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Oxygen Show All My Babies' Mamas Is an Insult to Black Parents Everywhere

(56) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 12:37 PM

In case you've never heard the phrase "ghetto polygamy," consider this to be your formal introduction to the wretchedness that some have come to define as "black culture." Oxygen has decided to give a platform to ignorance by creating a show featuring the rapper Shawty Lo, his 10...

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3 Reasons This Black Man Loved Django Unchained

(178) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 7:37 AM

After reading this week about the objections that director Spike Lee had about the new film Django Unchained, I was both curious and concerned.  I wanted to see the film myself in order to determine if Spike actually had a point in his critique.  I also...

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Yes Barack, You ARE The President of Black America

(293) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 6:42 PM

During a recent interview with Black Enterprise, President Barack Obama was asked about some of the criticism he's received for allegedly not doing enough to support black businesses.  In response to the question, the president had this to say:

"My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that...

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Obama, the Black Church and Gay Marriage: Things the President Might Want to Know

(144) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 4:48 PM

I have a confession to make:  I've never understood the vehement opposition that the black church has to gay marriage.  Don't get me wrong, I understand what the bible has to say on the matter, but since when did every Christian live according to the bible?  I mean, seriously, would...

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George Zimmerman Bail Reverses All Hard Work Done for Trayvon Martin

(1089) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 6:07 PM

What do you do when your municipality is holding arguably the most-hated and notorious killer on earth?  You grant him bail. That's exactly what Judge Kenneth Lester did for George Zimmerman, the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

As a condition of his bail, Zimmerman is not...

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Perhaps Trayvon's Mother Should Stop Talking

(186) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 5:32 PM

I haven't spoken with Al Sharpton in a few months.  But if we were still speaking and he were to ask me what to do with the mother of Trayvon Martin, my answer would be very simple:  Get her off the stage right now.

Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, appeared on...

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Zimmerman's Arrest Should Be a Family Affair, Including His Father

(277) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 1:30 PM

George Zimmerman, the man who instantly turned himself into public enemy number one, is an intriguing character for a multitude of reasons.  When I read Zimmerman's story, he reminds me of one of my more "interesting" friends who had a similar story in his life.  This person was also a...

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Are Black Men Afraid of Successful Women?

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 3:26 PM

The always interesting and entirely lovable Demetria Lucas wrote a very nice article on asking whether or not men avoid successful women. I had to chime in on this one. For the busy and successful women who are reading this, I will try to save your valuable time...

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Student Becomes Violent Over Trayvon Martin: Why This is a Warning Sign to All of Us

(45) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 3:14 PM

I watched in shock as a young black woman at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) became violent in class during a discussion on the death of the late Trayvon Martin. The student cursed at her classmates and eventually attacked people in the room. Jonatha Carr, a 24-year-old student who...

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Trayvon Martin's Death is Just the Tip of the Iceberg When It Comes to Racial Profiling

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 1:04 PM

News that the Obama Administration is going to step in to investigate the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was music to the ears of millions of concerned citizens around the world.  Martin, who was killed under peculiar circumstances by a self-appointed night watchman (George Zimmerman),...

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When Unarmed Teens Are Shot for 'Looking Suspicious,' We Should All Be Outraged

(241) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 3:15 PM

Like any other black man who doesn't walk around with a gun on his waist, I found myself confused and disturbed by the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  Martin, who was unarmed, was shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman last week after an altercation.

As the son of...

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Black Motherhood Re-Examined: Are We Always Doing Our Best?

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 5:02 PM

Janelle Harris wrote an interesting article at, discussing stereotypes of black mothers in America. The title of the article was quite compelling, "Black Moms Do More Than Cook, Cuss and Beat Their Kids."

Like everyone else, I thought back to the women who've influenced me in my life,...

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Slowing Down the Death March of Commercialized Hip Hop

(7) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 3:28 PM

When I recently debated Michael Eric Dyson at Brown University on the problems with mass promotion of violent and misogynist hip-hop music through BET and other media, the response from the public was... well... interesting.  

On one hand, there were those who've been waiting for someone to speak openly...

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Five Lessons We Can Learn From the Life and Death of Whitney Houston

(12) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 9:26 AM

The tragic death of Whitney Houston has officially made this one of the most depressing black history months in recent memory. The deaths of Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston and Etta James last month have simply been too much for us to bear. But life must go on and when...

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Has the Obama Administration Hijacked Black Leadership in America?

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 4:06 PM

In a recent article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Professor Cornel West "went H.A.M." on Tulane University Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

In what might be his strongest public comments yet, West referred to Harris-Perry as a "fake" and a "fraud" for allowing herself to be used by the liberal...

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BET's Sexist Ban of Nicki Minaj

(57) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 10:18 AM

My daughters all like Nicki Minaj.  I don't necessarily like the fact that they like her, but I figure that an appreciation of Nicki Minaj is not as bad as other habits they could have developed, like smoking crack or voting Republican.  Nicki might be a bit strange and...

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What Black People Learned From Soul Train and Don Cornelius

(22) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 2:29 PM

Like the rest of America, I was distraught over the death of the great Don Cornelius, creator of the legendary show, Soul Train.  There will never be another one like him, for he truly changed the black entertainment landscape for all eternity.   I thought about Cornelius for a...

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Should Black Americans Expect More From Obama Than Any Other President?

(105) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 4:53 PM

I've heard people say that the expectations on Barack Obama are greater from our community than they have been for any other president.  When someone highlights the fact that black unemployment has actually worsened under the Obama Administration while improving within the white community, the quickest reaction I...

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Has Christianity Become a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" for African Americans?

(74) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 8:40 AM

There's nothing more awkward than to be the one southern black man in the room who says that he's not quite sure about Christianity. No one attacks you for asking questions, they just "pray" for you. Some will talk to you like a mentally disabled 2-year-old who has never been taught to...

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Why All Poor Black Kids Are Obviously Stupid

(33) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 12:59 PM

I was born to a 17-year old single mother in a housing project in Louisville, Ky. I struggled through elementary, middle and high school. In fact, I rarely met a school book that I didn't hate. I was, in the words of Forbes Magazine columnist Gene Marks, a "poor...

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