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Charity begins at home
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Americans have lost their minds. Forgive me for not expending any of my emotional energy or shedding any tears for those illegals coming into America. I can’t get all wrapped up in the plight of all the illegal children whose derelict parents are sending them thousands of miles on a dangerous journey alone. I can’t help but to invest my emotion
 
Breaking the chains of prison
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York is in the news again, this time allegedly for an officer brutalizing inmates. I did time at Rikers. No, not as an inmate, thank God, but as an employee. It’s another world behind those bars, where only the strong survive. I remember my first day on the job when my director told me “Never let them
 
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
 
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