “Forget about the fast lane.  If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion, honor your calling.  Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.”  ... read more »
DeVos Hands For-Profit Colleges $11.1 Billion Over 10 Years
September 13, 2019
Most consumers would likely agree that consumers should get what they pay for. If a product or service fails to deliver its promises, refunds are in order.  ... read more »
Flying While Black: Stop the U.S. Congress from Raising Air Travel Taxes
September 12, 2019
“The tax, known as the passenger facility charge, is a locally enforced but federally authorized fee that every passenger must pay at U.S. commercial airports. Nearly every airport in America charges it. The fee is currently set at $4.50 per person per leg of a trip. Legislation has been introduced that would remove that cap, allowing airports to charge any amount they want.” ... read more »
Don’t Worry About Todd Gurley, Rams Fans. He’s a Star and He’s Healthy Enough
September 12, 2019
I was watching the opening game at a bar with some of my old teammates, and when the Rams took possession in the fourth quarter up 23-20, I said it out loud: Run the football. ... read more »
Life is Not Promised
September 12, 2019
Wendy's Window ... read more »
Dynamex Law Will Gut Black Newspapers in California
September 12, 2019
This is a direct appeal to Governor Newsom, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and our entire state legislature. I’m writing this on behalf of the more than 20 African American-owned newspapers that operate in cities and towns across California. ... read more »
Africa, Our Moral Ideal: Radical Reasoning About Ourselves and Our Culture
September 12, 2019
For it is on their tall shoulders we stand and look back into our past and forward into our future, extracting and applying the instructive lessons of their legacy. And it is in their long and sheltering shadows that we continue the legacy they left in the life-affirming and liberating ways we live our lives, do our work, and wage our struggle for liberation and good in the world. Indeed, as Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune taught us, our obligation is and must be a “ceaseless striving” and struggle for the Good for ourselves, others and the world. ... read more »
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