DuBois, Trotter: My civil rights heroes

In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a W.E.B. DuBois fanatic since my teenage years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I have a healthy collection of books by and about DuBois, including David Levering Lewis’ two-volume biography of DuBois (W.E.B. ...

Facing America’s lynching frenzy

We live in a era when humankind seems awash in war-driven atrocities. Men, and in some instances, boys – for this is, overwhelmingly, a matter of the sins of males – who once lived within the boundaries of decency have ...

Twin evils renewed: Terrorism and racism

There are two related violent phenomena that are now getting renewed public attention and research around the world, as well as considerable debate and denial. The twin evils are terrorism and racism.

Selma marches on to let our voices soar above the mix

Selma. For those of a certain age, the word Selma is evocative of a time when people stood against insurmountable odds. It is an ever-lasting illustration of why the right to vote must never be taken for granted. People of ...

Fifty years of economic futility … Haven’t we had enough?

During the 50-year period from 1963 [“I have a dream!”] to 2013, Black people have been on a virtual economic treadmill. Our relative economic position has not changed; our unemployment rate has consistently been twice as high as the White ...

More evidence of President Obama’s hostility toward HBCUs

As if we needed any more evidence, President Obama’s recent meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus revealed a deep-seated hostility toward the plight of struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Carrying the burden of history for over 200 years

In observance of Black History Month, I believe it is important to highlight some of those long-lasting institutions and entities that have continued to serve the empowerment interests of Black America for over the past 200 years. Too often some ...

Mis-leaders: NAACP’s voting suppression problem

While recalling those commercials, featuring Andre Agassi (pro tennis player) saying, “Image is everything” and Billy Crystal’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Fernando, who always said, “You look marvelous! It is better to look good than to feel good,” I also ...

Sports mirroring life, ignoring vendor and economic diversity

They say that “sport mirrors life.” The latest example is the sick twist on the death of Eric Garner after the deaths of NYPD officers Ralph Ramos and Wenjian Liu. One of the headlines read “NYPD Cops Assassinated, and the ...

Did Williams also lie about Hurricane Katrina?

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has finally admitted that he had incorrectly asserted that a helicopter he traveled aboard in 2002 while reporting on the Iraq War in 2003 was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, forcing an emergency landing.

Hollywood, time to act like diversity matters

Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony, better known as the Oscars, will either best be remembered for the uproar incited by this year’s homogenous nominations, or as a seminal moment ...

When are we going to get tired of being abused?

This country was established on the simple facts that people were being mistreated, they were tired of it, and they were not going to take it anymore. One cannot help but admire people who come to the end of their ...

Kobe Bryant’s curtain call – Father Time has spoken

At age 36, superstar Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, is apparently at the end of his rope. On his final professional contract, a two-year $48 million deal to make sure he retires as a Laker,

Nurturing our youth: Each generation has something to offer

Whether it is in an inner-city neighborhood across America, the Caribbean, in Europe or in a sprawling mass of people in an African or Brazilian urban area, millions of Black youth throughout the world are crying out for a better ...

How Dick Gregory got a Hollywood star

Activist/SiriusXm satellite radio host Joe Madison was helping on a campaign to get the Four Tops a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when he noticed another serious omission from the world-famous tribute to entertainers.