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How to end the violence in “Chiraq”
Monday, July 21, 2014
Between July 3-7, 82 people were wounded and 16 killed by gunfire. If you think I’m talking about violence in Iraq, you’re wrong. I’m talking about happenings in “Chiraq,” a new nickname for Chicago — my hometown. This violence is an unfortunate way of life for many Chicagoans. Victims ranged from as young as a
Budget debate forces painful and unnecessary choices
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Which would you rather lose: a hand or an eye? The smart answer to that question, of course is “neither, I need to keep both.” They are both critically important and play very different roles in helping a person function. Unfortunately, that seems to be the question that North Carolina lawmakers continue to play at in the fight between the
A challenge for the hip-hop generation
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Hip-hop news lately has been fueled with beef and rants of all kinds. Meek Mill is beefing with Wale because Wale wasn’t supporting Mill’s current project enough on social media. Dame Dash is blaming Lyor Cohen for the downfall of Rocafella Records. Lil Wayne thanks the world for supporting his bull. Chris Brown and Drake are in the studio
Nothing essential about Essence
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I wrote a column three years ago titled “Black Women No Longer Have Their Essence.” My point was that Essence, the preeminent magazine for black women, had become irrelevant and an embarrassment to the black community. Unfortunately, Essence has continued its decent into irrelevancy. For 20 years, it has sponsored an annual party during the
GOP’s impeachment gambit
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America – when black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict – should pay special attention to the national political arena now. The conservative movement, in its desperate mania to destroy Barack
The Congressional Black Caucus has no conscience
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Congressional Black Caucus describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.” According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives. Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be. They
Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore, Maryland, was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown’s song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.” Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, “Democrats ain’t loyal.” Although minorities comprised 45 percent
Transportation demands and worker shortage spell opportunity
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The U.S. transportation industry expects to grow by 7 percent in 2014 to $52.6 billion, the highest mark since 2008, according to Engineering News. The magazine estimates that if Congress approves President Obama's 2015 budget proposal of $73.61 billion for surface transportation spending, industry activity will explode. Further, it predicts that as the
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