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Sean Hannity’s Black Conservatives By A. Peter Bailey

Sean Hannity’s Black Conservatives By A. Peter Bailey

  As anyone who regularly reads this column knows, I have absolutely no regard for Sean Hannity, the obnoxious, right-wing talk show propagandist for Fox News. However, journalistic reasons compel me to occasionally watch him deliver his spiel to those who believe that they must “take back” their country from alien forces. A recent such […]

Florida A&M Marching Band Cleared to Perform

Florida A&M Marching Band Cleared to Perform

Florida A&M University’s now infamous Marching 100 Band is free to march again. Interim President Larry Robinson announced June 27 that the school is lifting a suspension imposed in the wake of the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, according to Tallahassee, Fla. ABC affiliate WXTL. Champion, 26, was found dead in a bus […]

On Race, Supreme Court is Out of Touch

On Race, Supreme Court is Out of Touch

COMMENTARY In its decision Monday on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas affirmative action program — in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many factors used with a university committed to the educational benefits of a diverse student body […]

March on Washington Anniversary Organizers Aim for Change

March on Washington Anniversary Organizers Aim for Change

Martin Luther King III, surrounding by fellow civil rights leaders, tells his dream for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. PHOTO: Ebonie Riley/National Action Network At the time of the Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, there were 22 million people living in poverty in America. […]

Zimmerman Jury Selected, Testimony Starts This Week

Zimmerman Jury Selected, Testimony Starts This Week

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin The trial of George Zimmerman started in earnest this week in Sanford, Fla., where he killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. A jury of six women – five white and one Black Hispanic – has been set to hear the case. The proceedings culminate more than a year of protests and […]

Frederick Douglass Statue Erected in the U.S Capitol

Frederick Douglass Statue Erected in the U.S Capitol

The unveiling of a statue to honor abolitionist Frederick Douglass, sometimes called the “father of the civil rights movement,” drew hundreds of people to the U. S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall June 19. It is the 101st statue erected in the Capitol Visitors Center, but only the fourth in honor of an African-American. While each state […]

Dr. Frank Royal A Player in Smithfield-China Deal

Dr. Frank Royal A Player in Smithfield-China Deal

“It’s fine.” That’s how Richmond physician Frank S. Royal views the global transaction involving Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc., the worlds’s largest pork producer and processor known for such brands as Armour, Gwaltney and Farmland. That’s to be expected. Dr. Royal, 73, is among the company decision-makers who stamped their approval on the $4.7 billion sale […]

Al Jazeera America to Air Current Affairs Show With Kim Bondy

Al Jazeera America to Air Current Affairs Show With Kim Bondy

Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch later this year, announced Thursday that a one-hour current affairs magazine program called “America Tonight” will be at the heart of its daily schedule. Former CNN executive producer Kim Bondy will be America Tonight’s senior executive producer. Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha and Christof […]

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker (Courtesy Photo/Facebook) The Anti-Defamation League on June 18 derided Pulitzer Prize-winning author and essayist Alice Walker over the “fervently anti-Jewish ideas” that they say permeates her latest book. Walker’s The Cushion in the Road, a series of essays on varying topics, contains an 80-page “screed” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that uses “extremely vitriolic and hateful […]

Black Writer Named to Second Term as the Nation’s Poet Laureate

Black Writer Named to Second Term as the Nation’s Poet Laureate

African-American poet Natasha Trethewey has been reappointed to another term as Poet Laureate of the United States, “the nation’s official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans,” according to the Library of Congress. Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta, is also serving a four-year […]