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Black Men Can Benefit Better from Sports Opportunities, and Here’s How

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

SportsOlder siblings often provide useful insights.

That’s why I wasn’t surprised when my older brother recently provided some about young black men attending college on athletic scholarships.  My brother would probably not describe himself as a conservative, but this particular wisdom is infused with conservative principles.

Kanye Doesn’t Provide the Keys to Unlock “New Slaves”

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

slavery 2Popular music superstar Kanye West’s new release, “New Slaves,” is capturing a lot of attention. The question is whether it deserves that attention or not.

Some consider it West’s “Marvin Gaye moment” — likening how Gaye shook up the music world in 1971 with his “What’s Going On” album that highlighted social ills such as poverty and drug abuse. While Gaye became more sexual with future hits such as “Let’s Get It On” and “Sexual Healing,” it’s more fair to say that West — already known for profanity and pomposity — could be having such a moment in reverse, transitioning from hip-hop’s aggrandizement of sex, drugs, murder and bling to musical expressions of social consciousness.

Making the Black Community Sustainable

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

FamilyIf something is good and it is enjoyable, it’s not surprising that people want it to last forever.

We want the goodness to be unceasing. We want it to be sustained.

Social Security’s COLA Conundrum

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Social Security cardIn a perfect world, Social Security would be a privatized system in which individuals manage their own retirement accounts and adjust the disbursement of their savings and investments — including factoring for inflation — themselves. But it isn’t.

Jamie Foxx Unchained

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

“Django Unchained,” a new movie from white director Quentin Tarantino, is making headlines for its violence and raw racial language. An action movie rooted in a raw portrayal of the slave era, its content is proving to be quite troublesome for many black Americans.

 

What Should the Unemployed Do?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

In 1992, now Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke — one of the key players in current efforts to reinvigorate the American economy — collaborated with fellow economics professors Andrew Abel and Dean Croushore to author Macroeconomics. The book looks at fiscal policy from a “big picture” perspective.

 

Now or Never for Black Homeownership

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Homeownership rates have declined in America since the start of the economic crisis in 2008.

Are You Better Off Today?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

In 1980, asking the American people to assess President Jimmy Carter’s performance, Ronald Reagan posed the question: “Are you better off [now] than you were four years ago?”

Becoming American with a Passport

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

It is often said that people truly cannot understand the United States of America until they have thoroughly traveled the nation.

I’d like to challenge that reasoning somewhat — expanding it to argue that one really cannot understand our nation until they have obtained a passport and traveled outside its borders.

Time for Change on Black America’s “National Anthem”

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

God of our weary years,

God of our silent tears,

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who has by Thy might

Led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

—“ Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”