Nobody cares about Nate Parker anymore. Unless you count film critics and culture commentators who have chosen him as their favorite whipping boy to take out their frustrations about patriarchy, toxic masculinity and unsettled scores in the gender wars. The fact that Nate Parker himself has nothing to do with those demons haunting American culture... Continue Reading →
Donald Trump fears and loathes Lawrence O'Donnell. And Lawrence revels in Trump's fear and loathing. O'Donnell was the first major media commentator to just come out and call Trump a bald faced liar a full four years before he was elected president. O'Donnell is one of the many media figures that Trump has threatened to... Continue Reading →
This is beyond frustrating. The only major political party in America where rationale allegedly rules is coming up woefully short. I know it's early but if the voters who routinely support the Democratic Party were what we say we are our undisputed front-runner would be Senator Elizabeth Warren. Yet, the rank and file political actors... Continue Reading →
Vacation time is over. I’m back early because all hell broke loose while I’ve been sleeping. This must be what the kids mean when they say “stay woke.” While I was slumbering in recreation mode our government has fallen back into draconian separation mode. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions mandated or sanctioned (depending on who... Continue Reading →
The first day of spring is reason to celebrate as it promises warmer days ahead. Celebrate women during the spring season too with the listed events here and others. via Celebrating Women on the First Day of Spring and Beyond — When Women Inspire
My lofty regard for Eugene Robinson is very well known to folks that know me personally and to folks that read me with any regularity. For my money, he's the best we've got in terms of media pundits who are also bona-fide heavy-weight journalists. Eugene doesn't shill for anybody, is fair to everybody, and knows... Continue Reading →
People Need Help Coping Sometimes- And That Includes Black People. Enjoy This Terrific Piece on Mental Health Issues And Overcoming The Old Stigma Of Therapy.
*I was inspired by a part in the interview I did with Anna from Respychl about mental health. My interview is part of a series on her blog, please check it out!
When I was in the 11th grade, my father told me that during his meeting with the school principals, they suggested I see a counselor. My father refused. He said I didn’t need to speak to anyone about my problems because I am African, and Africans don’t get depressed. Africans don’t get depressed because, despite a post-colonial history of poverty and war, Africans manage to find happiness at the end of the day, my father said.
I was a little upset; it was a new school, and I didn’t know what to make of how I was feeling. I didn’t know much about depression but I did think I had experienced it as a 13-year-old angry little girl…
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Our friend Cee-Cee from PeaceUp ATL is always pushing positive vibes and positive messages. That's why we love her blog. She put something up recently that I had NEVER heard before. And I've been around a minute and a half reading everything in sight. I thought I'd heard it all but then I saw this... Continue Reading →
Roy Moore Lost But We Are Not Out Of The Woods Yet. These Warnings Still Need To Be Heeded.
The reason why Judge Roy Moore is the most pivotal figure in American politics today is the same reason why Judas is one of the most pivotal figures in the Bible. Judas’ betrayal was the triggering event for Jesus’ capture, persecution, crucifixion and resurrection. That chain of events is commemorated and celebrated all around the world to this very day- thousands of years after they occurred. Whether you subscribe to this account as an article of religious faith or as a matter of history, the fact is that betrayal at the very highest level is a central theme to the most enduring and influential story ever told.
And Roy Moore’s egregious betrayal of the oaths that he took and the values he was duty bound to promote will prove to be the triggering event for the awakening of a critical mass of Americans to the fact that our government has…
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I’m Black, and I think Richard Spencer Should Speak At The University of Michigan
Before anyone gets too upset with me, let me make one thing clear. I find Richard Spencer to be a vile and disgusting human being, and wholeheartedly disagree with his ideology. However, with all that being said, I think it would be best for the University to allow him to come to campus. What’s more, I don’t think a single person should protest, strike, rally, or take any action that would disrupt the event.
Richard Spencer represents a problem that has plagued this country from its inception, but with a recent shift in our political climate the problem has only been exacerbated. He is a part of one of the worst groups in this country, a group that seeks to intimidate, belittle, and eliminate this country’s minority population. Spencer, and those who buy into his thought…
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As mentioned previously, there is no statute specifically against “collusion” in the context of whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Russians to influence the 2016 election. As stated in today’s “The Hill” article titled Trump lawyer: Collusion is not a crime:
“For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you claim is being violated,” Jay Sekulow said in an article published in the December issue of the magazine. “There is not a statute that refers to criminal collusion. There is no crime of collusion.”
That’s correct, of course. The assertion that working directly with a foreign government to influence an election is not itself inherently criminal may be incorrect, though.
Working with a foreign government – in this case Russia – to benefit a campaign is a likely violation of 11 CFR 110.20, “Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures, and disbursements…
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Sometimes we are meant to fly solo and sometimes we are meant to travel as a pride. Only you and your Creator know when it is time for what. But one bit of shared knowledge we can all agree on is this: However you are supposed to travel at a given time, you have to... Continue Reading →
Many of us remember Aesop's Fables from when we were little kids. My favorite to this very day is the one that tells of the contest between the sun and the wind. Short version: A man was walking along and the sun and the wind began to debate which of them could make the man... Continue Reading →
Wow Atlanta! This week flew by! But that’s ok, because I’m ready for the weekend! I hope your week was filled with good energy, positive thoughts and good vibes. If you’ve had a bad week, take Continue Reading via Friday Music Vibes — Peace Up ATL!
Last Wednesday, November 8th, thousands of people in New York attended an Anti-Trump rally to "scream at the sky" to mark the one year anniversary of the nightmare of the 2016 election that gave us President Donald Trump. So they gathered with signs and songs and screamed helplessly at the sky. And the world thought... Continue Reading →
It is easy to get so caught up in keeping score in our lives that we can forget how fortunate we are to just be in the game. Having another day to play is a gift- one that a great many people thought they would have, wished they could have, but don't. So this simple... Continue Reading →
Winston Churchill was a serious orator. But sometimes the simplicity of a message is what provides its poignancy. So when he was asked by a journalist what his plan was for Britain to survive the onslaught of the Nazi bombings at the beginning of WWII, his response was one for the ages. He responded simply... Continue Reading →
For those of you without a sense of humor or a sense of cultural history, "Arthur U. Tellem" is NOT a real name- but the man writing under that pen-name is VERY real. When I approached my dear friend from our law school days about lending his writing talent and sharp perspective to this blog,... Continue Reading →
I'm exhausted listening to Trump apologists who are minorities, particularly Blacks, try to push back these days saying all we need is for America to bring back God into the nation's life and its institutions. Accepting the above premise, arguendo, where was God in 1861 at the start of the Civil War? Where was God... Continue Reading →