How can you tell when a politician is lying?

How can you tell when a politician is lying?

A distraction from attacks on free speech?

Many Americans are bursting with pride over the recent exhibition in Garland. The event featured a contest for drawing insulting cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, along with talks on Free Speech by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an opponent of Sharia ...

Criminalizing poverty is big business

The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri, put a much needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines can trap low-income people in a never-ending cycle ...

Baltimore rising: Women leading fight for justice

“Wherever there has been struggle, Black women have been identified with that struggle.” – Ella Baker, The Black Woman in the Civil Rights Struggle, 1969

Planning for our own success

Are we living in the last days? If so, what are we doing about it? It seems the world is coming apart at the seams. The Muslims are attacking the Christians, the Christians are attacking the Muslims; Africa is under ...

Baltimore is not Ferguson

Baltimore is not Ferguson. That was evident by opposite official reactions to the death of an unarmed African American male killed at the hands of local police in the respective cities. At the time of Michael Brown’s death last year ...

From crack baby to A-student

The odds were stacked against Britiny Lee before she was born. Her mother was addicted to drugs, like Britiny’s grandfather and many others in their poverty-stricken Cleveland neighborhood. Britiny’s mother used drugs throughout her pregnancy and went to prison for ...

Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

“It is one measure of the depth and insidiousness of American racism that the nation ignores the rage of the rejected until it explodes ... The wonder is that here have been so few riots, that [black Americans] generally are ...

Employment nightmare in Baltimore ‘hood

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet Maybe ...

Thug’ is in the eye of the beholder, discouragement in the heart of men

A small section of Baltimore, no more than four to six blocks on the city’s west side, experienced looting and property destruction after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the young man whose spine was mysteriously crushed after being taken into ...

Clamoring to enter housing’s poor door on the Upper West Side

More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the poor door at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there.

A shocking observation about African Americans

America leads the world in shocks. Those immortal words were spoken by the late Gil Scott-Heron during the Nixon Watergate era. Forty years later, Black people lead the world in shocks.

Black women killed by police are ignored

You know their names, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, because these African American men were unarmed and killed by law enforcement officers.

Michael Eric Dyson vs. Cornel West

It’s the academic version of the world heavyweight championship boxing matches between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in Zaire labeled “The Rumble in the Jungle” and the Philippine’s “Thriller in Manila.” Whatever label you attach to it, the public feud ...

Who can we turn to politically? Where is destiny leading us now?

“Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.”