Any fan of hip hop knows that prison culture and experience is a fundamental part of rap music. For good or bad, nearly every “gangsta” rapper in America has either been to prison, has a friend in prison, is on his way to prison or is in prison right now. Lil Wayne and TI, two […]
This week, I got together with a coalition of other concerned citizens and met at the steps of the county courthouse. We then marched around the jail to fight for the rights of two people of color, Chuniece Patterson and Raul Pinet, both of whom recently died while in police custody. The march and the […]
When I read about the possibility that Reggie Bush may have his Heisman Trophy taken, I became irritated beyond imagination. “Here we go again,” I thought. “Another self-righteous group of hoity-toity NCAA administrators making value judgments about the character of black male athletes.
I recently read a very interesting story about how so many black athletes are being hammered by the financial devastation of child support. Their paychecks are getting zapped to nothing, only to buy Coach purses and hair weaves for the women who’ve had their children. Perhaps the sex was good enough to justify the misery, […]
When U.S. News and World Report came out with their ranking of the top 20 HBCUs in the country, I became curious. I was wondering if my personal perception of the best schools matched the views of those who make these lists. I couldn’t afford to attend an HBCU out of high school (not to […]