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Trey Ellis

We Need a Cause More Than a Candidate

Trey Ellis | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Trey Ellis

Somebody needs to tell us and keep telling us from now to November, "It's going to get better. I see it! I see the steps that get us back up there in the sky from down here in this cold, sucking mud."

The Tuskegee Airmen Are for Everyone

Trey Ellis | Posted 04.01.2012 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

With George Lucas's admirable media blitz for Red Tails I'm asked a lot these days my thoughts on this new telling of their awe-inspiring true story. ...

The New Black Aesthetic Revisited

Trey Ellis | Posted 11.26.2011 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

With the publication of Toure's Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness, I have been inundated with requests for my 1989 essay, "The New Black Aesthetic," to which Toure's enjoyable work is a book-length update and homage.

Censoring Huck Ain't So Simple

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Trey Ellis

Ever since news came of Twain scholar Alan Gribben's whitewashed reworking of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, the media have -- not completely unjustifiably -- beaten up on the poor, well-intentioned scholar.

Power and Passion

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

What the White House still seems to have forgotten, even after the recent "shellacking," is that we elected a commander-in-chief, not mediator-in-chief. A mediator rarely offers his own opinions but steers both sides toward civility.

The Grave Danger of Conservative Blindness

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

Obviously not everyone, not even a majority of Tea Partiers is racist; however there is unquestionably a racist strain in that movement to which the Tea Party, the GOP and intellectual conservatives feign ignorance.

The Merriest Christmas Ever

Trey Ellis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Trey Ellis

I wish all of you the best Christmas ever. You might be under-employed, under-insured and underfed, but I bet if you ask you've got at least one friend who's just waiting to lend you a hand. Ho ho ho.