Articles

  1. How Julian Bond Became the Heroic Icon Whose Passing Is Now Mourned

    This is the photograph of Julian Bond I like best. It is January 10, 1966. Everyone but Julian is standing, their right hands raised as they take the oath of office to serve as duly elected representatives of the Georgia State Legislature. Julian does not remain seated in protest, as one might expect this firebrand of the Civil Rights Movement to do. He's not standing because he is being punished. The legislature has denied him the seat his constituents have elected him to. Why?...
  2. Why You Should Not Leave America If Trump-Dog Billionaire Wins the White House

    A few days ago, I found myself in a classroom with a millennial student of intentionally ambiguous gender, who said, “If Donald Trump becomes president, I’m leaving the country.” Others I’ve talked to have made similar statements. Sometimes joking. Sometimes not. Two of these were African-American women under forty. A third was a first-generation Hispanic-American whose parents emigrated from Central America fewer than twenty years ago. If I keep my ear to the ground, no doubt I will find...
  3. On the 52nd Anniversary of Dr. King's "Dream" Speech, A Nation with the DT's

    Those who believe in the Law of Attraction say the more attention you give a subject, the larger it gets. In one of his many programs on public television, Dr. Wayne Dyer put it this way. Suppose you’re in a shopping mall and you see a store filled with ugly lamps. And you say to yourself, “Those are the ugliest lamps I’ve ever seen. I hate those lamps.” But then you go into the mall and purchase fifty of those very lamps. That’s what seems to be happening on the current political...
  4. Two Apologies: Julian Bond's "Slave Mistress" Ancestor & Dr. Dre

    On August 21, 2015, two apologies appeared in the New York Times, which at first glance do not seem related, but in fact are. The first was from the Times’ Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, in response to criticism that the paper’s obituary of civil rights legend, Julian Bond, used the term “slave mistress” to describe his great grandmother. The second, perhaps more widely read apology was from 50-year-old Hip Hop mogul, Dr. Dre, who issued a statement via the Times indicating that he is...
  5. Interred with Their Bones: How the Cosby Revelations Add Death to the Heinous Allegations of Rape

    There will be a feeding frenzy now. The Big Fish has begun to bleed. When the sharks have finished anything once thought good and honorable and right will be interred with his bones and replaced by the evil that will surely live on. Bill Cosby is no Julius Caesar, but if I am reminded of Mark Antony’s funeral oration it is because the Coz crossed a Rubicon of his own making and by that deed—those 47 deeds and counting—has reached a point from which there can be no turning back.
  6. How Juneteenth Is Linked to July Fourth & the Tragedy at Emanuel AME Church

    As I write this, the pillorying of Rachel Dolezal has been wiped from the front pages by the tragic murder of nine innocents at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
  7. The Dating Game

    We have all heard the saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and I believe this same phrase should be applied to the number of dating partners that a person should have
  8. What's Love Got To Do With It?

    I think most people want to find love whether they want to admit it or not. We want to find our better half, a companion, someone to experience the highs and lows of life with, and someone that will add more happiness to our lives. But what exactly is love? Is love a feeling, a choice, or an action?
  9. Becoming a Soul Mistress

    We, the Angry Black Women, are seekers in the quest for Validation. Acceptance. Success. Creativity. Spirituality. Safety. Security. Unconditional Love.We are seeking Peace.
  10. How Africa’s History is Changing Its Architectural Landscape

    A decade or so ago, Africans who wanted to study architecture would pick and attend a school in Europe or in the US. Then, they’d return home with foreign ideas, techniques and methods and create buildings that closely resembled their foreign counterparts. These buildings would be built by strictly applying all they had learnt without carefully considering the African heritage, climate, local needs or geological terrain. The style was functional and economical — which isn’t bad at all, it’s...
  11. What Will Your Legacy Be?

    One of my biggest fears is dying without being remembered; lately I’ve been thinking about what my legacy will be after I’m gone. So many people spend their entire life on a conveyor belt; they go to work every day to a job that they don’t love just to pay the bills and repeat the same cycle for most of their lives. Most people only aspire to get married, have kids and to obtain a decent paying career. That’s what I thought my purpose in life was supposed to be but as I get older I realize...
  12. OWN’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Delivers Highest-Rated Two-Episode Debut

    OWN Was Tuesday Night’s #1 Cable Network for Women September 9, 2016 Contact - Morgan Di Stefano LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Queen Sugar” delivered the highest-rated two-episode debut in network history (9/6/16 and 9/7/16). “Queen Sugar”, from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, averaged a 1.9 W25-54 rating and 2.416 million total viewers over its two-night premiere. In OWN’s key demo of W25-54, “Queen Sugar” was the...
  13. Google Fiber and Home Networking: My Initial Setup

    Prior to Google Fiber, I used the Netgear DG834G Wireless Modem Router Router along with Netgear XE103 85 Mbps Wall-Plugged Ethernet Adapters for home networking. The Netgear XE103 85 Mbps Wall-Plugged Ethernet Adapters allow you to turn your home power outlets into ethernet connections, and using this combination along with 10/100 Netgear and Linksys hubs, I networked about six desktop computers, in mostly two rooms of the residence. My MacBook Pro. is the only wireless computer I have,...
  14. Unifying Africa: Kiswahili Now Official Language of East Africa

    The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has approved plans to make Kiswahili its second official language. The EALA has also passed a resolution to make Kiswahili an official language of the East African Community (EAC), alongside English. English was previously the language of choice but wasn’t seen as practical because of countries, such as Burundi, that rely heavily on French. So with the passing of the bill, Kiswahili is now an official language of the eastern region of Africa which...
  15. Ghanaian Artist Gives Western Celebs African-Inspired Makeover

    New York-based Ghanaian artist, Dennis Owusu-Ansah, has put a clever spin on African makeovers with a series of paintings that feature African-American celebrities in authentic African attires with African names to match! His images do highlight the beauty of Africa.
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