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Derrick K. Baker
For nearly 20 years, Derrick K. Baker wrote a weekly general interest opinion column titled "The Way I See It" published in N’DIGO, once the leading weekly publication for African Americans in Chicago.

A colorful and contemporary writer who writes from the perspective of an urban black man, Baker earned a following for his caustic observations and blunt assessments on a host of topics and current events, including race relations, politics, urban affairs, and dating and relationships.

An award-winning speech and annual report writer, Baker also is principal of DKB & Associates Ltd, a public relations and marketing communications consultancy with a past and current client roster of non-profit, municipal, executive and small business clients.

He holds a MS in journalism from Roosevelt University and a BA in journalism and mass communication from Drake University.

Entries by Derrick K. Baker

A Regular Guy's Open Letter to the Beleaguered Kim Kardashian

(4) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 11:32 AM

Dear Kim,

How are you? I am fine.

You likely don't know much about such an old school, pedestrian, and arguably, juvenile way of opening a letter. As a kid, I used to do it almost all the time. So easy and innocent.

That's because by design and through cunning...

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Has the Real Obama Already Stood Up?

(10) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 5:09 PM

As much as it hurt my heart, and roiled my stomach and ached my head, I read with interest Maureen Dowd's recent commentary, "One And Done?" in the New York Times. Her words and characterizations about Barack Obama's presidential pedigree and style made me uncomfortable because so often...

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Here's a Tip: If You're Broke, Stay Home

(25) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 10:41 AM

There was a hard news/crime story in the Chicago media last week that had me SMDH. At first it almost had me ROTFLMAO, but the more I read and the more accounts of the event I found, the more disheartened I became.

At the same time, although I'm not...

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Fans' Intimate Familiarity With Athletes Is Overrated

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 11:06 AM

I've been an ardent sports fan since realizing how my favorite teams excited and affected me. And while I never suffered from idolatry -- I'd never hyperventilate if Michael Jordan walked in a room -- I've always respected and admired players, including those who rode the bench or had short...

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For Colored Men Fatigued by Movies About Colored Girls

(146) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 11:29 AM

It took a brief but blunt conversation with a female colleague and friend to reinforce my already strong opinions about director/actor Tyler Perry and his newest film For Colored Girls.

Although I was predisposed to expressing mock shock that Perry has produced another film that makes African American men look...

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Hey You, Mr. Self-Employed ... Meet The New Normal

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 5:07 PM

A recent sobering but motivational article in Crain's Chicago Business started a candid conversation among my colleagues and friends who can attest to the article's headline: "Self-employed workers live with ups and downs of freelance lifestyle."

The feature told of several challenged professionals, including a freelance copywriter and...

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LeBron James and the Real King's Throne In Chicago

(16) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 1:48 AM

By the time you read this, Chicago's most ardent sports fans and more than a few of our casual sports observers will have pretty much calmed down now that LeBron James has announced that he is going to try to rule the basketball world from Miami and not Chicago. These...

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Mel Gibson and the Truth Behind Liquid Courage

(60) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 3:33 PM

Mel Gibson needs to stop drinking alcohol. Seriously.

He needs to go cold turkey or keep his vile mouth shut by permanently lodging his foot in his mouth so he can't talk anymore unless it's reading directly from a script - with the script police standing nearby.

I came to...

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The Black Catfight Over Obama's Blackness

(42) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 12:57 PM

If there's a silver lining in the ongoing public debate among African Americans about whether President Obama is doing enough to address the economic and social tidal wave that's drowning the black community, it's that America is getting an unforgettable lesson about the diversity in thought that has always been...

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Don Lewis Demonstrates How to Profit From Racism as a Sport

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 12:22 PM

If Don "Moose" Lewis -- who plans to start an All-White basketball league -- somehow meets with success, then I propose that a diverse group of angel investors come together to start the new U.S. Stereotype League to give even more people a chance at polarizing the populace.

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When Opportunity Knocks, Don't Fence-Sit

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 2:39 PM

Brett Favre and Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Alabama) share a distinguishing characteristic. Despite toiling in pro football and politics, respectively, they are both opportunistic. Not that being opportunistic in and of itself earns you a scarlet letter, but all too often how people pursue existing opportunities or create new avenues to...

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In Defense of Tiger Woods

(12) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 4:45 PM

Warning: This column was written by a man.

While it's virtually impossible to stay current with the jaw-dropping allegations in the evolving Tiger Woods sexual explosion, two things are clear: First, Tiger sorely needs some guidance in how to be a player. Secondly, Tiger needs to be defended because you...

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Hypocritical Conservative Republicans Abort Their Support of Abortion

(17) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 5:35 PM

Firmly pro choice, I am.

Take that outlook and couple it with an admission that I've done and said a few hypocritical things in my life. Those facts, combined with the revelation that the Republican National Committee's insurance policy covered abortions, made me laugh -- again and heartily --...

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Fox News: Unfair & Unbalanced

(40) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 2:45 PM

The only time I'm forced to suffer the myopic, unceremonious on-air "talent" at Fox News is every other week when I visit my plain-spoken barber, Larry, who has cut my ever-graying hair and shared his unvarnished and liberal-to-centrist opinions for nearly 35 years.

Although Larry doesn't...

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Comic Relief and Sports Clash Courtesy of Rush Limbaugh

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 12:05 PM

I have to hand it to Rush Limbaugh. It's just that I don't know if I should backhand him or extend a handshake of congratulations in recognition of him pulling off another publicity ploy in the name of shameless self promotion.

On second thought, I'm not so sure that I...

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Today's Derrion Albert Wholly Different From 1977 Predecessor

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 5:03 PM

Back in 1977, I was Derrion Albert.

That year I was a high school junior at a Chicago public high school. At that school and at that time, fortunately, excellence still was lauded and rewarded.

I once was a 16-year-old black kid who was born in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood...

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Michael Vick's Dog-Free Second Act

(4) Comments | Posted September 1, 2009 | 2:11 PM

Dear Michael Vick:

As a lifelong dog lover and a pro football fanatic, I gave you a few weeks of freedom before chiming in with my opinions about your predicament, although just about anyone who can spell dog and spell football already has had something to say.

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The Sun Shines On Obama Haters

(24) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 12:27 PM

The banner held proudly by some obviously inspired African-American gentleman attending President Barack Obama's victory rally in Chicago's Grant Park bothered me. Actually, after a few days, I was more unnerved by the fact that I was bothered in the first place, if that makes any sense.

While I should...

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Governor Playboy the Antithesis of a GOP Standard-Bearer

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 4:18 PM

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford really should just stop talking in public. Hush. Shut up. Callate!

He needs to try his absolute best to refrain from opening his mouth these days whenever a microphone is positioned in front of his contorted face. He needs to act like a mime...

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Michael Jackson and the Frailty of Life

(7) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 6:12 PM

I still can't believe that Michael Jackson is dead.

When I watch news reports, enjoy his over-the-top videos that now are in heavy TV rotation or talk to people about the circus that was his life and the knock-you-off-your-feet tragedy that is his death, it absolutely still feels like a...

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