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Influencing Barack Obama’s second act

Influencing Barack Obama’s second act

There is a different feel in the air, and it should not be surprising. As historic as was the re-election of President Obama, nothing can replace the uniqueness of the opening of his first term four years ago. The expectations; the history that was made; the level of excitement. It was all too impossible to […]

Kerry, not Clinton for president in 2016

Kerry, not Clinton for president in 2016

President Barack Obama has won his re-election. That history is clear and the big question now is who in the Democratic Party will succeed him as president in 2016. Prior to now, it was certain to be Hillary Clinton. But when you look at the present situation doubts about her prospects rise to the fullest. […]

Will Blacks vote for Black Republican senator?

Will Blacks vote for Black Republican senator?

If Sen. Timothy Eugene Scott is the GOP standard bearer in the 2016 presidential elections, will any Black Americans vote for him? The appointment of Scott to a U.S. Senate seat representing South Carolina is the Republicans’ most recent example of doing everything they can to shed the perception that the party is comprised, and […]

Oliver Stone’s breakthrough documentary on U.S. history

Oliver Stone’s breakthrough documentary on U.S. history

I could not believe that I was actually seeing what I was seeing. I had heard about Oliver Stone’s 10-part documentary regarding contemporary U.S. history. I am not sure what I expected to see, but what I actually viewed was almost breathtaking. The documentary, titled the “Untold History of the United States”[http://www.sho.com/sho/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states/home], is almost a […]

Blacks disproportionately depend on Social Security

Blacks disproportionately depend on Social Security

Feuding Democrats and Republicans did not plunge the country over a financial cliff, but a lively debate will continue in coming months over the role the federal government should play in the lives of its citizens. In one corner are Republicans who contend that federal spending has run amuck – and it should be slashed. […]

Re-elected Black politicians do little for other Blacks

Re-elected Black politicians do little for other Blacks

Again this year, African-Americans placed higher priorities on participation in politics than the pursuit of capitalistic and business development initiatives to improve their economic conditions. In 2012, Blacks continued to display dysfunctional political behavior. Instead of seeking and supporting candidates and platforms to improve the financial status and wealth-building through private and public sector programs, […]

Typical American household has only $100 after monthly expenses

Typical American household has only $100 after monthly expenses

According to findings from the Center for Responsible Lending’s newest report, “The State of Lending in America and Its Impact on US Households (State of Lending),” the typical household has just $100 left each month after paying for basic expenses and debt payments. After controlling for inflation, the typical household had less annual income at […]

It’s time to legalize all drugs

It’s time to legalize all drugs

The old British Empire was the founder and leader of the drug trade. This government saw the drug trade, particularly Opium, as a good means to increase its treasury and promote the overall economy to benefit its citizens with jobs and industry. The English would grow and cultivate the opium crops in India and then […]

No reason to celebrate S.C. first Black U.S. senator

No reason to celebrate S.C. first Black U.S. senator

The polite side of me congratulates Tim Scott on being named senator for the state of South Carolina.  Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. The appointment of Scott was a move that reminded me of the Republican choice to head the Republican National Committee – Michael […]

Black leadership or pleadership?

Black leadership or pleadership?

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth our demands for political reciprocity. Are they really leading (demanding), or are they simply pleading? […]