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Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 293

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 293

HBCUs in D.C. – Great! They’ll get more love from King Don than they got from Bro. Prez… “They lost Ryan”–  So said King Don after a Navy SEAL, William “Ryan” Owens, was killed last month in a botched military raid in Yemen. I guess “personal responsibility” applies only to poor Black folks who constantly […]

EZ Pass starts the road privatization vacuum cleaner

EZ Pass starts the road privatization vacuum cleaner

A toll is the extraction of revenue from users of a road or bridge. Unlike manufacturing buses or serving up burgers, extracting tolls is a purely parasitic economic activity which produces no benefit for anybody except the toll collector. Until recently, the problem with toll extraction was that you had to stop the traffic. In […]

American liberals have exposed themselves

American liberals have exposed themselves

George W. Bush vowed not to criticize Barack Obama. “He deserves my silence.” He added for good measure, “I love my country more than I love politics. I think it is essential that he be helped in office.” If anyone needed additional proof that Obama was a servant of the ruling classes, Bush certainly provided […]

‘And the Oscar goes to…

‘And the Oscar goes to…

Since 2008, I’m on record stating how much I dislike the annual Academy Awards show (the Oscars). I have little regard for preening, pampered poseurs showing off their borrowed frocks and bling-bling as a prelude to a nearly four-hour show. Six minutes – the time it takes to present Oscars for actor and actress in […]

Investing in America’s diversity

Investing in America’s diversity

Our children are at a crossroads.  If they don’t get a handle on technology, they are going to be lost.  It is very important that we don’t let them become the “left behind” entity of our population.  The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has decided to provide avenues for them to speed up their […]

Things African-Americans must do now

Things African-Americans must do now

The election of Donald Trump has brought about mixed emotions ranging from anger to worry. It’s through the expression of emotions that things get done. Suppressing our emotions leads to more frustration and aggravation. Because Trump is president, it’s time for us as Black Americans to get busy. We cannot allow ourselves to feel defeated. […]

Beware of Trump trickeration

Beware of Trump trickeration

Sometimes a woman’s girlfriend will tell her, “I saw your man last night at the club hugging and kissing another woman!” When the woman confronts her man and asks questions about the allegation, the man might say, “It wasn’t me. I let my friend use my car. I was at the church at Bible study […]

Malcolm X and human rights in the time of Trumpism

Malcolm X and human rights in the time of Trumpism

AJAMU BARAKA BLACK AGENDA REPORT Fifty-two years ago, on February 21, the world lost the great anti-colonial fighter, Malcolm X. Around the world, millions pause on this anniversary and take note of the life and contribution of Brother Malcolm. Two years ago, I keynoted a lecture on the legacy of Malcolm X at the American […]

The corporate media IS the enemy

The corporate media IS the enemy

Every day, Donald Trump exemplifies the contradictions of this era. He may make a statement that the left can agree with, but not because of shared political beliefs or motives. That is the case with his latest Twitter statement: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is […]

Louisiana is quickly evolving

Louisiana is quickly evolving

Louisiana today is a very different state from the time of my youth.  I love the place, as my bloodlines have lived there since the 1830s.  I can begin tracing my roots through my four great-grandfathers.  On my father’s side, there are Harry Watkins and Cicero Alford.  Harry’s people came to America through a slave […]