America is witnessing some of its highest income inequality and lowest social mobility rates ever. If we are to fix any of this, it is best that we start at home, in our back yard, and in our nation's capital. And that begins with the Anacostia.
The majority of esthetic (skin care) schools do not even teach how to care for ethnic skin. Thus begins the disenfranchisement of brown people (Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and bi-racial)in an industry that by its very nature is supposed to be empathetic and nurturing.
The First Amendment protects our right to say what we wish freely without government interference, though this is typically when the comment does not come out in the form of a threat against the President of the United States.
There is a line of folk wrapped around the White House who intend to collect on the Obama promissory note they've been holding since 2008. Where are African Americans in that line? Are African Americans even in the line?
When we voted for President Obama, what were we motivated by? For each of us it was different, but collectively we knew what we didn't want: a government that would repeal health care reform, end Medicare, cut food stamps, or give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires.
For a long time, the Republican National Committee touted Jackie Robinson as an all-star Republican on its website. But Republican leadership should have accepted pointed advice he offered back in the 1960s: Don't become a white man's party.
There was something very personal about this race for me as a Black man. Seeing Obama's face with the little check by it on television is like seeing one of my relatives win. It is a different feeling than when other candidates that I have supported won.
Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta. And that's just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard.
The vomit of racism still finds a place in Republican Party politics. It is sad to watch John Sununu -- twenty years ago, a younger Sununu might have known better. But it is even sadder to watch the rest of Lincoln's old party sink in the mire.
We can't guarantee that there won't be another storm like Sandy just because we get serious about clean energy investments. But what we can guarantee is that if we don't, without fail we will see more frequent, intense storms like Sandy, and worse. And poor communities will bear the brunt.
With Republicans' schemes to cheat and deny voters their right to vote, little has been done to punish or prevent future acts. And their antics will have a far reaching and chilling effect on our democracy, if not stopped.
Watching President Obama during the past few debates has given America an upfront seat from which to observe the struggle and penalties incurred by many highly educated African-Americans trying to promote their virtues during the course of their careers.