WHAT DO YOUNG FOLKS DO IN DAYTONA BEACH?

I don't believe I've ever met a Bethune-Cookman grad.   In fact, I haven't met many Black folks from Florida.  Of course, Detroit's Cass Tech High School served as a veritable pipeline for Florida A&M.  But, I just kind of heard of Bethune-Cookman because legendary former Howard University Track Coach Bill Moultrie used to talk…Read more WHAT DO YOUNG FOLKS DO IN DAYTONA BEACH?

BUSINESS AS USUAL, MLB-STYLE

When it comes to Major League Baseball, 2017 is no different than 1997. For the past 20 years, sports writers and talking heads have chimed in on the significance of Jackie Robinson's taking the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.  Then, there is the inevitable year-over-year comparative analysis on the number of…Read more BUSINESS AS USUAL, MLB-STYLE

THE DESTRUCTION OF INNOCENT LIVES, THIS AIN’T

I, finally, got to see Nate Parker's phenomenal Birth of a Nation this week. Despite all the earlier protests and threats to boycott this very important film in "all hopes of freeing a legacy" for so-called liberal blocs and varied constituencies within them, the screenplay depicted a quest in the name of courageous freedom. Now, fast forward…Read more THE DESTRUCTION OF INNOCENT LIVES, THIS AIN’T

MOSCOW’S APPOINTED DUTY

I haven't been really paying much attention to what's going on out of Russia. First, nobody's talking about how CNN, former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile, and TV One's Roland Martin tried  to influence the democratic process (on behalf of Hillary Clinton) during the presidential election here in the United States.  Nobody's really going underneath all…Read more MOSCOW’S APPOINTED DUTY

HOW LONG YOU BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF SHOW?

I've never seen a nation want to re-set a calendar as badly in my life. From the post-presidential election hand-wringing to the so-called "conscious community" mudslinging, the last last seven or eight weeks have been an absolute drag.  (For some.)  Now, we got an international pissing match between two Heads of State --- one of…Read more HOW LONG YOU BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF SHOW?

THE NEW CONFEDERACY: FROM WAY BACK YONDER

The verdict in United States v. Dylan Roof didn't surprise me.  Not after I learned that victims' families received nearly $30M in federal money as compensation for the Mother Emanuel Massacre in Charleston. The new optics test that lies before the state of South Carolina is its allegiance to its palmetto-shaded, tourism industry in the eyes of many across the country.   Whether a confederate flag unfurls from…Read more THE NEW CONFEDERACY: FROM WAY BACK YONDER