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Morris W. O'Kelly
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Morris W. O'Kelly is the son of two music educators and competent on 10 musical instruments. After graduation from Georgetown University, he immediately went to work for Capitol Records and enjoyed an 11-year stint in the music industry, working for such companies as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, NARAS (the Grammys), and numerous other record labels.

In addition, he began branching out into entertainment journalism, scribing for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. After a number of critically acclaimed Op/Ed pieces in the Los Angeles Times, he decided to more seriously pursue writing.

In the intervening years, he and his work have appeared in The New York Times, on CNN, Good Morning America, The Jim Rome Show and American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. His syndicated column, The Mo'Kelly Report can be found in a number of print and online destinations nationally.

When O’Kelly is not stringing sinewy, didactic words and phrases together, he teaches the martial art of Hapkido as a 3rd degree black belt. Feel free to drop him a line at mrmokelly@gmail.com.

Entries by Morris W. O'Kelly

Usher's Defense of Justin Bieber Is Indefensible

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 3:34 PM

The only time I ever met Usher was at his very first album release party in 1994. At the time, I was working for NARAS (The Grammy Awards) and Usher was just a child with great talent; not much older than Justin Bieber in the video above. That is to...

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P. Diddy -- Likely Wrong Choice for Howard U. Commencement Address

(6) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 9:20 PM

It's that time of year. Students from coast to coast will soon be receiving their degrees and taking their first steps out into the world as adults. There's been a lot of work, study and now the reward of accomplishment. Over the years, more and more attention has been paid...

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GOP Dissonance on Gov. Chris Christie Betrays Minority Outreach

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 6:46 PM

The players may change from cycle to cycle but the game and its essential elements do not. There is only one question to be answered as to 2016 in the consideration of any candidate.

Can he win?

No, not can he win the Republican nomination but can he win the...

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Either Robin Thicke Is Unworthy of an NAACP Image Award or the Awards Are Unworthy of Our Support

(23) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 2:38 PM

In 1942, NAACP Executive Director, Walter White, worked with politicians and studio executives to establish an ad hoc committee with the major studios to monitor the image and portrayal of African Americans on the screen. In 1955, the Mississippi Branch of the NAACP, led by Medgar Evers, filed a complaint...
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Dwyane Wade Reminds Us, 'Standards' Are for Regular Folks

(21) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:06 AM

I like actress Gabrielle Union. That is to say, I appreciate how she presents herself in the public sphere and her dedication to her craft. As a member of the media, if you've ever interviewed her you know she is thoughtful and thought-provoking in her answers. If you've ever had...

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More Trayvon Martin Costumes Please

(83) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 7:29 PM

Each Halloween we are inundated with all sorts of outrageous pictures of the year's costumes. The most "popular" ones usually reflect the most discussed people and issues of the previous twelve months. With the increasing prevalence of social media across all facets of our daily lives, sharing photos and Halloween...

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The GOP Must Claim Responsibility for the Shutdown

(423) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 4:03 PM

The 2013 edition of the government shutdown shouldn't be discussed in terms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or as many refer to now as "Obamacare." The law has taken effect and the shutdown has done nothing to change this fact. Understand, this ideological battle is not about...

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My Simple Advice to Jaden Smith -- #HushChild

(96) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Jaden Smith, the son of Will and Jada is back in the news, opining on the inherent lack of value of school and education.  It is true, times change. Whereas change is inevitable, the caveat is that progress is optional. With the continued proliferation of social media and simultaneous diminishing of...

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Blame Viacom, Not Just Miley Cyrus' Twerking

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:12 AM

The problem is that most want to cast the performance of Miley Cyrus at the VMAs into one of two extreme categories. Most want to say that either the performance exemplified all that is wrong with today's youth, or run to the other end of the spectrum and suggest it...

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Nouveau Black Republicans Are Killing Minority Outreach

(1150) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 9:26 AM

While RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has done nothing, I repeat nothing, but talk for six months about how he's going to attract more minority voters to the party. He thought he would keep up the charade at the RNC's spring meeting in Los Angeles.

In a move meant to...
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Don't Hate Geraldo Rivera, Pity Him

(49) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 9:40 AM

It had become a nuisance. Seemingly each and every day I would receive emails asking... no, begging, me to publicly skewer Geraldo Rivera over numerous wildly inflammatory remarks made in recent months. Each time I would decline the opportunity. As a general rule, I recommend not chasing after random acts...

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The George Zimmerman Game Show/Sports Spectacular Is Underway

(1966) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:25 AM

And so the circus has finally come to town. After the unnecessary delays, excuses and endless motions, the George Zimmerman trial is finally here... to some degree. It's only jury selection but it's the first period of play in this highly anticipated sporting event for all the nation to see.

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Do Not Reward Michelle Obama's Heckler

(168) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 9:27 AM

I'm not going to mention the heckler by name or specifically address her grievances. I have no desire to interview her or provide a platform or forum to further make her case. She deserves none of the aforementioned.

I choose not to reward belligerent behavior and neither should you.

For...

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Bill Maher Needs to Man Up, Wayne Brady... Back Up

(124) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 4:06 PM

It's about time Bill Maher responded to Wayne Brady. Not because he owes Brady any sort of explanation or apology for his previous jokes about Brady supposedly lacking black male fortitude. Maher needs to respond because he has never been reticent to respond to the likes of a Donald Trump...

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Speak Up, Speak Out Against Rick Ross and Date Rape

(14) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 8:14 AM

1991, Rev. Jesse Jackson asked the question "is hip hop music educating or eroding young minds."

1992, the Parents Music Resource Center was instrumental in applying public pressure and forcing rapper Ice-T to recall his album and remove the song "Cop Killer" from it. Various law...

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GOP Launches Minority Courtship and Chris Christie's Tea Party Problem (AUDIO)

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 8:32 AM

Saturday on The Mo'Kelly Show on KFI AM640, I previewed the highly-anticipated findings of the "Growth and Opportunity" project by the GOP. It is estimated that 71 percent of Latinos, 73 percent of Asians and 93 percent of African-Americans voted for President Obama last November.

Those numbers quantify what we...

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We Owe Spike Lee a Huge Apology

(919) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Spike Lee doesn't need my help to defend him, but he does deserve our gratitude and respect.

I remember watching Pulp Fiction for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, if not loved it. It is fair to characterize it as a classic piece of American cinema. But that...

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All My Babies' Mamas -- Show Must Not Happen

(394) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Some fights you must fight... on principle alone. This would be one of them.

This fight is about having standards, knowing when television programming has in fact gone too far or finally found the basement. The effect and impact of stereotypes can not be denied, from the generalities of racial...

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Time is Now for Jay-Z to Act His Age

(101) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 7:23 PM

Some would say the recent altercation at the BET Hip-Hop Awards was just the latest embarrassment to befall hip-hop, an oft criticized slice of pop culture...and they would be correct.  It's the "latest" incident, not an aberration.  It's more behavior deserving of more criticism, only to fall on deaf...

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Augusta National: Color Me Unimpressed

(145) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 8:43 AM

Acknowledge its first female members... yes.  Celebrate it... absolutely not. 

Just because Augusta National admitted its first two female members, it is not by any means a reason to celebrate. Let's not confuse "historic" with admirable. 

Augusta National first opened its doors in 1932.  It saw WWII, the...

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