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Who taught haters to hate?

Who taught haters to hate?

The last time I was in Europe I was in Den Haag, Holland, also known as “The Hague.” I was there to attend the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the world. More than 150 artists were scheduled to play at a variety of concert halls and other venues. It […]

The indecency of the ‘Black Misleadership Class’

The indecency of the ‘Black Misleadership Class’

When Rep. Barbara Lee made the House vote for sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea unanimous, she snuffed out the last flicker of any independent worldview among the Black political (misleadership) class. “Russiaphobia” reigns supreme in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), where “Auntie” Maxine Waters, who once blamed the CIA for the crack cocaine epidemic, […]

What must we do to help HBCUs?

What must we do to help HBCUs?

Will another Historically Black College or University (HBCU) bite the dust? That depends on us. Pennsylvania’s Cheyney University, the oldest HBCU in the nation (founded in 1837) has been on probation since November 2015. If the Middle States Commission on Higher Education does not accept a sustainability report due on September 1, the school may […]

White supremacy: The tragedy and folly of Charlottesville

White supremacy: The tragedy and folly of Charlottesville

Unsurprisingly, the media are still covering that mayhem in Charlottesville as if it were a latter-day version of the Battle of Gettysburg. Yet, if North Korea were to merely test-fire another missile today, they would move on as if it were ancient news. For the record, I am convinced that confronting neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux […]

How ‘Black’ will the Obama Presidential Center be?

How ‘Black’ will the Obama Presidential Center be?

So far, the “Obama Legacy” is surprisingly lacking in Black participation. During his two presidential administrations, Black business participation was on a continuous downward slide. At the end of the George W. Bush’s two administrations, Small Business Administration (SBA) lending to Blacks was approaching eight percent, and Black business participation was similar. When Obama succeeded […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 302

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 302

White racists – Mom, who will be 90 years old this year, often tells me stories about how Ku Klux Klan nightriders would occasionally terrorize the small Black community in her Leslie, Georgia hometown. Black people would close and lock the doors and cover their windows with sheets. Kids would hide under the bed and […]

Let me tell you about modern-day media devils

Let me tell you about modern-day media devils

In the eyes of God, the very worst thing you can be is a hypocrite! You can’t go around saying you love the Lord, you love the light, you love the life and you love the truth when you really love Satan, Lucifer and a variety of other devils! Many of America’s Black organizations, groups, […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 301

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 301

On the road – As of this writing Wednesday night Aug. 9, your humble writer is reporting from just outside St. Louis, Missouri, where my two “road dogs,” 16-year-old Chayla and 13-year-old Charles III, and I are on the return leg of a round trip driving our 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan from South Florida […]

We demand Black community control of the police

We demand Black community control of the police

The cops at a Long Island, New York, pro-police event “laughed and cheered” when President Trump urged them to brutalize immigrant prisoners – “animals,” as he called them. Then, caught in mid-guffaw, the supervisors and flaks for the bad boys and girls in blue struggled to straightened out their faces and disavow Trump’s remarks. “What […]

Black women still deal with unequal pay, bias

Black women still deal with unequal pay, bias

STARITA SMITH TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Despite the astronomical pay of Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and other celebrities, African-American women are still not earning as much money as men. July 31 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It recognized, among other things, that Black women must work 19 months to earn what White men earn in […]

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