The next day as my mother brushed my hair for school, I saw a different me in the mirror. At age 8, northern, white parents had spat on me and torn my clothes for trespassing what they saw as their "turf" and I saw as school. Now, touched by King, I felt cleansed.
Although acceptance of LGBT Americans is at an all-time high, the relationship between the NYPD and this community remains fraught. An inspector general in New York can help.
For two weeks, I have sat in the lower Manhattan 15th floor courtroom of Federal Judge Shira Scheindin stunned at the testimony I was listening to with regards to "Stop and Frisk."
A shrewd move by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, appointing Phil Banks, a high-ranking black officer, as the NYPD's chief of department.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is either New York City's greatest hypocrite or its greatest politician.
People arrested by NYPD for marijuana possession have spent 5,000,000 hours in police custody over the last decade.
So who is Ahmed Ferhani, sentenced last week to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to planning to attack New York City synagogues?
Call it a cri de coeur, a collective cry of the heart, from voices rarely heard -- the city's Muslim community, pushing back for the first time against the NYPD's secret spying on them for the past decade.
They may have thought themselves gods but they were terribly mortal, consumed by such earthly vanities as ego and ambition.
Under investigation by both the FBI and the IRS, Mount Vernon's Mayor Ernie Davis recently fired his police commissioner with no credible public explanation and replaced him with -- of all people -- our old friend, Sir Reginald Ward.
This week, while we pick through our Valentine's Day chocolates looking for the good ones and watch our roses wilt, let's think about buying love. Not with chocolates, lingerie or jewelry, but with cash or credit card.
Two startling verdicts came down last week in two cop-related fatal shootings. In one, a Brooklyn jury acquitted the getaway driver of a botched robbery that resulted in the killing of NYPD officer Peter Figoski.
Tens of thousands of families are living with the same pain Dionne Gordon and her family endure on a daily basis. It's the pain of losing a loved one to murder.
The NYPD has violated a longstanding court order in its pervasive spying on Muslims and lied about it, according to papers to be filed today in federal court.
Protecting rights is an integral part of protecting communities. Keeping our city safe and treating all people with dignity and respect are not mutually exclusive. The NYPD should stop and think about that.
Over my many years as a rock 'n' roll/pop culture freak, I've had my share of classic New York City encounters with celebrities and ummmmm, street life.