Is It A Bad Year to Celebrate Kwanzaa?

I ask that question as I performed a blog search using the African-American holiday (which starts on December 26th until January 1) and all I got was vitriol....well, more than usual. There has always been a healthy skepticism about the holiday which was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University, who started the cultural holiday to preserve and promote African Heritage. ...more

 Actually, all holidays and celebrations are "man-made." I have celebrated Kwanzaa over ... more

Black Writers to Publishers Weekly: What Were You Thinking?

Here we are in this brave new world of so-called post-racial sensibilities and yet each day reality pokes us in the eye, mocking us with "You have not yet arrived." Any effort to comment on the beauty of our differences or attempt to address the ever-present wound of our inequalities while trumpeting inclusiveness is a balancing act that lands us on our collective rump. So, it's unsurprising that today, part of the Twitterverse erupted in outrage over Publishers Weekly's latest cover, "Afro Picks! New books and trends in African-American publishing." ...more

Yup. It's like: "OK, the issue's about picking afros...natural hairstyles? No? Oh, it's about ... more

Black Writers to Publishers Weekly: What Were You Thinking?

Here we are in this brave new world of so-called post-racial sensibilities and yet each day reality pokes us in the eye, mocking us with "You have not yet arrived." Any effort to comment on the beauty of our differences or attempt to address the ever-present wound of our inequalities while trumpeting inclusiveness is a balancing act that lands us on our collective rump. So, it's unsurprising that today, part of the Twitterverse erupted in outrage over Publishers Weekly's latest cover, "Afro Picks! New books and trends in African-American publishing." ...more

And with all due respect to those who were offended by the image, that is not a ... more

Obama's Role in the Black Unemployment Crisis

Ahh Obama. His presidency has brought joy and pain (like sunshine and rain). Joy, as many across the world rejoiced at the fact that an African-American man, (yes I know he is part-white but widely perceived as Black, don't hate), a Democrat, and someone who at least on face value seems relatively sane, is President. ...more

Nordette, like me you probably had that song looping in your brain for a couple hours after ... more

Obama's Role in the Black Unemployment Crisis

Ahh Obama. His presidency has brought joy and pain (like sunshine and rain). Joy, as many across the world rejoiced at the fact that an African-American man, (yes I know he is part-white but widely perceived as Black, don't hate), a Democrat, and someone who at least on face value seems relatively sane, is President. ...more

I'll get around to reading your entire post soon, and will be back to comment then. For now, ... more

What Does Cleveland's House of Horrors Reveal About Us?

Funerals were held this weekend for four of the 11 women whose bodies were found in a Cleveland, Ohio row house earlier this month, apparent victims of convicted sex offender Anthony Sowell. Sowell, 50, has been charged with multiple counts of rape and murder as investigators continue to dig around his former residence....more

 I am going to break my self-imposed silence on "heavy" stories to comment on your ... more

Precious and The Representation of Blacks in the Media: Do we care too much about what others think?

The release of the movie Precious has gotten black folk atwitter....more

Hi, Laina,

I have said that I wouldn't comment any more on blog posts about this ... more

Let me introduce you to our newest link love tool

I love a good meme, don't you? As much as I love a good meme, I've longed for something that makes meme playing more fun and more useful. Today it's my pleasure to unveil a tool that will do both of those things! ...more

 This is an absolutely WONDERFUL idea! Thank you!

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What are Conservatives Really Afraid of When the President Talks to Schoolchildren?

Yesterday, I wrote a post at my blog that was something of a rant about the right wing's campaign to keep kids home from school on September 8 when the President is scheduled to broadcast a web event to talk with them the importance of education, working hard and staying in school. ...more

Sorry if I have missed it. Sometimes thees comment threads are hard to ... more

What are Conservatives Really Afraid of When the President Talks to Schoolchildren?

Yesterday, I wrote a post at my blog that was something of a rant about the right wing's campaign to keep kids home from school on September 8 when the President is scheduled to broadcast a web event to talk with them the importance of education, working hard and staying in school. ...more

 Teachers (and parents) should come up with their own lesson plans if they are not ... more

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