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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for responding to a December 12 essay by writer Aisha Harris on Slate.com that criticized what Harris said was the outdated notion of Santa Claus as […]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 […]

Booker deserves a presidential honor

Booker deserves a presidential honor

At the White House, President Barack Obama recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 luminary recipients. Along with the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is considered the highest civilian award in the United States. The award recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or […]

Notes from the Dominican Republic

Notes from the Dominican Republic

The weather was perfect.  The facilities were clean and professionally run.  All participants wore smiles and had no complaints. Such was Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in the heart of the Caribbean Ocean.  It was the venue of our 2nd PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference, an international extension of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).  Last year’s […]

RNC Twitter ‘mistake’ wasn’t a mistake

RNC Twitter ‘mistake’ wasn’t a mistake

The Republican Party’s inability to prevent some of its elected officials and party operatives alike from making racist and sexist remarks and tamp down others’ penchant for cringe-worthy gaffes along those lines necessitates a slight revising of that old saying:  It’s always like déjà vu all over again. Last week, it was – actually for […]

‘Prisonpreneur’:  From cells to sales

‘Prisonpreneur’: From cells to sales

(This article is dedicated to the folks in jails and prisons. Please share it with them.) According to the 13th Amendment, slavery in this country has not been fully abolished; there is an exception that says if one is duly convicted of a crime he or she can be enslaved.  If you have been enslaved […]