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Winners, losers of 2013

Winners, losers of 2013

Well, it’s that time of year once again for me to pick my biggest winners and losers for 2013.  Unlike most of the year end lists, mine will not be based on polling data, or popularity. Rather, it’s from the lens of a businessman. Based on the contribution of time, money, or intangible capital, did […]

Dream ticket: Hillary, Michelle

Dream ticket: Hillary, Michelle

The 2016 national elections are not that far away. It is timely and important that we not wait until then to begin having constructive discussions about who should be given the opportunity and responsibility to succeed President Barack Obama. The questions of the future of politics, economics and equal justice should never be avoided. Even […]

What a Christ-mess

What a Christ-mess

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of the year.  But, political correctness has turned Christmas into Christmess. One way of dissecting the word is Christ-Mas, which in Spanish would be more Christ.  If we had more of Christ, I am quite sure we would not have so much deviancy in our society –  […]

Pope wants end to economic inequality

Pope wants end to economic inequality

Throughout history, the eradication of poverty has been a professed goal of most progressive-minded political and religious leaders. Voices ranging from Jesus, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Nelson Mandela have asserted in their own way the right of every man, woman and child to have the basics of food, […]

What color is your  Santa Claus?

What color is your Santa Claus?

In case you haven’t noticed, ‘tis the season … to have another controversy illuminating America’s race-driven fault lines. This time we can thank Fox News’ talk-show host Megyn Kelly for responding to a December 12 essay by writer Aisha Harris on Slate.com that criticized what Harris said was the outdated notion of Santa Claus as […]

The Obama –Castro handshake

The Obama –Castro handshake

In the tradition of the Black Church in America, the right hand of fellowship handshake is extended as sign of welcome into the church community. Usually, a handshake between two world leaders at a memorial service is not seen as something controversial or unprecedented. On December 10, however, at the beginning of the memorial service […]

Mandela had help from God

Mandela had help from God

Where do you begin to talk about the greatness of Nelson Mandela?  The world has been blessed with very few of his ilk. You think of courage, defiance, principled and many other descriptions of strength and might.  Yet, it was Mandela’s strong faith that guided him through his journey. Many don’t reflect on this but […]

Where bipartisanship is out of order

Where bipartisanship is out of order

Former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was recently presented with an award that is named after him. The World Food Program USA’s first George McGovern and Bob Dole Leadership Award, is named after the Senator and his friend and colleague, Senator George McGovern. The two teamed up in the 1970s to […]

Young Black Republicans who deny their Blackness

Young Black Republicans who deny their Blackness

Last week, Joyce Jones, a columnist for BET.com wrote an article titled, “The Loneliness of the Black Republican: What attracts young African-Americans to the GOP?”  Although the article was off-base on so many points – No I won’t waste my time listing them here – it got me reflecting on this younger generation of Black […]

The taxman cometh

The taxman cometh

When the taxman cometh, Black dollars “goeth.” Where will they goeth? Down a myriad of paths in pursuit of new items such as furniture, cars, clothing, and other niceties. But first, unless you do your own tax return or get it done for free by someone, Black dollars goeth to tax preparation firms, the vast […]