The death of Whitney Houston was tragic. She was young. She was talented. She was beautiful. She brought us joy. Her death forces us to confront and consider the powerful lessons taught by loss and death.
Despite all the controversy fueled by the Grammys' elimination of categories largely received by people of color, there are a couple reasons why we can't be fully mad at the biggest award show in the music industry.
Sunday Dec. 4 marked day 50 of Occupy Phoenix. The movement that many pundits dismissed as the political equivalent of "Seinfeld" i.e., a movement about nothing--scored a triple play of successes this week.
Monday's Philadelphia funeral for former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier brought some old but still very salient issues back to the fore. Frazier's sudden death from liver cancer has reminded many of some uncomfortable truths.
Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent.
For too long, conservatives have blamed Black leaders for Republican failures with Black voters. Herman Cain's view suggests that looking inward is something the Republicans are unable, or unwilling, to do.
These conversations at the Table of Brotherhood symbolized the unity Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked for, and more important, a cross-cultural awakening and call to action to better the condition of the human race.
America can't be saved from the top down. The ship is leaking from the bottom. The debates on the campaign trail and in Washington must not continue to focus on topside staterooms while ignoring the damage below.
It's time for all of us to wake up and attack the problem of mass incarceration and the drug war. If there were ever a set of realities that are reflective of the persistent racial divides that continue to plague America, this one would be it.